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Bella's Pizza is Matlacha's newest restaurant

April 17, 2019
By ED FRANKS (efranks@breezenewspapers.com) , Pine Island Eagle

Mark your calendar for the grand opening of Bella's Pizza in Matlacha, to be held at the end of the month. In the mean time, enjoy the food of the "soft opening."

"The menu and the food are the same, we're just spending a few weeks painting, updating and renovating the place," new owner Mike DeValle said.

Bella's Restaurant in located at the former Pizza Bella's on Pine Island Road. DeValle is a Chicago native who moved to Matlacha 18 years ago.

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Bella's newly painted and decorated interior.

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"The way we found Pine Island / Matlacha is because my grandmother, Angelina DeValle, was living in Chicago and loved to fish," DeValle said. "She traveled all over Florida and actually came to Matlacha to fish for the first time in 1944 the old wooden bridge was still here then. My grandparents purchased their house in Matlacha in 1968 and over time my grandmother became known as the "Fisherwoman of Matlacha."

DeValle purchased Pizza Bella from longtime owner Lillian Chiavatti several months ago and has put a lot of work into the building repainting and redecorating. The entire building, inside and outside, has been repainted. The interior is decorated with art from four local artists.

"I think it's important to offer quality Italian food," DeValle said. "We purchase vegetables from local vendors and get our shrimp right off the boat. I hired two New York chefs and we've completely reworked the menu with all new recipes. Last week we had several people from New York in here and so far the reviews have been very good."

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The menu features appetizers, salads, subs, pasta and, of course, pizza. DeValle plans to have frequent specials. A recent special was a pulled pork pizza and pulled pork sandwiches.

"I want Bella's to be as comfortable as eating at home," DeValle said. "I call it 'Matlacha Comfortable.' When it comes to the food, we've adopted the burger place motto, 'have it your way.' If people let us know what they want we will do everything we can to accommodate them. We're open for business but our grand opening is scheduled for the weekend of April 27-28. There will be local music and free appetizers."

Bella's Restaurant is at 4590 Pine Island Road, Matlacha. Hours: Sunday Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; and Friday Saturday, noon - 10 p.m.

Call 239-283-4668 for additional information.

 
 

 

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