CloverEats: Bella’s Cafe in Westville, New Haven
We drove all the way out to the corner of New Haven to visit Bella’s Cafe after seeing some pretty amazing photos around the internet. There was a parking lot just down the street from the restaurant. We unfortunately went during prime brunch time, and while we were seated quickly, the whole meal was very slow. Ordering was slow, the food was slow to arrive, we ordered a side of grits that we never got, had to go up to get our water refilled, etc. It was over 40 minutes from arriving to when we actually got our food. Luckily the food was fantastic. We got a savory and sweet to split, and debated between the cannoli french toast and the sticky bun french toast, but in the end went with the texas brioche. It was rich, creamy, and decadent, just as brunch should be. I never had an arepa before coming to New Haven, but it seems like they are everywhere here. The arepa here was not as sweet as ones I’ve had elsewhere, but the tenderloin provided a hearty component to the meal that balanced out the sweet, sweet french toast. The cafe is also quite cute, with roosters everywhere. My pomegranate bellini was okay. Overall, this was just your average brunch cocktail, nothing special. Check them out on Yelp or at their website!