food & grocery: Frugal Friday at Bella Italia - get the perfect slice for the perfect price
Mary Bilyeu | Contributor
My friend Jesse Bernstein had recommended Bella Italia to me with such devotion that I simply had to visit:
"The owners are a young couple who have perfected and replicated the Dandy Pizza experience precisely. Dandy's was a pizzeria on Whitney Avenue, run by a Sicilian family who spoke no English but knew what you were ordering. My sister said she has been searching for 40 years to find the taste and here it was in Ann Arbor. This was confirmed by another neighborhood resident who now lives here and confirmed our assessment."
Ah, taste memory — that oh, so elusive and indefinable entity that is rarely satisfied!
Well, let me chime in that the pizza was just like what I remembered eating years ago, as well. That it perfectly fit our mandatory frugal budget of $5 per person — the 16-inch pizza with one topping was $14.50, making it perfect for my party of three — only made it better.Jim Millan who owns the restaurant with his wife, Katie. And it offers lots of great deals that meet our Frugal Floozie Friday budget. There are even lunch specials for less than $4 — a 10-inch pizza with one topping, lovely pasta dishes, a rich tiramisu — each a very generous portion.
You can buy two slices of pizza for $5 or less if you pick cheese and/or pepperoni; a slice of a specialty pizza costs $3. Half salads (Caesar, Garden or Greek) cost just under $5. And the calzone, stromboli, and hot subs are a great deal — ranging in price from $7.75-$9.75 and easily split with a loved one to meet the mandatory budget constraints without anyone going hungry.
If you fancy yourself a competitive eater, you could either eat for free or earn yourself a share of $200 — even better deals than $5 per person!
If three people can finish a 30-inch pizza — with any toppings from cheese to an abundance of goodies — you can get it for free if you can eat the entire thing in 30 minutes or less. Or, if you think you and just one partner can polish off the 30"-inch Meat Lovers' pizza — topped with several pounds of sausage, pepperoni, bacon, and ham — within 60 minutes, you'll win yourselves $200.
As we ate dinner with Motown classics playing in the background, it was a perfect warm spring evening. We had a great time at Bella Italia for a very reasonable price, and look forward to eating there again.
Bella Italia Pizza and Pasta 895 Eisenhower Parkway (in the Colonnade shopping center) Ann Arbor, MI 48103 734-222-9993 Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday: Noon-11 p.m. Sunday: 4-10 p.m.
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