Bella Italia Liverpool - Review

When we walked through the doors of the Bella Italia today I was instantly sent 15 years into the past. When Daddy and I started dating we used to go to the Bella Pasta (thats what it used to be called) all the time. Other than its name it hasn't changed really it was just how I remembered it, I even knew where the toilets where and I haven't been there for at least 13 years.

Our table was booked for 3:30pm but we were running fifteen minutes late due to the Grand National traffic. It didn't seem to bother our waiter and we were greeted with a huge hello, a smile and we were escorted to our table.



Big J and I had ran ahead to get to the restaurant so we were still waiting for Daddy and little J to catch up. We explained this to our waiter and he showed us the menus while we waited. The adults menu is self explanatory but there is a kids menu too which is suitable for children up to 11 years old.


Big J has ate off the kids menu before even though he is 12 and it has always been more than enough. Our waiter explained that there are two options on the menu, piccolo's and grande. In english this means the piccolo menu is suitable for small children while the grande is for the older kids. Each child gets a starter, a main and a dessert. There is so much to choose from, starters include slurpy soup, veggie dippers or cheesy garlic bread. He also explained that they also offer the children a smaller kids version of any of the main menu pizzas which is really good because sometimes the kids menu can be very plain and boring. This opens up a wide variety of pizzas and pastas for the little ones. Even after he explained the kids menu to us Daddy and little J still hadn't arrived so we ordered drinks. Now a big plus for me is the drinks on the children menu. They are refillable. I absolutely love refillable drinks because I often find the drinks to be so expensive especially if each of my monkeys order 2 drinks each thats 4 drinks and at an average price of say £3 each thats £12 on drinks just for them, so free refills always gets a thumbs up from me.

Once our drinks arrived I decided to order as we were still waiting for Daddy and little J. we had already looked at the menu and I knew what Daddy wanted.


Both monkeys got the garlic bread and the portion size was very generous. I also made the mistake of ordering two garlic breads for Daddy and I and I have to say they were huge. We could have easily shared one between us. It was cheesy garlic pizza bread and was cut into pieces. It was like a large pizza. When I ordered the 2 garlic breads our waiter didn't mention how big they were but to be honest I don't like it when waiters comment on the portion size because I often feel obliged then to order just one when I might want to pig out on one for myself.


I had it in my mind that I was going to have the Chicken Caesar Salad but once I got there and I saw the duck pizza I had to go for this. I used to have this when we used to go years ago so I decided to be nostalgic and go for that. So glad I did it was absolutely delicious. Daddy had the lasagne which looked amazing. Big J and little J both had pizza.


I didn't finish all my pizza because again the portion size is really generous. Daddy and big J however finished all theirs. Big and little J still had room for a dessert, but I'm not sure how. I was stuffed.


I have to say that this was probably my favourite meal for a long time. I cannot fault anything about the restaurant, the service or the food. Our waiter was so friendly and polite. He called big J by his first name which I think is a lovely touch. He introduced himself and was available whenever we needed anything. He was happy to offer free refills for the boys and was genuinely a nice person.

I felt really relaxed in the Bella Italia. Sometimes when you are dining with a toddler it can be stressful but little J was an angel and he enjoyed his food. I also have to say the choice of music was spot on although I think Daddy would disagree but for me it really did feel like I was dining in Italy. I think it may have helped that we had unusual hot weather for this time of year so the sun was shining and everyone was in a happy mood. We were sat in the window, I could have people watched all day.


*we were invited to the Bella Italia. All thoughts, opinions and photographs above are our own*

33 comments

  1. I've not been to bella Italia for years, glad to hear it's not changed too much x

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  2. I used to love Bella Pasta, I haven't been in ages. I have twos small children now so I think it may be our choice of restaurant for at least the next 10years, I completely forgotten about it, thanks for reminding me.

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    1. Lucy, its perfect for the kids. The menu is really great

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  3. We've been to our local Bella Italia twice in the holidays and eaten from their new menu - we loved it too, esp the curly straws that you can take home. I agree, extra drinks really add up so it is fab that they are included. I just love their pizzas too! #triedtested

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  4. OMG, I haven't been there in years and years! I used to love their pizzas. Time for a return trip definitely x
    Laura | A Life With Frills 

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  5. Ohh the food sounds very yummy! I have never tried Bella Italia....I think I need to :D x

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    1. You should go Kim, Its perfect for those with little ones

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  6. I have heard great things about them from friends but never been, #Kidtested

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    1. You should definitely try it, you won't be disappointed

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  7. I don't know if I have one of these local to me :(
    I may have to try and scout one out

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    1. You should check. We have three quite local to us.

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  8. Sounds like such a fun day! I have had the pleasure of dining at Bella Italia my self, and I loved it. :)

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  9. Aargh this makes me so hungry ;) Love Bella Italia. We've always had yummy food from them #KidTested

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  10. Sounds like they cater for kids really well. #KidTested

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  11. Oh we love Bella Italia- only recently discovered it too- had no idea they had been around a while! x x

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  12. Oh, we used to go all the time before the kids, too, so blast from the past here, too! Thanks for sharing this, as I think we'll have to go back and try with the children.

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  13. The food looks amazing! I haven't been to a Bella Italia before, but I certainly will now! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested

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    1. You should definitely plan a trip Kate, a nice treat before baby arrives x

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  14. It's been ages since I went to a bella italia (in fact it might have been a bella pasta at the time lol.

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    1. probably as I think its been Italia for about 8 years

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  15. Ooh this has made merely hungry now lol! I've never been to Bella Italia, really must try it now x

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  16. Always enjoy it when I take a visit to Bella Italia I love the deserts too so I always try and save a little room
    AliceMegan

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  17. My husband used to work in "Bella Pasta" in his late teens! It's not somewhere I've been since having children I don't think! Might have to give it a try.
    Lovely to see you on #TriedTested this week x

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  18. Thankfully there is a restaurant in nearby Darlington which we often visit. Must do !

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