Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
From the moment you walk through the door you will feel like you are in Italy! The Restaurant, Cafe & Shop sell and serve the best Italian products in a true Italian atmosphere.
La Bella Italia is an Italian Cafe, Restaurant and shop all under one roof in vibrant Petone.
We are open 7 days a week for dining and shopping. We are also open on Thursday, Friday and Saurday evening.
Woodfired pizzas available everyday for lunch and dinner.
Every Month we organise demonstration dinners where we offer a 3- course dinner. During this event Antonio Cacace or one of La Bella Italia Chefs show you how to prepare this menu yourself. We also organise Hands On Classes for you to learn how to make Ravioli with 2 different fillings.
We are also available for giftbaskets, functions and catering and have a wholesale department.
Absolutely Amazing!! Went for dinner on Friday night with hubby and our 3 year old daughter. I ordered the gnocchi with lemon and zucchini. I can’t describe how awesome it was! Very tasty. Hubby ordered Eggplant parmigiana and another culinary triumph! Bubs got the margherita pizza and we picked at it. Also fabulous. We paired our meals with the rocket and Parmesan salad and bread basket. Fabulous! Food so fresh and cooked to perfection! It may look like small portions but that was all we had and were rolling out the door. The service was second to none, which extremely friendly staff who were very attentive to our little one. Thank you Paolo for being such a great waiter! Will be back again. Probably tomorrow!!!
Very nice degustion meal on Sat night with husband. Well timed service of each course, and beautiful flavours. Husband ate many things he would never have tried normaaly – and lapped it all up. Left feeling very full. Great night.
I went to La Bella Italia on a busy lunchtime, and absolutely loved the experience. I would definitely recommend the restaurant. I ordered ravioli and I loved it! The pasta was cooked perfectly and the filling was delicious. Our waiter was funny, engaging and made sure we were served. The atmosphere was fun and relaxed. La Bella Italia is the best place for a family. I also tried one of their many pizzas, and was amazed! The sauce was beautiful, just the right amount of spice and tomato flavor. The many gelato flavors were very appealing, and the gelato I had was great. Once again, I would thoroughly recommend this restaurant, and I would like to point out that the waiter we had was outstanding. Definitely go to this restaurant!!
This restaurant was recommended to me but I must have hit an off night. The waiter seemed distracted, and delivered the wrong drinks. And later on the same waiter made mistakes with the deserts. Trying to get his attention was impossible. When another waitress delivered the missing liquor, comments were made that implied it was our mistake. Perhaps this is an Italian thing. The food was pretty good, but seemed expensive for what you got, compared to other restaurants in Wellington. So, for two of us it was average. Will look elsewhere.
The beautiful authentic Italian food here at La Bella was just great. Also enjoyed the chatty Italian-style banter with the excellent Italian waiter and also the owner/manager (?), who helped take dessert orders when things got a bit hectic.
I liked that our waiter acknowledged that they were unfortunately short-staffed towards the very end of our meal, when the service slowed down (we had several kids starting to jump around impatiently!). He went and sorted out the gelato for us promptly after I asked where desserts were.
I like the high-ceilinged warehouse style space, which somehow has great low-acoustics so we didn’t have any trouble hearing each other talk in spite of the huge space. The venue is extremely light and airy, even on the dull-weather day that it was.
I have to re-iterate how tremendous the food was. I had a delish salad and a margarita pizza, and heavenly strawberry gelato for dessert. Re the pizza: the dough was perfect, light, and flavoursome. Tomato sauce topping was tangy and beautiful with the basil. Loved the whole eating experience.
Highly recommend. They just need to make sure they’ve got enough staff on… but it was a public holiday – so that’s a fairly good excuse.
I had purchased this restaurant’s voucher deal for a 3 course meal for 2 people. We had never been to this restaurant and were pleasantly surprised when we arrived as the location and venue were very cute. Unfortunately the good stuff stops there. We had a difficult time trying to figure out what we could order for the deal as each person kept telling us something different. We ordered the grilled veggie appetizer which had no flavor at all, and for the mains we ordered the seafood pasta and the ravioli. The seafood pasta had no flavor and the pasta noodles were not cooked all the way. We realize that the tradition with fresh pasta is to eat it a bit al dente, however, these noodles were not even al dente. It was a shame because the dish was mostly these undercooked noodles which really made it unappetizing to eat. The ravioli was good, but over priced for the quality of what you got. We then ordered dessert of the tiramisu , and we were left to wait as the waiter had forgotten us. We waited over 30 mins for the dessert which was in the cooler deli portion just behind us, and not one person came to check on us in that time. The tiramisu was ok, but nothing amazing. We were really sad because we really wanted to like this restaurant, but sadly it was just not good and we will not be going back.
