Labella Italia

★★★★☆
  • 1065 Laskin Rd

    Virgnia Beach, VA 23451

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  • 757-422-8536

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We visited the Laskin location on Friday 2/25/2011. This was our first visit. We did not have a reservation but they seated up anyway. At first I was a little shocked at the menu prices but figured it would be worth the cost based on the

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★★★★★

We visited the Laskin location on Friday 2/25/2011. This was our first visit. We did not have a reservation but they seated up anyway. At first I was a little shocked at the menu prices but figured it would be worth the cost based on the

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This review is for the La Bella Italia at 2133 Upton Drive, Virginia Beach - a sister restaurant I assume. What topped this experience off was being charged 2.00 additional for my lunch special than what was clearly printed on the menu. I noticed that another gentleman sitting in close proximity also had a problem with is bill.

The menu and special board CLEARLY had a two course lunch special printed on the front of the menu with choices of salads and soups and entrees. And clearly had one price printed, 9.9X. Additionally, I checked the menu on the way out to see if I was mistaken or had missed some fine print. However, I was charged 11.9X and told by the waiter that the price varies and he wished they would update, acknowledging that there was some deception. I should have refused, but by that time I was late from the slow service and didn't have time to argue for 2.00.

The decor was nice and the portion was generous. Other than that it was poor to mediocre. I had a greek salad and chicken parmigiana with an included side of pasta. The greek salad was the best part of the meal. The marinara sauce was pretty much tasteless.

They had one waiter trying to manage the entire floor, make drinks, poor wine, etc. and as best I could tell two kitchen staff. I was there for well over an hour.

I'm 53 years old. I waited tables and tended bar for over 10 years when I was younger and have dined out for more than 1/2 the meals I've eaten in my adult life. I've never had anything like this pulled on me before, anywhere.

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★☆☆☆☆

This review is for the La Bella Italia at 2133 Upton Drive, Virginia Beach - a sister restaurant I assume. What topped this experience off was being charged 2.00 additional for my lunch special than what was clearly printed on the menu. I noticed that another gentleman sitting in close proximity also had a problem with is bill.

The menu and special board CLEARLY had a two course lunch special printed on the front of the menu with choices of salads and soups and entrees. And clearly had one price printed, 9.9X. Additionally, I checked the menu on the way out to see if I was mistaken or had missed some fine print. However, I was charged 11.9X and told by the waiter that the price varies and he wished they would update, acknowledging that there was some deception. I should have refused, but by that time I was late from the slow service and didn't have time to argue for 2.00.

The decor was nice and the portion was generous. Other than that it was poor to mediocre. I had a greek salad and chicken parmigiana with an included side of pasta. The greek salad was the best part of the meal. The marinara sauce was pretty much tasteless.

They had one waiter trying to manage the entire floor, make drinks, poor wine, etc. and as best I could tell two kitchen staff. I was there for well over an hour.

I'm 53 years old. I waited tables and tended bar for over 10 years when I was younger and have dined out for more than 1/2 the meals I've eaten in my adult life. I've never had anything like this pulled on me before, anywhere.

Pros: a decent salad

Cons: scammed and the food and service were poor

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We are from Naples, Italy and know good Italian food. The food at Bella Italia is O.K. but the prices are ludicrous!! I can't believe American's pay these prices. Believe me when I tell you that you are all being taken advantage of!! Save yourself some money and learn how to make great food at home. It's not that hard. There is a big misconception that in order for something to be good to eat it has to be difficult to make....WRONG!! Italian food is some of the most simple and fun food to make. Make a night of making meatballs with the kids, have some wine, enjoy being with the family and eating genuine food that won't break the bank. That's what the Italian experience is all about...Dante

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★☆☆☆☆

We are from Naples, Italy and know good Italian food. The food at Bella Italia is O.K. but the prices are ludicrous!! I can't believe American's pay these prices. Believe me when I tell you that you are all being taken advantage of!! Save yourself some money and learn how to make great food at home. It's not that hard. There is a big misconception that in order for something to be good to eat it has to be difficult to make....WRONG!! Italian food is some of the most simple and fun food to make. Make a night of making meatballs with the kids, have some wine, enjoy being with the family and eating genuine food that won't break the bank. That's what the Italian experience is all about...Dante

Pros: Good Deli,,

Cons: TOO EXPENSIVE!!

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This is the place to go! My boss visits here on a weekly basis and always brings m something back. It is the highlight of my week. The eggplant Parmesan is to die for. The cheese cake is enough to make any woman go off of her diet. The salads, authentic Italian. If you want real Italian visit La Bella. You won't be disappointed!

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This is the place to go! My boss visits here on a weekly basis and always brings m something back. It is the highlight of my week. The eggplant Parmesan is to die for. The cheese cake is enough to make any woman go off of her diet. The salads, authentic Italian. If you want real Italian visit La Bella. You won't be disappointed!

