150th St., Whitestone; 767-4699
Wednesday thru Monday 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Closed on Tues.
a quiet evening within the classy quarters of Casa Bella, which offers
patrons dim lighting, concerto music playing in the background, and a nice,
professional staff. Owner Gianni knows most of the patrons on a first-name
basis, since the two-and-a-half-year old restaurant attracts many regulars
to its door.
according to Gianni, with generous portions and intimate setting, Casa Bella
is often a favorite for couples on a date.
start off, complimentary fresh bread with fresh tomatoes in oil and basil
arrived at the table with a light assortment of carrots, celery, and olives
and a side of blue cheese dressing.
very generous plate of mussels ($6.50) sautéed with a choice of marina or
white wine sauce is excellent. Seafood is a popular choice at the
establishment, and chefs Umberto and Joe know how to prepare it just right.
Filetto di Soligiola Alla Mugnai, filet of sole sautéed in lemon sauce
($14.95), is out of this world. Fresh
portions of garnished potatoes and steamed vegetables brushed in butter
compliment the dish.
to be overlooked, however, is the Cheese Ravoli Alla Casa Bella ($8.95), a
house specialty, made with pink sauce, asparagus, and mushrooms that is rich
truly could not find any more room for dessert, but Casa Bella does have all
the Italian delights one could desire like tiramisu, canoli, tortoni,
tartufo, and spumoni on their menu.
In addition, Casa Bella
offers space for private parties, as well as catering in and out of the
premises. For more information, contact Gianni at the phone number listed
— Susan Lee