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Bettola Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://sebastianoitaliano.com
  • Phone: (212) 787-1660
  • Hours of Operation:

    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00 PM - 11:30 PM, Friday - Saturday: 4:00 PM - 12:00 AM, Sunday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Sebastiano Cappitta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 79th - 80th street
  • Public Transit: Bettola is located at 412 Amsterdam Avenue, between 79th and 80th Streets. To reach the restaurant by subway, take the 1 train to 79th Street or the B/C train to 81st Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Bettola
At Bettola, the wonderful aroma of our wood-burning oven greets you at the door and infuses the food at your table—from baked asparagus to Cornish hen to our signature light-as-air thin-crust pizzas. Our philosophy is simple: satisfying rustic Italian cuisine, good wine, friendly servers, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. We hope to see you soon.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I wish the menu was more exciting. It's okay Italian food, okay choices, but nothing that makes the palate go ooh/ahh."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "It wasn't the worst and it wasn't the best restaurant we have ever eaten in. I wouldn't recommend it and most likely will not return. The service was fine and the food was ok, nothing special but certainly not note worthy. The veal was over cooked and tough, hard to do with veal but they managed."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We love eating at Bettola. It's reliable and delicious and they have gluten free pasta."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "we visited prior to a show at the Beacon. enjoyable, casual atmosphere with nice brick oven pizza and good variety of apps and dinners. Limited beer selection for beer folks (no IPAs though the Peroni was cold!)."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Group of eleven for family dinner was treated well. Food was above average. Staff was very accommodating. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Brick oven Margherita pizza and antipasto plate, very good; Sliced grilled steak, good; veal scaloppini, dry; penne w/cremini mushrooms in a porcini sauce, good; grilled clamari, not tender; zucchini and eggplant, excellent. Good wine selection. Service excellent and friendly."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "As always the food and drink were more than satisfactory"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Despite reading good reviews our experience was very poor. Food was mediocre at best,they "ran out of bread" at 8 pm, and service was not very attentive. Would NOT go back"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "we had an early dinner here on a nice beautiful Sunday. sat outside. the service was great. the food was very good. the Cornish hen was very tasty. Margharita Pizza was also good. I would definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Well-priced Italian food with a reasonable wine list. Wonderful place for a quiet neighborhood dinner."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Second time at Bettola and we will be back. Home made pasta, excellent specials, good prices and great service. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This is the 2nd time we've had the pleasure of eating here. Love the menu, food quality is very good. I had the Branzino and it was delicious, as well as the Yellow Squash soup. Will definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "The food is always good. We just came back from Italy and enjoyed Bettola. The service is always charming. Its nice to eat outside or @ the front table with the sliding doors open. The noise level is normal."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We went to Bettola for dinner before going to a show at the Beacon which is a quick walk. The food was adequate: my husband and I shared a pizza special which was disappointing as the crust was soggy. I ate the toppings and left the crust. The Buffalo Mozzarella that was supposed to top the pizza was barely discernible. My friends had salmon (good) and some pasta dish (okay, not great or memorable). The wait staff was great: friendly and very professional, and the people in the restaurant were very chatty and nice. I would go again: just don't expect the food to blow you away."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "We remembered Bettola fondly from living in the neighborhood years ago. Went back with some older friends as well as kids. The background noise was a little overwhelming. The service was uneven - attentive, then ignored, food came fast then at a "long" interval. The food was very good though didn't all arrive as described. Biggest shock was when the bill (the specials were **without prices** -sneaky, especially for a neighborhood restaurant) and we had sticker shock. To boot, with "party of 6" (2 were 7 year olds, the restaurant was NOT full and it was an early 5pm meal) - they added 20% tip even on wine-- not stated anywhere on the menu! Food was good but overall left us alot less fond. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "we had seven in a group and i had made a reservation. it was a nice day so wish we could have sat outside. the pizza is just very average, but the Gamberi was wonderful. the paninis had cold ingredients inside them (as though they slapped a cold tomato inside at the last minute). I have been here in the winter as well and it is very cozy and the food was better. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We were seeking one of those neighborhood gems for a light pre the tare dinner. The restaurant was empty which was our first concern. The menu was limited and seemed to focus on pizzas. Not wanting pizza we selected cornish hen and veal. The veal was old as beef and the cornish hen was overcooked and stringy. We decided to skip dessert and run down the strew for a quick burger. My take of the place is you bring the kids, order a pizza and make it a night. BTW the house wine is swill."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Well-priced UWS restaurant with good food and friendly service."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "This was a really enjoyable dining experience! Very attentive staff without being intrusive ... always pleasant and smiling. As it was our first time here, we took the recommendations offered to us and were not disappointed. The wine list is not extensive but it is well thought out and there is something for everyone. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and already have!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "This place isn't too fancy as the waitresses were in jeans and boots but the food was very delicious. I ordered the penne a la vodka which was not on the menu but it was FANTASTIC! Best chicken pasta I've tasted in years! My boyfriend had their pizza and that was also very scrumptious. I only gave it 4 starts because the lime served with the drinks was very dry looking. Other than that, I had a great time and it's very affordable."