Authentic Italian food coming to Frankfort

Vita Bella provides wood fired pizza, pasta and Italian street foodstuff

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FRANKFORT — “Chi mangia bene vive bene” he who eats perfectly, lives nicely.



That is the motto of Vita Bella Italian Kitchen area and Sector, which will serve its to start with consumers on March 3 at 320 Major St. in downtown Frankfort at the former area of Coho Cafe.

Vita Bella was opened by Ed Carella and Tim Potter, who observed there was one thing Frankfort’s cafe scene was missing: reliable Italian food items.

“It is very traditional southern Italian cooking that is my heritage, I am a 2nd technology Italian,” Carella reported. “My moms and dads have been each from Naples.”

Carella reported the focal place of Vita Bella is a 6,000 pound wood fired pizza oven transported from California, which Carella takes advantage of to make Neapolitan-style pizza.

“Neapolitan-style pizzas were usually created in wooden-fired ovens,” Carella mentioned. “Wooden has the capability to burn off at pretty significant heat and prepare dinner the pizzas rapid. The dough we are using gets really light and ethereal when baked in the wooden oven. Employing distinctive woods like cherry, maple and ash add a taste ingredient in the pizza.”


Potter claimed the oven can achieve 800-900 degrees and cook a pizza in a moment.

Diners will be capable to try out different forms of pizza, like the margherita a traditional Neapolitan pizza with refreshing, dwelling made mozzarella, San-Marzano tomatoes and basil. Other pizza options include a four-cheese pizza, a mushroom pizza  and a sopressata (dry Italian salami) pizza.


Vita Bella also will provide clean, homemade pasta, like spaghetti and meatballs, lasagna, carbonara and Bolognese. Chicken and seafood dishes, along with other Italian specialties like chicken and eggplant parmesan are also on the menu.


The lunch and evening meal menus are distinctive, with panini sandwich lunch choices changing pasta and evening meal entrees.

“For lunch we offer panini sandwiches and salads, as well as Neapolitan avenue food items that are common in Naples,” Carella mentioned. “We have received fritto misto (fried seafood-like fish, calamari and shrimp with veggies) and Pizza A Portafoglio (folded pizza) issues you can consider and try to eat on the road.”

Soups and desserts will also be offered.

As for the marketplace factor, Carella claimed it will element all set to take in food items like treats and sandwiches, but a tiny much more Italian targeted items individuals couldn’t uncover somewhere else. It will also function jars of Critical Bella’s sauces and even pre-packaged entrees customers can just take residence.

A choice of Italian beer and wine, as very well as some nearby wines, will round out the choice.

“We have been attempting to be distinctive sufficient that persons couldn’t just go into Spouse and children Fare and come across,” Carella mentioned. “We want people to make the vacation above listed here and get that charcuterie board or do-it-yourself mozzarella.”

Vita Bella will gives dine-in and get-out solutions. Orders can be manufactured online, and delivery may perhaps be an alternative in the potential.

Carella claimed Vita Bella would cater occasions, and hopes to maintain some of his personal.

“As we go into the summer months and tumble we would like to concentration on distinctive gatherings like cooking lessons or holiday getaway situations,” he mentioned.

The two longtime visitors to Frankfort and the surrounding place, Carella and Potter claimed the strategy for Vita Bella came prolonged in the past, when they both observed a want for an authentic Italian restaurant in Frankfort.

“Tim (Potter) and I have acknowledged each and every other for a very long time and we have constantly experienced a enthusiasm for meals and dining places, but also Frankfort,” Carella reported.

He explained when he arrived up with the thought of opening a cafe in Frankfort, the 1st human being he identified as was Potter. Although they talked about opening an Italian restaurant in Frankfort, it was not until finally Carella misplaced his job in a restaurant team in the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020 that they critically started conversing about opening an Italian cafe.

Potter was in a equivalent situation with his very own sporting activities and celebration advertising business in St. Louis.

“Instantly there had been not a lot of company outings or sporting functions,” Potter reported. “I was in a quiet issue in my daily life. We started talking again and forth and I mentioned, ‘You know how you’ve generally wished an Italian cafe in Frankfort, were you major?'”

Potter said they started hunting for spots in Frankfort, and they beloved the former locale of the Coho Cafe.

“I utilized to like heading to the Coho Cafe,” he mentioned. “I beloved the locale. Once Ed (Carella) started off talking about earning it a marketplace, that is when it really started out to click on. There were worries of opening a restaurant in a pandemic, but just take out and grab and go took some of individuals absent. Along with the gorgeous deck overlooking Betsie Bay for outdoor dining year-round, it was a no-brainer.”

Vita Bella Italian Kitchen area and Market will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday. To see the menu or order on the web, check out vitabellakitchen.com.

Barbara J. Miriam

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