Bella's Italian Cafe

★★★☆☆
  • 1413 S Howard Ave 100

    Tampa, FL 33606

    Cross street: Hyde Park

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  • 813-254-3355

About Bella's Italian Cafe

Hours
Mon-Wed 11:30am-11:30pm; Thurs 11:30am-12:30am; Fri 11:30am-1:30am; Sat 4pm-1:30am; Sun 4-11:30pm

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This is one of my favorite restaurants in Tampa. I love the asparagus soup and the pasta is excellent! I have small children (4 kids under 5) and I wouldn't take them but it's a great date for my husband and I.

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★★★★★

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Tampa. I love the asparagus soup and the pasta is excellent! I have small children (4 kids under 5) and I wouldn't take them but it's a great date for my husband and I.

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This is probably one of the best places in Tampa for pizza. Bella's also has great pasta sauces and you "create your own" pasta dish if you like. Try the Bolognese or the roasted tomato cream. I also like the big hunks of parm the waiter grates on your meal for you, and the dessert tray! Their Happy Hour is tops!

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★★★☆☆

This is probably one of the best places in Tampa for pizza. Bella's also has great pasta sauces and you "create your own" pasta dish if you like. Try the Bolognese or the roasted tomato cream. I also like the big hunks of parm the waiter grates on your meal for you, and the dessert tray! Their Happy Hour is tops!

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We love the food. The late night pizza menu is great when you are out late at the bars on Howard Avenue.
I love the famous chopped salad on the square plate. Tasty! My favorite dish is the Pollo Milano which has the touch of balsamic vinegar to spice things up. Yum. It has a terrific wine list and an extensive menu that makes everyone happy particularly with the create your own pasta and sauce section. My family sees Bella's as our go-to restaurant for special events like birthdays and celebrations. My sister's husband brought her here the night he proposed. It's a special place in the heart of South Tampa.

2
★★★★★

We love the food. The late night pizza menu is great when you are out late at the bars on Howard Avenue.
I love the famous chopped salad on the square plate. Tasty! My favorite dish is the Pollo Milano which has the touch of balsamic vinegar to spice things up. Yum. It has a terrific wine list and an extensive menu that makes everyone happy particularly with the create your own pasta and sauce section. My family sees Bella's as our go-to restaurant for special events like birthdays and celebrations. My sister's husband brought her here the night he proposed. It's a special place in the heart of South Tampa.

Pros: Pollo Romano, Location, Late Night Menu

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I've never been impressed by the entrees here, but they have a nice late night happy hour that starts at 11pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends. They have 2 for 1 all drinks including top shelf liquors, and house wine, half price appetizers, pizzas, and desserts. I sometimes go there for late night dessert only and order the tre brulee, 3 little creme brulees in espresso cups, great to share. The pizzas are thin and baked on a stone, so they are crispy. I have gotten used to the crust, although some may find it bland, it might need salt, but you can add some if you think so.

2
★★★★☆

I've never been impressed by the entrees here, but they have a nice late night happy hour that starts at 11pm on weekdays and midnight on weekends. They have 2 for 1 all drinks including top shelf liquors, and house wine, half price appetizers, pizzas, and desserts. I sometimes go there for late night dessert only and order the tre brulee, 3 little creme brulees in espresso cups, great to share. The pizzas are thin and baked on a stone, so they are crispy. I have gotten used to the crust, although some may find it bland, it might need salt, but you can add some if you think so.

Pros: late night happy hour, big convenient parking lot, creme brulee

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After all these years I finally went to Bellas. What a mistake. If this is Italian food I have no idea where they got their recipes from. The chopped salad was boring,the dressing had no taste and I could have made it at home in my sleep. Chicken piccata was one chicken breats cut in 1/2 with no garnish on the plate and a small monkey dish of steamed brocolli with nothing on it for like $16.99. The menu online says 2 chicken breasts and if that was 2 then the chicken must have been starved. The mussels were good nice and big with a very good broth and that was the best thing. We also had Chicken Parmigiana. It was the most unispired Parm I've ever seen or tasted. The marinara was right out of a tomato can.Big chuncks with no seasoning. The presentation was horrible. The calamari was ok but we did use the broth from the mussels to dip in becasue the marinara was so disgusting. The pasta figioli was uninspired.

So out of 6 items only the appetizers were tolerable. I was surprised though that on a Thursday night with a restaurant recession going on that they did have a pretty decent crowd. I love Italian restaurants especially red sauce restaurants but this one really doesn't make it. If it was my place I'd fire the chef and get one that know's a few basics about Italian food. The waiter was fine the food was not.

