Bella: Elevating Italian Dining in Downtown Maryville
If you're on the lookout for an upscale Italian eatery that combines exceptional cuisine with a touch of elegance, look no further than Bella. Nestled in the heart of downtown Maryville, Tennessee, Bella is a culinary gem that takes Italian dining to a whole new level.
An Abundance of Choices
As I stepped into Bella, the first thing that struck me was the inviting atmosphere. The ambiance strikes a perfect balance between classy and trendy, reminiscent of the top-notch restaurants you'd find in Los Angeles or New York City. Yet, it retains the charm and warmth of East Tennessee—a truly unique dining experience.
Bella boasts an extensive wine menu, exquisite craft cocktails, and a selection of local and imported beers, making it the ideal destination for those seeking a sophisticated drink menu to complement their meal.
A Menu to Delight Your Senses
Now, let's talk about the star of the show—the menu. It's a culinary journey that can make decision-making a delightful challenge. On my visit, I started with the Beet Salad, a vibrant mix of flavors and textures. The mixed greens, maple-roasted acorn squash, pickled red beets, candied almonds, and chili-toasted flax were artfully combined and dressed with a light citrus vinaigrette. It was a refreshing and delightful beginning to my meal.
For my entrée, I couldn't resist the Creamy Tuscan Shrimp. Picture this: penne pasta tossed with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, basil, garlic, and enormous, perfectly prepared shrimp. Each bite was a symphony of flavors that danced on my palate.
The Showstopper: Pasta in the Wheel
But the star of the show at Bella is undoubtedly the Pasta in the Wheel. It's not just a dish; it's an experience that transforms a great meal into an unforgettable memory. The chef prepares your penne pasta flambé with cognac right inside a 100+ pound Grana Padano cheese wheel, all right at your tableside. It's a captivating show that not only tantalizes your taste buds but also adds a theatrical element to your dining experience.
While Pasta in the Wheel is available as an entrée, I highly recommend trying it as a shared side, as we did. It's incredibly delicious and abundant, even as a side, but it is quite rich so sharing allows you to enjoy the variety of flavors while savoring the overall meal.
A Memorable Dining Destination
Bella is more than just a restaurant; it's a destination for those who appreciate the finer aspects of Italian cuisine. With its diverse menu, exquisite table-side presentation, and a setting that strikes the perfect balance between sophistication and comfort, Bella is a testament to the culinary diversity of East Tennessee.
While Bella offers an array of fantastic options, my first choices were so enjoyable that I might find it challenging to stray too far from them on my next visit. So, whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply looking for an exceptional dining experience, Bella is a restaurant that should not be missed.
121 West Broadway, Maryville TN
Stay tuned for more explorations of fantastic places in and around Tennessee. Until next time, keep sipping and savoring the moments!