Culmination of culinary passion, creativity and global influences
The cuisine is enhanced by a Wood-burning oven rare find in NYC, and a Piano where you can catch Our Rockstar Chef Vlado playing .
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Fun, relaxing, neighborhood gem
Nieghborhood vibe, cute and casual..lasagna is very good
The food was delicious and we didn’t have to wait long to be served (we were there at the end of the evening). The service was good, although could have been a little more attentive. Interesting place - decorated with musical instruments !
Excellent pasta and pizza. Fast service and outstanding value. A gem.
Food was amazing!
Expensive and very average - there was nothing memorable about the food or service.
Great food as always, a neighborhood staple for great salads and thin crust pizza!
I and 3 friends had a wonderful dinner experience at Bettola. One of us is vegetarian and another on a medically restricted diet. The chef and staff were very accommodating. The food was good and ambiance relaxing. The noise level was low and the music at just the right volume. We will definitely return.
Great food, service and ambience. Met three friends for dinner on a Saturday night. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Wine selection by the glass was fine. They ran out of bread before our dinner was over and therefore also couldn't offer any bread pudding for dessert but other than that, everything was great. I had the "Fabuloso" which was excellent. Friends had red snapper/shrimp and loved it. Food came out piping hot. We hadn't been here in some time during which the decor and menu have changed but still a great neighborhood Italian joint.
I had the special, grilled Mahi Mahi and shrimp with couscous which was delicious. My husband thoroughly enjoyed his wild boar pizza. We both had mulled wine! The host/owner was very genial and congenial. Just a lovely neighbor restaurant - we shall be back.
We always enjoy Bettola. The ambience is thoroughly pleasant, the hosts are unfailingly friendly, the food is real home cooking (do try the bread pudding if you have any room), and to my mind it is the quintessential reliable & welcoming neighborhood restaurant.
The hospitality was excellent.
We were a party of 6 and had a nice time. I ordered the masala chicken and it was not good - and it was a "special" but the other members of our party ordered pizza and pasta and were very pleased.
Been many times for lunch and have always been happy. Decided to have dinner and was just as happy.
I brought 5 7th graders to dinner before the Night at the Museum. The were very accommodating. Considering they are 7th grade girls, the pizza was good, the lasagna was not, the gnocchi and lemon chicken were good But it was quick and easy and mist of ya were happy
After my surgery I decided to stay for 6 nights in the city. I used to live in Upper West Side, so I choose hotel Lucerne close to Zabar's. To my delight I found a great restaurant right around the corner where I had my first meal and since then I went there everyday for lunch and dinner. Bettola is a very cozy place, great Italian food and the specials to die for. The chef is very innovative, very pleasant and also plays piano and sings. I found a home away from home and I'll be looking forward to go there every time visiting the city!
Fabulous lunch. Pizza was terrific!!
Absolutely delicious. My boyfriend and I were celebrating his promotion and I’m so glad we ate here. The chef even played the piano for us!
We ordered the appetizer special pulled pork meatballs and almost ordered it again it was that good. I had the gnocchi with pesto sauce and my bf ordered the lasagna. Topped it all off with the dessert special of NY cheesecake. Our new favorite Italian restaurant.
First of all, this place made me feel like I came home. It’s unpretentious and the food is tasty and there were dishes I have never heard of. When I asked waitress about it she said there are our chef’s creations. Then I found out that the gold records on the wall were his. What? Rockstar turned chef?
Special of the day was Wild Boar which is really hard to find in NYC. It came with roasted potatoes, broccoli rabe and cognac gravy. It melted in my mouth. I noticed the stuff new lots of people by their name whichj is always a good sign. It must be good if they’re coming bavk. I will be ine of them
Charming, cozy environment. Great experience. Food, service, wine all top notch. We were lucky to see chef playing piano. We will be back again. Thank you
I honestly don't even know where to begin- everything was AWFUL. Ordered a glass of their Montepulciano wine... literally watered down. Each sip I took, I cringed. Their 'fried sea scallops' were clearly frozen fish stick bites dumped onto bland red sauce. There was absolutely no texture to them and they tasted like generic Gorton's freezer food. Next came the 'lasagna'. It looked like ALPO dog food with a slice of cheese melted/burned on top. The sauce was beyond watery so the 'lasagna' was almost floating around my plate. I took one bite and that was more than enough.
