Restaurant Review: Bella Italia

14 Jul

Italian opera, Italian food. Everything Italian to celebrate a great evening.This was not the first time I dined in the Bella Italia chain of restaurants, its charm following me when I went to Edinburgh in the spring. Oh well, but tonight was different. I just came out basking in the brilliance of Turandot playing at the Royal Opera House, and finding the closest branch along Covent Garden didnt prove that difficult. They close just at midnight which makes it the best choice if you’ve just come out of the opera or any nearby West End musical. The staff are attentive, but this time it was taking too long for some of what we ordered to arrive, fair enough as it afforded us to talk more about the show and how beautiful a city London is especially at night. The restaurant had a rustic ambience with good foreign music playing in the background.

A glass of their house Rosé to warm the soul and a starter of olive marinate (mixed olives marinated in basil, garlic and coriander) and garlic ciabatta. The bread wasnt toasted well enough but as we dipped it in balsamic vinegar it improved, but still a minus point will be taken in this regard. I discovered how delicious the Spaghetti Gamberi (tiger prawns and a fresh red chili in a spicy tomato sauce) was from a previous visit and I couldnt resist it again while my friend ordered the Penne Pollo e Crema (slices of chicken breast, panchetta bacon, roasted peppers, red onion and penne pasta baked in the oven in a white wine and cream sauce). No Italian dinner is complete without The Godfather, nutty chocolate fudge brownies, vanilla and toffee ice cream with chocolate crunch, chocolate sauce, fresh cream and wafer biscuits. And we thought when we saw how big the to-share portion was that we would not finish it, we were wrong, it was so good, it was the perfect way to end the meal and the evening.

Amore.

Bella Italia, Covent Garden: ***1/2

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2 Responses to “Restaurant Review: Bella Italia”

  1. Pedro July 30, 2006 at 2:10 am #

    Yammie!!!!

    I love italian food.

    This is why cities are special…

  2. Monette July 30, 2006 at 11:27 am #

    The ‘company’ also helps you know!

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