Homely Local Italian Restaurant

Ciao Bella Italian Restaurant

I enjoy casually walking into this local Italian restaurant in the evening, greeting Mr. Antonello, the chef, and Mrs Antonello, followed by Mrs Antonello's indication to sit at a table.

I enjoy Ciao Bella's authentic Italian home-style flavor, simply handmade pasta, good stewed tomato sauce, handmade bread, homemade rich chocolate cake with ice cream. It's all about Italian food – just simple and good quality ingredients.

Of course, what I enjoy most is the price of my authentic Italian meal. I ordered a bowl of rich soup, a dish of good mushroom pasta, and a bottle of beer, sitting on a table by a small garden. All together, they only cost me NT$300. And when Mr. Antonello is freed from cooking at the end of the evening, he will sometimes pick up a microphone, to sing a couple of songs for his guests (he's a professional singer who often performs at hotels and clubs and so on), but this is free of charge.

Ciao Bella has something I really enjoy, but it's not listed on the menu. It's the Italian attitude toward to life. In the center of busy Taipei city, they only open the restaurant five hours a day, to leave time and space to enjoy life. When the restaurant became more popular and famous, they did not expand it or extend the opening hours. I often see Mr. Antonello walking with his dogs in the neighborhood, or on a very hot summer evening when the restaurant is closed, he and his family would enjoy the cool delights in a dessert shop.

Many people ask me if such a simple little restaurant really serves good Italian food. I tell them it's not a fancy Italian restaurant that tries to impress people with fancy names and decorations, but the food is good, and the people are good.

Address: 1F, No 252, Songren Rd., Xinyi District, Taipei
地址:台北市信義區松仁路252號1樓
Tel: 02-2758-4696
Opening Time: Tuesday - Sunday 12:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00 (go early in the evening because the restaurant is often full later)
 

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