I'd much rater go to (cough) Maggiones, which is a chain, and I hate chains but they at least they know how to make a basic marinara and a good chopped salad. Really disappointing that we can't have a good local Italian restaurant here in Tampa especially since we have so many Italians!!

The beer was a bargin the food is a disaster!! Get a new Chef!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

After all these years I finally went to Bellas. What a mistake. If this is Italian food I have no idea where they got their recipes from. The chopped salad was boring,the dressing had no taste and I could have made it at home in my sleep. Chicken piccata was one chicken breats cut in 1/2 with no garnish on the plate and a small monkey dish of steamed brocolli with nothing on it for like $16.99. The menu online says 2 chicken breasts and if that was 2 then the chicken must have been starved. The mussels were good nice and big with a very good broth and that was the best thing. We also had Chicken Parmigiana. It was the most unispired Parm I've ever seen or tasted. The marinara was right out of a tomato can.Big chuncks with no seasoning. The presentation was horrible. The calamari was ok but we did use the broth from the mussels to dip in becasue the marinara was so disgusting. The pasta figioli was uninspired.

So out of 6 items only the appetizers were tolerable. I was surprised though that on a Thursday night with a restaurant recession going on that they did have a pretty decent crowd. I love Italian restaurants especially red sauce restaurants but this one really doesn't make it. If it was my place I'd fire the chef and get one that know's a few basics about Italian food. The waiter was fine the food was not.

I'd much rater go to (cough) Maggiones, which is a chain, and I hate chains but they at least they know how to make a basic marinara and a good chopped salad. Really disappointing that we can't have a good local Italian restaurant here in Tampa especially since we have so many Italians!!

The beer was a bargin the food is a disaster!! Get a new Chef!!!

Pros: The place is actually nice inside

Cons: the food is disgusting, how hard is it to make a good marinara?

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The service is friendly (if you are single and buying expensive drinks at the bar). If you are bringing children, forget it! The Food - can it get worse. The Price for this poor excuse of a meal -exorbitant. How this place stays in business escapes the imagination - except that it is a testimony to the fact that people in Tampa Bay are desperate for a place to enjoy a meal. We will never go back!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

The service is friendly (if you are single and buying expensive drinks at the bar). If you are bringing children, forget it! The Food - can it get worse. The Price for this poor excuse of a meal -exorbitant. How this place stays in business escapes the imagination - except that it is a testimony to the fact that people in Tampa Bay are desperate for a place to enjoy a meal. We will never go back!!!

Pros: Great singles bar

Cons: Food and service for everyone but singles

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This place is disgusting. Let's start with the appitizers. Spicy crab dip was niether spicy or crab. It was mayonaise. As far as the entrees, how can you screw up pesto sauce or garlic and olive oil? Well, they did, big time. The linguine with pesto was like a soup. It tasted like a Knorrs package mix. The pasta is supposed to be home made, no way. The angel hair with garlic and olive oil was just as bad. I mean, it doesn't get any more simple, right? Wrong!! It was mushy and there was no garlic, and it was definetly not good extra virgin olive oil. This is not Italian!!!!

0
★☆☆☆☆

This place is disgusting. Let's start with the appitizers. Spicy crab dip was niether spicy or crab. It was mayonaise. As far as the entrees, how can you screw up pesto sauce or garlic and olive oil? Well, they did, big time. The linguine with pesto was like a soup. It tasted like a Knorrs package mix. The pasta is supposed to be home made, no way. The angel hair with garlic and olive oil was just as bad. I mean, it doesn't get any more simple, right? Wrong!! It was mushy and there was no garlic, and it was definetly not good extra virgin olive oil. This is not Italian!!!!

Pros: Friendly Staff

Cons: Bad food

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Bella's boasts a great location, late hours, reasonable prices, plenty of parking, what's not to love? Well for starters... the food. I keep going back in the hopes of finding just one perfect dish that will make up for the mostly mediocre offerings. Alas, it hasn't happened yet. Instead I've gotten cold lasagna, a sickeningly wet stuffed portabella mushroom, cardboard crusted pizza, oversalted & overdone chicken and plenty of other disappointments. My hope is that the kitchen has a major overhaul because this could be a top local spot, but it's far from it now.

1
★★☆☆☆

Bella's boasts a great location, late hours, reasonable prices, plenty of parking, what's not to love? Well for starters... the food. I keep going back in the hopes of finding just one perfect dish that will make up for the mostly mediocre offerings. Alas, it hasn't happened yet. Instead I've gotten cold lasagna, a sickeningly wet stuffed portabella mushroom, cardboard crusted pizza, oversalted & overdone chicken and plenty of other disappointments. My hope is that the kitchen has a major overhaul because this could be a top local spot, but it's far from it now.

