Another restaurant to add to my favourites! Such a delightful and charming authentic Italian in Fitzrovia. Great food and great wine in perfectly equal measure!
The downstairs room is full of character and a great atmosphere, so be sure to request a table down there as opposed to the slightly contrasting stark street level option. Bare brick, dim lighting and wonderful service made for a great evening.
The calamari and zucchini to start was perfectly lightly fried, and full of flavour. We also had the smoked mozzarella with bacon and mixed roast veg to start - fantastic. Mains of black tagliatelle with prawns and broad beans from the specials, and scallop taglioni from the a la carte. Both were fantastic authentic Italian cooking, with such fresh pasta and perfect portion size.
We were easily sold into the special wine of the month, can't remember what it's name was, but it was more than deserving of the wine of the month tag!
Highly attentive staff, without ever being overbearing.
Will certainly be back!
Some pretty average Italian really.
We were seated downstairs in a corner that looked like an old fire place and smelt incredibly damp. The area was cramped and it was difficult to get in and out of the table.
We all ate pasta and shared a couple of starters between four with a bottle of red. The total came to £33 per person which seemed a bit steep for what we got. Had an ok time but don't think we will be back in a hurry.
Went on a tastecard booking as a party of 4.
restaurant rules specify that outside seating is for walk-ins only, and bookings have to be inside. all well and good if in normal london conditions... but in 33C and sweltering heat with an air-conditioner that was not working and the open door where the air did anything but move.. this was just absolute torture.
the service aside from ABSOLUTE unwillingness to accomodate us in almost "force majure" conditions was very good.
The food was mediocre at best. Prices without tastecard are absolutely outrageous (for the quality and amount) so does not really justify coming here unless you stumble upon it or have a discount voucher.
can't say "great" can't say "worst"
possibly would've been better in slightly cooler conditions???!!! idk but i am not really willing to find out.
the italian place caticorner from here seemed to be having HEAPS more business... maybe they're doing something better bellaria should probably get involved in??
My flatmates and I celebrated locking down our first London flat with dinner at Bellaria. It was a fantastic night actually - good food, wine & ambience topped with delightful company and conversations. I left in great spirits. Also, looking forward to coming back and dining with a larger party in their beautiful downstairs dining area (if you ever get a chance to come here, check out the downstairs!!)
Highly recommended: pappardelle with prawns followed by glasses of rose :)
We went back for some more gorgeous Italian food last night, and again, Bellaria was just lovely. The menu has changed since our previous visit, so I was happy to choose some delicious pasta.
I have to admit that when I saw my teeny plate of Tortelloni, I was so hungry, that I thought it wouldn't even touch the sides...but I was wrong! The rich creamy goats cheese/pumpkin filling was so rich that I was happy full and smiley.
To top this off, the crème brulee was simply heavenly.
Overall Verdict: Neutral - Not recommended, but I would not suggest you avoid it.
Notes: Booked via toptable.co.uk and signed up for 50% off offer (why would I ever choose the "no thanks" offer?). Whenever I book these types of offers, I take the opportunity to try more of the menu and always have a bottle of wine or cocktails. The little card they put on your table when you sit down does make you feel a tad low class, especially if you happen to be on a date. Luckily, I was not! The card stipulates rules for the discount and the items on the menu that are not fully discounted like tuna, sirloin steak, and other specials. Not a big deal, actually, and I'm not sure there would be an easier way to make this clear without the waiter having to actually say it out loud.
From the other reviews, I surmised that the basement was nice and quaint. I guess that depends on what you prefer. I did not sit down there but I did see the basement when I went to the Gents. overrated would be my conclusion, looking a bit like a dungeon and perhaps causing a mild claustrophic reaction. The upstairs was fine, albeit plain and boring, but the tables were WAY too small. We had to request a table sized for 4 guests to actually fit the starters, mains, and wine we ordered.
