An Upper St. Clair restaurant steeped in tradition has a new name.
The former DeLallo’s at 91 Fort Couch Road is now known as Bella’s on Fort Couch.
Tony Ruozzi and John Mayerchak bought Dave DeLallo’s restaurant nearly four years ago. The DeLallo name was rumored for many years, but the new owners only had DeLallo naming rights until October 10.
With that in mind, Ruozzi said the decision was made to jump on the name change.
“We decided to go incremental, introduce the new name, slowly put it on the menus, drop it to our regulars, let them know, spread the word,” he said. . “Come the busy period of October, November or December, that’s no longer a problem. It’s the new name and we move on.”
Ruozzi, who lives in Belle Vernon, added that he hopes new signage will appear on the restaurant by the end of August.
“We just want everyone to know it’s the same owners as the last four years,” he said. “We’re keeping things the same. All we had to change on the menu were a few names. It’s still the same dishes. It’s still the same ingredients and the same staff. We’re very lucky to have the staff with We.. That’s going to be our slogan for a while – same staff, same owner, new name.
That staff includes Reggie Taylor, a chef who has worked at the restaurant for over 30 years.
The nickname for the new restaurant comes from the name of Tony’s only daughter, Bella, who has just completed her freshman year of college.
“We thought it fit well with the Italian cuisine we have,” Ruozzi said.
Bella’s official name on Fort Couch has been tabbed as there are a number of locations that already bear the Bella’s name.
Recent times have been difficult for the restaurant sector, especially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But Ruozzi said there was a lot of pride in the product the restaurant now known as Bella’s on Fort Couch has provided and continues to provide.
“We take pride in our cuisine and our ingredients,” he said. “With the current economic situation, we haven’t cut back on our food. We haven’t reduced the size of our products. The same ingredients have been there for years. When our items come out, we don’t just want they are to look and smell good, but also taste like they should.”
Ruozzi said the drink selection has increased and new booths have been installed in the bar.
Bella’s on Fort Couch is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It’s closed on Mondays.
“It’s a daily struggle, but we stay as price-conscious as possible,” he said. “It’s a bit difficult at the moment, but we’ll manage, and we’ll be fine. We’re definitely putting capital into the business. We’re staying for the long haul. We’ve survived COVID. We’ve survived and we thought to have come out of it in good shape and we are very, very grateful to our guests, customers and patrons over the past few years for helping us, for being understanding and for knowing that we will take the necessary steps to give them a good product. “
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