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Mystery restaurant....does this place exist?

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My friend told me about an incredibly good restaurant that she went to this past weekend.
She said it was near 10th avenue and 13th street and it was called, "Va Bella."

I cannot find anything with that name. (I also tried "La Bella.")

Does anyone know which one I mean?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Valbella. I've never heard of the place; I found it with google maps. Menupages reveals that it's hilariously overpriced (cheapest pasta is $28), and its own website calls it "the trendiest restaurant in the meatpacking district." So I definitely won't be racing over there, but do report back if you go.

    http://www.valbellany.com/homeny.html
    http://menupages.com/restaurantdetail...

    1. I've eaten at the one in Greenwich. Terrible. If you played up every cliche of what an "upscale Italian" should be, and threw in a couple of Italian-american stereotypes, you'd be creating the archetype for Valbella.

      1. Val Bella.. I have eaten at one in Greenwich as well. Its nice to have up there but cant imagine how expensive the one in the city is as the one up north is one of the mosty expensive Italian places i have been to any where. The one in teh city is in the meatpacking dist..

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        1. re: weissnyc10013

          I'm intrigued! Most of the Citysearch reviews are obviously shills, but it looks like some significant effort has been made to put the place in the big leagues.

          Any other Chowhounder reviews?

          1. re: il Trifulau

            Thanks SO much for solving the mystery. Has anyone eaten here?
            The boast about it being trendy is definitely off putting.

        2. I've never been, but I know of it cos Regis Philbin and his producer love ValBella and rave about it all the time on air.

          1. Hahahahahaa. My firm had an event there once. It was pretty cheesy. That location sounds about right. Apparently famous people go there, apparently because it's insanely expensive and everything is truffled (the lack of taste among the famous is a topic about which I could fill volumes).

            Anyway, yes it does exist. The food we had was fine, nothing special, but hey, at least I wasn't paying for it. It was a nice room, but nothing especially trendy or great about it. They do have a wine cellar dining room upstairs, glassed-in, which is probably great, except when an entire law firm is having an event just outside of your glassed-in enclosure...