Â Â Â Italian Cuisine served with a Whole Lotta Love
Â By Sally Deering
Bayonne has its share of Italian restaurants and Bella Sorrellas on the corner of 50th Street and Broadway, stands out from the crowd with a menu of classic Italian dishes served with a home-style flair. Owner David Rivera opened Bella Sorrellas three years ago where the old Welcome Inn used to be. The son of Ana and Demetrio â€œLumenâ€ Rivera, David grew up watching his father run his Jersey City restaurants: The Seagulls Bar & Grill on Communipaw Ave; The Old San Juan on Jersey Ave; and The Fan Bar on Grove â€“ and he knew early on he wanted to be a restaurateur like his dad.
â€œI was about 5 and my father picked me up at school and took me to his restaurant, The Seagulls,â€ Rivera recalls. â€œI went behind the bar and started cleaning the glasses. He asked me what I was doing and I said, â€˜I want to be like youâ€™ and he hugged me and said â€˜One day you will.â€™ Since I was 16 I worked with him after school and through college.â€
Rivera worked ten years as transportation supervisor for Christ Hospital in Jersey City and decided he wanted to go back to the restaurant business.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â â€œThere was something empty in my heart,â€ he says. â€œMy fatherâ€™s philosophy was â€˜make sure the customer is fed well and feels at homeâ€™. He was in the business over 30 years. Everybody loved my father and I wanted to be like that. â€
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Rivera followed in fatherâ€™s footsteps and Bella Sorrellas (which is Italian for â€œbeautiful sistersâ€ and named for his daughters Analexa, 18, and Isabel, 5) is a cozy corner bistro with an extensive Italian menu. The star of the show â€“ as always â€“ is the food and Rivera works closely with Chef Leo Compi (formerly of Just Sonnyâ€™s) a friend for more than 10 years. Continue reading Bayonne’s Bella Sorrellas, a Fine Italian Restaurant