Pizzeria Bella Notte is a quick service restaurant themed to the Disney classic, Lady and the Tramp, and is located in Fantasyland in Disneyland Park. Bella Notte is open for lunch and dinner and features a primarily Italian menu of pizzas and pastas, salads and some unique dessert options like tiramisu and fruit cake. With kid friendly menu choices, options for vegetarians and a location close to such headliner attractions as it’s a small world, it’s no wonder this restaurant is consistently busy, regardless of the hour.
The myriad of styles on the exterior of Bella Notte is distinctly Italian and guests know what type of cuisine they’re in for from the beginning. With influence from medieval fortresses to the tiled roofs of Florence, these different facades are all tied together by a heavy does of Venetian charm. Striped gondolier posts line the walk way to the main building, leaning every so slightly to the right, while flower beds on window sils spill out over the sides and grape covered lamp posts welcome you in.
Step into the main dining and ordering room and it’s as if you’re stepping into an Italian backyard. The theming really is lovely here. Venetian Gothic architecture lends itself to the corner fireplace design, and masks from Carnevale adorn the walls. Wicker baskets, casks and globe string lights hang from vine covered ceilings. Painted murals and stone sculptures from the spaghetti loving movie add even more whimsy to the place. A mix of high and low ceilings, assorted tchotchkes and varied stone work plus the charm level and the overall appeal.
Once again, Disneyland Paris knocks it out of the park (so to speak) with all the incredible details.
While I’m not a big fan of the pizza served park wide at DLP, I was eager to try their rigatoni pomodoro. The first time I attempted to eat at Pizzeria Bella Notte I stood in line around 3pm for 15 minutes and didn’t move an inch. I gave up and headed to my stand by, Earl of Sandwich. During my next trip I joined the masses at about 2pm but it was so chaotic that I immediately abandoned ship and turned right around to treat myself to Market House Deli instead (sure, there’s a line there too but at least it has some semblance of order most of the time).
Determined, I braved the crowds a third time around 6pm on my next DLP visit when the line had reached the door and only one register was open. I saw that staff had shut off the entire left section of the seating area and guests were struggling to find places to sit indoors, and decided that this was my moment- I am clearly not a fast learner. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t the best decision as I waited 30 minutes just to place my order. Ordering here is standard Disney counter service procedure (with a side of Survivor) – place and pay for your meal at one register and go to the counter to receive it.
When I finally reached the light at the end of the tunnel, I placed my order for Menu 1: rigatoni with pomodoro sauce (a bolognese is also offered if you prefer), “garlic butter bread and cheese” and a drink for a little over 10 euros. See the full menu here. Pizzeria Bella Notte does honor the AP discount of 10%, so don’t forget to show your pass!
Once I received my meal it was go time- it’s eat or be eaten at DLP meal time (and of course by eaten I mean you’ll definitely be enjoying some cold food in a cold corner somewhere), so I was ready to leap over tables in a single bound as soon as I sensed any movement. Luckily I didn’t have to, as a couple was just finishing up and I raced over to grab their seats.
Triumphant, I settled in to my meal. My pasta was piping hot and freshly made. There was a generous portion of pomodoro sauce on top, which was surprisingly tasty for counter service. I was pretty hungry by this point but even I couldn’t finish the entire box of rigatoni. It’s a large portion and a good value for the price point. If you have a small appetite or are just looking for a tide-me-over snack, this can easily be split between two people.
The “garlic butter bread and cheese” was served warm and was a nice accompaniment to the pasta. There was no cheese to be found though, so it’s just your basic slice of garlic bread.
Overall the meal itself was enjoyable. It’s a large portion for the price and it’s nice to be able to order something that’s fresh and house made rather than a standard frozen burger or pizza. That said, the ordering process and seating situation leave a lot to be desired.
On a nice day, the patio outside would be a great option for extra room and a prime people watching spot. The beautiful courtyard has wrought iron chairs, a stone sculpture and colorful tile work using pieces from Disney legend, Mary Blair’s, mural from Disneyland California. Unfortunately, in the winter or in the rain, which makes up a lot of Paris’ weather during the year, it would be helpful to have copious seating indoors to relax, regroup and enjoy your meal.
If you’re on a tight time schedule or are flexible in terms of cuisine, I’d recommend trying somewhere else in DLP. If you simply must have Italian or Lady and the Tramp happens to be your favorite movie, I’d say divide and conquer- send a few people to grab tables and a few to stand in line (may the force be with you). Regardless, Pizzeria Bella Notte is yet another example of the remarkable heart and attention to detail we’ve come to expect from the impeccable DLP Imagineers, even if the overall experience may leave you wanting a bit more.