I had a calamari and zucchini starter that was quite well prepared and lightly floured. My partner had the crab and passion fruit starter that was bland and boring. And we think they may have forgotten to add the passionfruit. For our mains, we both had the sirloin steak with Parmesan shavings over rocket. The steak was prepared okay. They are a bit to the over side on temperature so if you want medium rare, order rare, as my medium rare was more medium and my partner's medium looked kind of well done to me. Besides the temperature, I was not impressed by the thin steak nor the lack of flavour. If it were a thicker cut of meat, it likely could have held its own with little seasoning but the thin steak was rather flavourless. Dessert was fantastic for my partner (tiramisu) and acceptable for me (strawberry cheesecake).
Perhaps I expected to be treated like a second class citizen after reading the reviews about discount diners n tripadvisor, but I would say that service was pretty good. Very attentive staff, but not overly so. I don't think they poured our wine after the first pour but our food came hot and things were timed fairy well.
Based in the average quality of the food, and considering the Neighborhood, I would say this place is about average. The discounts you can easily get via the reservation sites and dining clubs give you a bit of wiggle room for wine and extras. We spent £125 for two people including the automatic service charge of 10% plus another 3-5% service gratuity we added. This included the red wine of month, a nice Barbera d'Asti, plus two starters, two mains, two sides, and two desserts. Given I know that I could have had the same meal on Marylebone High Street for about the same price without the discount, I'm giving Balleria a 3 for value.
OVERALL: I would not recommend this restaurant but would not turn people away from it either. There are too many nice restaurants in London for me to tolerate average.
Booked via toptable, on a 50% off deal. The downstairs area is much cuter, so book a table there if you can. Very nice, warm, cosy atmosphere, candle lights... the menu is standard italian fare, with antipasti, primis made of pasta, secondis made of meat, and of course fish dishes.
The exec chef is super nice, and now runs the front office. We were here on a busy night, when they were short staffed... that being said, service was good. The tagliatelle bolognese with porcini mushroom is very good, and is the owner's fave. The sardine on bed of rocket is also pretty good. The mushroom risotto oozes with truffle fragrance, and they can veganise it, and it will still taste awesome. I would definitely focus on the starter/pasta/risotto combination vs. the meats... though we didn't try the fish. The chianti was also very good (29 pounds, though). The affogato leaves to be desired...
All in all good place... though the wait staff needs to step up their game... but the atmo is absolutely great, and we will definitely be back, if only because it's a new place, the owner is trying really hard, and his food is actually quite good...
We came here for my friend's birthday and had reserved a table. The staffs are attentive but not too attentive. It's a very small restaurant but we believe that there are more room downstairs (or was it upstairs) where we have seen people walking past us.
I had the veal and it was amazing. My partner had the chicken, a bit dry but it was well flavored. Everyone seems to be happy & pretty full from the dinner. i even asked to take some of my dinner home as I couldn't finish it and they were more than happy to do that.
I would recommend this place but this could be quite pricey. If there's a deal on toptable, you should make the most out of it.
Just opened on the site on Great Titchfield Street previously occupied by lAngoletto, this authentic Italian restaurant is currently my first choice in London for a business lunch in a street packed with alterative choices.
Great food . Good prices. Warm atmosphere. La Dolce Vita!
Lame. Service is awful, food is below average. The Italian across the road looks like a much better bet. Avoid this one like the plague!
Been here twice now. Much better than it used to be.
Last owners were rubbish and the place was terrible.
The food is ok now and the staff are friendly and helpful.
Upstairs is better as I found the basement, while pretty, had a funny smell about it.
Avoid the loo's if possible.
Anyway, much improved and I will go back.
Small gripe, you only have to pay half price if you are inside. If you want outside you have to pay full menu price.
Great, simple, modern Italian food. The pasta is all made fresh on site, the cheeses are to die for (get the buffalo mozzarella starter - OMG!), and the owner is so nice and friendly. Very reasonably priced (especially with the 50% off deal through toptable).
My friends and I visited Bellaria for the first time on Sat. We arrived at 11.30 with the idea of having a quick coffee then moving on to do shopping and lunch but ended up staying at the restaurant till around 8.30pm!!!! We had such a warm welcome from Giuseppe and his staff and thoroughly enjoyed the food and wine. We've visited other restaurants nearby but will definitely go back to Bellaria next time we are in London for a girly lunch. There is a set lunch menu which is good value and the rest of the menu offers a great choice. Thank you Giuseppe for such a lovely time on Saturday!
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