Food: Bella Italia’s Bargain Secret Menu

An evening out involving delicious food and handsome date? Who was I to say no…? Bella Italia recently invited me and W to try out their new Student menu and we jumped at the chance.
Bella Italia is a family favourite as it has enough choice for everyone. Out of my parents and my sister, one is allergic to citrus, one to tomatoes (shifty eyes…), and one doesn’t eat cheese. It can cause problems when eating out! We all have a great choice at Bella Italia so it’s our go-to for a family meal, and it doesn’t hurt that it’s great value too. And with this menu it’s even better…

 photo c8eedda7-fb49-42b7-8939-fdd3806e549f_zpsxnymooya.jpgFor just £5 with a valid NUS card students have a pretty huge menu to choose from. It’s shorter and more basic that the regular menu, but FIVE pounds?! A KFC can cost more than that…
I was also pretty impressed that there was a good choice of non-tomato options. I was expecting to be lumped with carbonara (no complaints!) but even I had options. Including two pizzas. Most places can’t manage a tomato-free pizza when charging £10+ but here it is possible. Impressed to say the least!

 photo a185efe9-1d06-4a35-ba09-2e854a4f8470_zpsb6dxusdd.jpg photo c9093e59-feaa-4f4d-a344-5204ca29a2df_zpsmfoalyb8.jpgIn the end I did go with carbonara, and very nice it was too. Especially after my customary heaping of parmesan and black pepper. A massive plateful, creamy sauce, and beautifully cooked pasta.

 photo 30cb34fa-d3ca-4194-961f-6b46fb916e1c_zpspsf9jo8b.jpgW made his own pizza, adding ham and chicken. It was “mightily delicious” – he really enjoyed it. For £5 our mains were excellent value, cheaper than some ready meals and a darn sight nicer. They certainly didn’t skimp on the amount of meat on his pizza, or the portion size of my dish!

 photo 72145b0c-6fa0-49ae-b5dc-5d10b2ee1de0_zpsv0elu5xq.jpgI accompanied my meal with a Bella Fresca – a combination of peach puree, rum and some other alcohol. I found it sweet, fruit, refreshing and with a great kick. Whilst it was pricey at just short of £6, most cocktails at Bella Italia are 2-for1 with the student menu which makes them slightly more affordable.

 photo 477cc375-f2cc-4793-b3ba-8431c920dc0b_zpsveqqh94e.jpg photo c6293a79-3e9e-4302-abc6-582172ac7451_zpshfrbn0tw.jpg photo d91213cf-09cf-4e4e-ac0b-366e50113bef_zps7kx15zjp.jpgWe were pretty full after our mains (not bad for £5) but shared  three desert shots. Banoffee Pie wasn’t great, rather artificial tasting and a bit gloopy. Panna Cotta was the best, tart cherries, sweet syrup, creamy base. The Amaretto Chocolate was good, but scarily rich and a little too cold.

 photo c1ddfd40-b47a-4609-9420-99430d20aebb_zps08o8ybn6.jpgService was excellent, friendly, smiley, without being awkward or over-the-top. I’d perhaps suggest they don’t flash the lights on and off with a Happy Birthday (I’m badly affected with dizziness when there are flashing lights), but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed my evening. After this carb-fest then a weekend away I definitely need to get back to my healthy-eating!

Have you ever been to Bella Italia? What did you think? What’s your favourite Italian restaurant?

  • I haven’t ever been to Bella Italia but think I should definitely try it out whilst I can with my student card which runs out in June!
    Rosie
    x
    http://www.anenglishrosie.blogspot.co.uk

    • ninegrandstudent

      Oh definitely, make sure you make the most of it! x

  • AWESOME! I didn’t know they did a student menu. I literally love it in there!

    Georgina

    foxonthehunt.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      I think they are keeping it pretty quiet as it’s SUCH good value! x

  • OMG this is brilliant! £5 thats amazing! £6 2for1 cocktails! I’m heading there now 😉 Thanks so much for the tips! Pictures look great too – I love the one of the cocktail!

    Josie

    josievictoriaa

    • ninegrandstudent

      Aha, and thanks! x

  • Emily Muscat

    I’d heard about this five pound menu but I didn’t know if it was true! I’ll definitely be going there now as £5 for proper nice food is a bargain! Plus their cocktails look amazing!

    http://www.goodgirlgonebrum.co.uk

    • ninegrandstudent

      It really is a bargain, and it isn’t poor quality either. Admittedly the pizza base felt like a cheaper version of their usual, but it was still yummy apparently – and my pasta was divine! x

  • I’m not a student but I do have an NUS card (figure that one out!), so might have to give this a try – a fiver is so cheap! And I’ve never actually been to Bella Italia shockingly, I always tend to opt for Frankie and Benny’s instead. Must change that now!

    Milly // http://www.mini-adventures.com

    • ninegrandstudent

      Bella Italia is so much better than F&Bs in my opinion – take a visit as it’s such a good deal! x

  • That’s amazing value! I just wish I’d known about it when I had my student card. Since graduating, I have been sorely tempted to enrol on some course or other just to get a card again. I hate paying full price for everything!

    Really good photos of the desserts as well 🙂

    Rachel x

    The Inelegant Wench

    • ninegrandstudent

      Go for it – my chosen career means I get a student card until I complete my exams, which could take many many years! x

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  • Oh, that food looks delicious! I’ve never actually tried Bella Italia, and didn’t know about the student deal either so I think I’ll need to persuade someone to try it with me!

    • ninegrandstudent

      Definitely go, it’s such a bargain! x