YUMMMMM.... boy does it smell good in this joint---a modest real-deal hole in the wall out near the naval base... friends of Italian heritage had highly recommended Bella Luna, and we were out to celebrate a bday... they ended up not coming, but the rest of the 2 couples- party did, on their recommendation. Wow...I needed and received an authentic NY fix here from Salvatore and his friendly staff. Our table had chicken parm, spaghetti w/ a creamy bolognese sauce, some meatballs... I had ziti and pomodoro sauce with fresh ruby tomato and basil sauce with a caprese salad to begin.. fresh mozzarella and vine ripened plum tomatoes, virgin olive oil and fragrant basil... chilled to perfection.. we loved it.....and had go plates to take with us the portions were so generous. The chef came out to speak to us, the waitress was very accomodating and I had a trip down memory lane discussing my italian stallion ex 'from the neighborhood' both he and the owner were from in the Bronx... a family place with a lot of love and history to be shared, the recipes and food was hearty and just what the doctor ordered... could they use a new AC? no doubt.. its not easy making fantastic pizzas in a hot oven in the heat of Corpus Christi... hey, whaddy gonna do? forgetta bout it!!! Sal tells me he will be opening a new spot downtown CC next to a comedy club.. No doubt that willl be a huge success... we had a blast and will be back to Bella Luna and any new ventures.
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