I’ve dined her twice now. Second time was way better than the first as it seemed the food was cooked better. Didn’t like my first dining experience as we were squashed in on a busy Friday night. Food is ok, portions not that big but the variety of cheese you can purchase is amazing.
I ordered Amalfi, I was disappointed there was just a bit of basil and rocket on top. they were really just ‘a bit’… I sat by the pizza cooking booth and I noticed almost all pizza they make were they looked not much food on it, kind of ‘trying-to-less’.
I like La Bella Italia. I guess it’s the only place in Wellington area to eat well pizza however maybe, it’s become not? other Italian food looks great though.
Great service Roberto! Went for lunch, came out choc full wanting to go for a siesta. Must say the Italian hot chocolates are devine – could even stand your spoon up in it! Very attentive service from all the staff, personality to boot and Antonio, the owner, always makes you feel so welcome!
We came to this restaurant on reputation, and were not disappointed. We came for family dinner with our 2 young children, who were well catered for with “real” food. I forgot to order gluten free so had to ask for a last minute change, the staff were more than happy to accommodate. I can’t decide what was better, the service, or the food! It felt like, just for a little moment, we were really in Italy. Going to do one of Antonio’s tours one day…
We went to La Bella Italia on Friday night and what a lovely surprise it was to find there was live piano music on! It really added a nice vibe to the already vibrant atmosphere, a real unexpected treat for everybody. I had not been there for quite some time and I decided to try their pizza. I am glad I did because it was the best I had in New Zealand without doubt. My husband had the Steak with chips and I could see the joy on his face while he was eating. The whole experience was joyful actually, because of the music and the personality of the wait staff, who was competent but also able, even on a very busy Friday night, to add some extra warmth to the service that really made the difference to our dining experience.
The desserts were outstanding: I had the Meringa and my husband the Tiramisu’, both memorable. We won’t wait too long to go back for sure!
Dined out here last Friday with friends, first time I’d been here for dinner. Place was a-buzz when we arrived, brilliant atmosphere, was quite excited to try what was on offer.
The service was great, and wine recommended by our friendly waitress was perfect really brought out the flavours in the antipasto dish we shared as an entree.
However a couple of disappointments the mains were all quite bland and boring as well as being quite heavily priced. Had pistachio gelato for dessert and it had a slight chemical taste. Would have expected a bit more for what we were paying but overall (mostly due to the company) a lovely dining experience
I must admit walking into the place it looked nice as there was so much going on and to take in. And I loved the little side seats for 2 between the shelves very different. I went last week for dinner with 3 other Friends a good girlie night out. We all decided on La Bella Italia, as it had some good reviews I was looking forward to going. We got an Antipasto platter to share and some breads and dips and these were amazing totally loved every bite that there was to offer. With the mains I had the Lemon Chicken & potatoes, It was nice but nothing to flash I did expect a lot more taste from an Italian place and did have to more lots off salt on. . The Prawn Pasta one off the girls had looked to be something that we could have made at home and to me the prawns were more like shrimp. Another had the meatballs which did look very yummy, but to me was not 100% tasty since we all had a try at all the meals. But their Gelato Ice Cream was to die for totally loved it and was a good taste to end with.
We did all how ever like the look of the rest off the food on the menu and will be back to try more off the dishes. And would differently be back to for the platter and the Gelato.
I am a frequent visitor to la bella and usually go to enjoy their special fettucine with clams. They generally know why I am there when I arrive.
My last visit was very dissappointing. The service was as you expect at La Bella. Italian style. warm and hospitable but a little lacking polish. That’s OK we are in Italy and the mix ups were quickly recified.
I order my usual and are very dissappointed. The pasta was not “to the bite” but one step short of that so was very firm and unless I constantly coated it with the meagre amount of sauce became dry and stuck together. One small tomato does not a tomato sauce make and my clams were somewhat lacking in quantity too.
My desert cake – fig and pistacio should have been removed form display a few days ago, dry and course. The ice cream once I got through the crusty past on the edges was divine and my simple glass of Montepulciano just as I expected.
Is this a restaurant trying to do too many things, deli, restaurant, cooking classes, tours, personalities. Maybe sticking to the basics and providing consistently good food every time would ensure the clientelle keep coming back. I wont be and most of my group said they wouldn’t be.
Booking dinner at this restaurant turned out to be very popular with our social club members – we had quite a crowd going along.
My request to the restaurant to extend the booking was no problem, even at short notice.
When we arrived, we were politely shown to our table. I hadn’t been there before and hadn’t realised the size of the venue – it’s huge!
Discussions over the menu choices with (presumably) the Maitre d’ were clear and he went to great lengths to accommodate requests. However, there was a concern later that the price of the specials wasn’t made obvious at the time of ordering, only at the time of paying.
