Wonderful neighborhood restaurant
Bella Cena, formerly Primadonna, is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. We've been going there since it first opened in 2002. The new owner,Michael, son of the former owner, always lets me order things that aren't on the menu and they make it for me without complaining. Unlike many other Center City spots, we never feel rushed here; we can linger over coffee or our last glass of wine for an hour if we want to. The place can get a bit noisy when large groups are there, but that's the price you pay when everyone seems to be having a lot of fun. The food is reasonably cheap, the portions are large (I almost always bring home leftovers), the service is really friendly, and it just feels like home every time we go there. My husband always gets whatever fresh fish is on the menu, which is filleted table-side, and he says their Caesar salad is the best in the city. I recommend the cannelloni and veal Parmesan. Occasionally service can be a bit slow if the restaurant is packed, because there are so few servers, but, for the most part, we have no complaint. Michael aims to please and he hasn't disappointed us yet.