Despite the number of Italian restaurants in the city, I’m usually not a fan, but I changed my mind when I tried La Bella Napoli. This restaurant has been around for a while and my friends have been asking me to try it, but it never pushed through. Finally, I got a chance when we had a working lunch with some of my office colleagues.

La Bella Napoli has branches all over Cebu; one in Mactan (Maribago), The Gallery Mabolo, Mactan Airport (domestic check-in) and even a branch in Dumaguete.


Having never tried this place before, here are my discoveries from this Italian food haven:

  1. You can enjoy great Italian food in an alfresco ambiance.

I went to the La Bella Napoli branch in Mabolo which is situated at The Gallery. It’s a cute little place that stands out amongst the other shops since it is separated from the rest of the building. The place has wooden tables and chairs but it’s perfectly paired with an area surrounded by trees. Since I’m always in an air-conditioned space, either in the office or in the car, it was a relief to be in an open restaurant where you can get some fresh air.

food 2 - Amatriciana

  1. La Bella’s Pasta is the best.

As mentioned, I’m not a big fan of pasta. If you are trying to be watchful of your carb intake, you might want to skip this. It was my first time here, so I decided to try one. It did not disappoint! I ordered an Amatriciana which is made of Tagliolini (long flat pasta similar to spaghetti) with bacon, onions, chili and tomato sauce. It was very tempting to order another one!


  1. You can’t miss Pizza!

The Italian food experience is never complete without pizza. We ordered one of their best sellers, the Capricciosa. It’s made of tomato, mozzarella, cooked ham, pepperoni, black olives and mushroom. They have many other pizza choices and some of which I have never heard of so if you like to try a variety of pizza, this could be your favorite spot.

food 3 - Capricciosa Pizza

  1. Fair Price for quality Italian food

For quality authentic Italian food, this is where you’ll get the best bang for your buck. Many of the other Italian restaurants in the city are priced much higher than this one.


  1. If you have a friend who is looking for a new Italian place to try, bring him here!

If you are tired of the Italian restaurants in the mall, you can bring your friends or family here for a different kind of Italian food experience.


Contact number: Mabolo – 032- 412-0200

You can find out more about them on their Facebook page.

*Header photo from their Facebook page.



Shaira Berame

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