Bella Via

★★★★☆
  • 4746 Vernon Blvd

    Long Island City, NY 11101

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  • 718-361-7510

About Bella Via

Hours
Monday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Tuesday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Wednesday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Friday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM Saturday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM Sunday 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM

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Went back to NYC for a week back in June and promised myself and my wife that while we were there, we would take the time to go to a nice, reasonably priced restaurant - not just a pizzeria - to enjoy some authentic New York style pizza. A friend recommended Bella Via and she couldn't have made a better choice. It's a small, intimate restaurant located on a busy street corner with big windows, spacious table seating, a friendly casual atmosphere, good service, simple ambiance and neat decor throughout, a small bar upfront, clean restrooms and a pretty extensive menu to boot. However, we were there for the pizza and so we ordered the tomato, cheese and sausage large pie. Carmine, the owner, is an affable and attentive host and we chatted with him throughout our stay and meal. They make their pizzas in a coal fired brick oven and the end result was a delicious, thin crust pie with soft, fresh, stretchy mozzarella, fresh basil, superb Italian sausage meat and just the right amounts of tomato sauce and oregano. Not oily, not drippy, not over-crisped but not mushy or doughy either. And were all that not enough, the price for our lunch, including soft drinks, regular coffee, tax and gratuity was just a smidgeon under $30! That's tough to come by in NYC these days.

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★★★★★

Went back to NYC for a week back in June and promised myself and my wife that while we were there, we would take the time to go to a nice, reasonably priced restaurant - not just a pizzeria - to enjoy some authentic New York style pizza. A friend recommended Bella Via and she couldn't have made a better choice. It's a small, intimate restaurant located on a busy street corner with big windows, spacious table seating, a friendly casual atmosphere, good service, simple ambiance and neat decor throughout, a small bar upfront, clean restrooms and a pretty extensive menu to boot. However, we were there for the pizza and so we ordered the tomato, cheese and sausage large pie. Carmine, the owner, is an affable and attentive host and we chatted with him throughout our stay and meal. They make their pizzas in a coal fired brick oven and the end result was a delicious, thin crust pie with soft, fresh, stretchy mozzarella, fresh basil, superb Italian sausage meat and just the right amounts of tomato sauce and oregano. Not oily, not drippy, not over-crisped but not mushy or doughy either. And were all that not enough, the price for our lunch, including soft drinks, regular coffee, tax and gratuity was just a smidgeon under $30! That's tough to come by in NYC these days.

Pros: Superb pizza, nice ambiance

Cons: Tough to find meter parking on the street

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Fantastic margherita pizza. The grill octopus was great. The lamb shank was off the bone good! Tiramisu was to die for.

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★★★★☆

Fantastic margherita pizza. The grill octopus was great. The lamb shank was off the bone good! Tiramisu was to die for.

Pros: Great service, excellent food and moderately priced

Cons: Parking in the area.

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Best Pizza, try the Bella Via. Mouth Watering. Also the grilled calamari is to DIE for

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★★★★☆

Best Pizza, try the Bella Via. Mouth Watering. Also the grilled calamari is to DIE for

Pros: Great food

Cons: too much light

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If you're in the Queens West area and are looking for a nice sit-down place to go to, Bella Via is a good choice. It tends to get crowded around dinner time so you might end up with a wait, but the wait is usually not too long. The service is pretty good and the pizza is great! I recommend the margherita pizza.

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★★★★☆

If you're in the Queens West area and are looking for a nice sit-down place to go to, Bella Via is a good choice. It tends to get crowded around dinner time so you might end up with a wait, but the wait is usually not too long. The service is pretty good and the pizza is great! I recommend the margherita pizza.

Pros: Brick-oven pizza

Cons: Crowded

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Bella Via is by far one of my favorite restaurants. I have been dining at Bella Via since they opened and their food is as delicious as when they first opened! The food is always served fresh & pretty quick. Some times people may mistake that for being rushed... but their staff is very attentive to their customers, making sure they are well waited on. I have taken many of my friends, co-workers and family there and they all have the same reaction... "it was wonderful"... not only the entrees, but the appetizers, salads, drinks, and the ambiance!

