Thursday, September 2, 2010

La Bella in Ghent

Few things are more gratifying to me than food photography. And when you get to do it where you really enjoy the food, so much the better. La Bella in Ghent is such a place. Located on 22nd Street in the strip mall behind the Marketplace, you know you've arrived when you smell the garlic.
The tortellini, pictured above, are prepared with mushrooms and caprese and are just not to be believed. Incredible dish.

And, of course, they bake their own bread. genuine Italian bread, once almost impossible to find south of the Mason-Dixon line.

They also operate a deli section and offer an intriguing wine list.

And you mustn't forget dessert. The cannoli are made on site, from scratch. Ever since Joseph Campbell said, "Follow your bliss," from that day forward it's been cannoli, cannoli, cannoli...

From their web site:
La Bella in Ghent has an extensive wine list, large variety of Italian wines, which pair well with the menu. Everything made from scratch, the perfect place to have dinner with your family or have a nice romantic date.  Extremely attentive service, makes you feel like part of the family. Lunch offers sandwiches and scaled-down versions of select entrĂ©es. 

Fresh ingredients and careful preparations aren’t surprising, given that chef-owner Andrea DiCarlo learned from his mother, Anna Alaimo, making fresh pasta with her since he was young at the family’s La Bella Italia near the ocean front.

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