Restaurant owners Leonardo and Nadine Luzi began in a simple fashion. Back in 1995 they moved from their home in Rome, Italy, to Kennewick, Washington. Leonardo went to college and worked; Nadine worked and developed her keen eye for style and beauty.
In May 1999 they opened a small restaurant, Bella Italia, where they could offer authentic Italian dishes to food lovers in the Tri-Cities area. Serving in a European style, where the courses are served in a relaxed and unrushed ambiance, this has been the same theme from the very beginning through today.
The original restaurant was small in size but huge in flavors with ingredients purchased daily. Originally, the lunch menu was served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. So good were the dishes served that the lunch customers began asking, “When’s dinner going to be available?” Responding to their loyal customers’ wishes, Leonardo and Nadine began a dinner menu on Friday and Saturday nights, but alas it was TOO GOOD, and it wasn’t long before dinner dominated and they were open as they are today: Tuesday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Very shortly after Bella Italia first opened, the Luzis received several requests for banquet services. As the restaurant was small in size, they either had to hold the banquets on their days off or close the restaurant to regular business during their work week. Business was good, but capacity had been reached.
Then in 2003, they began to dream of a larger, more pleasing and rustic restaurant. In mid-2005, they began the process of finding land and a designer to work with to realize this dream. The land was found and purchased in January 2006, ground breaking took place in May 2007 and the beautiful building they are in today was completed in December 2007.
Bella Italia now offers a main dining area and small banquet room on the first floor with an original gallery of fine art and jewelry. The upstairs is a large banquet room that has constant demand for meetings and events of every nature. Since opening, Leonardo and Nadine have added a patio seating area to take advantage of the Tri-Cities’ lovely weather, and an upstairs terrace is being completed for more outdoor enjoyment. All of this has made Bella Italia a favorite dining experience for an evening of enjoyment and exquisite Italian Food.
Come and join us for the Bella Italia experience!