Bella Luna recently celebrated its one year anniversary, a sign that the authentic Italian restaurant in the Crowne Plaza in Navarre is a local Italian favorite.
“We want to thank the community for their continued support,” restaurant owner Guglielmo Ianni said.
There is no need for anyone to grab their passport and hop on a plane to find authentic Italian food. All you need is your car keys.
“We’re known for authentic pasta dishes and also our fresh seafood options,” Ianni said.
The menu features everything from tasty appetizers such as Calamari Fritti and Shrimp Al Forno to fulfilling and delicious meals, including Penne Carbonara, Rigatoni Ciociara and Eggplant Parmesan.
The menu includes lamb chops and steak in addition to vegetarian and gluten-free options.
Pizza is also on the menu now due to popular demand.
“Due to the community asking for it, we now have our thin crust gourmet pizzas that we are known for from Ciao Bella in Destin,” Ianni said.
And speaking of pizza, customers can now get $3 off any 12-inch pizza whether they dine in or carry out from now until Aug. 15th.
Fresh seafood straight from Harbor Docks in Destin will delight your appetite as well and there is a wide range of desserts to choose from, including tiramisu, cannolis and cheesecake.
Military discounts are offered and there is a children’s menu as well.
“We want people to know that this is a family restaurant as well as a date night restaurant,” Ianni said.
It’s also a great place to come after church on Sunday as the restaurant is now open from noon until close. It opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
“We did very well the first Sunday we were open,” Ianni said.
Wine and beer are also sold in the restaurant, which features a bar. The restaurant has an upscale look to it and pictures of Italy adorn the walls.
Guglielmo is from Italy and learned to cook because his mom was a chef. The recipes he uses are from her.
He left for the United States when he was 19 with little money and a lot of hope.
“I came to this country in 1965 from Northern Italy with no education in this country and only $60 in my pocket,” he said.
He worked hard to be successful and opened his first restaurant in Illinois two years after arriving in America. He then opened a restaurant in Wisconsin and moved to Florida in 1990. He opened Guglielmo’s Chicago Speak Easy on Okaloosa Island after coming to Florida and then opened Tuscany Italian Bistro in Destin. He also has Ciao Bella at Silver Sands in Miramar Beach.
He was thrilled when he finally opened a restaurant in Navarre and looks forward to continuing to provide the community with a great Italian dining option.
“I have a great staff and we take pride in everything we do,” Ianni said. “We offer great customer service and great food.”
7289 Navarre Parkway, Navarre, FL
Hours: 4 – 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday
Noon – 8 p.m. Sunday