The sad part about this was upon telling the waitress that everything had been terrible, she looked at me in complete disbelief- as if no one has ever said that about their food. I found that very hard to believe. She had no remorse and asked what I wanted instead? I passed and said I no longer had an appetite. Luckily my date was able to somewhat enjoy his entree but I think he just felt like he had to after be judged by the waitress.
The service and food both sucked equally. After paying for our jail slop, we scurried off to another restaurant a few blocks up for delicious food/drinks. You couldn't pay me to go back to this place.
I enjoyed my meat lasagna, however, the rest of my party of 4 did not like their food very much, I'm sad to report. The shrimp with coconut seemed to not make up its mind whether it's Italian or multi-cultural, to put it mildly. My daughter thought it was disappointing. We've had very nice experience in the past. Nice reliable regular Italian fare. Not so great this time round. Lovely atmosphere. And the service was very attentive and friendly.
Menu has changed. For example no meatballs with spaghetti and no garlic bread. Dishes seem non-creative. Also, very very dark. Cannot read menu without Iphone flashlight.Too bad..it had been a favorite spot.
Delicious authentic Italian meals. Wonderful ambience, good service, delicious fresh pasta. Walking distance from public transportation, great dinner for a theater night
Pretty good, not great, not bad. It is reasonable and the service is good. Portions not big, not tiny. The food also was good, not great. There are a zillion alternatives in the neighborhood and this is an easy place to go to, but might not be my first choice again.
had tix for Beacon theatre. this place is very convenient. had reservations for 7 people and they seated us on time. we shared pizzas for apps and we all ordered an entree. got to the theatre without missing anything. this is a basic place with decent food. not overly expensive. maybe not a destination in itself but good food. i would eat here again if i had beacon theatre tix.
Absolutely delightful. Loved meeting the musically talented chef and the ownership. We may have found our second go to neighborhood gem. Excellent.
Great food! Small but cozy place...
Nice little gem. Worth a try. Came here before a concert at the Beacon and was glad we did. Pizza was outstanding. I had a shrimp dish also. My son had dessert which was also good. Nice wine selection too.
Delicious food, good staff, great atmosphere. Highly recommend it.
Amazing food at good prices!
There has been some changes to the menu. It's still a good neighborhood joint, but as an example, the vegetable soup which used to be an Italian hearty minestrone is now a bowl of broth with 3 snow peas and some random small vegetable bits. The main course portion of fish was very small, maybe half of what one might expect.
Delicious food and wonderful staff. My favorite place in NYC.
I’m Celiac and lactose and soy intolerant but I never had any problems after eating at Bettola
Food was mediocre for the prices. Service was fine. Dessert was well presented
Exceptional food at very reasonable prices. Something for everyone. Have tried several menu items and never disappointed in the quality, freshness and flavor of the food. Very attentive owner and wait staff. We will keep coming back!
Bettola is one of our go-to restaurants on Manhattan's Upper West Side - an area not known for its LACK of good restaurants. It's a little noisy and a little cheek-by-jowl crowded, but the food is excellent and it's a GREAT value.
Good food, salmon was great and pizza was pretty good as well.
I have been here with friends several times and the food is consistently good. The staff is friendly and attentive. It is a cozy little restaurant that opens up to the street in the summer. Very nice! Always busy.
The food was delicious as always but the service was terrible. Our waitress was very rude making faces and completely unfriendlyz
Loved everything about it!! Especially the singing chef!!