Hillsville’s newest restaurant, “Bella Italia” wants to offer patrons a taste of Italian comfort food with that little “something something” special.
“We want everybody to have a little slice of Italy. Just like you sat down at a table in someone’s home there,” said Manager Beverly Nelson. “Our owner (Alla Aly) wanted to make it more like Italy. Everything is fresh and made to order. Nothing is pre-made. Our pizza is cooked on bricks. We stress our food’s presentation and use fresh herbs and garnish to really make it something unique. There are a lot of good restaurants in Carroll County. We offer something different.”
The menu for the firm located at 105 West Stuart Drive is a large one, including pizza, pasta, burgers, appetizers, subs (in 19 varieties in eight inch or 12 inch lengths), sandwiches, appetizers, stromboli, wings, fish and seafood and desserts. Nelson said Bella Italia features cheesecakes and cannoli, which is a deep fried confection with creme filling.
The restaurant also features zambolla, which Nelson described as a deep fried funnel cake generously dusted with powdered sugar and drizzled with chocolate. She said the firm doesn’t “skimp” on its portions and estimated 95 percent of the patrons use a to-go box for their leftovers.
“The pizza we have has a different flavor than any other I’ve had,” Nelson said. “I’m not saying other’s are not good. I’m saying ours is different.” Pizza is available with a thick Sicillian-style square thick crust or New York-style pizza with a round and thin crust. She said the firm features a good mix of seasoned restaurant professionals.
Bella Italia is open Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Lunch specials priced at $5.95 are offered Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and include calzones, stromboli, spaghetti with meatballs or meat sauce and a drink, a small, one-topping pizza (round crust or thin crust) and a drink, a small cheese steak calzone and drink or a half-pound cheeseburger, french fries and a drink. Lunch specials are dine-in or carry-out only.
Nelson said she began in the restaurant business when she was 13, helping her late mother Laverne Barbour in Patrick County’s Claudeville cafe.
“I like meeting people and talking to people. Ask any of the staff,” said Nelson. “We owe a big thank you to the community for its support. We couldn’t do this without them. It’s not only Hillsville. We’re even getting calls from hotels.”
She said the restaurant currently employs two cooks, nine waitresses and five delivery drivers and said the staff includes a good balance of new and experienced talent. A delivery fee of $3 is charged for in-town orders and $5 for out-of-town orders. Nelson said the firm delivers all day to an area limited to Hillsville and the surrounding area. She said Bella Italia will deliver to areas including Route 58 from Hillsville to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Service Center at 7565 Carrollton Pike and on Route 100 to Lovell Road as well as some areas on Route 52.
Orders may be called in at 276-728-7022 or 276-728-7024. Businesses may fax in orders at 276-728-7025. In addition to dining in, customers may also pick up to go orders at the firm’s drive-thru window.
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.