Oh my lordy lord lord in heaven thank you for the carbs. I'll say this, if the Rock n Roll marathon series didn't cancel this coming year's race in St. Pete, this is where I'd carb load the night before.
That was the plan last Friday when my girlfriend and I came here - some carb loading before a long training run in the morning, and Bella Brava did not disappoint. I got the Rigatoni Crostata. The menu describes it as, "pomodoro sauce, spicy Italian fennel sausage, roasted red and yellow peppers, ricotta, fontina, pecorino, fresh basil & housemade mozzarella baked in the woodstone oven with a crispy asiago cheese bread crust."
Picture a chicken pot pie but made with the above ingredients and instead of pie crust, its bread, bread, and more bread with baked asiago cheese. The server may lie to you and say, it looks big, but there's a lot of air and it's really not that much. There is a lot of trapped air, that part is true, but do not let him trick you. This is easily a two person entrée. I never - ever - take food home, and not because I am wasteful, but because I eat everything on my plate. I couldn't come close on this.
Okay, so it's big, but how does it taste. Awesome! Its so flavorful and bready bread bread bread....sorry, got stuck there. The sauce is delicious, the sausage is cooked perfectly, the bread topping (bread bread bread) is cheesy and delicious.
Girlfriend got something she liked, but to be honest, I was so buried in bread that I don't recall what she got.
What else can I tell you about besides the bread. We sat outside - they have outdoor seating on the sidewalk. It was Friday night, but the traffic wasn't too bad, and as you're right by the marina, its a pretty place to enjoy a meal. Just a forewarning though, it is outside which means people are smoking.
OH MY GOD THE BREAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry. Anyway, I am going to be back here. This was one of the better Italian places I've seen in St. Pete so far, but that might just be the bread talking.
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