316 Capitola Ave.
Capitola, CA 95010
Down to the last detail, Bella Roma seeks to charm with authentic Italian accents. Even the music is classic Italian, and the proprietors waste no space, filling each nook and cranny with Renaissance touches. Crisp white linens, big baskets of focaccia, and fragrant aromas of cooking food stimulate the senses and the appetite. Dishes like salmon piccata, lamb shank, porcini tortellini, and shrimp and roasted garlic ravioli are but a sampling of the fare at Bella Roma. Chef and owner Gaetano Balsamo promises fresh, local, and organic ingredients in every bite. Even the simplest dishes, like the prosciutto e melone accenutate flavor and quality over flash (however, with big portions, Balsamo certainly has the Italian knack for quantity).