– FOOD FROM THE HEART –
Tucked into the streets of Park Slope, Bella Gioia is an Italian restaurant specializing in Sicilian comfort food. Established in 2014, Bella Gioia offers a rustic and charming dining experience. Our motto is “Cibo Dal Cuore” which means food from the heart. Each meal is crafted with only the finest and freshest ingredients, calling upon flavors and traditions from Sicily. Chef Nico Daniele continues to create original and surprising seasonal menus throughout the year. Taking recipes passed down from generations, as well as, infusing a modern technique, Chef Nico shares his passion of Sicily with you in every dish he creates.
– PASSION AND LOVE FOR FOOD –
Our goal at Bella Gioia is to take the family traditions, flavors, and experiences and share them with you in a casual yet elegant environment. Our staff is highly trained in Sicilian cuisine and offers nothing but the best hospitality in the business. Join us on a journey to Sicily. Sharing our passion and love for the food and culture is what we do best. Voted as one of the top 10 best italian restaurants in Brooklyn, we invite you to come in and truly taste the difference of Sicily.
OUR CULINARY TEAM
Cooking has always been imbedded in our young chef. Growing up cooking with his mom and nonna in the kitchen has taught him the importance of sharing food with the world. Starting from a young age, Chef Nico started to work in local kitchens in his hometown of Staten Island, NY. From there, he went on and trained at the world renowned culinary school ALMA Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana in Parma Italy, as well as, receiving his masters of culinary arts at The French Culinary Institute in NYC (now known as the ICC). Chef Nico began his career as a pastry chef in the four star hotel Torre Xiare located in Trapani, Sicily.
After returning home, Nico continued his road in the culinary world working in well known restaurants in NYC. Leaving the kitchen for a bit, he went on to work at the Cooking Channel on the show Extra Virgin, as a culinary consultant. Missing the kitchen, Chef Nico decided to take his talents back into the fire and became the Head Chef at Cellar 58, a winebar/enoteca in the LES. It was during his tenure there that the inspiration came to open his own restaurant.
Bella Gioia was established in 2014 and he continues to impress the food scene in Brooklyn, with his recipes and passion for food.
CHEF De CUISINE
Upon graduating The French Culinary Institute he staged for Chef Daniel Boulud at the renowned restaurant Daniel in New York City. Chef Angel worked his way up to become Chef De Parti at Daniel. After his experience working at Daniel he went on to work at various restaurants such as Jean George, Eleven Madison Park, Ciano, and Vucciria. Angel traveled to France, Spain and Costa Rica to expand his culinary knowledge.
Chef Angel and Nico have a long history of friendship dating back their days working the line at Arte Cafe, Vucciria, and Ciano. Upon creating the concept for Bella Gioia, Nico offered Angel the job as chef de cuisine. Together they create exceptional seasonal menus and continue to impress the culinary scene.