The glorious mess that is Bella Italia

Bella Italia is hard to get a grip on. There’s no website. The menu seems to be in flux. We entered to a cacophony of breaking dishes and crying babies. But we all left happy. Let me explain.

Bella Italia is now located across from the Banana Hut on 5th Street in Eureka. When you enter you are overwhelmed by the most wonderful smells.  They distract  you from the chaos and the crying  babies  and the sketchy decor.  This is not a place that emphasizes appearance.

Judging from past Yelp reviews, the menu is smaller than it used to be.  I was kind of curious about that Greek pasta but there is plenty left to pick from.  I was with a group of six and two of us ordered the dinner salad.  At $7.95 it is HUGE – and excellent-  and you might as well split one.  There was only one waiter, a young fellow with a great attitude. Most of the folks who ordered wine had to negotiate a second choice-  they were out of a lot of items, having just come off the Labor Day weekend.

A couple of us had the ravioli ($15.95) and they cleaned their plates.  I had the Pasta Pescadores, with shrimp, salmon and scallops at $17.95,  very good and and it heated up well the next day.  As we were finishing the owner came out so we at least got a glimpse of the chef. 

Bella Italia is a strange and wonderful place.   I can’t wait to go back.

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4 thoughts on “The glorious mess that is Bella Italia

  1. We have followed Bella Italia from location to location, and will continue to do so, because we love the food. The ingredients are fresh and prepared to order.
    We took an Italian friend from out of the area to Bella Italia, received the usual friendly welcome, wonderful service, excellent food and she was happy to proclaim, “Delizioso”!
    Of course, we already knew that.
    I would encourage anyone who hasn’t been to Bella Italia to give them a try.

  2. Nice. Always have been curious about the place, both in the old location and the new one, but never knew much about this in any way. It’s good to have a clue and hear from someone who’s been there.

    We love good and informal Italian food, especially at a reasonable price. We can deal with crying babies and breaking dishes and am glad to tip a server with a good attitude well.

    Thanks for the word and we’ll give it a try.

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