Cuisine: Italian
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35
Ranked: #11 of 73 restaurants in Queenstown

Bella Cucina transports diners straight to Italy with a cosy, rustic Italian ambience.

As you enter Bella Cucina you are instantly warmed by the huge wood-fired oven and embraced by the wonderful aromas of Italy.

Rustic candelabras hang down from the high ceiling, candles flicker in the iron wall lights, there’s a hustle and bustle of dishes and voices, wine is poured from pewter and glass jugs, the vintage Italian posters form an almost gallery like effect down the main walls, copper pans hang on the kitchen wall waiting to be filled with simple but superb food, herbs dry above the ovens, staff are in chocolate aprons and white tee’s, tables on the side-walk provide a great view of Queenstown’s version of the passagiato during summer.

Much more than Pizza and Pasta, Bella Cucina is based on the Italian kitchen philosophy of a daily changing menu to incorporate the freshest produce. Everything is made from scratch with love, it’s fresh, delicious and affordable.

Bella Cucina modify their menu daily to provide you with the best Italian dining experience (outside of Italy, of course) mixed with local and seasonal produce.

Eat Simple – Eat Well.

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Bella Cucina
6 Brecon St
Queenstown 9348

Open Hours:
Everyday: 5pm - 10pm

Phone: 034426762
Website: www.bellacucina.co.nz/

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Ranked: #9 of 51 restaurants in Queenstown 9
Bella Cucina
Location: Queenstown
Cuisine: Italian
Mains: $25 - $35
Accepts:   Bella Cucina accepts American Express

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Fantastic food service and ambiance. The gnocchi was the best I have ever had-highly recommend.

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Jack Read

The fried squid with black garlic aioli was amazing and really tender. The bruscetta was good but a bit cheese intensive for both of us.
We ordered two pizzas, the calzone and the salami. Both were delicious but I would give the edge to the salami pizza. Portions were a very good size and we both left very happy. Service was really good too.
Would definitely go again.

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Fede Cetani

Amazing place to eat delicious Italian food made like italian people do. The service is smiling and well disposed all the time.

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We had a great experience at Bella Cucina. Seated in the front part of the restaurant you get to watch the world go by as well as the queue of diners arriving also hoping to dine. Why don't people book when they're wanting to dine somewhere, it would take pressure of the venue and the diner? That aside, we were warmly greeted and seated and the 90 minute time line reinforced - when you see how busy they are it makes sense and we were out on the dot of 90 minutes.
We shared three entrees including the olives (beautifully warmed) then had the ragu and the gnocchi. The gnocchi would be one of the best iv'e ever had - pillows of light fluffy, tasty delicious morsels with a subtle sauce which complimented them perfectly. Yum, will go again just for these.
Desserts were tiramisu and affogato, both really lovely.
Tom does a brilliant job as host and the rest of the front of house team are on their game. Great spot, great food, great people. will be back

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A great experience. Greeted by a very competent maître d’, excellent service and delicious food all prepared on-site.

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Had a great night. Service was fantastic and food even better. Left very satisfied. Will be back!

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Patricie Bakosova

We had a great time! It's really tiny, but very cosy! The food was really nice and the staff as well. We loved the open kitchen so we could have a look how they're making our pizzas. Actually the ordering was very easy, staff was helpful, and I must say it was very quick, quicker then we expected ! We will definitely be coming back, and I'm gonna have that tiramisu dessert again! After all lovely place

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Yum! That pretty much sums it up...great homemade Italian. Just be sure to save room for dessert! The tiramisu and panna cotta are fantastic...the tiramisu was the best I've had outside Italy and rivals any I have ever had (and I do consider myself to be an expert having diligently sampled tiramisu at every opportunity)!

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Jaime Lynne Latimer

Beautiful authentic Italian.. My favourite was the beef carpaccio and the liver pate.. The in house made breads were delicious.

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Gorgeous setting, waitresses were very kind and place was accommodating. Food was excellent and came out fast, impressed that all breads and pastas were made fresh every day. Would definitely recommend and return some time soon

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Charlee Davis

Thank you Bella Cucnia, you filled me up with some lovely delicious proper Italian food! We tried a few different things on this ever changing menu, and I can’t wait to come back to try more! The gnocchi was the best I’ve ever tried. Service was delightful with a really unique atmosphere that made you feel lucky to be dining there. Would highly recommend!!

