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Ciao Bella

Italian Restaurant££££
Bloomsbury, London
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  • Magnus W.
    "The best local Italian restaurant in London."(5 Tips)
    Joe D.
    "One of the best Authentic Italian restaurants I have dined at."(4 Tips)
    Jason Q.
    "Excellent service and fantastic pasta."(7 Tips)
    Zhakespeare
    "Scallopina Milanese under butter rice...ohhhhhh"(2 Tips)
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  • Angela L.
    Angela LiuOctober 26
    Big portion italian and i like all their pasta dishes. Very reasonably priced and easily the best go to neighbourhood italian restaurant
  • Sofia S.
    Sofia SucoOctober 12
    The food was excellent!! The pastas and the fish.. 3 adults, 3 dishes (they were big enough, some to share) plus wine, around £60.. i wil sure come back!
  • VIviane C.
    VIviane CôtéOctober 10
    Hopping place. Excellent food, service, atmosphere.when looking around the dining area, all tables are occupied, everyone is smiling and chatting. Love it and would recommend to all.
  • Rafael F.
    Spaghetti with meatballs is awesome and fair prices.
  • Jason Q.
    Jason QuarisaSeptember 14
    Excellent service and fantastic pasta. The seafood spaghetti is amazing. It's very loud downstairs so ask for a table outside or upstairs.
  • Tamylin S.
    Spaghetti! Very good
  • Lisa B.
    Great, cheap Italian food. The seafood pasta was delicious, but the desserts were nothing too special.
  • Steve C.
    Steve CuratiNovember 25, 2016
    A fave. Great family vibe.
  • Martin J.
    Martin JordanOctober 26, 2016
    Such an authentic Italian restaurant! It's hard to find a place with a late kitchen in this area—but then we discovered this gem that does not do any fancy dishes but true Italian recipes. Love it!
  • Claire T.
    Claire TaylorOctober 15, 2016
    Pasta in greaseproof paper bag is E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew EllisSeptember 23, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The place for a long al fresco lunch / dinner & room for a large group on a quiet central London street. Food is classic Italian Trattoria.
  • Joanna P.
    Joanna PalermoSeptember 14, 2016
    Pasta, limoncello
  • Adam H.
    Adam HowardJune 10, 2016
    Good, authentic, has been here for decades. You can tell a place is genuine when it attracts people old and new alike
  • Morgan G.
    Morgan GarrettJune 7, 2016
    Smoked salmon and house wine. Everything else we got was awful. Service was awful :(
  • Mickael ..
    Mickael .May 28, 2016
    The waiters are nice and know are to present the specialities. In fact they know what they are cooking and serving!
  • Yoav J.
    Yoav JagerMay 1, 2016
    Great atmosphere, the staff were super nice, and the food was amazing and priced well!!
  • egg
    eggApril 7, 2016
    Mediocre pizza with possibly the worst service I have ever experienced in London. Why this place is packed is a mystery to me.
  • Lisa .
    Lisa 🐼February 1, 2016
    Lasagna was delicious! Live piano music was gorgeous
  • Ed H.
    Ed HammertonJanuary 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Spirited family Italian restaurant. The pizza and pasta dishes are delicious and generous, so think twice about whether you need that starter...
  • Meera M.
    Meera MeenNovember 13, 2015
    Great pizza. Good service. On evening they play songs and sing . Nice place and good food
  • Juan D.
    Juan DiezOctober 6, 2015
    Great value, amazing pizza. Loud nights, just like an italian restaurant should be.
  • Derya A.
    Derya AtılmışSeptember 26, 2015
    The food is nice and is not expensive.
  • Roberto Lok Ka C.
    Roberto Lok Ka ChanAugust 28, 2015
    The wifi password is 8690lamb
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MarksAugust 12, 2015
    One of the most authentic Italian cafés in London. Super friendly staff and really tasty food. All pastas are delicious, and the veal is lovely and tender.
  • clive k.
    clive kornitzerJuly 18, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Pizza and sitting outside
  • Gloverboy
    GloverboyJuly 17, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    A brilliant and authentic Italian. But please book ahead and don't sit downstairs.
  • Maxim F.
    Maxim FedotovJune 26, 2015
    Proper Italian place, you'll feel like you are in Rome. Very crowded so book in advance.
  • Sergey B.
    Sergey BaryshnikovApril 25, 2015
    A rather authentic place with simple and honest Italian food
  • David B.
    David BarrieMarch 19, 2015
    Fantastic atmosphere
  • Ali M.
    Ali MajidMarch 18, 2015
    Very slow service they took 45 minutes to bring our main course
  • Michiel V.
