Knockout Italian From Bella Italia In Watford

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Bella Italia Mains

In the last few years the number of restaurants in Watford has improved tenfold with a number of large chains appearing but when I saw the sign for Bella Italia last month I was ecstatic. I’ve been to this chain of Italian restaurants a number of times before and always had a good experience. When we go out as a family for dinner we love Italian food but we have to cater for my auntie who doesn’t eat pizza or pasta so somewhere with great grill options are always a huge plus.

The restaurant itself opened at the end of March and I had already been to the dry runs’ which took place a few days before and enjoyed some amazing food so when I was invited back to do a review meal it took me mere seconds to hit respond. I was lucky enough to be able to go with up to 4 people so I took along my mum, my brother Dan and his girlfriend Jodi on a Sunday evening. The staff at the restaurant are so friendly and accommodating that it really did put a few other chain restaurants to shame.

After our orders were taken our drinks were quickly brought out. Myself and my mum were pretty boring and just had diet coke (I was super exhausted after an obstacle run so could not face alcohol), but Dan had a bud and Jodi an Amaretto Sour which I have to admit did look amazing even though I am not an Amaretto fan.

Bella Italia Starters

The restaurant itself is well lit, the tables well laid out and with some pretty awesome artwork on the walls. The whole feel – despite not being too busy – was very cosy and inviting which is always a plus. The starters arrived pretty quickly with calamari for both myself and Jodi, pizza spirale which is dough sticks stuffed with mozzarella for my mum and Bruschetta for Dan. The presentation was gorgeous and I had to force everyone to hold tight for a few minutes so I could take photos. The starters were a really good size especially the bruschetta which was huge. The calamari was one of the best I have tasted as it was breadcrumbed rather than battered before deep frying so it tasted crispy and you could taste more than just the battered outside.

I had had the pizza spirale before but had to indulge myself again and try my mum’s and my god if I didn’t have a cheese and bread obsession before I do now! The mozzarella was soft and stringy and the dough soft and just amazing. The waiters were great and spotted the right moments when our plates needed clearing without feeling like they were hovering over us.

The mains didn’t take long to arrive and Dan had the Pizza Marco Polo which was a Chinese themed pizza with shredded duck, spring onions and plum based sauce on top. The pizza looked (and smelled) really nice and was truly unique and again it was eaten up so quickly. The rest of us opted for pasta with Jodi having Panzerotti Funghi which was pasta stuffed with a mushroom, spinach and cheese sauce, my mum had the Pasta Capra which was curly spaghetti with peppers, onions, goat’s cheese and a Pomodoro sauce and I opted for the tagliatelle Pomodoro

Bella Italia Deserts

Despite being a little on the stuffed side dessert was a must because why not?! Jodi had my favourite from last time the Cookie Dough Lava Cake which is a complete chocoholics dream (and diabetes nightmare), it is likd a softly made chocolate chip cookie with pools of chocolate sauce inside and topped with ice-cream. Safe to say it was amazingly soft and gooey and so sweet. Dan opted for tiramisu which he inhaled in about 2 minutes flat so safe to say he enjoyed that. My mum had their limoncello Meringue Pie which was quite sweet for a lemon dessert with crispy short crust edge and meringue on top. And finally, I opted for something from their gelato cart. I had scoops of mint chocolate chip, honeycomb and chocolate which was covered in popping candy (yes I am a child at heart) and it tasted exactly as you’d expect, amazing.

By the end of the meal we were well and truly stuffed and completely humbled by the generosity of the staff at the restaurant. Normally when we head to restaurants there’s at least one dish which isn’t raved about but absolutely everything we all had was spot on.

Have you ever been to Bella Italia?
*I was invited to Bella Italia by the team and given a complimentary meal but all opinions are my own.
April 12, 2016
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  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    Bella Italian reminds me of the town that I grew up in, as it was one of the only restaurants to go to, so I have happy memories of it. It’s nice to know that it’s still going.

  • We have a Bella Italia locally, and it always does a nice pasta dish. Definitely one to be recommended!

  • Beautyqueenuk

    It has been years since ive been to a Bella Italia, the desserts looks absolutely amazing x

  • Do you know I don’t think I have ever been to a Bella Italia – I totally fancy trying one now though :) x

  • This looks great, thank you for sharing. My daughters would love the cookie dough lava cake. I may have to take them just for dessert.

  • The food looks lovely, I love pasta. I would probably have gone for the same dessert as your Mum as have wanted something like that for a long time, my daughter would have loved the cookie dough dessert or all your choices of ice cream x

  • GlamourGlitterGloss

    I’ve been to a lot of Italians but I don’t think Bella Italia was one of them. I definitely to get a visit planned though, the pizza spirale sounds amazing. I love mozarella! And also the Pizza Marco Polo sounds yummy, I love plum sauce and shredded duck xx

  • Leanne Dolan

    I have a couple of Bella Italia restaurants near me but I’ve never been. Which is crazy considering pizza is my favourite food!

  • Ickle Pickle

    i love Italian food but have never been to a Bella Italia – the food looks amazing, lovely review. Kaz x

  • I love Bella Italia, You are so lucky that you were able to be invited! I haven’t been a while but got to love their pasta.

  • Melanie Edjourian

    I love the look of that pizza topped with rocket, yum!

  • Wow the food looks so good. I bet it was tasty.

  • Elizabeth

    Gosh those look like some seriously good eats! I’d like to visit there one day.

  • It all sounds delicious! I love italian food, and bella Italia is delicious. The amaretto sour sounds right up my street too!

  • Everything sounds so yummy! I have been to Bella Italia a couple of times but you’re talking a few years ago now. The pizza spirale sounds absolutely amazing, I love anything with mozarella! Also the Pizza Marco Polo sounds gorgeous, I love plum sauce and shredded duck!

  • Natasha Mairs

    OMG! those dessert just look so nice!! i need one right now

  • That pizza spirale looks scrummy! I’d probably order those myself along with a dessert! YUM!

  • Bex Smith

    Ooh this looks amazing! I may have to pop over there soon!

  • i love bella italia! i haven’t been in a while actually. i need their calamari

  • Oh wow that looks amazing. I love Italian food. :) I’ve never been to Bella Italia, but after seeing this I will drop in next time I see one. :) xxx


  • Renna Creighton

    I can’t wait to visit here
    Watford is becoming a restaurant town….so many great brands opening.

  • kitty kaos

    I keep meaning to go to Bella Italia it looks lovely! I tend to avoid Italian as I have Italian family and it never compares but that food looks so yum x

  • I haven’t been to Bella Italia. Honestly I thought it was just going to be a bland chain restaurant but reading your post has made me think about giving it a try.

  • I have never been but I can say that I would love it I think talian has to be my favourite food of all time

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