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Very uncrowded the night we were here ( a rainy night) Bettola was friendly and welcoming. A little hard to find in the rain - it's in the middle of the black with a dark awning. Not sure what the noise level would be if it were full, but it was blissfully quiet. Pizza oven right in the dining room. On this night it looked wonderful - don't know what it's like in hot weather (where you do have the option to sit outside.) My arugula and fennel salad was huge and delicious, and we loved the asparagus with ricotta. Excellent al dente pasta and light cheesecake at the end. I'm going back."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I went here for dinner and had the lasagna - it was delicious, the only downside was that I wanted more of it! A bit pricey, but it's the UWS and it's worth it to treat yourself. I also got a free glass of wine for checking in on Yelp :)"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We had fish, pasta, salads,and pasta and all were good. And its so much quieter than Nice Matin up the block."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We dined at this restaurant before a concert at the Beacon theater which is within walking distance. Food was very fresh and tasty, house wine was good and service was reliable. I had the chicken and my mother had the vegetable lasagna, we both enjoyed our meals. We had the beet salad to start and it was good although a bit dry and I would have preferred another fruit over the peaches. Very affordable for an above average restaurant."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Tried restaurant solely based on reviews submitted before me and am so glad I did. Great food, great ambience, having a nice quality dinner that won't break the bank"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "One of my favorite upper west side,small, neighborhood restaurants. the pizza is the perfect thin-crust kind and the salads very fresh. Its a quiet restaurant also, a big plus."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Prices for wine very high, and both my friend and I did not like the glasses of wine we ordered. Food very good, but wine terrible."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I enjoyed our lunch immensely - the staff was friendly and responsive. Even the handyman helped me with a problem with the Muni Meter when I parked in front of the restaurant!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Solid pastas, pizza and great gnocchi. Good service and atmosphere. Very accommodating staff. Come with confidence."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Going into NYC on New Years eve with tickets for a concert at 9PM. This could be a stressful experience due to NYEve. I can tell you it was so pleasant and stress free it made our night. Wil be going back soon. Great food and atmosphere. Caring service"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I first ate at Bettola a few years ago when I stopped a family walking on Amsterdam and asked them if they had a favorite restaurant in the area. They directed me to Bettola and because of the wonderful experience I had there, I've been dying to go back. Finally was able to return last weekend and all remains the same--still marvelous. There were 5 of us in our party and we had soups, salad, pasta, and wine. Everything was so tasteful and cooked just right. If was the first visit for the 4 others and they all said it was very special; one who lived 4 blocks away, said it was going on her list of places to dine regularly. The place is fairly small so reservations are encouraged. You'll love the ambience complete with wood burning bread oven."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Bettola is down the block from my apartment making it very convenient. It is also good, basic Italian food that offered options for the adults and 2 children."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "This was perfect for our needs. The food was very good, ample portions. Service was attentive, but not pushy. They let us sit and talk for a very long time. A cute little neighborhood place to catch up with a friend, or friends."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "We wanted to find a spot close to our hotel for an Italian dinner at an affordable price. Their prices were less expensive than neighboring Italian spots & we thought the food was excellent. Great wine (by the glass). My boyfriend had a shrimp pasta he really enjoyed and I had the veal which was excellent. We also enjoyed a yummy apple / pear desert too! Dinner for two (salad and dessert included), with drinks for $75, can't beat it! Service was excellent, quick & friendly. Would definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to try an authentic Italian spot at a good price."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Like being in the Village (brick wall ambiance, candles) on the Upper West Side. Delicious homemade pasta, fresh fish. We also tried the pizza, which was very thin crust so it made a fine appetizer for 3 to share. Hot sausage on it was terrific and plentiful.Lasagna was super (but be warned, it's particularly rich) Service was great, server knew her wines by the glass and steered us in the right direction to pair with the food. Really can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "The food was good, but not great. The staff was attentive, but the tables are small so it feels cramped even when no one is there. A reasonably good place for a quick dinner on a work day."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "I was able to make a reservation for 8 people the day before. Half of our party ran 25 minutes late, they still sat us and didn't give us any issue with it. Very reasonably priced for the UWS, nice ambiance and a good find on a cold day. (The pizza oven keeps guests nice and toasty) Thanks Bettola!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Great food. Small but cozy space. Will definitely eat here again!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Just stumbled upon Bettola while in the neighborhood and couldn't have been more pleased, everything about Bettola felt good - the vibrant atmosphere, everyone enjoying their food, reasonable wine pricing, great service. If you want a very nice meal, reasonably priced and the feel of a place that locals keep coming back to, I highly recommend Bettola."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "We'll never be back. Couldn't have felt more unwelcoming. A nice group of 6 for lunch after the marathon to celebrate my husband running, and the energy of this place is "we don't care that you're here". The hostess was the cherry on the cake. Her rude manorism put us all in a mood. It was as though we were bothering her asking for menus. The food was all over cooked, and that combined with bad energy = no need to go back when there are so many other great restaurants on the street."
    Dined on 11/3/2013