Michael Hall posted on 09/30/2012
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Took my wife here for her birthday. Heard good things. We had 6:30 reservations. We were seated right away which was nice. Place did look very small. The waiter started out OK not too chipper but OK. Then the evening went down from there. We didn't get our food until around 7:45pm. Thats right we were seated at 6:30pm. I was on my 3 beer and 3rd basket of bread. We were about to walk out when the food finally came. This place only has about 24 tables. My wife's meal was pretty good. I had lobster and muscles with my pasta which was the special and nothing special about it. The lobster was under cooked and I couldn't find the muscles in the shell. Our waiter was working part time as the bartender and we ended up asking the busboy for more drinks. At one point we sat for 15 minutes with no water or drinks. Pretty sad for 70 dollar meal. Don't waste your time, go to Daniels where the atmosphere is more romantic and quiet and the service is great. The portions spill over your plate. Won't be back to bellinis.
New to Fuquay posted on 08/07/2012
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So sorry I have to write this but I have to be truthful. We were excited with the opening of Bellini's Italian Cuisine, because Fuquay doesn't have many restaurants that are considered high-end with tablecloths – most are fast food establishments. It had a lovely opening considering what's around in the Fuquay area, but the food doesn't match the real Italian cuisine one is accustomed. My husband and I ordered a typical meal of spaghetti and meatballs. First, the warm bread arrived with an oil/spiced/vinegar dip? Not the usual with olive oil and spices -- this presented a tart taste with the start of our meal. For our main entree, we did not order one of their specials -- the waiter was somewhat surprised that we ordered spaghetti and meatballs. When our meal arrived it tasted sour and somewhat smoked. The meatballs had a seasoning which was overpowering, made with a lot of bread. As for the tomato sauce; it wasn’t authentic and also had a sour taste. We were wondering if we should tell the waiter as they made it especially for our request and was wondering if it was fresh? Upon exiting the restaurant the sour taste was beginning to make us sick. When we returned home, unfortunately, we had extreme erectile vomiting and thought possibly we had food poisoning from whatever mixture was created. Sorry, Bellini’s was a disappointment. I was originally happy to see the restaurant open, but I hesitate going back, until better chefs present authentic Italian food. One never knows what the chef might concoct if not one of their specials?
honestywithfood posted on 11/09/2011
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This is our 2nd time here.. First time was very dissapointing but it was new and we thought we would try again. It was not very busy( Wed at 6pm). To start ordered a Grey goose martini. Got a Gin martini w 2 of smallest olives I have ever seen!Not that its about the olives but appearance is a good thing! 2nd try was Grey goose with Triple sec! No I ordered it straight up. yuck! That is not a martini. Bartender/manager apologized and said he just got out of bartending school.Said he only put a little Triple sec. I was like Triple sec??? Thats a Margarita. Moving on.. Told waitress I wanted a non breaded dish. Asked about a veal dish but decided on Shrimp sauteeed w/artichokes & capers with a side of Fettucini. She said Fettucini extra I said fine- really dont like angel hair which is what came with it. Ok I got fried shrimp(very fried like chinese tempura fried) and angel hair. What happened to the Fettucini and Y is this all fried? Not happy and the manager said can I buy you a cup of coffee? no, i cant eat this its not good. He said Sorry and walked away! So glad we spent $70 on crap. My meal and drink should of been comped. I am soooo not a complainer but this was bad. Not a good date nite without the kids. Will never go back. If you want real italian food dont go here.
Ben Herrmann posted on 05/18/2011
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I first discovered Bellini's just several weeks after they opened last March (2010). They opened without fanfare, but it didn't take long for word of mouth to spread - and rapidly it did.
I've eaten in countless restaurants across Wake County (and NC for that matter) and Bellini's has turned out to be an absolute delight. But you have to give credit where credit is due. The high standards are due to the three relative owners - to include Joe. What a wonderful American success story. Take 3 relatives from Ecuador who moved to New York to learn the restaurant business (Italian food to be exact). Give them years of experience in NY style Italian restaurant and catering and then have them relocate to a small town called Fuquay Varina, NC. They have brought the NYC style of quality, standards, and cuisine with them and it shows.
I try to eat there at least once a week (the food is that good). So when you arrive, ask for "Joe," and watch how precise and demanding he is in regards to you getting what you want - these folks are amazing. You should also note that many menu items are ones you only find in much more unique and refined Italian eateries that command much much higher prices in other establishments.
And please note, they will make a "special" for you - you just have to ask. Just because the waiter/waitress may not have mentioned it, you can request a custom special to your heart's desire and they will bend over backwards to ensure you are satisfied. For example - you can create combo's, etc. Want more than a Veal Parmesan? Just ask them to add some Shrimp (or more) to the dish. These folks just want to oblige.
And their salads - even their simple side salad that comes with your dinner plate is prepared uniquely and the presentation is superb!
Folks again - I gotta tell you, make it a point of visiting this fine cuisine establishment - you won't be disappointed - and that's why so many folks are coming back...time and time again! I realize all of this is subjective, but the countless number of folks who keep coming back speaks volumes about this fine eatery.
Fuquay Varina, NC