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Restaurant Name: BELLA
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600 Walnut Street                                                Cincinnati, OH 45202

Phone Number: (513) 721-7100
Type of Food: Italian
Hours: 7 days/Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Dress: Adult
Reservations: Suggested/especially for pre-theater time.
Price Range: Pizzas from $10.00 to Entrees $11.00 to $27.00
Description of Restaurant:

In the busy downtown area, it’s refreshing to be able to dine outdoors at the attractive Bella Restaurant.  Attractive interior and inviting bar.

The Food


Spinach Artichoke Dip. Blend of baby artichokes, spinach, Dijon mustard, sour cream, fresh basil with toasted focaccia sticks @ $8.00.

Retro Shrimp Scampi. Three large shrimp served with Bella's garlic butter and toasted focaccia @ $12.00.

Smoked Jalapeno BBQ Glazed Chicken Quesadilla. With jalapeno, Jack cheese, bacon, caramelized sweet onions, tomatoes, cilantro, sour cream and avocado orange salsa @ $8.00.

Sautéed Brie. With sundried cranberry salsa and grilled Tuscan bread @ $8.00.

Bella Potatoes. Purple potatoes lightly fried served with scallion, sour cream and sweet Thai chile sauce @ $8.00.

Unorthodox Shrimp Spring Rolls. With Asian vegetables, Sriracha and Szechuan vinaigrette @ $12.00.

Sautéed Bella Crab Cakes. With a spicy remoulade and a sweet chile infused melon relish @ $11.00.

Thai Chicken Potstickers. With Sriracha chile sauce and ponzu vinaigrette @ $9.00.

Bella Baci. Italian sausage and cheese pasta kisses with tomato sauce @ $10.00.

Farfalle Vegetali. Bow tie pasta with mushrooms, spinach and sundried tomatoes tossed in a gorgonzola balsamic brown butter sauce @ $11.00/$15.00.


Sautéed Veal Medallions. On black pepper fettucine in a Madeira wine sauce with sautéed mushrooms and tomatoes @ $25.00.

Pan Seared Horseradish Encrusted Sea Scallops. Served with tomato couscous and a Dijon buerre blanc @ $25.00.

Pollo Piccata. Sautéed chicken breast with lemon butter, artichokes, capers, tomatoes served over black pepper fettucine @ $17.00.

Chile Spiced Filet of Beef. With warm potato salad and a caramelized shallot sauce @ A.Q.

Pan Seared Cinnamon Salmon. With crispy Yukon potatoes and a toasted crab sherry cream sauce @ $28.00.

Rare Ahi Tuna. With Yukon gold whip potatoes, snow peas, Wasabi butter, Sriracha and sweet soy reduction @ $25.00.

Sautéed Asiago Encrusted Halibut. On black pepper risotto and tomato caper butter @ $19.00.

Szechuan Barbeque Pork Chops. With sesame encrusted roasted Yukon gold potatoes @ $19.00.

Grilled Shrimp and Scallop Skewer. Grilled shrimp and scallops over grilled pesto marinated zucchini and yellow squash accented by a sweet herb vinaigrette @ $27.00.

A great pre-theater BAR and decent wine list.

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