Nestled comfortably in the historic Pleasant District of Oak Park is a quaint, small Italian restaurant with a big heart. At La Bella Pasteria, the idea of homemade Italian is taken to a whole new level. You will be glad you stopped in for this old-fashioned comfort food.
About La Bella Pasteria
La Bella Pasteria has been part of the Oak Park community since 1990 and it isn’t unusual to see the customers greeting each other by name. Owners Dave and Ann welcome newcomers with a friendly smile.
While the food is served gourmet-style, it is offered at affordable and inviting prices. The outdoor patio encourages companionship while the delicious aromas from inside entice. The dining room is warm and cozy and guests are presented with a basket of delicious bread as soon as they are seated.
The menu at La Bella is full of Italian classics. You can start with an interesting and flavorful salad like the well-reviewed Stacked Eggplant Salad which is a surprising mix of hot and cold and spicy and sweet.
Popular entrees include chicken cacciatore, veal piccata, and fiery fettuccine. La Bella offers a large selection of pasta medleys and ravioli for a restaurant of its size. Pork chops, beef tenderloin, and fish entrees are also available.
La Bella takes a nostalgic approach to mixed cocktails and many of their specialties are reminiscent of the 1930s. The vintage-style drinks are muddled by hand and worth waiting the few extra minutes it takes to make one.
Time-honored cocktail offerings include old-fashioneds, vespers, muddled sours, martinis, and highballs of every kind. You might want to try one of La Bella’s own creative concoctions like the sweet Piacenza Punch.
The hand-tossed pizzas at La Bella are a new addition to the menu and each individual one is cooked to order. The pies are offered as both an entree and an appetizer so pizza lovers can satisfy their cravings. Adventurous diners will also enjoy the unusual toppings and sauce combinations.
You can also leave the cooking to La Bella for your business event or family gathering. La Bella’s catering service can provide any of their popular menu items by the full tray or half tray. Pick it up yourself or opt for delivery with set-up and serve. It’s a win-win for the community.
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