Sunday, May 12, 2013

OT: La Bella Napoli

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I'm sure those who ride 04Ls have frequently passed by that small restaurant along the road in The Gallery. La Bella Napoli is inconspicuous and is a cozy place. I've wanted to try the restaurant for a long time, especially their Marigondon branch, but I've never had the time.

The boyfriend and I recently had a dinner date at La Bella Napoli in The Gallery in search for a new pizza. We both love pizza and Handuraw has always been our go-to place. This time, we wanted something new.

their Mabolo branch (taken from their La Bella Napoli facebook page)
La Bella Napoli is known for their brick oven-baked pizza and their Italian cuisine.  So, we didn't miss the opportunity to try their pizza. We ordered Pizza Capriciosa solo (P260), Penne Amatriciana (P220) and their lemon and vanilla gelato (P80 each).

Capriciosa (solo)

a portion of Amatriciana
Capriciosa was really good. It was baked well that you would want to eat the crust. Pizzas from brick ovens taste differently from the usual pizzas that are made from steel ovens. The tomato sauce and the toppings complemented well. The boyfriend exclaimed how good the pizza was and I could tell he really enjoyed it.

Penne Amatriciana is invigorating. I love that it wasn't too spicy and the sauce was also flavorful. Too bad, my doctor advised me to avoid spicy food. So, I was only able to eat a small portion of the Amatriciana. I actually wanted to eat more but I already had problems with my stomach. :(

lemon gelato

vanilla gelato
La Bella's vanilla gelato was really refreshing. I think it was good. It was the boyfriend's order, but I think I was the one who finished it up. The lemon gelato is interesting. It looked like ice but has a tangy taste once you start digging in. I just think their gelato is a bit icy compared to Gelatissimo. It was just like eating iced shavings or something. I enjoyed it, but the boyfriend said Gelatissimo is way better.

I really love the cozy and casual ambiance at La Bella Napoli. Their service is good and the staff are friendly. I think we also spotted the Italian owner there whiffing some pica-pica for the night since it was a Wine Appertive Thursday night. The boyfriend also loved the place and the food. We would definitely be back. ;)


Mustachio said...

I like their capriciosa pizza. I've only been to their pizza places in Talamban and Gorordo. I didn't know they served pasta too! Will have to visit their branch in Mabolo for the pasta and gelato! Yum!

Ana Ortiz said...

@Mustachio: Their Capriciosa is really yummy! Try Amatriciana, if you're into spicy pasta. Definitely good! :D

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