I had a pleasant experience and the food was great. It was a nice atmosphere and they treat you like family. I would definitely go back again.
Just returned from having lunch at Bella Napoli. Very nice establishment. Friendly, clean atmosphere, and no stale smole in the air. Our waiter was very attentative and a pleasure. I enjoyed the Salsiccia Pasta followed with an Expresso. My serving was so large that I needed a carryout.
After reading Skrymik's comments about Bella Napoli, I am convinced he must of been at Fazoli's and didn't realize it! I can personally say that everything he wrote was a bold face lie!
The folks at Bella Napoli prepared two lasagnas for an office luchenon. Both lasagnas were fresh, hot and YUMMY! including the fresh home made bread. I have never had cold, frozen, old or plasticy tasting food from Bella Napoli.
And if the food and service was so bad, why not 'complain' while in the restaurant? If there was a problem, the owners would have made it right. I have yet to meet anyone that has eaten at Bella Napoli say anything bad about the food or the service.
Skrymik also complained about a LONG wait. Impossible! Every time I've gone there they had more than enough servers to get things done fast and efficiently. My boyfriend and I went to Bella Napoli for dinner one night and didn't have much time. We told the server that we had about 45 mins to eat dinner before we had to leave for an appointment. We order Veal Marsala and Spaghetti Carbonara. Both meals were out on the table in less than 20 minutes (fresh, hot and yummy). I also go to Bella Napoli for lunch several times a week and I am never late getting back to work. Skrymik doesn't know what real Italian food is, so I suggest he keep eating at Fazolis and quit making false accusations.
SKRYMIK...why not man up and go back to the restaurant and talk to the owners face to face instead of slandering their business?
Need to say my spelling has nothing to do with the food. I was so excited I never proof read it.
Gary is the owner. Great cook in his own right.
Thanks again for a teriffic night.
If you like Italian food you will love this place!!!!!!!!
I do not know what axe the first reviewer has to grind but I DO know his review is 100% WRONG!!!
I was at Bella Napoli on Saturday night, Jun 12, 2010 and the service atmosphere and food were wonderful. From the delightful waiter to the food I could have asked for no better. My son and daughter-in-law were with me. He had the Veal Marsala, she the Shrimp Scampi. I indulged in the Friutti di Mare. The meals were served in a very timely manor, the Calimai appetizer was crisp and not chewy. The waiter's knowledge of the menu and wines was marvelous.
I was actually given a tour of the kitchen, by the owner, and met the other chef and his wonderful wife, the owner Garty is a dynamic chef too. Two delightfully happy people and very skilled cooks. Seeing the preparation that went into the meals was enlightening. I can assure you there is not a frozen mean in the place.
For a great meal and atmosphere go to Balla Napoli
the real deal but not cheap, great service and food
My wife and I were excited to try a new Italian restaurant.
First impressions, it has a decent atmosphere with dim lights and slightly comfortable chairs. However, the terrible experience is yet to come.
I told our waitress that this was our first time here and we would love to hear her recommendations. She recommended the Alfredo or the Spaghetti and meatballs. To this I knew I was in trouble. "Straight from Naples, Italy" and spaghetti and meatballs/alfredo is the best they can recommend?
My wife and I wanted something a bit more complex, so I ordered the lasagna, a bowl of the only soup on the menu (a spinach and egg soup in chicken broth... I had hoped for something better than what it sounded like...) and the salada caprese. My wife ordered the cheese ravioli with a spinach/ricotta cream sauce.
The wait was VERY long, during which we had to remind the waitress that everyone else has bread and perhaps we could have some, too. She brought the foccatta bread in a basket. It was incredibly dry and stale. It tasted like it came from a local grocery store and sat out all day before they served it.
The soup and salad arrived next. The salad was the ONLY good point of the meal. Though overpriced at $7 for 4 slices of tomatoes and 3 slices of mozarella, it was a typical caprese salad and had nothing wrong with it. (also nothing to rave about) The soup was a simple boxed chicken broth soup with spinach leaves and an egg dropped into it. Extremely simple, nothing unique, a little bland, and not worth paying a penny for. I can make that at home, and I don't want to go to a restaurant to get something I can make at home.