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By far the best I have had since being in Italy. The staff is friendly and the food even better. Much more contemporary looking than the one on laskin awesome look!!
Highly recommended although the site has their numbers switched. The upton drive store is actually 301-3603. Oh and don't forget to save room for dessert

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By far the best I have had since being in Italy. The staff is friendly and the food even better. Much more contemporary looking than the one on laskin awesome look!!
Highly recommended although the site has their numbers switched. The upton drive store is actually 301-3603. Oh and don't forget to save room for dessert

Pros: Friendly staff

Cons: There is a bit of a wait so be patient

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Nice homey atmosphere with great food. Among the best in Tidewater for Italian food. Multiple visits have only brought me to heap multiple praises on the quality of the food.
Profiteroles are Bellisimo!

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Nice homey atmosphere with great food. Among the best in Tidewater for Italian food. Multiple visits have only brought me to heap multiple praises on the quality of the food.
Profiteroles are Bellisimo!

Pros: Excellent food

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Closest thing to the real deal...it's consistently good and always a favorite of mine. A couple of recommendations: Always ask for the portobello mushroom with smoked mozzarella and roasted red peppers because it is VERY good and not always on their menu. My personal favorite is the Spinach Lasagna (however, sometimes they can skimp on the pink sauce, so you might want to ask for extra) and most of the pizzas, salads, and chicken dishes are very good. Gnocchi is right on point, I can't say that I've ever had a bad meal there. The wine list is pretty good, service can be slow, but typically pretty good. The only con I can think of is I know the hostess (I believe she is a family member) can be rude and people have had many a run-in with her. So be prepared, I would definitely make reservations just to be safe. But I highly recommend it!

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Closest thing to the real deal...it's consistently good and always a favorite of mine. A couple of recommendations: Always ask for the portobello mushroom with smoked mozzarella and roasted red peppers because it is VERY good and not always on their menu. My personal favorite is the Spinach Lasagna (however, sometimes they can skimp on the pink sauce, so you might want to ask for extra) and most of the pizzas, salads, and chicken dishes are very good. Gnocchi is right on point, I can't say that I've ever had a bad meal there. The wine list is pretty good, service can be slow, but typically pretty good. The only con I can think of is I know the hostess (I believe she is a family member) can be rude and people have had many a run-in with her. So be prepared, I would definitely make reservations just to be safe. But I highly recommend it!

Pros: Good prices, grrrrrrrrreat food, check out the deli!!

Cons: Hostess can be curt

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The wood fired pizzas are fantastic. If you want pepperoni, you have to ask for it. It's not on the menu, just like in Italy. all of thier pastas are fresh made and the sauces are incredible. My favorite (besides the pizza) is the Tortollini Bolognese. Can't go wrong with any entree.

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The wood fired pizzas are fantastic. If you want pepperoni, you have to ask for it. It's not on the menu, just like in Italy. all of thier pastas are fresh made and the sauces are incredible. My favorite (besides the pizza) is the Tortollini Bolognese. Can't go wrong with any entree.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Not the BEST service in town

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I came across La Bella Italia while doing a search for Italian baked goods. I read all the reviews but was worried it would be expensive so I held off on going to the restaurant. I should state that there is a bakery/deli and a restaurant. I have been shopping at their bakery/deli for a few months now and I love it! The prices cannot be beat and the quality is amazing. The staff is very helpful and very friendly. They make an effort to learn their customers. I finally tried the restaurant with my boyfriend the other day and we couldn't believe how good everything was. It's reasonable priced (a bit more than Olive Garden but so much more to choose from and SO much better, it's REAL Italian food!) We've been recommending La Bella Italia to everyone since. It is a must try. You're sure to love it!!!

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I came across La Bella Italia while doing a search for Italian baked goods. I read all the reviews but was worried it would be expensive so I held off on going to the restaurant. I should state that there is a bakery/deli and a restaurant. I have been shopping at their bakery/deli for a few months now and I love it! The prices cannot be beat and the quality is amazing. The staff is very helpful and very friendly. They make an effort to learn their customers. I finally tried the restaurant with my boyfriend the other day and we couldn't believe how good everything was. It's reasonable priced (a bit more than Olive Garden but so much more to choose from and SO much better, it's REAL Italian food!) We've been recommending La Bella Italia to everyone since. It is a must try. You're sure to love it!!!

Pros: Friendly staff, Amazing food, Wide selection

Cons: Enter through bakery

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Great Italian food, with a little Italy atmosphere, just a solid dinning experience. Should be experienced by all.

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Great Italian food, with a little Italy atmosphere, just a solid dinning experience. Should be experienced by all.

Pros: tasty, comfortable, great deal

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If the deli doesn't impress you, you don't know Italian. The bar and cafe are pleasant but the dining area is my favorite. The food is excellent and the portions are large. No one can eat that much. I always have enough for another meal.
Don't, I repeat DON'T go near the dessert counter in the deli!
Tricia

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If the deli doesn't impress you, you don't know Italian. The bar and cafe are pleasant but the dining area is my favorite. The food is excellent and the portions are large. No one can eat that much. I always have enough for another meal.
Don't, I repeat DON'T go near the dessert counter in the deli!
Tricia

Pros: good food, authentic Italian, excellent deli

Cons: Roadway in - a puzzle

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Best Italian food in the area. A wood fired pizza oven is the only way to cook a pizza. Try it, you'll like it.

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Best Italian food in the area. A wood fired pizza oven is the only way to cook a pizza. Try it, you'll like it.

 

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