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“Birthday Treat”

Bella Italia Southampton Above Bar
Ranked #229 of 854 Restaurants in Southampton
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: One of two Bella Italias in the seaside city of Southampton, this branch can be found along the Above Bar Street, just opposite Palmerston Park and just a shirt stroll from the Southampton Guildhall. Enjoy a good range of Italian treats from the extensive a la carte menu such as the Formaggio Fritto for starters (deep fried parmesan, fontina and mozzarella cheese in breadcrumbs with red onion marmalade) followed by the Penne Zafferano (penne pasta with smoked salmon, prawns and cherry tomatoes in a spinach and saffron cream sauce). The set menu is always great value and there is a brilliant menu for the little ones too. The wine list stays faithful to Italy as do most of the beer options.
Southampton, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Birthday Treat”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

If ever my family has a special occasion to celebrate, we always end up at Bell Italia at Above Bar in Southampton. This time around it was a birthday for me that included a 0 at the end. The staff made me feel very special and thankfully they didn't sing happy birthday although they did bring me a cake with a sparkler. The food is always spectacular and this was no exception. The children enjoy eating here and my wife (that is unfortunately vegetarian AND suffers from nut allergies) always finds lots to choose from. A man collapsed across his table and then slid to the floor but I don't think it was because he saw the bill! And that is perhaps one of the best things about Bella Italia, it is good value for money. It doesn't break the bank to take the whole family. Highly recommended. PS The chap recovered and walked out after being cared for by the staff.

  • Visited February 2014
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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146 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“A quick but excellent pasta”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

Pleased with prompt service as on our way to the theatre. Excellent quality & plentiful pasta dishes - served hot. Well recommended.

Visited March 2014
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant”
Reviewed 7 February 2014

WE often eat at this restaurant when visiting my daughter at uni in Southampton. The staff are always friendly and helpful. The food is nice and we always have a pleasant time there. I usually change up some of my Tesco Clubcard vouchers so feel it is also excellent value.

  • Visited February 2014
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Good food, friendly staff”
Reviewed 2 January 2014 via mobile

I eat here alot with my friends and girlfriend, food has always been great. Service is also very good, waiters always check back to see jow your food was and to see if you would like anything extra. Perfect for a afternoon lunch out!

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Reading, England, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very Enjoyable ”
Reviewed 14 December 2013 via mobile

Had a very nice lunch, salmon and roasted vegetables from the specials menu. Promptly served even though it was busy, friendly staff. Absolutely nothing to complain about, will return.

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Thank Chris F
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