Bella Blu

Restaurants, Italian Lenox Hill
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Bella Blu
The Euro-rock soundtrack is not a natural fit with the older, moneyed crowd or with the abstract murals, whimsical chandeliers and huge flower arrangements here. Grown-up clients are likely drawn by the homemade pastas—perfectly balanced pappardelle and venison ragù or spinach-and-ricotta-filled ravioli in a black-truffle sauce—as well as by brick-oven pizzas in two dozen or so varieties. Other entrées, like a striped bass fillet with bay scallops and butternut squash, can be pricey, overworked and lifeless. Wine prices are high too, though the selection is vast. Desserts, including a slow-cooked ricotta cheesecake (no eggs) and homemade ice cream, are simple and delicious. P.S. The waitstaff fawns over the aging regulars but often ignores newcomers.


Venue name: Bella Blu
Address: 967 Lexington Ave
New York
Cross street: between 70th and 71st Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat noon–3pm, 5:30–11:30pm; Sun noon–3pm, 5–10pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to 68th St–Hunter College
Price: Average main course: $25. AmEx, MC, V
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