Friends, patrons and staff gathered Monday evening for the official grand opening of Bella Sicilia Italian Restaurant at 2913 River Road West next to the Devil Monkey Ice Cream Parlor. At left staff and friends gather for the ribbon cutting, which was moved inside due to rain. Above right, Massimo Giambanco, holding his 18-month old son Vito, thanks his guests for their patronage. After the ribbon cutting, Massimo laid out a buffet for visitors to cap off the evening. Massimo and his brother-in-law Sal Gambino are co-owners of the new restaurant, which has been open for about six weeks. Massimo, a native of Sicily, said he has lived in the Richmond area for 17 years and also runs a restaurant with his brother-in-law in Short Pump.
Massimo said he and his wife Francesca were married on the Courthouse Green in Goochland in 2007 and that’s what gave him the idea of opening a restaurant in the Courthouse areas. Closed on Mondays, Massimo said the county has welcomed him. “So far so good,” he said in response to the inevitable question, “How’s business?”? If Bill and Erin Dudley have anything to say about it, business will remain good. Although they’ve lived in Goochland for five years, they spent many years in Chicago and said they know good Italian food and have become regulars at Bella Sicilia. Massimo said some of his most popular dishes are Chicken Cacciatore and Chicken Marsala.
Richmond Times Dispatch
Dining Out Review: Bella Sicilia
BY DANA CRAIG Special correspondent
No matter how much I obsess about gathering information on every new, good or unique restaurant in and around Richmond, the fact that I haven’t figured out teletransportation limits the number of eateries I can visit on a regular basis.
While the confines of a 24-hour day keep me from following up every reader suggestion, I do appreciate people taking the time to contact me with recommendations.
Such a tip recently led me to Bella Sicilia, a family-owned Italian restaurant in a small shopping center near the Goochland County Courthouse.
Bella Sicilia is your quintessential neighborhood Italian joint. The options and portions are plentiful, the staff couldn’t be sweeter and you’ll leave with a smile on your face.
That being said, its menu of pizzas, subs, pastas and house specialties (veal piccata, chicken cacciatore, etc.) is pretty predictable. But given the steady stream of people picking up takeout orders on a recent Thursday evening, Bella Sicilia seems to be giving Goochland exactly what it wants.