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“Amazing food”
Review of Bella Vita

Bella Vita
Ranked #18 of 179 Restaurants in New Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 4 - USD 23
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary, Healthy
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Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Open for Lunch everyday 11:30am to 2:30pm Open for Dinner everyday 5pm to late
Reviewed 21 September 2017

I was really happily surprised. Looking for some pasta i wondered in just as service was closing but the super friendly waitress said i could still get pasta. I ordered and enjoyed the best carbonara ive ever had. The service was impeccable, friendly and efficient. Extra points for Peroni on tap. Followed by great coffee. Happy to recommend.

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Thank Tony G
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Went here for dinner after not being able to get into others we were told about due to all blacks being in town. This was a really nice restaurant with great food. They we very busy. Service was friendly and attentive. Lamb rack was awesome. Didn't go for desert but they looked yum.

Thank Robyn M
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Me and my friend wanted to try something new tonight and we are glad we did! We were warmly welcomed by a lovely waitress and then followed by an amazing meal ( vege risotto and spaghetti meatballs ) we felt right at home. Lee our server for the night did everything she could to make our night exceptional. Will 100% be coming back!

Thank jayden f
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

It was Saturday and because of the little ones it was decided we should go early for dinner - 5pm.
From the moment we arrived we felt attended to. My wife and I arrived first; we were there to celebrate her birthday and soon we were joined by two of our adult children and our daughter-in-law. There were 4 young girls in tow and again, right from the start we felt attended to. On the table were game cards and a container for each girl with plenty of colouring-in pencils in each.
When we booked they were told the ages of the girls – 3 to 9 and their arrangements suited us well with a window table by the front door. The proximity of the front door became significant later on (no, we weren't planning to run away from the bill!).

We soon sorted out the food order etc and the girls applied themselves to the various games and colouring-in images. We were able to have catch-up conversations as well chat with the girls when they wanted to.

The children’s food arrived in fairly short order with only one unhappy little person. Unhappy because her choice no longer suited her – she wanted pizza like her sister. She was offered an alternative as the lead waitress waited nearby and things soon settled down.
Our meals came out amid, as you might imagine, a lot of chatter, laughter and sometimes loudness. When it became obvious that a bit of settling-down was needed, one of the adults took the little ones for a walk up the street – great to be beside the front door. Their multiple exiting, playing around the outside tables and general fun with their cousins made it easy to keep an eye out for them and they could see us too.

We enjoyed our experience very much at this restaurant and would certainly return. The lead waitress was very good, she was accommodating and her calm demeanour helped make our celebration night out very enjoyable.

Booking. Easy either by phone or through their website.

Parking. Street parking only (I think?). Early evening Saturday, New Plymouth, three cars – no problem with two of us parked right outside the front door and the other about 20 metres along the road.

Service. Very, very good. Lead waitress was the best. Bar staff were attentive too. Nothing was too much trouble for them.

Table & Placement. Well suited for our group. We were away from other diners and able to do fairly much as we pleased with minimum disruption to others. The table was nice and big with plenty of room to move around. Seats are sturdy, generous in proportion and of good quality.
I noticed that couples were being seated ‘around the corner’ which put them out of earshot and view of us. Another smaller group was seated nearby and neither of us overlapped the other.

Food. Very good selection, well prepared and my main in particular – the Pork Belly – was good, really good. We brought a cake with us and at the appropriate time it was brought out, candles blazing, to the usual fanfare.

Drinks. They have a very good selection of drinks for the girls and we didn’t have to prompt for water top-ups which is a small thing but makes things go smoother - well done. I tried their on-tap larger, Peroni and liked it but I needed a second just confirm (yeah, right!). We also tried some of their sparkling champers. It was well chilled and one that we hadn’t tried before. We all enjoyed that (no, not the girls – just the adults!).

Cost. About what you’d expect from a fine dining restaurant; not cheap but well worth it.

Would we go back… YES and we’d feel happy to go back as a group or just as a couple. We’ll be taking our friends there too on their next visit.

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Thank ElectricalInspector
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

Recently on a Sat in August 2017 10 of us (5 couples) enjoyed a wonderful evening (first there and last to leave:)) at the Bella Vita in New Plymouth NZ. All the staff were friendly and helpful a pleasure to deal with. In fact leading up to our dinner I called into a few times to discuss bookings, table location and BYO. At all times staff were accommodating and friendly.At our dinner the restaurant was very very busy when we went but staff seemed to mange the situation well. Small point I can make is that our food did take a while to be served but perhaps we could have ordered earlier !:)
Some of us also thought that some entres (especially seafood) were too small and expensive:(. Those ordering non sea food were happy:). We also liked having the table location at the side section of the restaurant where we could informally stand up and mix and chat before being seated. Wonderful atmosphere.

We will certainly support Bella Vita again and appreciated being able to BYO.

All the best

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Thank davidlinda205
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