Although I find Bella's to be a bit overpriced, I'm willing to pay it because it is the ONLY Italian restaurant in Melbourne (possibly Brevard County) worthy of a visit.
And not only that - but the food is absolutely delicious, and 100% Italian. Just ask Frank, the head chef and owner - or his wife Bella. They originally hail from New York City. For those of you who don't get it, that's AUTHENTIC.
I won't list a favorite dish here because they're all great - but I do recommend including a "Bella's Salad" (either the regular size or "baby" size) because it's full of lovely red onions, roasted red peppers, artichokes, olives and the best part - chunks of delicious, pungent Gorgonzola cheese. I'm salivating just thinking about it....
Full liquor bar and home made cannolis, too.
The ambience is casual elegant, with reggae music playing softly in the background. The place is fairly small so it's a good idea to make reservations. The fare is fresh Caribbean seafood and fine wines. It's a favorite among locals and in my opinion, the best restaurant in the Melbourne Beach area - possibly in the entire Brevard County.
Favorite Dish: Best dish I can recommend is the house specialty: Grilled Mahi-Mahi in nut butter sauce. Comes with sauteed vegetables on the side, and sweet potato. Delicious!
The chocolate pate or creme brulee are two great desert choices.
Did I mention this is my favorite restaurant?!?
Bunky's Raw Bar and Seafood Grille (formerly just Bunky's Raw Bar). Great People and good food.
Since the late 1980s and early 1990s this has been a staple in this area for oysters, shrimp, and other seafood (PLUS they had a round-the-world beer club).
On its third owner, it is doing well after a bit of a dry spell. Two servers are still there for over 20 years (go Ron and Barb), lots of locals eat here as do I when in town!
Back and Better!
Favorite Dish: Oysters and peel and eat shrimp. Fish dip and crackers is a "crave" item for me!! Wings are Delicious!
Another very popular seafood location. While they are a family place and get many families their entertainment (lounge act) is geared to the senior crowd.
Favorite Dish: I enjoyed the peel and eat shrimp Nice service.
Believe it or not, Melbourne has a few Middle Eastern restaurants. This one is probably the nicest appointed one, and happens to be right by the beach in Indialantic.
If you're lucky, sometimes there's a belly-dancer or two for entertainment.
If you want to smoke the narghila pipe, you'll have to be tenacious in insisting they bring it out to you. If you ask, they're most likely going to tell you "no" at first. Persevere...it always works.
Favorite Dish: Since I'm a vegetarian, I usually get the "greek" salad and some tahini and hummus. But I know the chicken dishes are great - plenty of garlic!
Whether for lunch or dinner, the Continental Flambe is another favorite dining spot of mine here in Melbourne.
The owner/chef is from Morocco and is married to a French woman. Between the two of them, they've come up with a creative, eclectic menu and wine bar that is not only visually appealing, but culinarily satisfying (did I just make up that word "culinarily"?)
Menu changes from time to time, but expect anything from roast duck to curried chicken.
Bella's closed due to the recession.
From the Melbourne Marina, we went to Bella's for dinner had lasagna for $8 each. That was one of the least expensive things. They also have a bakery and a deli. We bought some bread and cookies that are a pale imitation of Bergers with the chocolate fudge tops. I took half my lasagna back to the boat.