I ordered lasagna with a side salad of rocket. I thought the servings were very generous. I could see other pasta dishes that were huge as well. My lasagna was delicious.
Some members of our party ordered desserts and they looked amazing.
I ordered EB Tea instead of dessert. I ordered it with soya milk but was brought cows milk. When I pointed out the error, it was swiftly replaced.
I found the staff to be very polite and attentive and, despite the little hiccups, we enjoyed our evening very much.
I think I’ll be putting it on our event calendar again in the not too distant future.
Your meals are very expensive! when being told the days specials the wait staff spoke so fast we could not understand them. All around it was very disappointing! Meal was lovely but left feeling hungry still as was so little. Meals could be alot bigger for the price that they are.
Also, wait staff were hesitant and gave strange looks when asking for meat to be cooked Well done! Also bread baskets, bread was cold, no side plates were offered to eat the bread from.
All around the meal was nice, but could have been bigger. More time taken by wait staff to advise of specials and speaking slower.
I won’t be dining here again
My friends daughter chose this place for her Mums 50th earlier this year. We were a large table and opted for the set menu with my family as an exception due to dietary requirements. What a terrible evening – the wait staff and owner argued over the order, argued over the price, double charged my friend for alcohol that her daughter had already paid for and then to top it off disappeared with the large amount of her birthday cake that was left never to reappear with it. I would not recommend it nor would I ever eat there again. I couldn’t even say the food was good enough to justify the owners attitude.
What an amazing evening we had last night at La Bella Italia. We went there last night with my wife and a group of friends.
some of them had never been there and we wanted to give them a taste of something different and it could not go better!!!
We tried as many dishes as possible of the new menu and all of them were outstanding, well cooked, simple but also original.
My favourite dishes were the Gnocchi, the Risotto and the Salmon. The Chicken was superb…
Thanks Bella Italia for giving us always a touch of Italy.
The desserts were just divine and the service friendly and attentive as always.
We will be back soon and enjoy the rest of the dishes we have left
I was recommended La Bella Italia from a friend several times. I was curious to try and got the chance to do so last Friday when I went to Wellington for the WOW festival. I had a great experience, the food was superb and the atmosphere was fantastic. Best lamb fillet I’ve ever had. We also tried a new wine we had never had before, Cannonau, and became big fans!
I received two tickets for an Opera concert and dinner and decided to go with a friend. I did not find out the dinner was prepared by La Bella Italia until I got there. The menu was superb, can’t complain at all. I especially liked the roast pork, it was cooked to perfection. Before the dinner, the music performed was celestial and very nice – I am not a big Opera fan but really enjoyed the soprano’s voice and rendition of the songs. I was happy to see La Bella Italia does music events in addition to being the best restaurant in Wellington!
Great food, great coffee, great service. (Does have a distinct lack of parking though.) The atmosphere is generally bubbling with chatter – it feels very authentic with the open space and visible kitchen. Have been tempted to try one of their cooking nights – but that is slightly beyond our budget.
Roger and I thoroughly enjoyed the cooking class we attended on Wednesday 23rd of June 2011. Our daughter Joanne was booked for the class, but air travel from the Gold Coast disrupted because of the ash cloud meant she couldn’t come.
However, Roger filled her spot in the class and I know really enjoyed it and made some great Ravioli, which we have taste tested already! The nibbles and bubbly to start, and the ‘goodies’ bag for us at the end of the class was much appreciated.
Gabriele while we know is a great chef, is also an excellent teacher and his personality and interaction with our ‘hands on’ attempt was great.
To end ‘our’ evening before heading home, we enjoyed a great pizza in the Restaurant.
So thanks to everyone, and we’re hoping that when Joanne has her next break from work and able to get back to New Zealand that the classes will still be on…..I know she will want to attend.
It was my first time at La Bella Italia last Sunday – will definitely be back for more. I was visiting Wellington to spend Easter weekend together with my partner and parents in law, we made a booking at La Bella Italia to spend the Sunday in a different way (we didn’t have to cook – now that’s a holiday!) and were overwhelmed by the quality of food, of service and by the vibrant atmosphere.
We went to the restaurant around 1pm and we were kindly taken to our table, which was nicely set up and in a quiet area of the restaurant. We were advised there was a new menu – and enjoyed going through it trying to read the Italian as well… I wonder how good we did!!! After a delicious antipasto (bruschetta of the day – with green olive tapenade) we ordered four mains and decided to try the recommended wines matched to the dishes. I had a risotto with Borlotti beans and fennel sausages, I was mesmerized by the subtle flavours and by the delicate texture. The in-laws had a lamb steak each and my partner had the mushrooms with gorgonzola cheese – I had to try some of that! My Valpolicella wine was great, but also had a taste of the Pinot Grigio – one of my favourite types of wine.
