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Cuisine: Family, Italian, Pasta
Price Point: Mains from $25 - $35
Ranked: #2 of 12 restaurants in Taranaki

Bella Vita has a wonderfully catchy motto: 'Mangia bene, Mangia Italiano', which roughly translates to 'eat well, eat Italian'. Don't mind if we do!

Perfect for big groups and lively parties, this restaurant is warm and inviting; the perfect place to put your feet up after a long day (well, maybe not literally!) Deep red walls paired with exposed bricks fuse cosy vibes with the contemporary; the best of both worlds.

The mains aren't limited to pizza and pasta, although they are very much present! If you want to break the mould, opt for a perfectly cooked meat dish, like their rack of lamb with lamb roulade, confit duck with earthy mushroom arancini and a rolled pork belly with bacon and pea tortellini. Plain pasta was so yesterday! And with a kids menu at the ready, it's a joyous family affair over at Bella Vita.

If you want to make it a touch more grown-up, get in the beers! All the household names like Peroni, Corona, Amstel and Birra Moretti are there. If you're lucky you might get a Kiss In The Dark... that's a cocktail, cheeky!

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Bella Vita
144-146 Devon Street East
New Plymouth 4310

Open Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:30am - 2:30pm // 5pm till late
Sun 5pm till late

Phone: 06 758 3393

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Ranked: #2 of 12 restaurants in Taranaki 2
Bella Vita
Location: New Plymouth
Cuisine: Family, Italian, Pasta
Mains: $25 - $35
Bella Vita accepts American Express

Reviews

Jocelyn Andrews

Lovely atmosphere (music in the background was perfect), superb service and fabulous food. We consistently have the best food when we come to this restaurant.

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Helen Rollo

Best dining experience out in a long time.
The starter, entree and mains we had were all prepared with care and exceptionally tasty.
The side of vegetables was a delightful mixture of fresh crisp seasonal veges. What a nice surprise!
Service provided by our waitress was very good. She was genuinely interested in ensuring we had an enjoyable dining experience! We will be back again for sure, many thanks.

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Donna Bell

From the moment we arrived we were made to feel extremely welcome by the lovely staff. Our family of four were all catered for perfectly, as they have a dedicated kids menu with a great selection of meals. The delivery timing between entrees and mains was spot on as sometimes these can be too close/too far apart. There was a lovely atmosphere in the restaurant and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals. Overall we had a fantastic night out and we would definitely recommend Bella Vita to others.

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Very good all around. Would recommend to go to Bella vita for a meal.

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Rissa Marsden

Beautiful food, so tasty! And friendly service too. Thanks for our great dining experience <3

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Jackie Leighton

Went as a family with the kids (7&11). Kids menu was well priced and servings were more than generous! The pasta meals we had were lick the plate delicious. Bailey's mousse disappeared rather quick even though I was a little full from my main! Service was friendly and meals came out without a long wait. Really enjoyed our experience and cannot wait to go back and try some of the other items on the menu. A++

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We had an excellent meal, the best calamari I have ever had!
The food was delicious, plentiful and with First Table very economical.
Trish

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Diane Williams

Fantastic service and food

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Michelle Wilson

Great service from our waitress and the food was tasty. Highly recommend the duck aranchini balls.

I was happy with the choices being limited to pasta, pizza, non-seafood entrees when I made the booking, as there was still a good selection, but maybe it’s worth not highlighting the seafood and lamb rump in your bio since it’s excluded.

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Dave Gallie

As usual the service was friendly and the food both excellent and good value. We had a entree/starter and a main, had to skip the dessert as our 2 first dishes filled us both up. My wife's entree arrived at the same time as my entree which was good service and well thought out. We had a table by the window which was good for people watching and the music was at a reasonable volume and not intrusive. Overall would highly recommend.

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Lovely experience, well presented. Attentive and friendly staff. Food came out with perfect timing. Good menu with tasty options. Will be happy to dine at Bella Vita again.

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Vicki Payne

Great place ,lovely food and lovely staff

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Judith Manson

It was unnerving being told they didn’t have our reservation, after I showed the booking email. The food was delicious. We should leave room to try dessert next time.

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Our second time using first table at Bella Vita & it was just as amazing as the first!
Excellent warm service & food to absolutely die for, loved it.
Thank you for a wonderful evening & for being on First Table.
Grazie! :-)

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Food and service was great. Will definitely do it again

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The food was delicious, and a great kids menu.

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John Hieng

Food is alright. Poor communication, need to improve customer service and food.

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Meagan Breedveld

Wow! Top notch, the food was amazing. Very good portion sizes & all absolutely delicious. The waitress was lovely & we felt very welcome.

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Phillippa Thompson

Great food and great service. From the entrees to the desert and everything in between was amazing. Recommend

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Bea Visser

The restaurant looks good. The service was ok but the food was not so good. The seafood risotto had not much tast and the beef lasagne was dry.

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Wow! Its years since we had been to Bella Vita so we decided to visit for as birthday dinner last night. We were all blown away by the food; simply delicious & could not be faulted! All 4 of us were impressed with the freshness, flavour, portion size & presentation of our dishes. The fishcake & scallop starter was sublime as was the pizza bread & dips. Pastas, rissottos & the gnocchi dishes we ordered for our mains were incredible & the desserts were to die for!!! Go here, I know we will be returning & thank you for being on First Table which allows us to be able to afford an amazing evening out. :-)

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Great friendly service, loved the food, I had the pork belly which had crispy crackling and a generous 2 portions so was very happy! Others shared the seafood platter and loved that too, especially the mussells and scollops. Thanks for a great birthday meal out!