Finally came the meals... My lasagna had a plastic, freezer-burned taste to it. The cheese melted on top and the colder center relative to the sides was a dead give-away that this lasagna had been heated in a microwave. I tried ignoring the plastic taste, but it stuck with me in every single bite.
My wife's ravioli was in a heart-attack salty sauce that was borderline inedible.
When the waitress finally came over, I gave her my thoughts on the food. She apologized and brought the plates away. She came back a little later and told me why I must have been crazy in thinking that the lasagna tasted like plastic and the ravioli was in a sickeningly salty sauce - the lasagna was made on site, to which through quick questioning I was able to get it out of her that of course it is wrapped in plastic and stored in the freezer until one is ordered. (I did not even want to know how many days it is allowed to sit) and of course, she said the cheese in the ravioli sauce was the reason it was salty.
I cancelled our desert. The waitress had promised that the canoli was made on-site fresh... She had said that exact same thing about the lasagna. That was all the convincing I needed to confirm I made the right decision to cancel the canoli.
That night I suffered the worst heartburn ever from that food. And the following morning, my body decided to expel what was left of that food in my stomach.
Next time I think about going Italian and might want to try Bella Napoli, I will just stay at home and cook an alfredo or spaghetti and meatballs.
Bellissimo! Now that Alfredo is in on the team, this Italian gem is even better. He made us a lightly fried mushroom and cheese appertiv (funghi e formaggio) before a Spoleto event that was amazing.
Their service was attentive yet busy as usual. Pane e Vino seems to be a popular dinner and celebration spot off the beaten paths of upper King.
Tried the creamy ravioli, spicy spaghetti, and homemade gnocci with gorgonzola -- tutto bene! The Sicilian wine selection is also robust, delicious, and well-priced. I would highly recommend keeping Pane e vino on your local culinary radar screen for authentic northern-, southern-, and Sicilian-Italian fare.
Was excited to hear about the Flounder special, then saw the menu! This place has everything that anyone could possibly want. My husband got the ribeye, cooked to perfection. our guests opted for the luingini Stefani and chicken saltimbocca -- incredible compliments on both. As starters, we had the Antipasto, and sun dried tomato basil dip, which were reccomended by the incredible service staff. And a wonderful reccomendation they were! I finally decided to splurge and get the Pork Osso Buco as my main course. Never had any better. This place deserves to be downtown. We just happened to be in town for Spolleto (live in Mt. P), but will most certaintly make the drive back to James Island on a regular basis to frequent La Tabella. Kudos to Chef Kevin!
The Fried Flounder got my attention, and was intent on ordering it, until I viewed the entire menu. almost too many wonderful dishes to choose from!
I will reccomend, the Linguini Stefani and Chicken Saltimbocca to anyone. And, the Ribeye (which my husband insisted on getting) was grilled to perfection. It is the perfect place for James Island. Italian if you want, lowcountry if you so desire, and all of the most wonderful bread I've ever had, that you could possibly consume. Thank you, Chef Kevin, and kudos to a wonderful "small" restaurant that deserves to be in the heart of downtown!
I think that this place is a great bang for your buck restaurant. The gnocchi with garlic and mushrooms are out of this world, really little pillows of wonderfullness! It is not a foodie type of place and the atmosphere is not great, but for a neighborhood favorite where you can all get a nice meal for not too much money it cannot be beat, and did I mention the gnocchi???