    Michiel Van HulleMarch 2, 2015
    A busy restaurant BUY very friendly staff and The food is really really Nice. The taste of Italy in London. Highly recommended!
  • Koen B.
    Koen BuysseFebruary 26, 2015
    Authentic !!! Got to love the Italians shouting at each other while you're enjoying their great food! And "la papa del famiglia" controlls it all!
  • Pieter d.
    Pieter de MeerFebruary 13, 2015
    I enjoyed the Vitello al Limone, the vegetables and potatoes were also very tasteful
  • Robert F.
    Robert FanningJanuary 23, 2015
    Good value, authentic pizza, great wine list
  • Yasmin Y.
    Yasmin YazdaniDecember 20, 2014
    This place is awesome! So cosy and relaxed but with excellent food.
  • Stephanie A.
    Stephanie AllenDecember 10, 2014
    I've never had anything from Ciao Bella I didn't like. Pizzas and pastas are great! Wine selection is excellent. Make a reservation!!!! Great for groups, but can get loud.
  • Eric B.
    Eric BenchimolNovember 23, 2014
    Lousy service - they give you a deadline and aren't particularly friendly. Pasta is overr-rated - fresh, but not outstanding.
  • François N.
    François NamurNovember 16, 2014
    Quick and friendly service, big portions.
  • David M.
    David McElroyNovember 11, 2014
    Tagliatelle Ciao Bella is my favourite
  • George C.
    George CharalambousOctober 6, 2014
    Very cosy family owned restaurant. Simple, fresh, tasty and good value.
  • James M.
    James MayesSeptember 24, 2014
    Everything. Everything is good here :)
  • clive k.
    clive kornitzerSeptember 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pizza pizza
  • Martin K.
    Martin KSeptember 2, 2014
    Secret spot for the best pizza in London - and man, are they huge!
  • Ece S.
    Ece SudoganAugust 16, 2014
    Nice local rest with terrace
  • Nicholas P.
    Nicholas PettersAugust 6, 2014
    If you're very hungry the calzone is gigantic and very tasty.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DolinajJune 13, 2014
    One of the best Authentic Italian restaurants I have dined at. I'm from the US and traveled extensively. Great staff, great prices, great wine. A diamond in the rough. If in London you must eat here
  • Nathalie A.
    Nathalie AdamNovember 13, 2013
    Really good restaurant! The food is delicious and the people are really nice! We'll definitely come back!
  • Cat H.
    Cat HigginsNovember 3, 2013
    Nice food but rudest staff we have ever met. They managed to upsets every member of our party of 12. Do not bother! They nearly ruined a special birthday evening
  • Nathan H.
    Nathan HamerOctober 26, 2013
    My tip is to eat here.
  • Alper Ç.
    Alper ÇuğunOctober 25, 2013
    Most Italian places are funny but this place is a joke.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PatemanAugust 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Calzone is absolutely delicious and big enough for 2!
  • Karen C.
    Karen ConwayAugust 13, 2013
    Viggo Mortonsen & Bernard Hill were eating with friends at a table near us! Simple Italian food and good value.
  • Rebecca D.
    Rebecca De CiccoAugust 9, 2013
    Amazing Italian food. Hadn't been since 2008 and still was just as good as I remembered!
    Upvoted Oct 18
  • Chris M.
    Chris McNallyJune 16, 2013
    Steak is very tasty, but it's very noisy when full!
  • Joyce C.
    Joyce ChiaJune 11, 2013
    This place transports you to Italy with its deco, ambience, service and food. The grilled sardines and spaghetti vongole were amazing. Book in advance as it gets really busy even on a Monday night!
  • Giovanni B.
    Giovanni BianchiMarch 24, 2013
    A tad noisy, but good food for the price
  • Víctor G.
    Víctor GómezMarch 12, 2013
    IMO, the best Italian restaurant in London.
  • Gosia J.
    Gosia JMarch 9, 2013
    Definitely the best place in the neighbourhood, one of the best Italian restaurants in London, but Santore so far is the in this town!!!
  • Glynn
    GlynnFebruary 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Hectic and wonderful...and downstairs can be bedlam...but the food's brilliant.
  • Parmis F.
    Parmis FFebruary 26, 2013
    Amazing food! and a very cozy atmosphere.
  • Melissa P G.
    Melissa P GardnerOctober 28, 2012
    Make a toast!!!!
  • Melissa P G.
    Melissa P GardnerOctober 28, 2012
    Eat, drink and stay Merry
  • Roman P.
    Roman POctober 17, 2012
    Chicken Diavollo is delicious. House wine is great!
  • Angela F.
    Angela FürstbergerJuly 23, 2012
    Try to sit upstairs, a friend of the family plays the piano and sings songs from the 60s.
