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.