Bella Cucina is a wonderful, intimate authentic Itallian restaurant located in the very heart of downtown Queenstown.
With a daily changing ... yes DAILY CHANGING menu of inspiring, always delicious Italian dishes it is not surprising that many visitors to Queenstown return to eat at Bella Cucina multiple times during a 3 or 4 day stay in the town. This speaks volumes when there are over 150 different cafes, restaurants and bars in the small town to choose from!
From the moment you step inside you feel right at home in the relaxed quaint setting. One of the first things you will notice is the mouth watering familiar smell of wood fired freshly cooked pizzas which hits you as soon as you enter sending your taste buds into a frenzy! The restaurant has a great layout and true to any Italian home, the open kitchen is actually in the heart of the building – a testament to the importance of great food here at Bella (as the locals call it!) It is always busy which makes for a fabulous buzzy atmosphere – no matter what night of the week you are dining out.
The best, repeatedly tried and tested, way to get the most out of your evening here is to order a selection of dishes, pop them in the middle of the table and share amongst friends! Whether there is just 2 of you or a larger group, there is no doubt that you will want to try everything. The pasta dishes are simply delicious. All the pasta is made fresh in house every day and is delicate and light. The accompanying sauces use really only the freshest mainly local ingredients and as the menu really does change daily it means that the chefs are not forced into soucing specific ingredients to stick to a static menu rather they create their daily menu around the very best of seasonal market fresh ingredients – and wow can you taste the difference!
Just like the daily freshly made pasta, the pizza dough is also made fresh daily. Once ordered, your pizza is rolled and loving prepared in the open kitchen (so you can see the chefs twirling the dough) before being topped and cooked in the wood fired pizza oven ready for you and your friends to devour straight from the uber cool pizza boards. Again a carefully hand-picked daily changing selection of pizzas is offered on the menu to tempt your taste buds.
The menu also features a fabulous selection of authentic Italian meat and fish dishes and these should certainly not be overlooked! Again, the options change daily to reflect the seasons and are hand crafted using the very best market fresh ingredients. There is always a gorgeous selection of varied seasonal salads to accompany the main courses and having one of these on the table to share and enjoy is an absolute must.
Which brings me to dessert ... mmm! The desserts here are simply T.D.F...! Again, great for sharing – it’s always funny how quickly the desserts are devoured and disappear from the table as my friends and I all dig in – they really are THAT good!
Just as important as delicious food and great company is a wide range of beverages and friendly, respectful, non-intrusive service and as expected Bella gets this just right too. There is an equal mix of local and European wine on the list as well as NZ and imported beers to accompany your dinner. The Italian house wine, served authentically by the carafe, tastes great and is a perfect value for money option.
We always have a fabulous dinner and a wonderful evening at Bella Cucina. This popular restaurant always has a relaxed and buzzy atmosphere, the food, wine and service never disappoint and all at prices which are great value for money. Hurry up and head over to Bella Cucina and you will soon understand why it’s a tourist and locals favourite here in Queenstown.