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Ruaidhri De Faoite

We had a great first table last night, our server (Sarah I think) was excellent and recommended the Trust the Chef, which we didn't know you did and we were delighted with because we got food they we probably never would have ordered but really enjoyed!

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Jody Mowat

Excellent. Can’t wait to go back.

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América Bartilotti

It was an extraordinary experience! I had the Carpaccio and Gnochhi al Pomodoro with Cheese and Basil. I loved it and can’t stop thinking about having it again! I have just booked to go again!

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Michelle Anna

This lovely little Italian Restaurant was a pleasure to dine at. Wonderful customer service, and food. We would definitely go back for more!!!

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kayleigh cord

Such a cute intimate dining experience. We had the Carpaccio and dough balls to start and Margherita Pizza & Seafood spaghetti for mains. All the food was delicious (Garlic butter=YUMMY) Possibly the best Best pizza I’ve had. The hostess and waitress were quick and friendly. Love that you get to eat right beside the busy chefs and the huge warm pizza oven. Perfect place for a cozy romantic meal. Bellissimo

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Jen McGirr

Lovely service from a knowledgeable and enthusiastic team, followed up with amazing food. Thank you! We will definitely be back.

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Dale Lloyd

Service friendly and attentive

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Delicious pizza and nice homemade pasta. Restaurant is cozy and service is friendly.

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Andy Devine-Smith

Good vegetarian options and great service, can recommend

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Food was amazing. Loved the seasonal menu.

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Kussy Roa

Excellent, on of my favourite restaurants in Queenstown

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Food good and tasty.
Server Merl exceptional.
Pizzas looked devine

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Friendly, knowledgeable staff and tasty food

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Claire Sanchez

The cosy atmosphere, friendly staff and overall amazing food makes this one of the best I have been to!
Can’t stop dreaming about the gnocchi

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Great fresh food, the service is great too.

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Fantastic food service and ambiance. The gnocchi was the best I have ever had-highly recommend.

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Vicky Procyk

food and service were 10/10! Bella never disappoints, and we are already planning our next trip back :) I recommend getting the dough balls to start, and Carbonara for your main. Delicious is an understatement.

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Konatsu Ueda

Was nice gnocchi and cute place!!!! Definitely I will come back again!!!!

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Chris Field

Excellent all round

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Jack Read

The fried squid with black garlic aioli was amazing and really tender. The bruscetta was good but a bit cheese intensive for both of us.
We ordered two pizzas, the calzone and the salami. Both were delicious but I would give the edge to the salami pizza. Portions were a very good size and we both left very happy. Service was really good too.
Would definitely go again.

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Texass Davison-McDonald

Food was good. Staff were great up until the main course then they just seemed to have forgotten us and waited for 10-15mins before they took plates away and offer a dessert menu. Which we waited 10mins for but didn’t want to wait any longer. Lady at the cashier was apologetic and offered a free take away dessert but we didn’t have time to wait any longer. Thanks

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Fede Cetani

Amazing place to eat delicious Italian food made like italian people do. The service is smiling and well disposed all the time.

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We had a great experience at Bella Cucina. Seated in the front part of the restaurant you get to watch the world go by as well as the queue of diners arriving also hoping to dine. Why don't people book when they're wanting to dine somewhere, it would take pressure of the venue and the diner? That aside, we were warmly greeted and seated and the 90 minute time line reinforced - when you see how busy they are it makes sense and we were out on the dot of 90 minutes.
We shared three entrees including the olives (beautifully warmed) then had the ragu and the gnocchi. The gnocchi would be one of the best iv'e ever had - pillows of light fluffy, tasty delicious morsels with a subtle sauce which complimented them perfectly. Yum, will go again just for these.
Desserts were tiramisu and affogato, both really lovely.
Tom does a brilliant job as host and the rest of the front of house team are on their game. Great spot, great food, great people. will be back

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Anna Wisniewski

Great food

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Rachel Fitzsimons

It was our first time at Bella Cucina and we had an amazing meal. The wait staff was friendly and welcoming and the service was so quick. We’ll definitely be back for the delicious food!

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We've dined here many times and Bella Cucina never disappoints.The food is fresh and healthy, the menu always changing and the staff are awesome. Thank you for another great 'Bella Experience'.

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Katarzyna SzmeGos

It's a cozy little restaurant which is very nice. The service was good and food as well. Not so many vegetarian options though

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Mikayla Beattie

Great spot and staff!

