Owner Valeria Bisenti came to America when she was 21 years old. She believed the Charlottesville, VA area was in need of a warm, friendly, authentic, family-style Roman Italian restaurant with excellent food and affordable prices — like those she knew in her hometown of Rome, Italy. Ms. Bisenti, with the assistance of her husband Douglas Muir, wanted to create an atmosphere where the customer always knows they will get the best of everything, just like at Mama’s house in Rome. BELLA’S Restaurant opened in late March 2012. They have been the hit of Charlottesville with a dedicated following. The owners believe it has to do with their great food, cozy dining room, five-star service, at a reasonable price. BELLA’s not only provides excellent service and delicious food; they provide an experience. Bella’s opened their second restaurant in Short Pump Village in June of 2014.