A Taste Of Naples
BELLA NAPOLI: 107-02 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills; 793-8945
HOURS: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
CREDIT CARDS: All Major
HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE: Yes
Restaurateur Saverio Cosentino has not only been around the block, hes been
around the globe. Born, raised, and trained in Naples, he went on to own and operate
restaurants throughout Europe, Manhattan, and even Texas.
Now, from the hills of Rome to Forest Hills, comes his newest culinary venture, Bella
Standing out as a piece of the Mediterranean on Queens Boulevard, Bella Napoli boasts
an airy dining room, decorated with 1940s style Italian wine posters, a wood-burning
brick oven, and a spacious sidewalk cafe.
But these amenities are of secondary concern to Consentino, whose self professed
mission is to reverse the ravages of preservatives on the flavoring of our food.
Consentinos credo: nothing gets watered down.
While this sounds admirable in theory, it tastes even better in practice. Rediscover
the richness of even the simplest of pasta dishes, and savor every last morsel of the
We tried the Chicken Balsamico, which is sautéed in a delectably tangy sauce.
Napoli offers a wide selection of appetizers, like the Vongole Possilipo ($8), which is
steamed clams, served with garlic, oil and fresh tomato. The chef also recommends the
Grigliata di verdura ($7.50), which is grilled zucchini, eggplant, endive, and radicchio.
Napolis pasta specialties include linguini de Mare ($13), which is served with
clams, mussels, shrimp, and calamari, and the Spaghetti Vongole ($13), which is a mix of
zucchini, shrimp, radicchio, in a rich cream sauce.
For your main course, choose from an excellent menu of chicken, fish, and meat dishes.
The Pollo Rosmarino ($11), is a chicken breast, tastefully sautéed with garlic, oil,
and white wine. The chef highly recommends the Camberoni alla Fra Diavolo ($15.50), which
is jumbo shrimp in a spicy tomato sauce, as well as the Costoleta di Vitello ai Ferri
($17), a grilled veal chop.
You can also watch the chefs at Bella Napoli make your gourmet pizzas in their
beautiful brick oven. Among the various pizza options, are the Pizza Quattro Stagioni
($9), which is topped with tomato, mozzarella, prosciutto, artichoke, mushrooms, and
olives, or the Pizza Primavera ($9), topped with zucchini, eggplant, and onions.
All of Napolis desserts are imported from Italy, and after one taste you will
agree that it is worth the journey. Dont miss the Frutti Di Bosco, a popular dessert
from Torino, or the Tosconella, a Tuscan specialty.
Do not settle for the watered down versions of traditional Italian dishes, come to
Bella Napoli, and brace yourself, for the real thing.