I don't quite understand how some reviewers think that LaBella is reasonably priced when meals start at $17 and the average bill is $60 for 2. That being said, the decor was nice and the waitors were competent. You do get big portions, but still my dish of penne was $20 and the salad $9. I do think the food is authentic, but realistically I think anyone could do the same in their kitchen (given the right recipe) and save a lot of money. Definitely try it out, but save it for a special occassion.
La Bella is hands down the best Italian restaurant in Hampton Roads. My husband and I are addicted, we eat there (or call in a take out order) at least once a week. Everything from the fresh baked bread to the homemade mozzarella are always delicious! We have recommended La Bella to at least a dozen other people who are now hooked just as we were after our first visit 6 years ago.
My husband and I have been to La Bella 3 time with family members. We enjoyed the food and service. The fresh Mozzerella with mushrooms was incredible. Reasonably priced we not only enjoyed the food but the all together astmosphere was relaxing. Will continue to frequent this restaurant as long as they are in business. Nice to have finally found a place that has excellant food and you don't have to wait for 2 hours to be seated. Five Star all the way.