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Old 05-13-2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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"New" Bella Serra?

Hasn't anyone dined at the newly re-opened Bella Serra?

We only ate there once -- it was quite good but we just never had the opportunity to go back. But we're looking forward to going to the "new" one this weekend.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:49 AM   #2
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Yes, we have been there a couple of times since the remodeling/reopening.

Still pretty good food. Hope you enjoy your visit during the weekend.

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Old 05-14-2011, 09:05 AM   #3
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I heard that most of the remodeling was on the exterior, that the interior was not changed much. Is that true?

In any event, it has always been a good restaurant. Just haven't been in for a while.
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Old 05-14-2011, 04:15 PM   #4
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Took the family there Sunday for Mother's Day, and you're right; what changes were made were cosmetic on the outside of the building. They added a patio and that's about it. The inside dining rooms were pretty much old school. I was expecting to see murals of Venice or the Sistine Chapel on the walls, but everything was pretty much a titty pink with no expression of originality. Certainly nothing of an eye catching nature. Food was fair just like before. Again, nothing to warrant a special occasion dining experience. Service was attentive and courteous. Back up waitstaff were right on the money filling drinks and clearing dishes to make room for desert. If you're expecting grandeur and ambiance, you won't get it here. Again, if you liked the food at the old Bella Serra, then this is the place for you.
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Old 05-15-2011, 07:13 AM   #5
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Sabrered, that's a very good review and tells me as much as a 2 page review in some fancy magazine.

I am surprised that they would not want to add ambiance inside, and wonder if they got the best bang for their buck by spending it all on the exterior.
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Old 05-15-2011, 10:12 AM   #6
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Ate there about a week after the re-opening and am hoping the wait staff has their act together.

Our order was quickly taken by a waiter who had worked there before, thus is experienced. Food was brought by a "helper" type without the presence of our waiter. One of the two orders was wrong. Waiter never checked back with us and we were 3/4 done before I could catch his eye. Drinks were never refreshed. Ordered a dessert which took forever to arrive. And they were not that crowded.

As others have said, the food was about the same as in their prior life. OK, but not special.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:48 AM   #7
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Smile Same great food, expanded menu

We have eaten, lunch and dinner, several times at Bella Sera since their re-opening and find the food great and the menu nearly doubled in offerings. They did have some service issues the first couple of weeks but I don't think they were prepared to be slammed with so much business. Obviously the local folks were ready for their return and every time we were there there were no empty tables.

The interior didn't change much as far as the floor plan went but it certainly had a make over, the paint and plaster with the wood trim are very nice. The large back dining room can now be closed off in a more sound containing manner for private functions. The new patios are very nice and we have enjoyed sitting there on a couple of occasions. Our visit this week-end was perfect and all the service issues appear to be ironed out. Some news faces and many old.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:54 AM   #8
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We ate about one week after they re-opened. We both wanted chicken parmesan but the menu didn't state that it was accompanied with a side of spagetti. We asked our server it it came with sketti and she said emphatically "no." So we both ordered something else and just weren't very happy. Our teas were not refilled until at the end. We asked the gentleman at the cash register if spagetti was supposed to be served with chicken parmesan and he said "yes." Our salads were blah iceberg with one slice of tomato. The atmosphere inside was boring - didn't appear much had been done there and we were dissapointed. The exterior remodel was much a do about nothing much.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:49 AM   #9
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We were there twice last week,once at noon and once in the evening. Both times on the patio. That was a big bust. The noise from 281, trucks, motorcycles, horns ,fumes ,etc. was horrible.

They should have spent the money on the inside and trained a chef in the art of italian cooking... We won't go back.
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:03 PM   #10
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Pretty good food, I think most of the renovations were outside except the back room was updated. Waite staff is fabulous...think they must have brought some family members in to help out!
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:47 AM   #11
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Food is pretty good. Service is awful, Orders get mixed up, glasses don't get refilled and they sure don't like it when you ask that they correct the problem.
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Old 05-31-2011, 12:45 PM   #12
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Food is the same. Floor plan is same on inside, but looks MUCH better. It's not depressing now. IT's nice. The large room in the back is nice, but needs more lights. Love the patio area, but need to spruce it up and look more inviting. Outside is awesome! All in all, it's MUCH nicer now.
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Old 07-12-2011, 11:54 AM   #13
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Love the redecorating, but the food is still not as good as Francescos. And like others mentioned, service is lacking.
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Old 07-12-2011, 03:51 PM   #14
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Have to agree, eaten there twice in last two weeks. Francescos food is still better..but our service both times as at least adequate...
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Old 06-20-2012, 12:17 AM   #15
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horrible food, horrible service, very loud place.
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Old 06-28-2012, 06:58 PM   #16
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Some of their dishes are excellent and I think the service has improved. We were there on Sunday and service was great. We now like it better than Francesco's; salads are much better and so are many of the other dishes.
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:56 AM   #17
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I cannot comprehend how anyone would compare the heated up frozen food service options served at Francescos to the homemade from scratch dishes served by the great staff at Bella Sera's. Johnny, Meti and the entire staff go out of their way everytime we visit to make us feel at home. If you are in the mood for something that isn't on the menu, simply explaining what you have in mind is all it takes and they work it up for you. I am honored to do business with a group of individuals who have come to this country, worked for what they have and are working very hard to become citizens the way the laws intended. A hug, a handshake and wonderful food are a pretty hard combination to beat.
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Old 06-29-2012, 01:02 PM   #18
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Regarding Bella Serra, I have to vote with the majority. We gave them two more visits post-remodel. Two C-notes later, they had failed to meet even our diminished expectations. That's it! We're done. Same leopard - different spots.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:22 AM   #19
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Food's pretty good but the people are creepy! I don't know where there from but they're strange.

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Our waiter actually tried to open our wine that had a metal screw off cap instead of a cork with a corkscrew! He got the corkscrew through the cap with some effort but was unable to remove the cap without removing the corkscrew and twisting the cap off with his hand.

You don't see that everywhere.

Not going back.

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Old 04-25-2014, 07:40 AM   #20
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We enjoy going there and have always had good food. To each his own...
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