Italy is home to a number of my very favourite meals, and pizza restaurants are some of the few that we can eat at as a family (the boy is still limited by his hugely fussy palate). However, when we were invited to review the newly refurbished Bella Italia in Baker Street, London, I was a little unsure as to how well they would cater to us as a foursome, having never visited before. I needn’t have worried; from the moment we arrived, the children were addressed directly and catered for amply. The treats began with a free funky straw with each individual bottle of squash, which I found a lovely touch, and the children thought was brilliant.
Another pleasant surprise was the range of dishes on the children’s menu; all too often, we find the same meals again and again, but the Bella Italia menu was a delight. Not only were there lots of foods to choose from but there was also a variety of sizes to suit children of all ages and appetites.
The restaurant interior was fresh, modern, and deceptively large with a spacious feel, yet cosy enough to suit couples.
The children were given breadsticks whilst we chose our food, keeping them busy and quiet! They also had crayons and activity sheets for colouring.
The boy was pleased to find food he will actually eat on the menu, and enjoyed his juice with its crazy straw!
Miss J loved her veggie dippers, pizza, and special juice too.
The activity sheets kept the kids’ attention as they contained puzzles and wordsearches as well as providing opportunities to colour. They were very excited to be able to keep the stacking crayon that came with the sheet too!
Obviously, I was already expecting to enjoy my own meal as I am a fan of Italian food, but the quality surpassed my expectations. James and I chose the sharing platter to start, which was beautifully presented and full of gorgeous colours and flavours.
We all enjoyed our mains and miraculously found room for dessert, which was truly scrumptious.
Funnily enough, the boy is not fussy when it comes to pudding…
We really enjoyed popping our Bella Italia cherries and look forward to visiting again soon; perhaps not in London but definitely closer to home.
We were provided with a complimentary family meal in return for this review; all words and photographs are my own.