The Bella Restaurant Group restaurants serve delicious, traditional Northern and Southern Italian food.
Each of us has owned successful restaurants in Queens. Together, we own Tre Bella at Montauk Manor.
Having recently expanded from Queens to Montauk--an increasingly popular summer destination--we now have the pleasure of serving guests from New York City, throughout Long Island, and beyond the New York metro area. And we can offer wedding and catering services in an exquisite English Tudor-style resort set on 12 beautiful acres.
Restaurant ownership has always been our dream. Here's how each of us realized that dream:
Cooking has been a lifelong passion of mine. And while I've been the owner of Aunt Bella's of Little Neck. for 34 years, I actually began cooking when I was about 9 or 10 years old. My mom and dad worked very long and difficult hours, so I was making family dinners for five people at a very young age.
I loved cooking at home and being around restaurants. I was especially fascinated by watching people make pizza. Always paying attention and asking questions, I began helping in an Italian restaurant when I was 14. By age 17, I had a job in an Italian restaurant in Howard Beach. I learned to cook by being an apprentice, following instructions, and learning to make traditional Italian sauces perfectly. There was no doubt that I would become a restaurant owner. It's what I've always wanted to do.
In 1977, I took over Aunt Bella's of Little Neck, and have owned the restaurant ever since. Happily, I still enjoy cooking and serving guests just as much as I did when I was a 10-year-old preparing dinners for my family.
We say, it, but it's really true: Coming to Aunt Bella's of Little Neck really is like being in your own home—but letting someone else do the cooking. The food is good, the atmosphere is relaxed and comfortable. And we can honestly say that many of our guests have become our friends.
Like Richard Coy, I've enjoyed cooking since I was a young boy. I also started making family dinners at about the age of 10 and knew at that young age that I eventually wanted to own a restaurant.
I began working in restaurants as soon as anyone would let me. I started at the very beginning: heating bread, making salads, washing dishes, and assembling meatball parmigiana heroes. From there, I gradually learned to do everything involved in running a restaurant, mastering Italian cooking by watching and working with accomplished chefs.
Finally, in 1992, I realized my goal. I became the owner of a family-friendly Italian restaurant in Ridgewood, Queens. For two decades, we enjoyed a loyal neighborhood clientele. Now, I enjoy spending almost all of my time in Montauk, as Richard and I build our growing restaurant and wedding and special events business at TreBella at Montauk Manor.