You know those Italian restaurants that have been around forever? The ones in which every detail is effortlessly autentico? Well, Bella Via isn’t one of those. It feels more like a business plan than a neighborhood restaurant, with focus-group good looks (floor-to-ceiling windows, potted palms) and a distracted bartender in lieu of a host. Although the coal-fired brick oven’s thin-crust pizzas are delicious, you spin the roulette wheel when venturing beyond. Sliced sirloin with Gorgonzola sauce had been cooked past the requested rare. A pasta special featured flavorless sausage chunks and vapid vegetables, and the “that’s Italian!” music mix cycled through “Volare” more than once.
|Venue name:||Bella Via||Contact:|
47-46 Vernon Blvd
|Cross street:||between 47th Rd and 48th Ave|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Sat noon–10:30pm, Sun 3–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 7 to Vernon Blvd–Jackson Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $14. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V|