he Bella's legacy began over 50 years ago with Marie and Patrick Barnes, Sr. from Braintree, MA. Decades before "Bella’s", Marie's mother and father, Bella and Frank Richardi owned and operated Richardi’s Sub Shop in Braintree for many years (currently owned by Dan Richardi - Marie's cousin). Pat & Marie, over a 20-year period owned over 12 sub shops in Rockland, Weymouth, Scituate, Natick, Worcester, Stoughton and Wellesley, just to name a few. Although now under different ownerships, the Marie's name still carries on in certain locations, as "Maria's Sub Shop". Marie's ambitions in the restaurant industry did not stop there. In 1974, Marie and Patrick opened the first Bella's, then located at Braintree Five Corners, as a small family-style Italian restaurant. Marie handled every detail in the kitchen, including the cooking, and Patrick made sure the details of the business ran smoothly. They also had Marie's mother and several family members on the staff too.