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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in Petone since 2018 and I have been to La Bella Italia several times. The food is amazing. Always. The wait staff is lovely. I just hope that the higher duties staff is less stressed. I know that running a business is not...easy. But in hospitality you gotta smile and make your customers feel welcome. Specially when your customer has a little kid.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 26 January 2024

6 of us dined at La Bella Italia last night. Our orders were taken quickly, the food arrived promptly and all 3 courses were excellent. We shared the large Antipasti and a couple of other starters which were delish and then had a variety of...Pasta dishes which were top notch. Deserts were yummy. We couldnt fault anything. The service was the highlight. Funny, friendly and warm. Excellent Italian experience. We will be back.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 15 December 2023

I was disappointed that the Chicken breast was dry & over cooked. Other than that my experience was over all good.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 14 December 2023 via mobile

As today we celebrate the gift of life and love, my beautiful, wonderful, amazing wife treated me to lunch at our favourite restaurant. La Bella Italia. This is the nearest we can feel to eating in Italy without the cost of the airfare. Our dear...friend Antonio and his team of outstanding people bring a beautiful slice of Italy and the Mediterranean culture and food all the way to Wellingon and into our hearts and tummies. The food, as always, was truly magnificent, the service was fantastic and the atmosphere true to its Italian roots. The 14th is my birthday today and we were seated at table 14. How amazing is that. Buon natale e grazie.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 21 November 2023 via mobile

Great food, amazing wine, but worst owner rudeness we’ve ever experienced.Absolutely disgraceful behavior. My wife and I went for lunch, we were in a bit of a rush so asked , after 15 minutes, could we order please. We’d already decided we were going to...buy the bottles of wine we were drinking @ $60. per bottle ,and were planning to bring a group of 6 to dine at the weekend. Of absolute surprise to us, the owner, came to our table to deliver us our food and made a big scene that “he was short staffed by 5 people and didn’t appreciate that we were in a hurry” He was so agitated that it really upset us and completely ruined our dining experience. We decided to leave at that point and gave feedback to the owners wife when we paid the bill. She didn’t wish to hear it and didn’t even apologize. Taking his Stress out on the customers is a very destructive way to run a business.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Antonio Cacace, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2023

I was waiting for this because people like you this is what they do. I didn't be rude, if you remember I just said to keep in inconsideration that we are short of staff. (This is the main problem in hospitality at the moment). Talking...More

Reviewed 13 October 2023 via mobile

Fantastic place to eat 👍. We were in Petone for three nights and ate at the Bella Italia on the second night. It was so good that we booked in for the third night as well. The place is a wonderful mix of Italian Restaurant,...Delicatessen and shop. Everything we ate was first class quality 👌. Special mentions to Lina and Julio who looked after us so well. Book in - you will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 25 September 2023 via mobile

For over a decade I’ve been eating here. The food and the experience is superb. I can’t recommend it enough. There’s also lots of Italian sourced products you can buy and take home after your delicious meal. The owner is still fully involved and chatted...at our table before serving our wine. You really should book ahead of you plan to eat hereMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 19 September 2023 via mobile

Visited here for breakfast with seven friends on a golf trip, and chosen because of previous positive experiences by some of the attendees. The decor is great, lovely converted warehouse with a great feel about it - definitely feels ‘Italian’. The service from the individuals...was fine, no issues there, they were pleasant attentive and welcoming. The fare was unfortunately poor. The breakfast menu was limited, with eggs on ciabatta plus other added options. Two small pieces of pancetta cost $7.50 extra. Poor value overall compared to other establishments we visited on the same trip. The scrambled eggs option looked unusual and the diners that chose that option wondered if they were powdered eggs. To finish off the dining experience the coffee was Luke-warm, mamma-mia….. Unlikely we’ll be returning, our worst hospitality experience whilst away in Petone and surrounds for four days.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Antonio Cacace, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 21 September 2023

Thanks very much for your feedback. My personal apologies for your experience, the only thing I can say (I will leave up to your judgement) is that we are currently struggling with good staff. Under the current situation in hospitality, you get some of these...More

Reviewed 21 July 2023

I love Italian food, so we decided to come to La Bella Italia for lunch. Great vibe, with a deli and a shop. Delicious Lamb Pasta with tomato sauce, which I ordered, I also really enjoyed the Margherita pizza, Great service, Also great dessert options,...there was an ice-cream parlour where I ordered chocolate ice icecream. I would come back, I was very happy.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Antonio Cacace, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2023
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Grazie Mille !!!!!

Reviewed 17 July 2023

saw it beside street at noon!great service from Emre and great food!first time to taste Italian food!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 25 May 2023

Never been disappointed, we like the food we like the food options, maybe a wider wine selection will be great.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 11 May 2023

Impromptu drop in lunch. Calamari still great. Had the risotto as main this time - and very tasty with lots of seafood in it. All topped off with friendly service, and a sneaky wee pantry shop at the end of lunch. Thanks again!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 May 2023

The best Italian in Wellington... Staff, food, deli and coffee is the best you will find Traditional and owners are charming and go out of their way win assisiting.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 22 April 2023

Great breakfast and friendly, welcoming service. A must-do fir any visitor to Wellington and surrounds.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 25 March 2023

We often dine here and love the food; however, today i tried the salmon pasta, and within 10 minutes of finishing my meal - i felt faint and nausea. I had to rush to the bathroom where I threw up. After purging the meal out...of my system, I felt OK afterwards. It’s a food poinsoning called Scombroid fish poisoning that occurs very quickly after eating the fish, usually within 30 minutes. We mentioned the incident to the Manager/ owner who just got angry at us and said “terrible comments..” and he just stormed off. We were just giving us honest account of what happened. Aren’t the customers always right? They didn’t even offer to deduct the cost of the dish from our bill. We didn’t ask for anything but just thought they should know so that their chefs can check their salmon! Very disappointed with the reaction from the owner/ manager. So if you have any negative feedback - don’t bother talking to the Manager/ owner.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Antonio Cacace, Owner at La Bella Italia, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2023

Typical review for someone who asked for a discount or a free meal. We buy salmon from the McKenzie Country and have had this dish on the menu for more than three years. It is one of the most popular dishes on the menu. On...More

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2 October 2017|
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Response from jaypot2015 | Reviewed this property |
I'd resume yes, but unsure. I've read a newspaper article recently about problems the owner has had with both his restaurants (Wtn and Petone) with changes to accommodate licencing laws.
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Response from Venderina | Property representative |
Hi Laurel, no, we are not open on Christmas Day. we will be closed on the 25th and 26th of December. all the other days and all the evenings of December we will be open. Thanks Ciao!!
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LA BELLA ITALIA, Wellington - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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La Bella Italia is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5