Bellina’s Italian Kitchen opens at Southland Mall

Bellina’s Italian Kitchen opens at Southland Mall

Pictured (l-r) are Jean Tong Moon, Mayor Peggy R. Bell, Ryan (Sonny) Bellina, Jennifer Bellina, Maggie Anzardo and in the foreground, little Jace Bellina.

Foodie alert… There’s a new restaurant in the neighborhood and it specializes in Italian food (and who doesn’t love Italian food?). Bellina’s Italian Kitchen had its grand opening at Southland Mall on Friday, April 22. A number of government officials and other local dignitaries were on hand to welcome the new place and to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony. Peggy Bell, Mayor of the Town of Cutler Bay, did the honors with owner Ryan (Sonny) Bellina.

From what we hear, Bellina’s is more than a great pizzeria, it serves authentic Italian, home-made cuisine. Customers will soon enjoy delicious pizzas, pasta, and more. Bellina’s makes all their pasta, bread, gelatos, pastries and cookies in-house daily. It is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

“We welcome this new addition to the Southland Mall family,” said Maggie Anzardo, the marketing director for Southland Mall. “We’re confident this Italian gem will quickly become a favorite dining destination at Southland.”

Owner Ryan (Sonny) Bellina, his wife Jennifer, daughter Isabella and son Jace were joined by not only Mayor Bell but also Maggie Anzardo of Southland Mall, Rick Morgan representing Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, members of the Cutler Bay Business Association, JoAnn Parns of Palmetto Bay Village Center and former commissioner Lynda Bell.

The restaurant will be located near the mall’s Center Court, across from Starbucks.

Mark your calendars… residents of Cutler Bay may want to take note of the following meetings. On May 11there’s a Zoning Workshop; on May 18 is the monthly Town Council Meeting; on May 23 there’s a Family Town Hall Meeting called “The Consequences Aren’t Minor,” presented by Miami-Dade Public Defender Carlos J. Martinez which will cover the consequences of involvement with the criminal and juvenile justice systems, reducing delinquent behavior and educating parents so they can prevent their children from becoming involved in delinquent activities. On May 25 is a Town Council Workshop about Social Media & public Records, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cutler Bay Town Hall is located at 10720 Caribbean Boulevard. For information call 305-234-4262, email them at or visit the town’s official website at

And while you’re in the neighborhood… Join the Village of Palmetto Bay for a Community Yard Sale at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152nd Street, on Saturday, May 14, from 9:00 a.m. to1:00 p.m. “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Set-up will begin at 8:00 a.m. Space is limited. $10.00 per slot. For rules and regulations visit Register online at

Arts & Crafts Festival: On May 21 there’s the CRP Arts & Crafts Festival at Coral Reef Park, 7895 SW 152nd Street, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free to this outdoor festival

Thought of the Day:
Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. – John Wooden

Gary Alan Ruse contributed to this column.

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Michael Miller
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