Bella Mora

Bella Mora

  • Italian

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We say…

Bella Mora Italian restaurant is situated in the bustling city of Derby. The restaurant boasts a convenient location, within close proximity to Pride Park Stadium, the beautiful Derby Arboretum and the city’s train station, ideal whether you’re visiting from outside the city or work at one of the many nearby businesses.

The restaurant imagines itself as the ‘Island of Sardinia’ – where the owners were born and where they acquired their culinary talent. Staff are known for their bubbly personalities and attentive service, making diners feel at ease throughout their Bella Mora experience. The restaurant has earnt positive reviews, described as humble and understated yet bursting with delicious food and drink, the perfect choice if you're looking to relax and enjoy some high quality food.

Inside, the restaurant provides a warm, relaxed and friendly atmosphere with a backdrop of fresh white walls, deep red table cloths and quaint plant displays. The spacious dining room allows for flexible seating options, making this a fantastic venue if you're searching for somewhere to gather with friends or colleagues.

The menu offers a wide selection of dishes originating from a diverse range of regions in Italy, with a particular emphasis on Sardinia. All breads, pastas and desserts are freshly prepared daily and dishes are complimented by high quality seasonal British produce. For starters, indulge in a ‘Tortino di melanzana, pomodoro e formaggio di capra’ – a savoury pastry base with aubergine, goat’s cheese and pesto, or an ‘Insalata di mare’ - a mixed seafood salad incorporating squid, cuttle fish and octopus. For mains sample loin of pork wrapped in pancetta with potatoes and white wine or sliced beef with rocket salad and Pecorino cheese. If you’ve got room after that, indulge in a classic Italian dessert with Bella Mora’s creamy panna cotta, zingy lemon cheesecake or rich tiramisu. 

Bella Mora in Derby is the ideal location for foodies to enjoy classic Italian cuisine in a soothing atmosphere. Its central location makes this restaurant perfect for after work meals and gathering with friends.

Review summary

9.3 based on 32 reviews
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Reviews (32)

  • De723ge Alder

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    First visit here chosen because of high rating from customers. Superb steak, cooked exactly as requested. Bruschetta starters tasted really fresh and delicious. Deserts were also fabulous, service was excellent and will definitely be returning.

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  • Georgina Horobin

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    This was our first time to Bella Mora, but it won’t be the last. The food was amazing, the best gnocchi I have tasted, very light and served in a gorgonzola sauce with hazelnuts. The service was excellent, excellent customer service. We would highly recommend a visit to Bella Mora.

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  • Sandra Coulthard

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    A great experience! The food was lovely, freshly cooked and delicious and the service was excellent.

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  • Chris Wood

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    Friendly staff and excellent food.

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  • Jenny Goodwin

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    Really enjoyed it, and would most definitely book again.

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  • Reece Bubbson

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    Honestly one of the best steaks I’ve ever head, peppercorn sauce was perfect and the Mrs had the chicken and claimed it was potentially the best chicken she has had in a long time. Service brilliant, moderate pricing... Only slight downfall was the TV which was on above the main door but can let that slide. Thanks Reece

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  • Jayne Bunday

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    Absolutely fantastic beautiful food and service.

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  • Paul Danby

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    This was probably the tastiest meal I have eaten in a long time. All 3 courses were delicious and fresh. All of the diners in my group felt the same. I thought the choices on the menu were great and I'm looking forward to going back to sample some more!

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  • Karen Phillips

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    Lovely staff. Food delicious. Lovely for a special night out!

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  • Maggie Horsburgh

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    Superb dining experience that cannot be faulted. Just lovely!

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  • Shelagh Jordan

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    Dining here is always an enjoyable experience and even if you are gluten free you can have a pasta dish. The waiter is extremely helpful with accommodating a dairy & gluten free diet. If you like a Italian food then dine here! However if you are vegetarian it's not the best place as the vegetarian pasta dishes aren't very imaginative. But generally we have enjoyed good food at Bella Mora.

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  • Lenny Solomon

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    This was he first time we've ate at Bella Mora. On Valentine's Day , we were greeted with a rose. All the things you'd want and expect from an Italian was there. This place beats the other known UK wide brands by far. We'll be going back and sharing our experience with friends and family.

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  • Sue Long

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    We had an excellent evening at Bella Mora - the food was excellent - I had the antipasto, lamb and then chocolate sponge - absolutely delicious! We've booked again for this weekend already!

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  • Sue Ward

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    An excellent meal as usual. Will definitely be back!

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  • Laura More

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    We were visiting family in Derby and wanted a nice meal together. The food was delicious and interesting (we had lamb ragout with pappardelle, seafood spaghetti, veal in breadcrumbs and gnochetti with sausage) and the service very warm. It was good to see that at least two other tables were of Italian customers - always a good sign. We will definitely return to Bella Mora when we're back in Derby.

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  • Ushy Desai

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    Very good service and food at Bella Mora, would go again!

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  • S Harvey

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    First class meal thank you

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  • Susan Sansum

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    Lovely restaurant, staff excellent and a really tasty well presented meal! We will definitely be eating here again.

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  • Brian Smith

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    Excellent food great service.

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  • S Harvey

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    100% First class Food and service, you must all try it don't be put off with the look of the front.

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  • Paul Martin

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    Food as good as always!

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  • Jill Tansley

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    A very enjoyable night good food good company, even though they were very busy we were never forgotten very good service from lovely staff.

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  • Gail Rawlings

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    Food was lovely at Bella Mora. The service was friendly and efficient. Will certainly go there again.

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  • Anthony Polkey

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    Nice food at Bella Mora, staff very charming & helpful, will definitely return. Had a great night!

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  • Alex Corgiolu

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    Excellent food in a lovely place. Staff were very friendly and the service was great at Bella Mora.

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  • Andy Cooper

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    Bella Mora is a great little place!

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  • Sue Ward

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    Excellent new menu at Bella Mora. The fish grill was amazing and so was the meat mixed grill, both served with lovely fresh veg. Our favourite restaurant in Derby!

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  • Sue Ward

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    We had a delicious meal with attentive service. Bella Mora is one of our favourite restaurants in Derby, would recommend.

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  • Sharon Martin

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    From the moment we stepped into Bella Mora we were impressed, the staff, food and ambience was excellent!

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  • Sue Ward

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    This restaurant never fails to provide excellent food and service. Will be back to Bella Mora in September!

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  • Sue Ward

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    This is our favourite Derby restaurant, the food and service are excellent and we are always made to feel like valued customers! Highly recommended!

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  • Andy Cooper

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    I thought we would try this Italian restaurant for a change, we will be going back, the staff made you welcome and nothing was too much trouble. The food was excellent and was not rushed which meant we had time to rest and chat between courses. This place is a little gem wish we had found it sooner.

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