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If you’re searching for a full service wedding venue in Northern Rhode Island or are in the mood for an unforgettable fine dining experience look no further! Since opening  their doors in 1998 Bella Restaurant and Banquet has quickly become one of RI’s favorite family owned Italian Restaurants and trusted Banquet Facilities. Bella is known for delivering an unsurpassed quality of cuisine and providing guests with exceptional hospitality. “At Bella we understand the importance of hospitality and take special pride in our ability to provide a five-star dining experience in a warm, and relaxed setting. We believe in paying special attention to every detail of your dining experience, it should be extraordinary”! Each meal, whether it will be served to a table of two or a wedding party of two hundred, is prepared with as much care and attention to detail as if  the Calapai family were attending to their own family.

Bella’s operations are overseen by Giuseppe Calapai who has been in the hospitality industry for over thirty-five years in venues ranging from luxury cruise lines, fine hotels, and Five Star Restaurants such as The Blue Grotto on Federal Hill in Providence, RI (Giuseppe was the original owner). You will find Giuseppe in the restaurant paying close attention to Bella’s customers.  “ Hospitality, cleanliness, and of course excellent cuisine is what makes Bella a success”!  Bella’s Culinary Team is lead by Executive Chef and Owner Gio Calapai who has been creating unforgettable cuisine since the restaurants opening. Sarah Calapai is the Office Manager and Personal Event Coordinator who has been proud to assist in making so many events turn into memories that last a lifetime!

 

Elegant Bella is a gem

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February 16, 2012 9:38 am
By Michael Janusonis
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The Providence Journal / Sandor Bodo

A highlight of the meal was the tri-color spumoni, made in-house and chock full of nuts and cherries. Below, the zuppa, with a hint of 12-spice butter, has a light, fragrant touch.

BURRILLVILLE -- Since 1998, fans of Bella have regularly journeyed to the village of Glendale to taste what owner-chef Gio Calapai has created at his stove. What is more impressive is that our very pleasant and helpful waiter, Diego, told us that everything on the menu is made in-house, including the breads and even the luscious spumoni I ordered at the end of the meal.

Bella's huge parking lot is not only testimony to Calapai's sure hand in the kitchen, but also that there's also a banquet hall seating 170 that's part of the Bella operation, a family affair that includes his father, Giuseppe (who once owned The Blue Grotto on Federal Hill), and sister, Sarah.

The dining room is large, sophisticated and elegant with white tablecloths, linen napkins, high-backed black chairs, subdued lighting and lots of mirrors to give the illusion of a larger room. At the front and rear, the windows go up to the roof for a greenhouse effect. A smaller dining room for overflow diners is separated from the lovely bar area by a partition.

A welcoming basket of warm, crusty bread was accompanied by not only olive oil dressed up with spices, but also a house-made 12-spice butter that Diego said included red and white wines, a bit of mustard and "other secret ingredients" that melded into a wonderfully fragrant spread.

A glass of Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc from Chile ($8.50) and a Stellina di Notte Pinot Grigio from Italy ($8.50) and we were ready for the appetizers.

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A good place to start is the Assagini ($15) which includes an array of many of the appetizers. There was a pair of delicious mushroom caps, filled with a moist crabmeat cracker stuffing and glazed with garlic butter sauce. The Calamari al Grotto was lightly breaded and quickly sautéed in garlic butter with slices of red pepper and a touch of basil. I loved the Bruschetta al Pomodoro, crunchy homemade bread topped with diced tomatoes, smothered with melted mozzarella and finished with extra virgin olive oil. Two very tasty Clams Casino completed the plate.

On the side we ordered the Artichoke Siciliana ($12), and Calapai ought to know about that, being of Sicilian descent. The artichokes had been filled with the same snow crabmeat cracker stuffing as the mushrooms, topped with mozzarella and a slice of red pepper, wrapped with prosciutto and glazed with the 12-spice butter, resulting in a wonderful crust. The presentation was as pretty as it was tasty.

Before the entrees arrived, there were deep-dish salad bowls. Very fresh greens, julienne carrots, a black olive, onion and tomato were in the crisp mix. All salads come with homemade dressings, including the "house dressing" -- honey-sherry, very good.

I usually think of gnocchi, often made from potatoes, as the most filling thing on a menu. Just a couple of bites will do for me. But Bella's Gnocchi Della Casa ($22), made from ricotta, is light and fluffy, the gnocchi sautéed with a rich, pink tomato-y mascarpone cream sauce. Also swimming in the sauce were six grilled shrimp and asparagus spears, making for a winning combination.

There was a version of the Zuppa di Pesce that night with lobster that was a menu special, but I bypassed the nearly $40 price of that dish for the one that's always on the menu, without lobster, for $26. I had it served over linguine, but at first glance there were so many plump littlenecks, mussels, large shrimp and calamari rings on top that I could barely see the pasta. The seafood had been sautéed with garlic and basil and simmered in a white sauce (red is also available) of white wine, clam juice, a touch of garlic, spices and a hint of the 12-spice butter, which added a light, fragrant touch to the entire dish.

For desserts the tiramisu was exceptional, tall and light and mellow. But the hit of the evening was the tri-color homemade spumoni, chock full of nuts and cherries. Sitting on a plate of drizzled chocolate and cherry sauce, it was a spectacular ice cream version of the Italian flag that I wanted to salute.

mjanuson@providencejournal.com  

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Dining Out
Bella, 1992 Victory Highway, Burrillville. (401) 568-6996. bellarestaurantand  banquet.com. Dressy. Wheelchair accessible. Child seats. Reservations. AE, DIS, MC, V. Parking lot. Dinner hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Wed. & Thurs.; 11:30 to 10 p.m. Fri.; 4 to 10 p.m. Sat.; noon to 8 p.m. Sun. Wines are $8.50 to $10 by the glass; $27 to $85 for a bottle.

BILL OF FARE
Dinner for two at Bella might look something like this:
Casa Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc...$8.50
Stellina di Notte Pinot Grigio............$8.50
Assagini.........................................$15.00
Zuppa de Pesce.............................$26.00
Gnocchi della Casa........................$22.00
Spumoni...........................................$6.00
Total food and drink.......................$86.00
Tax..................................................$6.88
Tip.................................................$17.00
Total bill......................................$109.88