Veal Stuffed Tortelloni

Bella's Bistro


Raphaella Milito

Opened in 1995, Bella's Bistro Italiano was truly the realization of a dream for Chef Raffaela (Bella) Milito. After studying northern Italian cuisine, and working as a chef in some of Ottawa's finer Italian restaurants for over 20 years, Bella decided to embark on a venture with her two brothers.Bella's Bistro is truly a family affair with brother Alfredo Giannuzzi as Pastry Chef, baking all the bread and desserts in house. Bella's husband Eugenio also plays a role in the kitchen as Pasta Chef personally hand rolling & cutting all the homemade pasta. Bella's brother Mario Giannuzzi serves as General Manager of the restaurant. In addition the front of the house is staffed with other family members serving Bella's creation with care & pride. Bella'a attention to detail, innovative sauces and strong conviction on making everything in-house has made the restaurant a standout in Ottawa since it's inception.

Bella's Bistro Exterior

* The Bistro has a 50 seat capacity on 2 floors.The top floor can provide an excellent facility for private parties & functions for up to 24 people. Why not book Bella's Bistro for your next event! Please see "Special Events" for menu options.

* Gift certificates are available for purchase at the restaurant.


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Favourites


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Lamb Spezzatino Roast Duck Seafood Spezzatino

Smoked Salmon Lasagne Veal Chop Veal Stuffed Tortelloni

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Reviews


The Ottawa Citizen (Sep 9/98 section E5) "Italian comfort food for the north"

"I was happy to have Bella's in Ottawa West because it's a great little neighbourhood restaurant" ......."We need our own version of Italian food - warm, comfort food for a Northern climate. And Bella's gives us that She also gives us a small, intimate dining room, a bright and cheery staff and a kindly priced menu" ......."Bella certainly can make a superior sauce. The flavours are true and the richness comes less from the cream than from the other elements of a great sauce" ......."She also makes a wonderfull pasta. The pestoed fettuccine was delicious, perfect and fresh. It came with a fine piece of tender veal, topped with a generous amount of porcini mushrooms, napped with a dandy Cognac cream sauce and served with lovely green beans" ......."Bella's lasagna noodles were grand and the seafood that slipped between them was fine" ......."The deserts here are reminiscent of the Ritz restaurant deserts, which makes some sense because Bella has Ritz in her background. The chocolate mouse cake came recommended as having just been made and it did, indeed, seem almost warm it was so fresh" ......."We were a content couple"

The Ottawa Citizen (Dec 6/00) "Food that inspires"

"This year our angel of inspiration comes in the person of the most charming Raffaele Milito, better known as "Bella". She earned the moniker some years ago as friends continually pronounced her food "Bella," as in beautifull" ......."It really is a familly affair" ......."an estimated 80% of customers are regulars who come from as far away as Kingston and Pembroke. The rest find out by word of mouth, and keep coming back"

The Ottawa Sun (Sep 15, 95) "Third time lucky"

"Two other Italian restaurants in the same place have closed down over the past two years, but this one is different" ......."Bella's is a family restaurant, one with her own family helping out" ......."Chef Milito has the experience, too - she was part of the successful team involved in the Ritz 3 group from 1982 to 1991" ......."This venture has the charm of being in a heritage house that has been renovated with an attractive and contemporary interior setting" ......."Bella's grilled scallops are flavored to perfection with saffron and lime. The same goes for the carpaccio" ......."The wine list offers excellent wines from around the world" ......."The tomato salad should be sampled by every customer. The sensational taste of fresh local tomatoes comes alive with roasted red peppers on leaf lettuce in a light olive oil dressing topped with slices of goat cheese" ......."Bella's own tiramisu is sensational and not too rich. It has just the right amount of mascarpone, coffee syrup soaked cake and cocoa topping" ......."Bella's Bistro Italiano certainly has an exciting future ahead"

FLARE Magazine (Aug 99) "The best of Food"

Rated Ottawa's best Italian food.

Ottawa City Magazine (Oct/Nov 99) "Taste of the town"

"Here in Ottawa a dozen or more Italian restaurants line a few blocks of Preston St, the heart of the Italian District. Really good ones are scarce, but among that elite is Bella's Bistro" ......."No conceit here, it's a pleasure to deal with such enthusiastic, generous and relaxed waiters" ......."And the food was delicious" ......."The insalata mista was perky" ......."The tarragon dressing was perfect in taste and texture" ......."The scallops were delicately cooked and well complimented by a rich cream sauce. Both the rolls and the garlic bread were good" ......."We've never had a better pesto" ......."The frozen keylime pie cannot be beat" ......."You don't have to wait until you're in need of comfort to come here - anytime will do" ......."Raffaela Milito, co-owner and chef, takes the concept of comfort food to new epicurean heights"


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Table d'hote Menu Options for Parties


Option 1

Soup of the day

or

Mixed Greens in a Balsamic Vinaigrette


Choice of:

1. Spinach Manicotti stuffed with Prosciutto & Ricotta Cheese in a Tomato, Basil Sauce

or

2. Fettuccine with Shrimp in a Creole Cream Sauce

or

3. Chicken Breast with Porcini Mushrooms in a Brandy, Cream Sauce


Tiramisu

Coffee


Option 2

Soup of the day

or

Caesar Salad


Choice of:

1. Spinach Linguine with Smoked Salmon, Vodka, Tomato, Cream Sauce

or

2. Grilled Lamb Chops marinated with Garlic, Mint & Rosemary

or

3. Veal Scaloppine with a Gorgonzola Cream Sauce

or

4. Grilled Atlantic Salmon Fillet topped with a Citrus, Dill Butter


Chocolate Mousse Cake

Coffee


Option 3

Soup of the day

or

Mixed Greens in a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Spicy Italian Sausage in a three Mustard sauce

or

Shrimp wrapped in Prosciutto in an Amaretto Cream Sauce on a Puff Pastry


Choice of:

1. Beef Tenderloin with Porcini Mushrooms in a Brandy, Cream Sauce

or

2. Roasted Rack of Lamb with a Red Currant & Port Wine Sauce

or

3. Mixed Grilled Seafood Platter with Salmon, Shrimp, Scallops & Mussels


Chocolate Sabayon Cake

Coffee



Main Floor

Main Floor

Main Floor 2

Main Floor

Upstairs

Upstairs

Patio

Patio


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Contact & Hours


ADDRESS:

Bella's Bistro Italiano
1445 Wellington St. West.
Ottawa, Ontario
K1Y-2X4

TELEPHONE:

(613) 724-6439

HOURS:

Sun: Closed
Mon: Closed
Tue: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Wed: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Thu: 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri: 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat: 5:00PM - 10:00PM


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