La Bella Italia
Lower Hutt City 04-566 9303
- Mon – Wed 7.30 am – 5 pm
- Thu & Fri 7.30 am – late
- Sat & Sun 9 am – late
- Business Dining
- Children's Menu
- Conference Facilities
- Out Catering
- Private Functions
- Private Parties
- Romantic Dining
- Wedding Functions
- Breakfast Meetings
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
- Price Range: Spendy, $25 - $35
- Dress Code: Casual
- Alcohol: Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
- Seating for: 90
- BYO/Corkage: No BYO
- Parking: Free Off-Street
- Good For Groups: Yes
- Good For Children: Yes
- Takeaways: Yes
- Takes Reservations: Yes
- Dietary Restrictions: Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Outdoor Seating: Yes
- Meals: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
- Wi-Fi: None
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.
42 Reviews for La Bella Italia
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We asked if these could be remade as no one wants to eat burnt pizza. The waitress was very nice and took them back to the kitchen. A few minutes later the same burnt pizzas come back out and the owner himself struts over and tells us, and I quote “These pizzas are not burnt, they are crispy cooked. My chefs are trained professionals and know what they are doing.” I couldn’t believe my ears. What happened to the customer is always right? So we were left with our very burnt pizzas which got maybe half eaten and the overly priced bill at the end.
Not sure who the owner thinks he is or what world he’s in but that’s an unacceptable way to treat customers in any establishment.
Visited May 2014
I loved the atmosphere and the staff were very good.
I definitely will be back.
Visited February 2013
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.
Visited March 2013
Visited January 2013
Visited October 2012
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.
Visited April 2012
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!
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
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.
Would recommend trying this place.
Good Luck.. & Thanks
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.
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.
Hilary from SaRC Social Club.
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
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
Visited March 2013
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.
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.
We went on a weekend for lunch and they were busy. We had a group of six adults and one toddler. Luckily, we had booked a table for 1.30pm.
The food took quite a while to come and was gone fairly fast because we were hungry.
Very nice but we were lucky that we ordered some sides to fill us up.
Tasty but expensive.
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.