Bettola

4.6
437 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Bettola is a casual upscale restaurant located in Birmingham's Lakeview district. Founded by award-winning chef James Lewis, Bettola offers a wonderful array of foods from the Campania region of Italy in a warm and modern setting.

Here, we honor the farm-to-table tradition by using locally sourced meats and produce to bring fresh flavors to each dish. Customer favorites include our gnocchi, pollo pomodoro, and our charcuterie selections. Our signature Neapolitan pizzas start with dough made from scratch using caputo flour flown in from Italy, which is hand-tossed and wood-fired in our authentic brick oven from Naples. We also feature a variety of house-made pastas, roasts, and sautés, and we offer craft cocktails and wines to pair beautifully with each dish.

We’re always pushing the envelope with our creative dishes and drinks at Bettola, and we hope to welcome you in our space soon.
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Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Food ok — atmosphere great. Solid place for a date night when you’re looking for new restaurant in town.

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LZ
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was so good and surprisingly large portions. Definitely would come here again.

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Birmingham
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! My husband and daughter and I went for Valentine's Day. The food, the service, the atmosphere were top notch!!!
We haven't had that quality pasta and pizza since our trip to Rome.
My husband had arranged for a barbershop quartet to sing to me and our daughter as a surprise and Bettola's was super sweet to work with him. They sat us in the best location and the hostsess even took a video for us. It was a perfect night! We will definitely be back!!!!

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P
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at this place and will def be back!! Menu isn't the largest but everything on it is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend the meat and cheese plates which you can select from a large variety of meats, cheese, and assortment of sides. Spent right at 100$ drinks, dinner, and dessert for two people which I felt was fair especially for how good the food and service were

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JW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time there. Went for Valentine's night and it was amazing. Everything we tried was superb and out server was great and a lot of fun. Will definitely be back.

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PH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the different tastes of Bettola, very cozy atmosphere.

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SK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Our server was busy and thus took a while to get our orders and it was pretty loud. We had to lean into our friends across the table to hear them. But the food was very good!

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LB
Boise
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always consistently good here. Love love love the chessboard and their drinks/wine. Service top of the line. P

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MM
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Went here for dinner before Brothers Osborne played at Alabama Theater and it was perfect. The food was amazing and the bottle of wine we perfect for what we ordered. The service was good as well.

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F
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fantastic location, excellent service and tasty wine selection. The atmosphere is cozy and great for families or date night. We wish they would have a more traditional spaghetti or lasagna dish. Also, please bring back the scallops!

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LW
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is delicious. Love the décor. Service is great. However, the noise level is high. Would love to see some acoustics to reduce the noise.

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MS
Birmingham
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious as always!

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OT
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was phenomenal

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MD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 4

Delicious food. Quite lackadaisical service bordering on disinterested.

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Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, and service were outstanding. We were there to celebrate my husband's birthday. The party next to us was also celebrating a birthday. It was a fun and friendly environment. Our server's name was Jen and she was fantastic and fun too! Thank you for a great night!

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DN
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints!

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IB
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good for an evening out. Maybe the food was a little under seasoned, but apart from that all was great.

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Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A+ Great cocktails & yummy food.

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Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot to grab a bite to eat and enjoy some great wine

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comparable to the best pasta dishes and pizza we’ve had all over the world!

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Louisville
13 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very limited menu. Primarily pizza. A few pasta dishes

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BS
Mobile
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service, excellent food, love the atmosphere. Our party had a great time.

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JG
Denver
27 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal but filled and noisy.

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ES
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bettola's is absolutely delicious. We had the crostini for an appetizer, which was devine. You get two for the order. I ate the suggo di pomodoro and my wife had the gnoochi with short ribs. We were both very satisfied with our meals. We also enjoyed a bottle of wine with our dinner. Our server was on time for our needs and we were never without great service. I would definitely eat here again. It does get pretty busy so I rec. getting the reservation.

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OT
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cavatelli pasta and tiramisu were excellent. Enjoyable dining experience overall. Excellent service

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LB
Boise
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were delayed due to unforeseen car trouble. Called and they were very gracious and rearranged our reservation, even though it was a busy Friday night. Food is consistently good as is the service. My favorite cheese board and bread in Birmingham. .

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1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great. Our favorite Birmingham restaurant by far.

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New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere - choose from delicious pizzas to authentic Italian pasta dishes. The selection of meats and cheeses to start is excellent.

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OT
Birmingham
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!!!

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OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always great. One of my faves!

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JA
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing. Best Italian in town and one of the best overall restaurants in B'ham. Great server too.

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JA
Birmingham
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was exquisite and we enjoyed our wine. Because of two very large tables being served by our server our service was a bit slow. The noise was too loud.

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G
Birmingham
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great fun, great dinner!

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WK
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing flavors. Recommend sharing an app, salad, and pizza. Will definitely go back.

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New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy Bettola’s. The food is excellent, probably the best pizza in town; our party had mostly pizza, but there were 3 entrées, and everyone was very satisfied with their meal. They have some really good wines that are not “crazy priced. “

I have had lunch there quite often, and their lamb and hanger steak sandwiches are the best. If you haven’t been , you should go. Parking is always a pain, even though they have their own parking lot.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Pure and simple ingredients done well. First time I had one of the pizzas and it was incredible.

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OT
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and fabulous food

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Server seemed uninterested and frazzled. Not attentive. Food was great!

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SH
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Bettola, and we loved it! We sat at the bar, and our bartender really enhanced our dining experience. We enjoyed a wonderful bottle of Gouguenheim Cabernet. The calamari and brussel sprouts appetizers were excellent. After our appetizers we split a new item on the menu - a rabbit confit rigatoni. This was another amazing dish. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the food, the service the atmosphere. We are new to Birmingham and will definitely be making Bettola one of our regular dining places.

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