Bella Vita Pizza returning to Shelter Island

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO The darkened space that was Bella Vita remains unrented, but the restaurant and pizzeria will be back in the former Clark’s Fish House space soon.

AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | The darkened space that was Bella Vita remains unoccupied, but the restaurant and pizzeria will be back in the former Clark’s Fish House space soon.

Islanders who have missed Bella Vita Pizza since it closed its doors in the Center in December will see a a new version in a new location this spring.Word came from business owner John Riccobono Wednesday that he will be signing a lease with Shelter Island property owner Richie Walsh to take the space previously occupied by Clark’s Fish House on Route 114.

Bella Vita closed its doors in December after five years. In that time local eateries like Kyle’s and Elli’s Country Store have stepped in to fill the Island’s pizza void.

Riccobono and landlord Dan Calabro part ways on just why their arrangement ended.

Riccobono said at the time that the rent was too high and an agreement to pay for utilities, repairs and capital improvements became prohibitively expensive.

Calabro didn’t go into details, saying only that it was a standard commercial lease. At the time, he said he was in talks with others interested in the space, but it has remained dark in the ensuing months.

More details on the opening of the new Bella Vita will be made public next week.

j.lane@sireporter.com