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Good family restaurant, we differently felt the time pressure.

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Sophia Sophia M

It's just one of the best authentic italian cuisine with the most charming staff- Alec

Just 100%!!!
In all aspects

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A great experience. Greeted by a very competent maître d’, excellent service and delicious food all prepared on-site.

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Cloud Grant

Our table was booked quite early which meant the restaurant was almost empty, on the up side, our orders were taken promptly and food came out quite quickly. The music complemented the vibe and the food perfectly. Would definitely return.

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Gonzalo Fernandez

Great freshly and homemade food with a very good service from Sarah!!

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Georgia Walsh

Good food and great service.

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Noel Islas

Best italian restaurant in town! . The place is small but keep a cosy atmosphere. The staff so friendly and the food was amazing. I ate sautéed gnocchi, was perfect cooked and the sauce was creamy and delicious , keeping the perfect balance of flavours.! My friends ordered bolognese and salmon and both looked amazing, we all left the restaurant very happy and thinking to comeback and try pizzas, they looked amazing! Grazie bella cucina!

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Delwyn Goodrick

Great service...great food and ambience. We had a lovely evening at Bella Cucina.

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Mark Nugent

Amazing food as always, carbonara was amazing!!!

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Michael Brown

Great food. Great service. Definitely be back

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Jess Tuiomanufili

Stuff were friendly and food was awesome.

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Staffs are quite helpful. Especially the waitress, Livvy who served our table, was friendly. Such an amazing service!! She just gave my partner and me a really great evening.
Unfortunately, the homemade bread platter was too burnt which is different with my last experience in Bella. As the homemade bread last time I had was really perfect.

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Had the starter of dough balls which were delicious. For mains had Gnocchi which was very good. The walnut and Gorgonzola sauce complimented it very well. We also ordered the veggie pizza which was nice with a mixed salad with big chunks of feta and big olives in. Overall a nice evening in a cute quirky restaurant.

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The best dining experience we have had in Queenstown so far! Staff were friendly and attentive, the food came quickly and it was excellent quality! All handmade pasta, breads, doughs and sauces, the food was fresh, delicious and just the right sizes. The menu was very well priced, especially for the quality of food you are getting. This restaurant has quiet, intimate vibes and is a great place for an amazing Italian dining experience. Would definitely come back!

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Excellent staff and service which is really lovely to see.
The dinner was absolutely delicious and will definitely return.
Thank you for an enjoyable evening!

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Kiks Jones

Great atmosphere, authentic dishes, friendly staff with fast service! Just wish there were some more vegan options but the cheeseless pizza was still delicious

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Best Italian pizza in qt

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Very pleasant meal, enjoying the ambience. Good service - almost over keen.

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Alison Tubby

Great service and delicious food. Classic Italian the pasta is hand made - the pork rage pappardelle was so tasty! And a bonus all of the meat is free-range. What more can you ask for?

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Had a great night. Service was fantastic and food even better. Left very satisfied. Will be back!

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Hsiu Lin

Best Pizza in the town, love it, even though the way the lady speak looks she wasn't happy buy I can understand it is just the way she talk.

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Patricie Bakosova

We had a great time! It's really tiny, but very cosy! The food was really nice and the staff as well. We loved the open kitchen so we could have a look how they're making our pizzas. Actually the ordering was very easy, staff was helpful, and I must say it was very quick, quicker then we expected ! We will definitely be coming back, and I'm gonna have that tiramisu dessert again! After all lovely place

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Grayson Craig-bigwood

Amazing dinner very authentic loved it

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Yum! That pretty much sums it up...great homemade Italian. Just be sure to save room for dessert! The tiramisu and panna cotta are fantastic...the tiramisu was the best I've had outside Italy and rivals any I have ever had (and I do consider myself to be an expert having diligently sampled tiramisu at every opportunity)!

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Tomazina Koppen-Pavlovich

Food was disappointing

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Rebecca Jarvis

Have dined here many times. A lovely family friendly Italian restaurant. We had the fish, venison osso buco and pizza which were all good. The desserts were a highlight..... perfect panacotta and tiramisu. Grazie

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Had to wait an hour after booking in order to have a meal off the menu, and unfortunately that meal was not Enjoyed by either of the two that ordered it. The other meals okay.

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Michael McDonald

Excellent service, great food & we were really looked after by the staff!

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