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Arriving on time the waitress greeted us by name, seated us, then promptly gave us the menu and checked us whether we would like drinks. Wait time was perfect for everything. We shared an entree of crispy Calamari then mains were Rack of Lamb and Pork Belly which were all absolutely delish. We had no complaints at all. Would definitely dine there again. Thank you First Table

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Eve Schumacher

Food was delicious and came to our table quickly. The service was great and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The twin cheesecake was stand out delicious!! Will be back for sure.

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this was my friend's first time dining at Bella Vita and she was very impressed and didn't realise it was so classy and not just a casual eatery. Its a great place for a delicious meal and for a romantic evening as well as groups of friends and families.
The service is prompt and friendly and the food was delicious! The garlic bread was tasty, the steak and vegetarian risotto was delicious too. the tiramisu is so very tasty!
By all accounts the staff are happy to cater for various eating requirements.
We had a lovely evening and definitely recommend and we will return.

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Anthony Joines

Had a great time, staff very accommodating and food excellent.

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kylie west

Great service and food thanks

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Jocelyn Andrews

Lovely atmosphere (music in the background was perfect), superb service and fabulous food. We consistently have the best food when we come to this restaurant.

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Really enjoyable food and service.

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We had a lovely evening at Bella Vita. The staff is really nice and looks after you without being intrusive. The food was amazing. Een A+ restaurant!

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great food, large mealsthe service was great thank you for a good night

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Melissa Wharepapa-Pera

Always good at Bella Vita

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Derise Hewitt

The food was absolutely delicious! Good sized portions. Good, friendly and very helpful service. Would definitely recommend this to anyone. We would surely return!

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Nicole Brophy

Really enjoyed our meal! All very tasty and staff were great.

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Good food, great service a most enjoyable evening

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Ariel Chuang

We had a great dinner at Bella Vita! The entries we got were both delicious- the chicken liver pate was well accompanied with fig jam and caramelised onions to bring out the sweetness. Our mains were the confit duck and the lamb rack- both were also delicious. My lamb was cooked perfectly- nice and pink in the middle.

We finished the evening with a lovely tiramisu.

The staff were attentive without being overtly so. All in all, a great evening.

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Kate Phipps

Loved the food, wish i was hungrier so i couldve tried more! Service was great. Will definitely be back

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Diane Williams

Beautiful food and excellent service

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we arrived a little earlier which was absolutely fine and were greeted in a friendly manner. The service was excellent, the food was delicious and prompt.
would recommend and will return!

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Very enjoyable evening with great food and service.

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Jenni Lindsay

We and our friends had a lovely evening at Bella Vita; we all enjoyed our meals very much and the service and attention was wonderful. Will definitely be going again. Thanks so much.

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Anthony Joines

Lovely food and good menu selection. Staff very welcoming and helpful.

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Susan Jameson

We had a lovely meal at Bella Vita. The prawn and scallop entrees were both delicious. We both had two entrees so we would still have room for dessert. The Creme brulee was well worth leaving room for. A really good selection of wines and the service was great. Friendly and helpful without being intrusive. can't wait to go back and try some of the other things on the menu. Yummy

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Excellent experiences. The food and service was beautiful.

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Really great meal and experience! Thanks

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Great service, good selection of food to choose from, both enjoyed our meals and would happily return again

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Great meal with excellent service but not the feel of the old Bella vita.has lost the feel of an Italian restaurant.still a nice dining experience

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We had a great time at Bella Vita. Our server was attentive and we never felt rushed along during our meal, even when one of our friends was running a little late (admittedly it wasn't a busy Tuesday night, but still appreciated that we weren't rushed into ordering or leaving). The background music was good, added to the tone without being overpowering. If I had one criticism of the restaurant's look and feel, it would be that the menus are looking a little tired.

As for the food, everyone really enjoyed their meals and I especially loved my dessert - the cioccolata dolci, so rich and amazingly delicious.

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We dined at Bella Vita last night for the first time, and wow...the food was excellent. Great service (friendly, but not intrusive), and nothing was a problem. We are new to "first table", so took the opportunity to try somewhere new...and we will definately be back!!

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Danelle Jefferies

Everything was wonderful from the service right down to the food. Love first table

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The 2 of us have lovely main meals (2 different chicken dishes) & did not leave hungry. Wait staff were friendly & relaxed, & we were advised of the approximate time our meals would be on the table. Bella Vita is on our list to return again!

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We could not have enjoyed our night out @ Bella Vita, we shared the entrees as they looked and tasted so good, for mains we had the Duck confit, the Cabonara, and the Chicken Pasta, these were cooked to perfection and were a delight, unfortunately we didn't have room for deserts. We cannot recommend this restaurant enough, thank you for the experience.

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Neville Richards

Such lovely people who were very attentive of our needs. Food was superb as was the atmosphere. Recommend Bella Vita to anybody keen on a wonderful dining experience.

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Meagan Breedveld

Very pleasant meal. Great service & food was all delicious. Thank you

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