Although we were already satisfied with our food (generous portions-yay!) we couldn’t help but notice how nice and mouth-watering the dessert cabinet looked, so we tried a couple of them, to finish off our meal. We tried the Pastiera (apparently a typical Easter cake in Naples) and the poached pears with chocolate and amaretti and were so happy about our choice!
I don’t live in Wellington, so I’m not sure when I’ll have the chance to go back. But I definitely will, I need to try more from their new menu. Highly recommended.
Awesome food! I have been to Italy several times and this is the best Italian restaurant I’ve tried in New Zealand. You can definitely tell it’s all fresh – and service is really good, despite being a busy place. I have to say the space between tables is minimal and doesn’t give you much privacy, but in a way it adds to the real Italian experience. Anyway, this is about the food! As a lover of authentic cuisine from all over the world, I so much appreciated the food here is done the way it is done in Italy and not the “Kiwi” way. I had the Linguine with Clams as a main, the serving was very generous and the flavours!!! Bellissimo. Just like in Italy. I believe the food here is different to what we normally have in New Zealand and the tastes are delicate compared to what we generally have. I truly appreciate this, it is great to be able to taste the tomato and the clams and the pasta itself. I am not interested in having a dish full of garlic and peppercorns, those are dressings, not food! For dessert, I had a slice of almond and chocolate cake accompanied by the liqueur suggested in the menu, very good as well. I found the liqueur selection very interesting and will be back to try some new ones. Overall a great experience, with great food and service, love the lively ambience.
I have to go against the grain here. I did not find either the food or coffee nice on my two visits there. The one exception was a slice which was lovely indeed. That was ordered because I wasn’t prepared to try a main again.I do wonder if some diners think it is better than it is because of the good ambience and the warehouse situation.
I went to La Bella with a couple of friends because we heard so much about it – great food and atmosphere. One of the staff welcomed us and asked us what we were after, then sat us at a table. He gave us the menu and there was so much to choose from… I thought I was going to have some pasta or pizza but there was so much choice, I had to change my mind. It was five of us so we started our dinner with a shared antipasto of Parma ham and Buffalo Mozzarella, we also got some white wine to match with it. Then we got our mains – pasta with tomato and bacon sauce, scotch fillet, pizza, ravioli, and linguini with clams. I have to say the food was really tasty and fresh, my expectations were met! We were about to go but then noticed the dessert cabinet. I had never seen some of the desserts so we tried some – I had a slice of cake that was just amazing. Overall, I can say this place is really great and deserves its reputation, will definitely go again
We went to La Bella last week for dinner and it was amazing. We were warmly greeted at the entrance and given a nice table at the back. It was Saturday night so the options also included traditional Italian pizza. We had some bruschetta as a starter and then ordered pizza – I had a pizza with Italian sausage, my partner had the one with seafood. We were so happy with our choice – the pizza was so good and the beer we had with it was just a perfect combination…. We decided to have a look around the shop before leaving, we found so many different types of pasta and products I’ve never seen before in Wellington. We will be back again, highly recommended!
We Booked for our 40th Wedding Anniversary on the 28th March 09.Thank you Antonio and your staff the food was wonderful we had 18 guests it all went like clock work the wine and food platters were just wonderful. Staff were attentive we weren’t rushed it was better than our orginal wedding. Thanks so much we really enjoyed it. Happy Customer Kind Regards Del and Alan Jupp. (Cascades Motor Lodge Taupo)
Hard to argue that this is probably one of the most genuine Italian places in Wellington and unbeknown to most, because of my mostly Pacific Island heritage and skin colour, very few would pick me as being part Italian as well – so surely that should make me something of an Italian connoisseur right?
Situated in a warehouse also filled with Italian grocery items, its hard to go past the scent of all that Italian fare, Parmesan being one of the more recognisable scents. The place can be busy and the tables and chairs are pushed so close together, that an intimate conversation would easily be muddled with those sitting beside you. Squeezing inbetween tables is not advisable for pregnant women or those horizontally endowed – particularly in the buttocks region. You may get a salt shaker somewhere you dont want it in the process.
The food itself is very nice – and most things appeared to be covered in Parmesan. If you’re incredibly hungry, be warned that serving sizes are a bit on the small side – considering the price, this can come as a shock. Most of what I saw being served looked absolutely delicious and my own food, lasagne (I know, a bit cliche) was very nice – very tomatoe-y (and appeared to be a popular dish as at least 3 other people next to me also had it).
The menu isnt overly expansive, but there is a good selection of desserts (including gelato) and coffee on hand. Failing that, my advice would be to make sure you have an entree as well.
Overall, this is a good place to try some genuine Italian food and pick up a few items for your own pantry. It doesnt get a 5th star, solely because of the cramped nature of the seating – but if you love food, it is well worth a visit.