Bella Pizza is one of the more notable pizzerias around. Its riverside locale at Robertson Quay makes it popular with yuppie-types and the expat crowd, drawn from the nearby CBD and residential hinterland respectively. On hindsight, we should have hit this spot up at night, because the sweltering afternoon heat of the open-air restaurant wasn't particularly conducive for lounging. The heat was just so intrusive that we couldn't make it through lunch; we'd gobbled up our starter and pasta, and packed the pizza to savour in the air-conditioned comfort of our home. Moral of the story is: to dine here only at night, where the tropical heat is more bearable with an occasional breeze flowing through the al fresco area.
Bella Pizza is also sister restaurant to Bella Pasta, and while the menu places a strong emphasis on pizzas here, they serve up a respectably enticing array of pastas as well. The pizzas are indeed excellent, and their pastas, while rustic, are hearty and commendable. Ironically, a couple of my friends claim that the pastas at this pizzeria are better than the ones at Bella Pasta.
We started off with some Portobello Ripieno ($20), a whole portobello schmeared with porcini mushroom paste and baked to a juicy goodness, burnished with a luscious porcini cream sauce, and countered by the bed of baby spinach leaves. This was a little staid, which we spiced up with lashings of freshly ground pepper.
The Ravioli Verdi con Salsa di Porcini ($24), dumplings laced with spinach and stuffed with beef mince, and slathered with the same porcini cream as the portobello starter. Not the most refined, or sophisticated of pastas, but I liked that these were well-balanced.
The Pizza Crudo ($26) complemented the salty pungency of prosciutto with the sharp creaminess of gorgonzola, on a crisp but mildly chewy pizza base wood-fired to a smoky perfection.
30 Robertson Quay
Riverside View #01-14
Tel: 6734 0139
Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch; 6pm to 11pm for dinner
Closed on Mondays