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La Bella in Ghent

738 W. 22nd St. (Colley Ave.) Send to Phone
757-622-6172 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Serving homemade dishes in a beautiful, relaxed setting, this Italian restaurant (and small market) lives up to its name.
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Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sat.

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La Bella in Ghent Restaurant Review

: If you don’t live in Ghent, La Bella will make you want to move there just so you can claim this Italian charmer as your neighborhood trattoria. It’s not only an attractive dining room with a soundtrack of lush arias, but also a small market-deli with imported goods and take-out foods, such as lasagna, eggplant Parmigiana and pastries. The portobello appetizer, replete with house-made smoked mozzarella and roasted red peppers, is a meal in itself, so share it; this way, you’ll have room for the pasta, veal and chicken dishes, including the signature Pollo La Bella stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella. Or perhaps a pie from the pizza oven. There’s even a vegan menu. Lunch offers sandwiches and scaled-down versions of select entrées. Fresh ingredients and careful preparations aren’t surprising, given that chef-owner Andrea DiCarlo learned from his mother, Anna Alaimo, making fresh pasta with her since he was young at the family’s La Bella Italia near the oceanfront. Good wines are affordably priced and pair well with the menu. Another branch of this family tree, La Bella Italia in Redmill, was opened by Andrea’s sister, Victoria Caruso.

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