With Bella Italia opening on July 1st, here are some good reasons to get to know your new local Italian...
Authentic dishes, inspired by Italy
From pasta to risotto, pizza to calzone, the menu at Bella Italia is filled with soul-soothing fare bound to draw the family close around the table. There are over 20 new dishes on the updated spring menu, so pop in and try the cheesy new Roman classic Cacio e Pepe, or the mouth-watering al-forno Carne Festa, a rigatoni pasta baked in a creamy tomato sauce with meatballs, Luganica sausage, chicken, red onion and pancetta.
The vegan-friendly menu
The menu boasts over 20 options for vegans, vegetarians and those seeking gluten-free and dairy-free dishes - so there's something for everyone, literally. Classic pasta dishes like Bolognese, Pollo Pesto and Polpette Americano, and Margherita, Pollo Vesuvio and Create Your Own pizzas all come as vegan options.
With delicious spritzes on the drinks menu, you can make like an Italian and kick the evening off with an Aperol Spritz for 'Aperitivo' - the Italian version of cocktail hour, when you leave the stresses of the day well and truly behind you. Have something to celebrate? Then start your meal with some bubbles in the form of Prosecco or Sparkling Rosé Extra Dry. Of course, Bella Italia's drinks menu includes plenty of Italian classics, like Montepulciano, Gavi and Birra Menabrea.
Kick off your day with an Italian breakfast spread for a fiver. Bella Italia's £5 breakfast menu includes delicious Italian-style oven-baked omelettes, traditional cooked breakfasts, stacks of pancakes, toasted ciabatta, fruit salads and mouth-watering options for veggies and vegans.
We recommend the Forte Frittata, made with spinach, new potatoes, red peppers, spicy ‘nduja sausage, pepperoni and green chillies - it comes as a veggie option too.
Those with a sweet tooth won't want to miss new desserts like Coconut Panna Cotta, cinnamon-dusted Mini Doughnuts or the Dolcetti Sharing Desserts - with mini versions of the Chocolate Brownie, Tiramisu, Strawberry Cheesecake and Coconut Panna Cotta, designed to share for a taste of everything.