Simple, honest food, and a laidback vibe is what makes Bella Casa an old favourite. The menu includes its fair share of carbs, such as wood-fired thin-based pizzas and comforting pasta, but it also caters for true blue meat lovers.
For a high-protein boost, go with the Black Beast – succulent fillet sautéed in lemon butter and black pepper and flambéed in brandy. If your tastes lean more to the virtuous, good options are the Vegetariana pizza (with olives, peppers, aubergine, artichokes and mushrooms) or the cannelloni (homemade pasta tubes, spinach, ricotta, napolitana sauce, béchamel, and pecorino).
Despite the abundance of rib stickers, definitely leave some space for dessert – the Amaretto bread-and-butter pudding remains a hit.
The variety of red and white wines on the wine list complement the menu well. As a bonus, a suitable wine is recommended alongside each dish on the menu. Highly drinkable craft beers from the Bloemfontein-based Stellar Brewery are also on offer.
Friendly and attentive service, although it can be on the slow side when the restaurant is busy.
Bella Casa is a popular hangout for a mixed crowd to catch up over lunch or after work for a drink and a bite. The outside courtyard fills up quickly in warmer weather, but even when the temperatures plunge it is pleasant, as fire baskets heat up this lively, colourful space.
If you like your pizza with interesting and unusual toppings, try the Pecan Brittle with bacon, blue cheese, poached pear, rocket, and pecan nut brittle.
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