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Bella Casa makes a 'beautiful home' in place of Bicos
Megan Blume
Antelope Staff
Photo by Megan Blume
Bella Casa, the new Italian Restaurant opened Oct. 16 at the former location of Bicos on West Highway 30.
Photo by Megan Blume
Josh Kendrick, a junior information technology major from Stromsburg, tries canolli at Bella Casa. Cannoli are Italian pastry desserts, which consist of fried pastry tubes filled with cream or custard.
Photo by Megan Blume
Bella Casa serves Italian desserts including cannoli. Cannoli are Italian pastry desserts, which consist of fried pastry tubes filled with cream or custard.
Photo by Megan Blume
Tiramisu is one of the most popular Italian cakes and is made of layers of coffee soaked sponge cake.

The smell of pizza and pasta wafts through the air at the new Italian restaurant Bella Casa, which opened Oct. 16.

Bella Casa, which means “beautiful home” in Italian, takes the place of Bico’s on West Highway 30. Bella Casa has an inviting feel with an open layout of tables and a fireplace in the back. They serve up a variety of authentic Italian foods: pizza, fettuccine, eggplant parmesan, seafood and desserts.

Lunch specials are served daily, and include a dinner-sized portion and a house salad for $1 less than the dinner price. They also serve house specials that change daily, and all items are served with fresh bread.

“My roommate ordered the eggplant parmesan, and it came with a large side of spaghetti,” said Zach Tracy, a senior telecommunications major from Lexington. “We had plenty of leftovers to take home.”

According to Danielle Einspahr, restaurant manager, Bella Casa does not have a liquor license, but they are working toward one. “When our liquor license is approved, we will have a full list of wine and other beverages,” she said.

The desserts at Bella Casa set it apart from other places in town. They offer cannoli and tiramisu, which are both classic Italian desserts.

“We offer Italian desserts that you can’t get anywhere else in town,” Einspahr said, “like cannoli with cream and tiramisu.”

Tiramisu, one of the most popular Italian desserts, is made of layers of coffee soaked sponge cake. Cannoli are Italian pastry desserts, which consist of fried pastry tubes filled with cream or custard.

“This was the first time I’ve had tiramisu,” said Josh Kendrick, a junior information technology major from Stromsburg. “I took a bite, and it had a strong coffee flavor, but my taste buds adjusted and it was delicious.”

The tiramisu is a single piece of cake priced at $4.95, while the cannoli is priced at $4.25.

“With the desserts, I didn’t feel like I got enough for what I paid, but it tasted good,” Kendrick said.

Joe Terzio, owner of Bella Casa, is originally from southeastern Italy. Italian restaurants have been in his family for six generations, and they own 34 locations in Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas. Bella Casa is the only location in Nebraska.



Bella Casa: A "beautiful home"

Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Friday/Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Address:

3012 West Highway 30

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