When you enter La Bella Italia you are first taken a little aback as the interior of the place is in no way reminiscent of the romatic “little Italian” that most people would prefer. Instead you find yourself in a large industrial sized hall that has an ice cream and deli counter on the left and an Italian specialty food market on the right. The restaurant part is set up in the middle which is not exactly great as one has constantly staff and guests walking in your back which gives the restaurant a bit of a restless atmosphere. The large fotos of the owners family, the stylized paintings of Italian landscape and the family dining sets that recall family style Italian eating soften the image a bit. However, once you get over the locailty you will discover that this restaurant is the real deal. The food on offer is definetely genuine Italian. We had the pizza funghi to start. We asked for it to be extra toasty but in the end it came rather soggy after all and hence was impossible to eat with ones hands. However, the taste itself was excellent. We then had the fish fillet with anchovies, tomatos and mussels which was also exellent. Service was fast and friendly. Sometimes a bit too fast and perfunctory as we were repeatedly asked if we wanted anything else which gave the impression that they were pushing to turn over the table as fast as possible. Also, we wer asked how the food was after each dish but then the young waitress did not genuinly seemed interested to hear the answer. So, while the food is worth four stars the overall atmosphere and feel of hospitality is lacking which means this place is really just average. Also, they charge 2% extra for credit card payments which at their price level is rather pitty.
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