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We used to frequent Bella's, but the past three visits were not good experiences. If anyone has ever noticed, the floors leading to the restrooms are always slippery. I am always very careful but one time I slipped and fell hard. I was bruised for weeks and after writing a letter to Bella's, I received no response. The time I went after that, I had a party of 10. They would not let me make a reservation or call ahead to leave my name. Both the hostess and manager were extremely rude and did not try to accomodate. Safe to say I was very embarrassed in front of my out of town guests. The last and final time I visited Bella's (against my wishes), we were a party of 8. We left our name on the list and waited for over an hour. My husband went to the hostess who said we were the next large party to be seated. Next thing we knew a party of 11 was being seated in front of us. My husband spoke to the hostess and manager and was bascially teamed up on by four people. I could not believe how rude the manager was. I will absolutley, never, ever go back to that restaurant. Oh yeah, and the poor guy sitting next to us at the bar had to get up and get his own bread basket. This place is ridiculous.

0
★☆☆☆☆

We used to frequent Bella's, but the past three visits were not good experiences. If anyone has ever noticed, the floors leading to the restrooms are always slippery. I am always very careful but one time I slipped and fell hard. I was bruised for weeks and after writing a letter to Bella's, I received no response. The time I went after that, I had a party of 10. They would not let me make a reservation or call ahead to leave my name. Both the hostess and manager were extremely rude and did not try to accomodate. Safe to say I was very embarrassed in front of my out of town guests. The last and final time I visited Bella's (against my wishes), we were a party of 8. We left our name on the list and waited for over an hour. My husband went to the hostess who said we were the next large party to be seated. Next thing we knew a party of 11 was being seated in front of us. My husband spoke to the hostess and manager and was bascially teamed up on by four people. I could not believe how rude the manager was. I will absolutley, never, ever go back to that restaurant. Oh yeah, and the poor guy sitting next to us at the bar had to get up and get his own bread basket. This place is ridiculous.

Pros: Ambience, Beef Carpaccio

Cons: Service, Service, Service

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Bella's isn't a huge restaurant but the food is delicious. They offer half price pizza's late night, which is always a great bargin for wood burned pizza. I recommend the pesto pizza.

4
★★★★☆

Bella's isn't a huge restaurant but the food is delicious. They offer half price pizza's late night, which is always a great bargin for wood burned pizza. I recommend the pesto pizza.

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Bellas Italian Cafe is a great place, especially for happy hour or a late night snack. The pizza is great, and the drinks are wonderful. The atmosphere here is nice, and the food is delicious.

Try the happy hour specials. They are excellent.

4
★★★★☆

Bellas Italian Cafe is a great place, especially for happy hour or a late night snack. The pizza is great, and the drinks are wonderful. The atmosphere here is nice, and the food is delicious.

Try the happy hour specials. They are excellent.

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staff & service were friendly & pleasant without being overbearing. Ambience was nice. The place was crowded enough without being stuffed in like sardines. parking, no big deal. House wine, both red & white, very palatable.
We had the penne with tomato basil & side salad &Veal Piccata with angel hair. Veal was excellent with a delicate sauce, not too many capers.
Minor thing, we had to ask for bread. It was brought promptly, but with foil wrapped, cold butter pats. Would've preferred soft butter or extra virgin olive oil for dipping.
angel hair was kind of in clump, but not gummy. fluffed it up before allowing the waiter to grate parmesan.
Dessert : good coffee & Sambucca.
We are picky eaters. If food was lousy, I'd have sent it back.
had a nice time & pleasant meal. I'll visit again when in the SoHo hood.
Best eating to all.

2
★★★★☆

staff & service were friendly & pleasant without being overbearing. Ambience was nice. The place was crowded enough without being stuffed in like sardines. parking, no big deal. House wine, both red & white, very palatable.
We had the penne with tomato basil & side salad &Veal Piccata with angel hair. Veal was excellent with a delicate sauce, not too many capers.
Minor thing, we had to ask for bread. It was brought promptly, but with foil wrapped, cold butter pats. Would've preferred soft butter or extra virgin olive oil for dipping.
angel hair was kind of in clump, but not gummy. fluffed it up before allowing the waiter to grate parmesan.
Dessert : good coffee & Sambucca.
We are picky eaters. If food was lousy, I'd have sent it back.
had a nice time & pleasant meal. I'll visit again when in the SoHo hood.
Best eating to all.

Pros: Ambience, Food , Hospitality

Cons: - traditional entree', overcooked pasta , drink prices

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I was told to try this place when I first moved here from Boston. I am Italian and a decent cook. I couldn't believe when my overcooked pasta showed up in a puddle of watery sauce. Hello - drain the pasta first. And don't serve it like soup. I've never eaten at the Olive Garden so I can't make that comparison but this was really bad Italian food. With so many other good Italian Restaurants in Tampa, look elsewhere...

