About Us


   Sunday- CLOSED
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With the passing of each year at Bella Gusta Alan and I have come to realize how fast time is going and how precious our time with family and friends is.  Soon we will begin our eleventh year here in West Hartford serving the public in our Oil and Vinegar tasting room.  We are a “MOM and POP” shop which basically means we run the store ourselves.  We are not corporately sponsored, we don’t have corporate money or advertising, and we don’t have a large staff of employees.  What we do have is each other and a few wonderful friends and family members who help us along the way.  We hope you know who you are because without you it would be impossible to keep the store open and successful; there are no words to thank you for your support.  We also have the absolute best “regular” customers.  They are the ones who have been with us through thick and thin; schedule changes, a devastating fire and many seasons of hemisphere changes.  You know who you are and so do we.  We can never repay you for your loyalty, you are friends made along the way and you will never be forgotten.   

 In the past year we have dealt with life situations which has made us come to a decision that won’t be popular with some folks but will be accepted and perhaps even applauded by others.  We have had several discussions about closing the store and several other conversations with our patrons about keeping it open.  Most understand that our lives have changed in ten years. Not only have we gotten older but our family has grown.  We now have three beautiful grandchildren who are growing too fast, we have elderly parents who need our care and we have family and friends that we don’t see often enough that we want to make memories with.   

Therefore beginning Sunday August 25, 2019 Bella Gusta will be open Tuesday,Thursday, Friday and Saturday 11:00am -5:00pm and Wednesday 11:00am- 6:00pm. We will be closed Sundays and Mondays with the exception of the Holiday Season.   We understand this will be bothersome to some folks and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.  It is our great hope that most will understand and know that our decision to remain open comes with the recognition that family must come first.  If you have been with us since the beginning, Alan and I look forward to serving you for several more years and to bringing you what we feel is the best oil and vinegar around.  We look forward to our travel talks, to hearing about your delicious recipes and about life in general. If you’ve never been to Bella Gusta we look forward to meeting you, teaching you about the many benefits of EVOO, the endless possibilities of great oils and vinegars and perhaps sharing conversations about what’s most important.  For us that’s FAMILY.  Hope to see you soon. 



Through our many international travels we have been able to experience what the world sees as commonplace, but we so often are not allowed those same experiences back home. Tasting before you buy...

From the night markets in Hong Kong eyeing incredibly unfamiliar delights, to the neighborhood Italian market on the Amalfi coast tasting unbelievable fresh cheeses, breads and cured meats, we wanted to bring this time honored way of life back home to you.

We hand select and taste every oil and vinegar before being offered to our customers. With a single point of contact from the grower to our shelves, knowing this chain of custody guarantees the absolute purest and freshest products available. With the recent exposure of "fake" and adulterated olive oils being introduced into our country, you can rest assured that any oil from Bella Gusta is 100% certified as to its origin, freshness and certification as Extra Virgin by way of independent chemical analysis.

Our West Hartford flagship store opened in 2010 and includes a vast selection of oils and vinegars on tap ready for you to taste before you purchase.

Let us tempt you with fused and infused Extra Virgin Olive Oils such as Blood Orange, Tuscan Herb, Mushroom and Sage, Persian Lime, Chipotle, Herbs de Provence, Basil, Garlic.... and specialty oils like both Black and White Truffle, Roasted Sesame, Butternut Squash Seed Oil and Roasted French Walnut Oil.

Our Single Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oils are a rotating selection of the best the world has to offer based on the latest pressings from both Northern and Southern Hemisphere olive producers. We change our offerings seasonally as the freshest oils become available. At any time in our store you may see varietals from Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Australia, California, Chile, Argentina, Tunisia, and more.

Tasting Balsamic Vinegars at Bella Gusta is truly an experience you do not want to pass up.  Our diverse selection includes both white balsamics such as Cranberry Pear, Sicilian Lemon, Peach, Honey Ginger, White Apple, Orange-Vanilla, Jalapeno, Grapefruit and more. And dark balsamics such as Fig, Dark Chocolate, Red Apple, Espresso, Tangerine, Black Cherry, Raspberry, Black Currant, Cinnamon Pear and an 18 Year Old Traditional version.

Wine vinegars are also available to taste: a 25 year old Cask Aged Sherry vinegar from Andalusia Spain, Champagne vinegar from France, Pinot Noir Red Wine vinegar and an Organic Italian Red Wine vinegar.

Our family run business has one single goal, that is to provide our customers with the best possible service, product quality, and value.

Gift bagging is always available in store and free of charge. Custom basket requests and Corporate gift programs are always welcome, please allow ample time to process.

We offer a wonderful assortment of wedding and shower favors that are guaranteed to be the hit of the party. Call Lynda for details.

West Hartford Store: 981-A Farmington Ave. 860-216-3961


We sincerely look forward to your visit.   Lynda & Alan