Bella Vita Pizza returns in new location

JULIE LANE PHOTO You read it right. Bella Vita is open for business. Operator John Riccobono Jr. confirmed that the pizzeria and restaurant opened its doors two weeks ago, but the family wanted a “quiet opening” to see how things would go.

JULIE LANE PHOTO Bella Vita is open for business. Operator John Riccobono Jr. confirmed that the pizzeria and restaurant opened its doors two weeks ago, but the family wanted a “quiet opening” to see how things would go.

Bella Vita Pizza has reopened its doors on Route 114 at the former Clark’s Fish House.

The pizzeria is up and running and expecting to start table service this week. The pizzeria left the Center in December 2015 just as quietly as it opened again.

Owner John Riccobono has been overseeing the development of the new site, awaiting the arrival of equipment so the new restaurant could expand its menu and offer table service.

Last December, the doors of the former Bella Vita in the Center closed after Mr. Riccobono was unable to come to terms on a lease with the landlord there.

Besides their array of pizza, Bella Vita will offer what Mr. Riccobono has described as “every day blue collar food.” Translation — spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana and similar dishes.

“We feel at home here,” Mr. Riccobono said as he prepared for the return. “It was always my intention to get back to the Island.”

j.lane@sireporter.com