Mon.-Thurs.: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. / 5p.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri. & Sat.: 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. / 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
(Additional parking 1 block west of Municipal)
Favorite Dish: Menu:
BELLA'S SPECIAL ENTREES
(Served with a side of spaghetti)
Uncle G's Veal Parmigiana. $14.95
Zia Mary's Veal Scaloppini Francese or Marsala. $14.95
Zio Sal's Veal Saltimbocca. $16.95
Grandma's Chicken Cacciatore (preparation time 25 minutes)
Boneless chicken breast simmered in garlic, pomodoro sauce, olives and onions. $14.95
Bedda's Chicken Parmigiana. $13.95
Zia Sadie's Chicken Francese or Marsala $13.95
Zia Gininna's Eggplant Parmigiana $11.50
Tanna's Eggplant Rollatine
Eggplant with 3 imported cheeses and Prosciutto baked in tomato sauce. $15.95
Mussels, shrimp and scungilli sautéed in olive oil, garlic in a white wine pomodoro
sauce served over a bed of spaghetti. $18.95
Shrimp Scampi ala Romano
Shrimp sautéed in a garlic, butter, white wine, lemon sauce with Romano cheese, served over a bed of spaghetti. $14.95
Compa Dennis' Steak Pizzaiola
16 oz. rib eye steak grilled and then slowly cooked with mushrooms, onions pomodoro white wine sauce. Served with your choice of side salad or spaghetti. $18.95
Papa Frank's Steak Gorgonzola
16 oz. rib eye steak grilled and topped with Portabello mushrooms and
melted Gorgonzola cheese. Served with your choice of side salad or spaghetti. $18.95
Chicken breast and sweet Italian sausage sautéed with artichokes, mushrooms, and
capers in a wine, lemon and butter sauce. Served over spaghetti. $16.95
Steak Bata Bing Bata Boom
16 oz. rib eye steak grilled to your temperature topped with green peppers and onions in a sweet marsala sauce. $18.95
Bella Veal Chops
Veal chops slowly marinated in Rosemary, lemon, Balsamic vinegar, olive oil and garlic,
then grilled. Market Price
Mamma Mia Calamari
Lightly breaded fried calamari over a bed of spaghetti and topped with marinara
fra diavolo sauce. $16.95
Ten large shrimp lightly breaded, fried to a tender golden brown and baked with Bella's marinara sauce and mozzarella. $16.95
If I do recall well, this place was called Guilligan's Island or Guilligan's Cove or Guiligan's Whatever. The whole Satellite Beach Zone seems to be a TV Show, judging fomr the "I dream of Jeannie" in Cocoa Beach and "The Twilight Zone" in my secret place.
Thing is.. that I have been trying to come to this place for years and guess what... I made it to on January 19,2005. Glass of California Chardonnay, Tuna "sashimi"(hehe!) as appetizer and a delicious dish called "Shrimps a la Mediterranean" (???). It was great!
I do recommend it. But, hey, There are not shrimps in the Mediterranean (an italian collegue said!!!).
The nice thing with this restaurant is that is always full with locals , which garantee that sea food is fresh. At least in my theoretical model.
Favorite Dish: Shrimps a la Mediterranean (???)
continental fambe is a very good cafe style restaurant located in the new haven ave. historic district in downtown melbourne. the continental fambe offers an ecletic menu of european inspired dishes as well as american fare. a good place for lunch or dinner in downtown melbourne.
squid lips is a very good florida style seafood restaurant located in the eau gallie arts district. they offer fresh florida seafood as well as beef and poultry in a casual florida atmosphere. squid lips is offers a great view of the indian river and is a great place to have an after work drink. squid lips is one of the better seafood restaurants in the melbourne area.
gilligan's cove is a very good florida beach style restaurant and bar located on SR A1A in satellite beach. gilligan's cove serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a florida keys style atmosphere. they offer steak, seafood, and pasta. for lunch a good place to go for burgers and fish sandwiches. a fun place to eat and drink in satellite beach.
djon's steak and lobster is located in a historic home in the melbourne beach historic district. as the name implies djon's specializes in steak and lobster. they also serve florida seafood. in my opinion the best restaurant in melbourne beach.
the shack has been a palm bay institution for a number of years. located on US 1 in palm bay the shack offers a beautiful view of the indian river. this old florida style restaurant offers local seafood and typical american fare. one of the better seafood restaurants in the melbourne area.
the yellow dog cafe is a very good seafood restaurant located on US 1 in malabar. they specialize in florida seafood, steaks, and poutry. the yellow dog cafe offers a great view of the indian river. in my opinion the best restaurant in malabar.
The marina has a restaurant and we got a discount there, but it was too expensive for us.
So we walked up into town, and there is a deli that is open for lunch that is reasonable. This region of town around the courthouse has a lot of places open during the day, and not so many at night.
I don't remember what the name of the deli was, but there are two possibilities
One is Petty's and one is Guiseppis
Favorite Dish: I think it is more likely that it was Guiseppis, but here is the information on Petty's.
Petty's Meat Market 1.18
miles 1616 S Babcock St
Melbourne, FL 32901-4439 Phone: (321) 725-0400