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Sponsored by: Bella Cucina

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Exceptional
1. Exceptional
"The staff were friendly and attentive and the food was exceptional"
WhangareiSoulsurfer
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2. Wood Fired Pizza
2. Wood Fired Pizza
"amazed by how good and fresh the pizza was, one of the best pizzas "
tasha472
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3. Authentic Italian
3. Authentic Italian
"Great Italian wood fired breads and pizza, superb home made pasta"
Daniel P
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About
Bella Cucina is located in a character building in Queenstown’s Brecon Street Dining precinct. Walk through Bella Cucina's doors and be instantly warmed by the huge wood-fired oven and embraced by the wonderful aromas of Italy. Bella Cucina showcases the delight of simple fresh flavours. Much more than pizza and pasta, Bella Cucina is an authentic Italian kitchen with a daily changing menu to incorporate the freshest produce. Since opening in 2008, Bella Cucina has become a firm favourite for casual dining in Queenstown. Everything is made from scratch with love. It’s fresh, delicious and affordable. Taste the true flavours of Italy at Bella Cucina today. Serving from 5 pm daily.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We booked a table in advance and I was glad we did, as this place seems to be a local/tourist hot-spot. We shared a calzone and a carbonara. Both we exceptional and really well priced. I would definitely go back to this restaurant next time...I'm in QueenstownMore

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 5 November 2020 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended to me by a friend who had been to Queenstown recently. We arrived and decided to go there the day of arrival. We went with another couple who live down here who had also never been. After our meal, there is...no doubt that they will be back and bring all their friends. The food was excellent. I can say with my hand on my heart it was the best Italian food that I’ve had in New Zealand in recent times. This is said also after just visiting Italy last year. The service was excellent the wine list was extensive and the food was fabulous!! It was also excellent value, so it won’t break the bank. Highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: November 2020
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BellaManger, General Manager at Bella Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2020

Hi Janelle, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us this lovely review! Glad we were able to hit the mark for you with our wine, food, service, and value. Best food in New Zealand is a really special compliment. We're really glad...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We ordered bruschetta, pizza and pasta here. The bruschetta were overcooked and seasoned. Pasta and pizza were both good. The panna cotta was to die for! I wish they had more options in the menu :)More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Bella Manger, General Manager at Bella Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi, thanks so much for taking the time to leave us your feedback! I've spoken to the chef about the daily bruschetta and we've definitely adjusted it since then. I'm sorry that we weren't able to blow you away with the starter, but I'm glad...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Delicious classic Italian dinner loved by all the whanau. We had the trust the chef and it was lovely and catered for everyone including my gluten free daughter. Hoping to go back. Our waitress Laurie was excellent both knowledgeable and a great dinner guide.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Bella Manger, General Manager at Bella Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Janine, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review! We really appreciate it. Really happy to hear that you enjoyed our "trust the chef" option, they certainly do their best to accommodate all dietary restrictions and preferences. Laurie...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We both ordered the carbonara...the pasta was ok but the sauce was very plain and bland. It just tasted like cream. Last time we came here, the waitress came to the table with fresh parmesan to grate over our pasta but this time that didn't...happen. There was also no salt & pepper on the table which was very much needed. Overall, quite disappointing and we will not be returning as there are so many other fantastic restaurants in Queenstown to enjoy.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Bella Manger, General Manager at Bella Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi Pete, I'm very sorry to hear about your disappointing experience here at Bella Cucina. As a team, we hold ourselves to a high standard of both service and food quality. It sounds like unfortunately we didn't meet that standard for you, and for that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family had a fantastic dinner here - beautiful Italian food with excellent service. The dishes were flavoursome and light - fantastic wood fired pizzas. Garlic Pizza bread and Carpaccio to start, followed by spaghetti bolognaise, carbonara, pea and mint risotto and margarita pizza. You...won’t go wrong here!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Bella Manger, General Manager at Bella Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there, thank you so much for the 5 star review! I'm glad to hear that we were able to blow you away with the wood fired pizzas, starters, and fresh made pastas. Really looking forward to seeing you back in the restaurant again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staff have been one of the most switched on staff I have seen in many years, the pizzas were simply perfect, panna cotta was to the point! (We ordered a second round of desserts, never done that before- ever!) This is a must visit...when in Queenstown!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Bella Manger, General Manager at Bella Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Alex, thanks so much for your kind words! As a team, we work hard to give everyone a 100% experience from the moment they walk in the door. As for the desserts, you can ALWAYS have room for panna cotta! Looking forward to seeing...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent food and cosy dining. Our waitress Laurie was absolutely lovely and helpful 😊We had a great time here

Date of visit: January 2021
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Bella Manger, General Manager at Bella Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Paris, thanks heaps for the lovely review. Laurie and the whole team are happy we were able to be a part of a great night for you! See you again soon :)

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'd always walked past this little place but on a rainy afternoon it looked so inviting. Very friendly atmosphere and lovely ambiance. Waitress explained their ethos and how everything is fresh, local and the menu changes every day. Very quick service, lovely food and wine....Went with my daughter but would happily go by myself too. We were served by 3 different ladies and all were very cheerful and helpful.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Bella Manger, General Manager at Bella Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi Pam, thanks heaps for the 5 star review! We really appreciate your kind words. The team here at Bella Cucina is a small and passionate one, so it's nice to hear that the hard work is appreciated. We hope to see you back again...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We dined here tonight and it was the best Italian food we have had in 10 years. Beautiful authentic Italian food and lovely friendly service. Very highly recommended by our whole family!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Bella Manger, General Manager at Bella Cucina, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hi there, thank you for taking the time to leave us a 5 star review! Happy to hear that we are now recommended by you, it is truly a privilege to hear that. Best Italian food in 10 years is a wonderful compliment to our...More

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One of the things we're most proud of is our intimate and personal dining scene. This means, just like our restaurant, our kitchen is also intimate - as in quite small. Unfortunately we do not do Gluten Free pasta or pizza... More
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