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★★★★★

Bella Via is by far one of my favorite restaurants. I have been dining at Bella Via since they opened and their food is as delicious as when they first opened! The food is always served fresh & pretty quick. Some times people may mistake that for being rushed... but their staff is very attentive to their customers, making sure they are well waited on. I have taken many of my friends, co-workers and family there and they all have the same reaction... "it was wonderful"... not only the entrees, but the appetizers, salads, drinks, and the ambiance!

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I enjoy this restaurant completely. The manager remembers who you are and is friendly and inviting, as is the staff. It sits at the grand corner of Vernon Boulevard and 48th Avenue, across from the ever popular Hunter's Point Park. It has large windows and some outdoor dining to enjoy the goings on and the view of Manhattan across the East River. It offers very good Italien cuisine and brick-oven pizza (my favorite). It's also moderately priced.

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★★★★☆

I enjoy this restaurant completely. The manager remembers who you are and is friendly and inviting, as is the staff. It sits at the grand corner of Vernon Boulevard and 48th Avenue, across from the ever popular Hunter's Point Park. It has large windows and some outdoor dining to enjoy the goings on and the view of Manhattan across the East River. It offers very good Italien cuisine and brick-oven pizza (my favorite). It's also moderately priced.

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I have been going to Bella Via since it has opened. I can't understand some of these reviews. This is one of the best restaurants in Queens and very reasonably priced. The pizza is great and the food is consistently fresh and well prepared. The service and the owners are helpful and friendly, and very attentive. It is a comfortable, relaxing neighbohood restaurant.

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★★★★★

I have been going to Bella Via since it has opened. I can't understand some of these reviews. This is one of the best restaurants in Queens and very reasonably priced. The pizza is great and the food is consistently fresh and well prepared. The service and the owners are helpful and friendly, and very attentive. It is a comfortable, relaxing neighbohood restaurant.

Pros: Food, Pizza, Delivery and take out

Cons: none

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Even though only one other table with two diners was occupied the wait staff rushed us during the first
drink and appetizer with the pizza order. The baked clams were warm and not tasty. The Pizza was soggy with tomato sauce dripping and we asked for it to be crispy. The owner or manager all along was on his cell phone and may be he should pay attention on his staff. even take out pizza is better!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Even though only one other table with two diners was occupied the wait staff rushed us during the first
drink and appetizer with the pizza order. The baked clams were warm and not tasty. The Pizza was soggy with tomato sauce dripping and we asked for it to be crispy. The owner or manager all along was on his cell phone and may be he should pay attention on his staff. even take out pizza is better!!

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Worst 'Italian' I've had in a city that bleeds pasta sauce. I've been there twice over a two year span and the result was the same...bad. How could they call themselves Italian when both times they undercooked the pasta to the end that the pasta was stuck together and hard. Why go to a wanna-be Italian when there are two fantastic neighborhood Italian cornerstones within a few blocks. They only thing this place has in its favor is location. Have a drink and maybe a pizza but don't come here to have an meal. So much potential but so little skill.

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★☆☆☆☆

Worst 'Italian' I've had in a city that bleeds pasta sauce. I've been there twice over a two year span and the result was the same...bad. How could they call themselves Italian when both times they undercooked the pasta to the end that the pasta was stuck together and hard. Why go to a wanna-be Italian when there are two fantastic neighborhood Italian cornerstones within a few blocks. They only thing this place has in its favor is location. Have a drink and maybe a pizza but don't come here to have an meal. So much potential but so little skill.

Pros: Ambiance is nice. Pizza is decent.

Cons: Terrible food. Undercooked pastas. As italian as Prego Pasta sauce.

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This relatively new restaurant is perfect for mouth-watering pizza and salad or an elegant dinner. A neighborhood favorite since it opened, you can dine in or out at sidewalk tables. Pizza toppings are imaginative and the wine list is extensive. Warm decor of exposed brick and wood, especially good for the winter months.

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★★★★☆

This relatively new restaurant is perfect for mouth-watering pizza and salad or an elegant dinner. A neighborhood favorite since it opened, you can dine in or out at sidewalk tables. Pizza toppings are imaginative and the wine list is extensive. Warm decor of exposed brick and wood, especially good for the winter months.

