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April 27, 2012
Vol. 53 No. 22

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Student reviewer serves up a slice of newly-opened Bella's

PIZZA IN THE SKY - Bella's Pizza, the latest addition to downtown Selinsgrove, serves up freshly-baked pizzas seven days a week.
When it comes to pizza, it's hard to go wrong. However, I sometimes get tired of eating Benny's pizza on those days when I'm too rushed to sit down to a meal, so when I heard about the new pizza restaurant that opened on April 2 in downtown Selinsgrove, I knew I had to check it out.
Being used to more casual pizza shops such as IT Xpress or the simple carry-out offered at Benny's, I wasn't really expecting anything impressive, especially considering the restaurant was nestled into the seemingly miniscule building space beside Isabella's and the IT Xpress parking lot.
Looks can be deceiving though. Bella's Pizza is a bright building that isn't exactly spacious but offers enough room on the inside for a few large groups to hang out and chat over some slices.
Besides the dining area, the restaurant also offers a lounge area with a couch and a smaller space by the door where people can sit and wait for carry-out orders.
In short, it had a comfortable atmosphere that seemed to be fitting of a casual pizza shop.
One of the only complaints I had was the lack of ability to purchase a single slice of pizza as opposed to a whole pie. The only slices available when I went to Bella's were cheese or hoagie. However, considering Bella's seems to be more suited for group dining, it might be unfair of me to count this against them.
The menu is a bit overwhelming for a compact little pizza shop with 16 different specialty pizzas as well as subs, strombolis, calzones, paninis, soups and salads. With each item sounding as tasty as the last, it was difficult to decide what to get.
I hadn't been expecting such a selection, and it took a while for my friends and me to decide on a pizza. In the end, we decided on two medium pies: the Formaggi (topped with mozzarella, cheddar, Swiss and provolone) and the Farm (topped with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, mozzarella cheese, ham, salami and hoagie seasoning).
The pizzas are made to order and it took a little less than 15 minutes for our pizzas to be brought to the table. The Formaggi was flavorful and delicious without being too overwhelmingly cheesy the way a lot of four-cheese pizzas are.
The crust was crisp and flavored with Parmesan without being too thin to hold the toppings. I might go so far as to say this pizza was the best cheese pizza I've tasted.
The next pizza, the Farm, was basically a hoagie pizza. This pizza was equally as good but might be better suited for the more carnivorous among us. The ham was cut in big chunks and the combination of cheese, meat and seasonings was just a bit too salty for my taste.
The two medium specialty pies came out to $22 without tax, which wasn't that bad for a group of four. The pizzas were definitely worth the price and it was nice to be able to order a specialty pizza that was different from the usual fare offered at other carry-out or delivery pizza locations in the area.
Bella's was the type of place I might take my friends after a stressful week of work or my family on a Sunday afternoon.
For me, part of the charm of this pizza restaurant was the names given to the menu items. The specialty pizzas had interesting names such as "The Inferno" or "Il Mare," which made me want to read over the topping descriptions and made me even hungrier than I had been when I first walked in.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone in the area since the restaurant has enough selection to appeal to almost everyone's taste with more traditional pizza toppings such as regular cheese or pepperoni for less adventurous eaters.
Bella's is located on 25 N. Market St., Selinsgrove and its hours can be found at


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