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“Genuine Italian Food”
Review of La Bella Italia

La Bella Italia
Ranked #44 of 1,079 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$19
Cuisines: Deli, Italian, Cafe
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: From the moment you step through our door, you will feel like you are in Italy. A unique combination of a Restaurant, Cafe and Retail shop, La Bella Italia in Petone, Wellington was born from director Antonio Cacace's passion to educate Kiwis about the beauty of traditional, authentic Italian products and cuisine.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Date of visit: November 2018
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LBIManagement, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi there, I noticed that on the same day you made 5 different reviews which is incredible. You are a superman or a superwoman. Additionally, you must be an incredible food critic. I am very impressed! Actually I needed to forward your name to some of the best food magazines around the world which I have contact with. Your manner of explaining your opinion is out of this world. Your deep knowledge is so deep that I can't see it. Obviously you have never been to the Bella Italia before, because we have been in an industrial area, warehouse for almost 20 years. We have always had the deli, ice cream and coffee on the left and retail on the right. In the middle it has always been the restaurant with tables and chairs where we have hosted an incredible number of happy satisfied customers. We usually don't toast the pizza. We always ask if the customer is happy or ask if they want more to eat or drink as part of the service we provide. Our price level respects the fact we use the best, freshest, and highest quality of ingredients available, for example, Stuart Island Salmon for our pasta dish, and free range pork from Wairarapa for our sausage production. The 2% on credit card is like so many other places that do the same. It is your choice to pay with credit card, which makes it fair to pay the fee. Next time I suggest you make yourself known and introduce yourself to me, I will take my time to take you around.

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Reviewed 6 November 2018

We had been here once before, and were keen to return. A Sunday night with family in town so we decided this was a good excuse. Everyone enjoyed their food, from the pizza, fish, chicken, and rice balls.

Its a nice atmosphere with all the produce and groceries available around the sides.

The food mostly lived up to expectations, although the spinach and ricotta crepe filling was a little to thick and dry to be totally enjoyable.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Thank Jill D
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LBIManagement, Public Relations Manager at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely review.

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Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed a fabulous family luncheon and were surprised at the standard of the Italian dishes. The pumpkin ravioli was just wonderful, the fish was yummy and the pizzas were fantastic. Plus the gelato, tirimsum and coffee outstanding. The atmosphere was better than expected given it seems to be in an industrial area and from the outside looks like a large shed. We will definitely be returning next time we are in Wellington

Date of visit: November 2018
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LBIManagement, Public Relations Manager at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Ciao Leonie, Thank you for popping into Petone's 'little Italy'. We are delighted you found yourself experiencing a little slice of Italy and that you enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Grazie! We look forward to seeing you again, next time you are in Wellington.

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Reviewed 2 November 2018

A wonderful evening of food and service by Antonio! My husband had booked the 'no menu' at the special white tablecloth, silver service table for our anniversary dinner with Nelson friends. All the courses were bellissimo - as were the wine matches. We would do it all over again for sure. Considering the special attention and the number of courses, it was very good value also.

Date of visit: October 2018
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LBIManagement, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Thank you very much and Congratulation again from all of us.

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Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic experience.. . Service was excellent and food was to die for .. had the no menu option which let us experience foods we may not of ordinarily ordered

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank LynnM2679
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LBIManagement, Guest Relations Manager at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Ciao Lynn, Thank you so much for coming to La Bella Italia to celebrate your Anniversary. We are delighted you went for the no menu option and that you were not only able to try some novel dishes but that you thoroughly enjoyed them. we look forward to seeing you back here soon.

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