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I have been going here for years. The food is very fresh, creative and consistant. The fresh pasta is a must, and of course the pizza is always perfect. Service is great, and the owner is usually present. I live in CT and travel to LIC for business, and ALWAYS stop there to take home a pizza! Keep up the good work, can't wait to eat there again.

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★★★★★

I have been going here for years. The food is very fresh, creative and consistant. The fresh pasta is a must, and of course the pizza is always perfect. Service is great, and the owner is usually present. I live in CT and travel to LIC for business, and ALWAYS stop there to take home a pizza! Keep up the good work, can't wait to eat there again.

Pros: too many to list- must try the spinach past with ragu sauce, pizza is great

Cons: parking

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I have dined at Bella Via regularly over the past four year. It is just as good today as it was when I first went. The food is consistently great. The pizza is the best. The service and management are always friendly. The neighborhood as certainly grown over the past few years. There are so many people moving in. I highly recommend Bella Via to all the newcombers of LIC. There are many good restaurants in LIC, but Bella Via is by far the best. Everyone must give it a try!

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I have dined at Bella Via regularly over the past four year. It is just as good today as it was when I first went. The food is consistently great. The pizza is the best. The service and management are always friendly. The neighborhood as certainly grown over the past few years. There are so many people moving in. I highly recommend Bella Via to all the newcombers of LIC. There are many good restaurants in LIC, but Bella Via is by far the best. Everyone must give it a try!

Pros: Food, Pizza, Service, outside seating in the summer. Beautiful view of NYC.

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Have been going to Bella Via for two years now and what started out as amazing has become a restaurant we now avoid. Sadly, all the food has come to taste like the brick oven and the wait staff are always rushing you through dinner. Until some type of quality control is implemented, my suggestion to LIC diners in the pursuit of Italian or brick oven pizza,,,, Manettas three blocks away.

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Have been going to Bella Via for two years now and what started out as amazing has become a restaurant we now avoid. Sadly, all the food has come to taste like the brick oven and the wait staff are always rushing you through dinner. Until some type of quality control is implemented, my suggestion to LIC diners in the pursuit of Italian or brick oven pizza,,,, Manettas three blocks away.

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Rocco's Restairamt located at 6408 Fort Hamilton Pkwy. Brooklyn, NY
Great Italian food, fresh and delicious. I watched in disbelief one night when they took out hoses at closing and washed down all the showcases and floors. The owner, Rocco, is there from opening to closing to oversee everything. You can either order from the showcase and take out or sit at the tables and friendly waitresses will serve you. The prices are reasonable and many nights I would rather take out from this restaurant than to cook. This restaurant is a gem and a big secret in Brooklyn. Telephone number is: 718-833-2109
I hope that I won't be sorry for giving out this review of one of my favorite restaurants and will have to wait on line. Carol

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Rocco's Restairamt located at 6408 Fort Hamilton Pkwy. Brooklyn, NY
Great Italian food, fresh and delicious. I watched in disbelief one night when they took out hoses at closing and washed down all the showcases and floors. The owner, Rocco, is there from opening to closing to oversee everything. You can either order from the showcase and take out or sit at the tables and friendly waitresses will serve you. The prices are reasonable and many nights I would rather take out from this restaurant than to cook. This restaurant is a gem and a big secret in Brooklyn. Telephone number is: 718-833-2109
I hope that I won't be sorry for giving out this review of one of my favorite restaurants and will have to wait on line. Carol

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I discovered Bella Via about a year and a half ago. The restaurant is cozy & warm, casual yet elegant. The food is DELISH! The pizza is the BEST brick oven I've had in a while! The Prosciutto, Arugula Pie is my FAV! What a great flavor combo, I can almost eat the whole thing myself! I've also had several pasta dishes, they were great too! Fabulous dinner with a moderate price! This place is a wonderful neighborhood find! Go check it out!!!!!

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★★★★☆

I discovered Bella Via about a year and a half ago. The restaurant is cozy & warm, casual yet elegant. The food is DELISH! The pizza is the BEST brick oven I've had in a while! The Prosciutto, Arugula Pie is my FAV! What a great flavor combo, I can almost eat the whole thing myself! I've also had several pasta dishes, they were great too! Fabulous dinner with a moderate price! This place is a wonderful neighborhood find! Go check it out!!!!!

