“My family and I welcome you. Eat well, love deeply, live long.” -Harry Stephens, owner, Bella Luna
This statement hangs in the windows surrounding the entrance to Bella Luna, welcoming guests and giving them a taste for the warmth and hospitality they are about to experience.
Located in an historic building on Eastern Avenue in Linwood, the traditional exterior houses an adventurous spirit, just like the menu. Bella Luna’s style is refreshingly funky and offbeat with its deep, jewel-toned walls, blue velvet curtains, and black and white floors.
Glowing candles cast an inviting, intimate atmosphere perfect for a first date, an anniversary, a cozy family night out or an evening connecting with friends. Surprises wait around every corner; a kitschy lamp, white twinkle lights, framed marriage certificates from generations ago, mismatched plates, and cheerful vintage artwork all combine to make you smile before you even sit down. The lights are low, and every now and again a burst of laughter rises up from the corners as Harry and Gay Stephens entertain their guests.
Adding to the charming atmosphere, guests are treated to live music on the weekends and an outdoor patio area awaits those in search of a dining experience under the stars.
Bella Luna’s traditional menu is crafted of old favorites and new twists to satisfy every palette, and the “Mystery Wine Bucket” of wines chosen by Harry himself to delight his guests is just one of many ways Bella Luna keeps the surprises coming. Join us for Happy Hour from 4:30pm – 9:00pm Sunday – Friday, 4:30pm – 7:00pm Saturday or enjoy Wine Down Wednesdays with half-price wine bottles.
The framed marriage certificate and Ellis Island immigration papers belonging to Harry Stephens’ grandfather, Angelo Scozzafava, hang above “The Grandparent’s Booth” at Bella Luna. These Italian immigrants came to New York for opportunity and found themselves building a dam. That Italian heritage and East Coast attitude attracted Harry Stephens to the restaurant business 40 years ago. He puts the convivial personality and the vivid memories of his grandmother’s traditions and recipes to good use in the dining rooms of Bella Luna.
But the Bella Luna family isn’t complete without Harry’s “number one redhead,” wife and co-proprietor Gay Stephens. Together for more than 30 years, Gay’s influence is felt throughout the restaurant from delectable dessert recipes to the warmth and family atmosphere. Their daughters, Kaitlin and Allison, grew up in the restaurant business and continue to be a special part of Bella Luna along with their daughters who love to come and dance while Pappy sings with the band!