Â Bella Gioia‘sÂ 26 year old chef/ownerÂ Nick (Nico) DanieleÂ is turning out some of the finest Italian food in New York City.Â Born and raised in Staten Island,Â Nick was classically trained at world renown schools, both in Parma, Italy atÂ ALMA Scuola Internazionale di Cucina ItalianaÂ and NYC atÂ The French Culinary InstituteÂ and then worked atÂ Del Posto,Â ArtÃ©Â CafeÂ andÂ Cooking Channel. DanieleÂ keeps true to his ancestralÂ SicilianÂ rootsÂ at this 62-seat gem, nestled on a bustling stretch of 4th Avenue on the border ofÂ Park Slope/Gowanus.
Nickâ€™s familialÂ originsÂ are in the Sicilian seaside city of Cefalu, so his menu reflects aÂ cornucopia of historical influences, and the regionâ€™s abundant ingredientsÂ -whatever isnâ€™t house madeÂ is imported from ItalyÂ areÂ transformed intoÂ contemporaryÂ signature dishes.
Bella GioiaÂ is a welcomingÂ space, with a vaulted brick ceilingÂ and reclaimed timber beams…itÂ feels like youâ€™ve walked into a beautifulÂ wine cave at a farmhouse in Italy, thanks to the award-winning design ofÂ Hecho Inc.
The large, inviting circular 12-seat bar is made of train depot wood and clad with brightly colored broomsticks thatÂ surroundÂ the core of the space, beckoning visitors.The gorgeous space lends itself to hosting specialÂ dinners,Â eventsÂ andÂ parties.
Bella Gioia‘s menu featuresÂ a seasonal, flavorful combination ofÂ locally sourced, housemadeÂ and premium imported Italian ingredients…Â and Chef Nick’s heart and soul.Â SignatureÂ items include:
Arancini, Frittu Mistu, Calamari Fritti, Deep Fried Burrata, Purpetti
Imported & housemade Italian Meats and Cheeses
Pizzas are house made using a fermented “mother dough” withÂ 00 flour
Sausage,Â stracchino, chili flakes
Arugula &Â Prosciutto,Â parmigiano, balsamic glaze
Fig, Speck, GorgonzolaÂ dolce
Seasonal Soups / Salads / Sides
TumminiaÂ ancient Sicilian grain pasta, pesto alla trapanese, almonds, caciocavallo cheese (sausage)
Pasta Cu SardeÂ imported sardines, raisins, pignoli nuts & toasted breadcrumbs
PappardelleÂ CuÂ Coda Di Bue Oxtail ragu, peas, caramelized onions, canestrato
Surf And TurfÂ scallops, steak, potato puree, roasted potato, cipollini in agrodolce, red wine sauce
Lonza Di MaialeÂ pork loin (Cherrywood smoked), Brussels sprouts, parsnip puree, maple demi-glace
MirruzzuÂ pan seared cod, cannellini beans, olives, capers, cherry peppers, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower puree
Cotoletto DiÂ VitedduÂ breaded Veal Cutlet with Arugula, Cherry Tomatoes & Onions topped with a Balsamic Vinaigrette
CostoletteÂ short rib, sweet potato puree, broccoli rabe, red wine reduction
The housemade desserts change with the seasons:
TiramisuÂ coffee reduction
Panna CottaÂ chamomile infused, glazed peaches, brown butter powder, hibiscus gelee
Chocolate BrownieÂ caramel sauce, candied popcorn, corn gelato
MelaÂ apple, marsala reduction, pumpkin cream, sucree, smoked with cinnamon stick
ViewÂ menuÂ here.
Bella Gioia‘sÂ bar programÂ features Italian craft beers and Sicilian wines.Â Signature cocktails are composed ofÂ seasonal ingredients and Italian spirits:
Blood Orange Margarita
L’hanky Panky ItalianoÂ Barrel Gin, Fernet Branca, Averne, Amaro Erborista, Ginger Syrup, Lime juice, Bitters
Il CacacciuloÂ Cynar, Saintâ€Â Germain, Medley Brothers, Vermouth
Fico UbriacoÂ Imbue, Aperol, Prosecco
Il CuginoÂ Old Overholt, Ginger Syrup, Maraschino, Orange and Lemon juice, Amarena Cherry
Fizzy Mojito D’autunnoÂ Cherry Heering, Bacardi, Maraschino syrup, Lime juice, La Croix Cherry Lime soda
DemonioÂ Makers Mark,â€Â Cherry Heering, Nardini, Chili Flakes;Negroni
209 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NYC
Hours of Operation:Â
TUES â€“ THURS 5:30pm to 10pm
FRI 5:30pm to 11pm
FRI 5:30pm to 11pm