Pros: Romantic yet casual, quiet, inexpensive, great food

Cons: Skip dessert

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I signed up for a membership to citysearch just so I could review this restaurant. My husband and I eat here at least once a week. The food is fantastic, simple and as consistent as it gets. Whether you want a salad and a pizza, a delicate fish or homemade pasta...this is what you think of when you hear about hidden gems in NY. It is a must.

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I signed up for a membership to citysearch just so I could review this restaurant. My husband and I eat here at least once a week. The food is fantastic, simple and as consistent as it gets. Whether you want a salad and a pizza, a delicate fish or homemade pasta...this is what you think of when you hear about hidden gems in NY. It is a must.

Pros: Food and fun!

Cons: Desserts are good, but not in comparison to the food

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The food here is amazing. It is so nice to go to a cozy restaurant with good service and very fair prices with such excellent food. The quatro formaggi is the best pizza Ive ever had as well as the truffle pizza. And their entrees are great too. I could eat here every night.

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★★★★★

The food here is amazing. It is so nice to go to a cozy restaurant with good service and very fair prices with such excellent food. The quatro formaggi is the best pizza Ive ever had as well as the truffle pizza. And their entrees are great too. I could eat here every night.

Pros: Inexpensive

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Use to dine at Bella Via on a regular basis before we moved out of the city last spring. Great food, cordial service, elegant yet comfotable surroundings, moderate prices, plus convenient on-street parking (it's also just up the street from the Vernon/Jackson stop on the 7 train). We loved this place. Went back for the first time in nine months on a recent trip into the city. It's even better than we remembered. Free range chicken with artichoke hearts was terrific and we've always liked their Caesar salad. It was the perfect end to a fun day in the city.

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★★★★★

Use to dine at Bella Via on a regular basis before we moved out of the city last spring. Great food, cordial service, elegant yet comfotable surroundings, moderate prices, plus convenient on-street parking (it's also just up the street from the Vernon/Jackson stop on the 7 train). We loved this place. Went back for the first time in nine months on a recent trip into the city. It's even better than we remembered. Free range chicken with artichoke hearts was terrific and we've always liked their Caesar salad. It was the perfect end to a fun day in the city.

Pros: Good food, Ambiance, Great value

Cons: Nothing significant

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I have bee to Bella Via numerous times and each time it is incredible. The food is delicious. The staff is very friendly. The decor is great. Did I mention the food is DELICIOUS? The spinach gnocchi and the steak gargonzola are out of this world. You have to finish off with the Tiramisu. It is great for all occassions. You are guaranteed to love this place.

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★★★★★

I have bee to Bella Via numerous times and each time it is incredible. The food is delicious. The staff is very friendly. The decor is great. Did I mention the food is DELICIOUS? The spinach gnocchi and the steak gargonzola are out of this world. You have to finish off with the Tiramisu. It is great for all occassions. You are guaranteed to love this place.

Pros: Food, Service, Decor

Cons: None, None, None

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I have had many wonderful dinners in Bella Via's cozy dining room--I have taken friends, family, and out-of-town guests there, and everyone always agrees that the food is delicious. In addition, the staff is totally charming and the atmosphere is mellow and comfortable.

For a romantic dinner, or just a meal out with friends, I have found Bella Via has suited every occassion. And taking a walk out to the nearby piers after the meal makes the whole evening complete...I recommend the spinach linguine with spinach, pancetta and peas. And the minestrone.

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★★★★★

I have had many wonderful dinners in Bella Via's cozy dining room--I have taken friends, family, and out-of-town guests there, and everyone always agrees that the food is delicious. In addition, the staff is totally charming and the atmosphere is mellow and comfortable.

For a romantic dinner, or just a meal out with friends, I have found Bella Via has suited every occassion. And taking a walk out to the nearby piers after the meal makes the whole evening complete...I recommend the spinach linguine with spinach, pancetta and peas. And the minestrone.

Pros: atmosphere/staff, close to train/water, food

 

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