|From left: Guy, Chef Sami, Darian|
Bella Cucina is located in the old Pia's Restaurant on Trent Road. He's open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday, and brunch on Sunday. Chef Sami, who is classically trained, hails from Milan, Italy, where he learned to make the cream sauces Milan is known for. He also spent time in Sicily learning to make their red sauce. After spending several years around the world cheffing for hotel restaurants, Chef Sami went to New York and then came to New Bern.
Recently, we ate at Bella Cucina with our friends, Darian and Bob. As always, we had an enjoyable meal.
|From left: Guy, Darian, Bob and Judy|
All of Sami's entrees come with a tossed salad and his wonderful warm homemade rolls.
My favorite entree at Sami's is L'Amica Del Texas (angel hair pasta with artichoke hearts, mushrooms, chicken and shrimp in a homemade blush pink sauce). But I decided to just get a salad with grilled chicken.
Guy got the special which was a luscious mixture of artichokes, mussels and shrimp in a tomato-wine sauce.
Darian and Bob got Chicken Sorrento (chicken breast sauteed with mushrooms, artichokes and cherry tomatoes in butter-wine sauce with angel hair pasta).
Needless to say, there's just never any room for dessert. If you're thinking of going to Bella Cucina, reservations are a good idea. The dining room always seems to be packed lately.
Bella Cucina, 252-636-006, 2909 Trent Road, New Bern.