Bella’s Shares 30 Years of Recipes From Beloved Tampa Restaurant

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in books



Joanie Corneil, co-owner of Bella’s Italian Café, will release her first cookbook, Bella’s ($35), this summer. The 224-page coffee-table–style book shares Corneil’s popular recipes as well as stories from her culinary journey alongside business partner, Bill Shumate.

Bella’s features more than 75 classic Italian recipes crafted by Corneil since opening her beloved Tampa restaurant in 1986. Designed for the home cook, the book contains a variety of signature Bella’s dishes such as Formaggio al Forno, Confetti Spaghetti, Bella Luna, Pollo o Vitello Saltimbocca and Brûlée
del Lampone.

In addition to the recipes, Corneil chronicles her culinary journey from Oklahoma farm girl, to Italian transplant, to Florida restaurateur over seven chapters, including: Insalate e Zuppe, Antipasti, Paste, Le Salse, Pizze, Secondi and Dolci.

A digital preview of Bella’s can be viewed here. Details regarding book release events and pre-order instructions will be announced in the near future.

Bella’s was co-authored by Chris Sherman, a former Tampa Bay Times food critic, current restaurant editor at Florida Trend, and 30-year patron of Bella’s. The book also includes a collection of stunning images shot by award-winning Tampa Bay Times photographer Eve Edelheit.