The spaghetti-Western film genre is noted for its good use of extreme close-ups, its bad use of tomato sauce during gunfights, and its ugly use of Clint Eastwood’s puppetry skills. Get a fistful of Western-less spaghetti with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Italian fare at La Bella Via in Phillipsburg, NJ.
The talented chefs at La Bella Via populate a mouthwatering menu with handmade pastas and a diverse array of Italian favorites. Crispy thin-crust pizzas ($5.99+) dressed in a menagerie of toppings ($1–$3 each), including fried eggplant, broccoli rabe, and salami, come to fruition in a European-made wood-fired oven, like artisan-crafted Hummel figurines. Savory entrees proffer mealtime delight for visitors of all tastes, with plates of ocean-bound gusto de mare, a palatable pairing of shellfish and calamari drizzled in marinara ($18.95), or the hearty bistecca Italia, char-grilled with a side of broccoli rabe and potatoes ($18.95). Epicurean engineers craft pasta dishes such as the jumbo cheese ravioli arrabiata ($13.95) or the cavatelli e broccoli ($13.95) with daily-made pasta prepared in the traditional way⎯formed from fresh eggs, semolina flour, and vegetables, then proclaimed Caesar and stabbed with forks.
La Bella Via
Making use of old family recipes, Italian tradition, and imported ingredients, the La Duca family has kept its doors open to patrons of La Bella Via since 2006. Equipped with a custom-made, wood-fired brick oven, chefs craft rustic, thin-crust pizzas, fresh-baked semolina bread, and hearty calzones. Meanwhile, ropes of fresh pasta emerge from pots of boiling water to mingle with a rich, housemade meat sauce of Roma tomatoes, or weave together to be worn as a delicious sweater.