You haven’t had exceptional Italian food, until you have had Bellas! Hey Tampa! Kristin here to tell you that this is as close as it is going to get to my grandmother’s kitchen, when it comes to Italian cuisine. Bella’s is located in the heart of the Soho district, on South Howard in South Tampa. This local staple has been around for over 25 years, and has been voted Tampa’s Best Italian Restaurant!
The ambiance of the Italian café is rustic and warm, decorative with a distinct mood of fine dining. You are greeted with a sample of homemade bruschetta, just enough to satisfy your palette but yearning for the full appetizer. I embarked on the Tortellini Primavera, tortellini served with garlic, onions, tomatoes, broccoli, peas, and olives in an aglio e olio sauce.
The food connoisseur by my side enjoyed the Pollo Rosso, chunks of chicken breast with hot spices, sautéed with scallions, mushrooms, creamy tomato basil sauce with fettuccini pasta. I forgot to mention that all of Bella’s pasta noodles are homemade from scratch every day, true authenticity! Topping off our meal we couldn’t say no to a piece of Tiramisu, an Italian traditional dessert, enough to share.
Bella’s also offers curb side to go, if you can’t make it into the restaurant, 5-10 pm, seven days a week. Happy Hour is week nights 4-7 pm , as well as their late night Happy Hour 11pm – close Sunday through Thursday, and Friday through Saturday 12am to close. Happy Hour food specials include half priced pizzas and calzones, you can’t beat that!
I hope I have sold you to take a walk down Soho to this piece of Italy! Bring your family and friends and partake in authentic Italian! Ciao! Stay tuned in for more updates on Tampa Bay Dining!