This wonderful and cosy restaurant called Bella Italia, which serves mainly western food Italian style, is located at the ground floor of Jesselton Hotel. Jesselton Hotel is one of the longest running hotel in Kota Kinabalu City that boasts a local ownership. Belle Italia now occupies the place formally held by Gardenia Restaurant. Gardenia Restaurant was established since 1959 and many KK Lites have fond memories of this place as it was on the busy Gaya Street of yesteryear. Today the local management of Gardenia Restaurant has teamed up with an Italian group to set up a new business, hence the creation of Bella Italia Pizzeria Ristorante Cafe.