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Bella Sogno – A Great Meal Wrapped in a “Beautiful Dream”!

Self described food connoisseurs, the Jersey Shore Specialist and I set out to find a new Italian restaurant to dazzle our taste buds. Instantly we headed over to Bella Sogno in Bradley Beach located on the corner of 600 Main Street and Brinley Avenue, next to DelPonte’s Bakery. With a name that translates to “beautiful dream”, we couldn’t resist.

The restaurant is welcoming from the moment you enter the vicinity with a covered porch that leads to an intimate perfectly lit dining room. Extremely attentive staff greeted us with our menus along with complimentary bread and a mouth watering bean and garlic dip. The ideal way to kick off the dining experience.

Flipping through the menu didn’t disappoint, as it was full of luscious dishes all cooked fresh to order including appetizers such as Clams Oreganata, Mussels Ala Possillipo, Lobster Ravioli and Mozzarella Salad. Our meal kicked off with the signature Bella Sogna Salad, which consisted of greens with sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella, and caramelized onions with a blueberry vinaigrette. For the main course, I diverted from my traditional favorites and tried one of their grilled specialties. The Grilled Pork Chop, two beautiful pork chops served with broccoli rabe and roasted potatoes, was cooked to perfection. Every bite confirmed this dish was the right choice. The Jersey Shore Specialist went with her beloved Zuppa Di Mar. This piping hot dish of linguine tossed with shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari was delicious! Our dining experience ended with a fabulous espresso. Although the array of homemade desserts were very hard to resist, after we cleaned our plates there was little room for anything else!

Bella Sogno is open Tuesday through Sunday with dinner service starting at 4:00. The restaurant doesn’t serve cocktails but you can bring your own. Be sure to try their $15.00 three course special Tuesday through Thursday and on Sundays from 4:00 to 6:30. If you are looking for a delicious Italian meal in the Bradley Beach area you must go to Bella Sogna. Delicious food, wonderful atmosphere and great pricing make Bella Sogna the perfect trifecta.