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La Bella Cafe & Games

Why La Bella Pizza Garden? Not because of the great beer selection. Not because it’s old (although it is Chula Vista’s oldest pizza joint, started in 1955). And not because they cook in fancy wood-fired pizza ovens with stone hearths. They don’t. They turn out pizzas in conveyor-belt ovens just like Domino’s.

But we keep coming back. Why? Because they’re cooking with the same recipe Papa Raso, the founder, brought with him from Italy.

Papa Raso died a few years ago, but his sons and grandkids are carrying on. And, man, Friday night, Papa’s place is hopping. The old section’s mostly adults chowing away. The new café behind is filled with electronic games and pool tables and has all the families. This must be the most crowded pizza joint in town. You just kinda want to be here.

— Ed Bedford

Hours

Day Hours
Sunday 10:30 a.m. to midnight
Monday 10:30 a.m. to midnight
Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to midnight
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to midnight
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. to midnight
Thursday 10:30 a.m. to midnight
Thursday 10:30 a.m. to midnight
Friday 10:30 a.m. to midnight
Friday 10:30 a.m. to midnight
Saturday 10:30 a.m. to midnight
Saturday 10:30 a.m. to midnight

Restaurant Details

Detail Status
Cuisine Italian, Pizza
Delivery Yes
Outdoor seating Unknown
Party room Yes
Reservations accepted Yes
Kids menu Unknown
Occasional live music Unknown
Vegetarian friendly Yes
Payment Options Accepts credit cards

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