  • Nina J.
    Nina JJuly 6, 2012
    Rack of lamb with amareno cherries sauce was delicious!
  • Sander B.
    Sander BuysseFebruary 19, 2012
    Try to get a table upstairs.
  • Julian L.
    Julian LloydJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best Negronis too!
  • Francesca Z.
    Francesca ZardiniJanuary 12, 2012
    I remember Ciao Bella ... so many great dinners! a real Italian corner in London ...
  • Lizzy N.
    Lizzy NakielnyOctober 27, 2011
    Central, good value, bustly Italian restaurant
  • Shayna K.
    Shayna KulikOctober 24, 2011
    The veg minestrone & basic pasta pomodoro is mind blowingly simple & delicious.
  • Ben B.
    Ben BodienOctober 12, 2011
    Good food, gruff, disinterested service from waiting staff. Make reservations - this place gets busy.
  • Ajay M.
    Ajay MehtaSeptember 5, 2011
    Get the americana hot pizza.
  • Bryan K.
    Bryan KamAugust 22, 2011
    Had good food, lots of red wine, cheap and cheerful. Read more
  • berrybeans
    berrybeansAugust 14, 2011
    The best Italian restaurant in London. Good atmosphere, wonderful food and wine. Absolutely in love with this restaurant!
  • Zhakespeare
    ZhakespeareAugust 13, 2011
    Scallopina Milanese under butter rice...ohhhhhh
  • Davide C.
    Davide CorradiAugust 2, 2011
    It is so NOT the best local Italian restaurant in London. Wanna something local? Go to Santorè in exmouth market. It is not as good as it use to be, but hey! It's another league!
  • pɹoɟuɐs@
    pɹoɟuɐs@April 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask Feliche what he recommends. He items the place and knows what is great. And to see him smile, tell him Sparky sent you. And them tell him the Americano recommended the place.
  • Rune S.
    Rune SovndahlJanuary 3, 2011
    Simple cheap and good ;)
  • Kate H.
    Kate HillsSeptember 11, 2010
    Spaghetti al cartoccio here is amazing. Seafood spaghetti served up in a paper bag. Try it, you'll love it
  • Shayan S.
    Shayan SanyalMay 31, 2010
    Really nice little local restaurant. Good, cheap food and wine, outside terrace seating with heat lamps. The house red for 12 £ a bottle. The bruschetta is deleeecious. The tiramisu is must.
  • Thomas B.
    Thomas BlytheMay 30, 2010
    Order Vongole, the Meatballs or the Bolognese. Go easy on the Grappa. Read more
  • Claire G.
    Claire GeddieApril 17, 2010
    Simply the best neighbourhood restaurant. Piano on Friday and Saturday nights. Have the Spaghetti con Polpette, and take the leftovers home for lunch the next day, Read more
  • Magnus W.
    Magnus WoodMarch 20, 2010
    The best local Italian restaurant in London.
  • jubjub
    jubjubMarch 4, 2010
    Must book in advance! This place gets booked out quick. Spaghetti Cartuccio is a must - very tasty fresh seafood cooked in a greaseproof bag. Comes in white wine and tomato sauce. The seafood pizza is Read more
  • Nathalia C.
    Nathalia ChubinFebruary 26, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Gotta be the scallopina
  • Luke B.
    Luke BozierDecember 20, 2009
    Good value, bloody excellent Italian food! Read more
  • sUaT A.
    🌻... ......
    Upvoted Nov 1
  • Gonca O.
    Gonca OzdemirMarch 4, 2016
    Pizza & pasta
  • Sergio E.
    Sergio EstevesJuly 17, 2015
    Pratos muito bem servidos. A pizza é ótima, e serve duas pessoas. As massas também são muito boas.
  • Sandrine
    SandrineMay 31, 2015
    Pasta al cartoccio!
  • Luis S.
    Luis ShimabukuroDecember 30, 2014
    Ótima comida, a vitela estava sensacional!
  • Constantine C.
    Constantine CheSeptember 18, 2014
    Очень вкусно, хороший выбор вина, хорошее обслуживание. Однозначно рекомендую. С точки зрения антуража - без излишеств. Без пафоса
  • Anna A.
    Anna ArtamonovaJuly 21, 2013
    Вкусно все- еда, обслуживание на отшибись в классическом итальянском стиле.... Я очень влюблена в это место и это на долго..... Точка !!!
  • Luis B.
    Luis BetancourtJune 14, 2013
    La atención es rápida y excelente comida variada Italiana
  • Michael B.
    Michael BreitbachJuly 20, 2012
    Ein Geheim-Tipp für ein gutes italienisches Restaurant in London
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