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Bella’s Bites serves tasty Italian dishes

We stumbled upon Bella’s Bites Soups and Salads along a line of clothing shops in Marina Mall, Lapu-Lapu City. Doubling as a cafe and restaurant, Bella’s Bites Soups and Salads is small but clean and comfortable.

It carries Italian dishes – soups, salads, pastas, risottos, quiches – and serves fruit juice and shakes as well as coffee and desserts.

Panzanella
PANZANELLA. Tuscan Bread and Tomato Salad “combines juicy tomatoes and crisp cucumbers with bread and herbs in a red wine vinaigrette.”

I ordered the tomato, bread and basil soup because that was the first thing I saw on the menu. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint.

Although the service staff informed us that the Caesar Salad is one of the bestsellers at Bella’s Bites, I picked the Tuscan bread and tomato salad because it has fresh herbs and my favorite vinaigrette (in this case, red wine) dressing.

We had also had penne in tomato sauce, which was a little spicy and came with cheese. It tasted good, as well, but I liked the salad best.

Penne alla Amatriciana
Penne alla Amatriciana. This recipe, according to the restaurant’s menu, “originated in Amatrice, near Rome. The beautiful, subtlety spicy flavors of chili in a rich tomato sauce made with white wine, and guanciale, which is a cured pork meat. Served with pecorino cheese.”

Restaurant prices are really reasonable, and I can’t wait to come back and try the risotto and coffee drinks. Check out the complete Bella’s Bites Soups and Salads menu in this link (PDF file of menu).

Bella’s Bites Soups and Salads says it takes great care in sourcing ingredients for its dishes. It picks suppliers that provide quality and safe food products.

The restaurant also has free wi-fi, which is an added bonus.

On the downside, the restaurant does not have restrooms so you have to use the common ones at Marina Mall and these were horrifyingly dirty.

Address: Marina Mall, Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City
Call +63-917-7200289 (tap on number to call – works only in phones)
Facebook page: Bella’s Bites Soups and Salads

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By Marlen Limpag

Marlen is the editor of MyCebu.ph and co-founder of Cebu-based journalism startup InnoPub Media.