February 21, 2010
Bella’s owners, from right, Nick Ciraldo, his sister Lisa Ciraldo-Freese, her husband, Michael Freese, and their daughter Bella are pictured. The owners worked with designer Vahakn Matossian, left, to transform the space below Chocolate Soup Pastry Café into a downtown wine bar.
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Bella’s offers European wines, simple fare in rustic setting
Nick Ciraldo is not fazed by opening a business during an economic recession; not fazed that Bella’s, a basement wine bar, is across the street from Cellar Liquors and up the street from the wine cellar at Harwigs/L’Apogee; and he’s certainly not fazed by the fact Bella’s is part of a Pioneer Building location that has seen frequent closings in recent years.