Every romance has to start somewhere -- even Bella Swan and Edward Cullen's. And now you can get a taste of The Twilight Saga's eternal couple's first date by eating the actual mushroom ravioli that Bella ate that night in Port Angeles, WA.
The restaurant has been open since the spring of 1996, but it wasn't until the first Twilight book was published in 2005 that it turned into a pop culture institution. "I looked out the window to see the lights of La Bella Italia, and Jess and Angela just leaving, pacing anxiously away from us," Stephenie Meyer wrote on page 165 in Bella's voice.
And further along on page 165, "I picked the first thing I saw on the menu. 'Um... I'll have the mushroom ravioli.'"
Suddenly, the actual restaurant Bella Italia had a surge in orders for the famous dish. In just over nine months in 2009, they had served more than 4,500 bowls of the $17 Bella's Mushroom Ravioli, described as "In creamy besciamella with Olympic Forest mushrooms."
Now they've served more than 10,000 bowls -- and are about serve even more now that you can buy the famous mushroom ravioli at your local market as a ready-to-heat frozen entrée.
The J-14 Magazine staff taste-tested the meal ourselves and it officially gets our J-14 seal of approval. The savory cream sauce mixed with the tasty ravioli stuffed with just the right amount of all-natural mushrooms left us all wanting more -- a true taste of Twilight!
You can have your own Bella's Mushroom Ravioli by grabbing a box for $10.99 at your local supermarket or by ordering here at bellaitaliapa.com. A portion of all the proceeds also go towards the Quileute Tribal School and Forks High School.
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