Bella Casa is tucked away, but is oh so worth the effort of finding. The Italian restaurant has a beautifully paired food-and-wine menu with easy-to-choose options, starters, wood-fired pizzas and even an Italian dessert option or two. It’s truly a hidden gem and one that falls very well in the budget and location options when dining out in Bloemfontein.
Cost: R140 average main course
Food type: Italian
Best for: Family meals, corporate lunch or dinner meetings and private parties
Star ratings: Food and drinks: 5; Service: 5; Ambience: 5
The starter portion of mussels in a white wine, cream, garlic and parsley sauce is served with beautiful home-baked bread – hands down a winner – while the nachos (a test for any Italian restaurant) had a flair of true Italian Napolitana sauce, mozzarella, cheddar and salsa.
A great home-made cannelloni with a spinach and ricotta filling comes served with mature pecorino cheese. The chefs truly have found balance in the pizza toppings, with a newfound favourite to be being the Parma ham, preserved fig, rocket and parmesan pizza.
Even the uneducated wine novice will be able to pair their food with a wine suitable for the dishes at Bella Casa.
The staff are professional, friendly and go the extra mile.
Relaxed, private and cosy.