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Posted by NY_Diner100 on 12/10/2007
I LOVE the food in this place and it's a bargain for the area. However there's a lot of drama to order food; it's not set up efficiently and often times you can wait a while without receiving help. While generally well meaning, the staff here are not the sharpest knives in the drawer. I do return often for the good food but I allow lots of time if I plan to stay there.
Posted by Isabella Vita (I changed my name to it) on 12/06/2007
It was our first night in N.Y., we were ready to eat. We found Bella Vita by chance. And a good chance it was, indeed! WAIT TIME: about 45 mins. (but it was New Year's week). SERVICE: I personally didn't think it was the greatest, but it was late and there was a line, so possibly they were tired...giving them the benefit of the doubt. ATMOSPHERE: The place was a bit small, very crouded, but nice either way. I really didnt want to use the ladies room cause I didnt want to bump into anyone (and I'm fit). FOOD: The aroma from the combination of foods was wonderful! We ordered pizza and fried zuccini. Oh my gosh! The first bite I took was amazing! And the zuccini was like nothing I've never had before before. I tell all my friends here in Ca. to stop by if ever in N.Y. If it were up to me, we would had ate there everyday! But we did kinda' want to see N.Y.
Posted by jenny on 11/26/2007
My husband planned a trip to NYC for my 40th birthday, in June of '07 Bella Vita was the first restaurant we went to, and was by far the best. It was very busy, and we were seated promptly, the wait staff was soooo friendly and courteous. The portions were huge, the appetizers were too much for two people to share, one is plenty for two people!! The fried zuccini is fantastic, so order one for the both of you, or three or four of you. I had the ravioli and was delicious, my husband had the caccatori, oh my goodness the best we've had. I absolutely recommend Bella Vita. We are back in NYC at New Years and will definately be dining the Bella Vita.!!!!!!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 11/24/2007
Service and food was very good. A must try. You will not be dissapointed.
Posted by pas on 10/26/2007
I found this restaurant through menupages and now it's a must stop on every trip to new york. The pizza is without a doubt the best I've ever had. Even if we don't eat there we have to get a pizza or two to take home with us just because no one believes just how good it is until they try it. I always forget that they don't take credit cards until I get there but it's not a problem since there's an atm right in the entry. Everything we've seen come out of the kitchen looks extraordinary but we usually can't get enough of the pizza. Definitely give it a try!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/09/2007
First time to NY ever, and had to try some NY Pizza. We found this place by wondering around Time Square looking for NY Pizza. Being from California, we were a little taken back by the way Pizza looks in NY vs CA. NY wins hands down. The owner of Bella Vita was there when we came in and hooked us up with the best Pizza ever!! The service was great, we happened to be there on a night that was not too crowded, so we were able to relax and eat our Pizza and drink our beer. I have recommended this place to all my friends that have gone to NY since. They have all loved it!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/01/2007
I go here for lunch about twice a week. I always order by the slice and take my food to go. Let me start with the good. The pizza is usually very good - fresh dough, sauce and sliced mozarella (ie. not frozen/shredded). That's about it. Now for the bad.... The layout of this place is god-awful. As you wait for your pizza, you're constantly bumped by hurried waiters criss-crossing from the pickup counter to the dine-in tables. The oven is tiny so unless the pizza you want is sitting in the window, forget about waiting for them to make one. They seem to give preferential treatment to dine-in and delivery, which is fine, but they never tell you when they're backed up. I once watched them cook and box up 9 cheese pies before getting the the 2 plain slices I ordered. A good 20 minutes passed and the whole time they acted like mine was coming right up. Lastly, they've been skimping lately on the mozarella. You'll see cheese pies sitting there with about 40% of the top covered with cheese. I recently asked for a slice of pepperoni and they attempted to give me one an empty cheese slice with uncooked pepperoni on top, which was not passing for me. This place is unfortunately like many NYC eateries - inconsistent with often rude service and occasionally terrific food.