There were very few bright spots in our families visit to this restaurant. We started with fresh mozzarella which was good and had a nice consistency. Also the homemade gnocchi wasn't bad. But the pesto sauce with it was oily and flavorless. My spaghetti and meatballs tasted like it was the worst sauce you could find out of a supermarket. They obviously don't know to use whole tomatoes and use too much tomato paste. It imparted an off/burnt flavor that they tried to cover up with too much dried spices. I'd start from scratch with a different recipe and use fresh spices. The breadsticks that they serve with every meal need to be scrapped. Why serve a flavorless/textureless strip of dough that would serve better as a squeegee. If they use the same dough to make there pizzas that is a big reason to go somewhere else too. My sons shrimp in his alfredo were well cooked, but it was bathed in a flavorless mound of overcooked pasta with no resemblence to cheese sauce. We did not try the desserts that they apparently rave about. I don't think I wanted to tempt the gods. We had a coupon for part of our meal, and I still left with the feeling that I was overcharged for a poorly prepared meal. I was equally upset that I could not get back a Saturday evening eating experience out with my family that had been wasted in this establishment. Get yourself a cheap jar sauce from the supermarket and overcook your own pasta and slap some vegetable oil on some Wonder bread and you will do a far sight better than eating here.
This place is amazing, and we are treated so well every time we visit. From the food to the service, Mark and Gillian know how to make you family. The food is always made to perfection, the staff is gracious and knowledgeable, and they always win you over with every detail. I would recommend Al di La to anyone.
Maybe I could recreate my traditional Sunday dinner for the people. We could all get Swanson Hungry Man Turkey Dinners, and eat them on TV trays while watching Mary Tyler Moore reruns.
I went to Alessandra's for the first time today, Mothers Day, with my friend and her mother. I really enjoyed the food and everyone there was very nice. The owner was also very friendly and personable.
My fiance took me to Al di La on our first date over a year ago. It was the perfect setting where we felt comfortable dressed up in a casual environment. Romantic yet easy. The bolognese is amazing. The service is friendly but not obtrusive. Obviously the first date went well. We've continued date night at Al di La throughout our engagement and will be back again next week- 2 weeks before our wedding.
Indisputably the BEST restaurant in the Charleston area!! This orange-hued, fifties-inspired Trattoria offered a wonderful dining experience. Though Al Di La has been in the midst of renovations to their outside patios, the service and experience has not been affected. My boyfriend and I ate out on their patio last night and, needless to mention, enjoyed a romantic dinner under bulbed lights. Not only was the service impeccable, but the food was absolutely wonderful! We enjoyed their seasonal beet salad and swordfish specials, which were absolutely DELICIOUS. We continued our evening in their barco. Their wine selection is infinite! Enjoy a class of Friulano--for the white wine lovers, like myself-- or some bubbly, Prosecco! Al Di La, hands down, has it going on!
My husband and I have been frequenting Al Di La for years now, and we LOVE it! The food is delicious, the selections of meats and cheeses are great, and the wine is very affordable. Our favorite server, Tammi, is warm and knowledgeable... she's been there for years!! The place is always busy! Oh, the pizzette are incredible... I've had the pancetta & spring onion and the asparagus & prosciutto with fontina. I can't wait to try more!
Just got back from lunch at Bella Napoli. I discovered the place becuase of a restaurant.com gift certificate. They have a great looking lunch menu for $9 but i stayed away from that because of my gift card. In my adventure to spend $35 with a guest, we started off with the bruchetta. The tomatoes and basil tasted incredibly fresh over a lighly toasted baguette slice. With the bruchetta, she got the house salad with the raspberry vinegarette. A little small for $6 but the house made dressing was great. For an entree, I got the veal saltimbocca. The veal was topped with great cuts of procuitto and smothered in cheese. It didn't last long on my plate. My date got the eggplant parm. It was a huge serving, enough to feed her and be a great lunch for me tomorrow.
For desert, I ordered the tiramisu. It was so light and fluffy, it was almost refreshing to finish the meal with.
The wait staff was incredibly friendly. He told us about the restaurant and how they expect to grow, being open for only a few weeks. All breads are made in house by hand, no mixer! Chocolate cake is also made by hand.
Right now they only serve beer and wine and may move to a full liquor license in the future.
I think that about covers my learning experience of a lunch...
We strolled in on a Friday night after driving 9 hours, just before they closed. Gary welcomed us with open arms, and before we know it we had a private Naples dining experience for five. What amazing hosts, and the food was fabulous. Going back in May to see our new best buddies for dinner!
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