1
★★★☆☆

I was told to try this place when I first moved here from Boston. I am Italian and a decent cook. I couldn't believe when my overcooked pasta showed up in a puddle of watery sauce. Hello - drain the pasta first. And don't serve it like soup. I've never eaten at the Olive Garden so I can't make that comparison but this was really bad Italian food. With so many other good Italian Restaurants in Tampa, look elsewhere...

Pros: Location

Cons: Food Quality, Service

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Bellas Italian Cafe rocks! They have a wonderful wine selection and the food is incredible. I ordered a salad, and a pasta dish with sausage, peppers and red sauce. It was phenomenal. Their fresh baked bread is very tasty as is their cheesecake. The prices aren't bad either. I think our check came out to about $65 for dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine and dessert.

5
★★★★★

Bellas Italian Cafe rocks! They have a wonderful wine selection and the food is incredible. I ordered a salad, and a pasta dish with sausage, peppers and red sauce. It was phenomenal. Their fresh baked bread is very tasty as is their cheesecake. The prices aren't bad either. I think our check came out to about $65 for dinner for 2 with a bottle of wine and dessert.

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While I am no food critic, I find the menu at Bella's to be very diverse and beyond reasonably priced. While the staff could use some more congeniality, overall I have no complains. If only my diet would allow me to visit more often.

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★★★★☆

While I am no food critic, I find the menu at Bella's to be very diverse and beyond reasonably priced. While the staff could use some more congeniality, overall I have no complains. If only my diet would allow me to visit more often.

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Well, the good news is that in Expensive South Tampa where entrees start at $20 and up, Bella's is a great bargain. It's prices, and unfortunately food too, will compete just nicely alongside Olive Garden and Ruby Tuesday. Nice trendy atmosphere with very friendly waiters don't disguise the fact that the food, herbs and ingrediants still taste and look like they came out of a can. 3 of our party ordered pasta which arrived congealed like it had sat under a hot lamp for too long. They did a better job with the appetizers than the entrees. I'd go back to Bella's for its great location and trendy group atmosphere but with very lowered expectations of their food.

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★★★☆☆

Well, the good news is that in Expensive South Tampa where entrees start at $20 and up, Bella's is a great bargain. It's prices, and unfortunately food too, will compete just nicely alongside Olive Garden and Ruby Tuesday. Nice trendy atmosphere with very friendly waiters don't disguise the fact that the food, herbs and ingrediants still taste and look like they came out of a can. 3 of our party ordered pasta which arrived congealed like it had sat under a hot lamp for too long. They did a better job with the appetizers than the entrees. I'd go back to Bella's for its great location and trendy group atmosphere but with very lowered expectations of their food.

Pros: Price, AMBIENCE

Cons: , Crowded

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I've been going to Bella's for only a few months now, but can't say I've had any problems that would ever prevent me from recommending the place to another. The pricing is great, the atmosphere is relaxed and the food is great. Service is usually top notch as well, but I can admit to having an experience or two where I wasn't attended to like I would have liked. Either way, I'll see you there sometime...

2
★★★★★

I've been going to Bella's for only a few months now, but can't say I've had any problems that would ever prevent me from recommending the place to another. The pricing is great, the atmosphere is relaxed and the food is great. Service is usually top notch as well, but I can admit to having an experience or two where I wasn't attended to like I would have liked. Either way, I'll see you there sometime...

Pros: Quality, Taste, Inexpensive

Cons: Parking, Music

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I have always had outstanding service and food at this restaurant!! From the fresh bread to the mouth watering sauce -- this is one of my favorite places to dine with someone special! Their lunch menu is very reasonable. Dishes are prepared when ordered and delicious. Not assembly style.

2
★★★★★

I have always had outstanding service and food at this restaurant!! From the fresh bread to the mouth watering sauce -- this is one of my favorite places to dine with someone special! Their lunch menu is very reasonable. Dishes are prepared when ordered and delicious. Not assembly style.

Pros: value, drink specials, service

Cons: parking

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I have never tested such great food. Bella's gets two thumbs up when it comes to great italian food. I would recommend this restraunt to anyone. Great location, romantic, and great value for your food. This place gets my highes recommendation.

2
★★★★★

I have never tested such great food. Bella's gets two thumbs up when it comes to great italian food. I would recommend this restraunt to anyone. Great location, romantic, and great value for your food. This place gets my highes recommendation.

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Located in the trendy South Tampa corner of the city, where bistros come and go, Bella's has staying power. House pastas are an option but don't overlook the lasagna con pollo (sheets of freshly made pasta with grilled chicken, spinach,…

 

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