Bettola

4.2
411 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Bettola Progressive Italian Cuisine with Wood-burning Oven, Piano, Homemade Mozzarella and more.
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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1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The hospitality was excellent.

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EE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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.

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

Been many times for lunch and have always been happy. Decided to have dinner and was just as happy.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

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

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VB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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JW
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous lunch. Pizza was terrific!!

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

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.

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Z
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

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.

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Tahoe
20 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

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.

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n
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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.

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JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious authentic Italian meals. Wonderful ambience, good service, delicious fresh pasta. Walking distance from public transportation, great dinner for a theater night

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NY
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

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.

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New England
22 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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M
Atlanta
68 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delightful. Loved meeting the musically talented chef and the ownership. We may have found our second go to neighborhood gem. Excellent.

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OT
Cologne Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Small but cozy place...

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L
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

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SW
Montreal
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, good staff, great atmosphere. Highly recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazing food at good prices!

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T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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.

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KL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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LC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was mediocre for the prices. Service was fine. Dessert was well presented

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CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

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UW
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, salmon was great and pizza was pretty good as well.

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C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

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.

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was delicious as always but the service was terrible. Our waitress was very rude making faces and completely unfriendlyz

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ES
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about it!! Especially the singing chef!!

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T
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A perfect neighborhood place for a weeknight dinner. The weather was perfect to sit outside. The Caprese Salad was delicious, the gnocchi was like eating little pillows and the Loads of Veggies whole wheat pasta was amazing. The waitstaff was friendly and attentive. And, if you pay cash, it’s 10% off the bill. Definitely going back again!

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A very nice and cozy place. The plate that I asked eas wonderful! The vbiance is very confortable and cozy, and the prices all right!

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S
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

This was our second time visiting Betolla and we were disappointed. We enjoyed our first visit and we thought we would try it again. Unfortunately, the first visit was nearly 2 years ago and it seems things have changed for the worse. The chicken parmigiana consisted of an extremely thin chicken patty coupled with mediocre spaghetti. The shrimp scampi was flavorless. The service was fine outside of the dessert. It took nearly 20 minutes for the dessert to arrive and when it finally arrived it was a big disappointment. We ordered the bread pudding—it was essentially a dry loaf of bread sitting in a soupy white puddle. It was also overwhelmingly doused with rum.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

A very good place for lunch or dinner. The ambiance super cozy, the food prepared with care and we were very weel attended.

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D
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice people - great food.

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H
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

Friendly and homey. Good homemade pasta. Best Tiramisu in the City

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food as always, and I always have a good experience with the waitstaff and outside dining here.

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P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

One of the worst experiences. The server was curt, impatient, and miserable. So was the rest of the staff. The food tasted like microwaved leftovers from a homeless soup kitchen. You couldn’t pay me to go back.

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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A real neighborhood gem where the chef/owner plays piano and sings when he gets a little break from the kitchen. Very friendly.

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JB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience. Nice and cozy place. Great ambience and food. Friendly personel and always smiling chef Vlado. Our waitress Alexandra was very profesional and knowledgable. Great experience. We will definitely come back again.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

They served me a warm beer and day old frozen bread. But beet salad was good.

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