Located on St. Martins Lane, close to Covent Garden and many theaters, we didn’t realize Bella Italia was a chain. They’re everywhere!
Interestingly enough, it felt like an independent.
The night we stopped by for dinner, their host would poke his head out the door (no room at all inside for waiting) and ask everyone, “how many in your group?” Although the place was packed full, he managed to keep things moving.
We sat just inside the front door, which gave us a good view of people’s faces as they pushed open the door to come in, only to have it stick firmly about half way. They really should shave a little off the bottom of that door.
We had Pollo a la Crema (£9.95) and Tigliatelle di Champagna (£10.25). Both were portioned generously. I’ll admit to you that I didn’t finish mine so I’d have enough room to share a Cioccoloto Diavola (£5.25) (“Sticky chocolate fudge brownie with praline pieces and a melting chocolate top, with vanilla pod ice cream” – see Gallery) with PIC. Mmm, Mmm, Mmm.
We both felt that all of Bella Italia’s dishes were priced fairly.
Even though they were slammed, we felt no pressure to hurry our meal.
70 St Martin’s Ln