Bettola

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$30 and under
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Bettola is only Rock and Roll 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent place. Great food and the chef owner and his spouse both engage the guests. I love the lasagna which has homemade noodles and bechamel sauce exactly the way lasagna should be made. Other dishes are excellent also. The owner is a former Slovakian Rocker with Gold Records on the wall and guitars hanging from the ceiling. It's a very cool ambiance.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the happy hour pizzas from the brick oven which is consistently excellent. Great value and cozy space.

PM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful neighborhood gem

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W
Seattle
43 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We ate early. It was quiet. Not many diners but they started coming in about 730. My choice of shrimp and linguine was not a great choice. I have had better meals there.

WL
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We got a seat outside before a concert at the Beacon Theater. Nice day out and the staff was gracious, and they did help each other covering the extra tables out on the sidewalk. One of the more reasonably priced places in the area. Well cooked food. Not all the cocktails were outstanding, but my wife's mojito was quite good. Check out the coucousotto. Yummy take or risotto using couscous. It's small, a cozy inside, and generally a solid neighborhood place. I'd go again in a heartbeat.

MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely dinner... good value...relaxing ambiance

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, Beautiful Place, The owners are very friendly, Live Music by Chef is Amazing we will be back soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

Meh. Overall experience was meh.

PM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

nabe gem! love their food and live music!!!

PM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

love the place
this time great live music!
service a little slow with drinks taking long, but overall great!
neighborhood gem!

O
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our 2nd time here and the pizza was, again, great. Happy hour prices are spectacular.

T
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was fine; my tablemates liked their meals better than I liked mine. And the service was good. Honestly though, in a neighborhood where there are so many choices to eat, I don't think I'll go back there

OT
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Was good, disappointed in the caprese - the cheese didn’t impress and the tomatoes weren’t ripe

NY
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food & service was very good. Live music on piano was wonderful. Overall a great experience

Z
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been three months since I was in Bettola. Last night dinner was superb. It didn’t surprise me because the place is like home away from home. Chef Vlado changed the menu again. I had curly shrimp as an appetizer that was to die for. My date had the special Ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta in vodka sauce which was surprisingly very lite. Bettola’s decor is really funky now. There are guitars hanging all over the place. Lights are made of trombones, microphones and drums. We love it and definitely be back.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Overrated! Food not very good... reasonable service. I Will not come back.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FOOD is AMAZING ! Fresh and Delicious. Outstanding Friendly Service. Fun Place, Live Music by the Chef. WE WILL BE BACK !

ZR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great location. Would recommend.

M
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Understaffed tonight. But food was really good and ambiance was solid. Wish they’d turn their music up a little. It was very faint. It would make it feel a little more “happening”.

JC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I really enjoyed the evening at Bettola. The staff is friendly and accommodating. I just had pizza and a glass of wine, so can't speak to overall quality of food. One of the owners/also the chef, came out and played the piano and sang standards, and he was good but not overwhelming, so we could talk if we wanted to, but really this was an extra bonus. I'd definitely go back and try more of their menu.

OT
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great little restaurant... Italian dishes were great... Bread pudding dessert topped it off!

D
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice neighborhood eatery. Service was a little rushed, food good, would be nice if the bread at the table would be fresh and hot from the oven. I would recommend to others.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful surprise near the Lucern hotel

JF
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice people, average food.

JS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pizza and service. Interior has a funky rock and roll vibe -snare drum lights and hanging guitars. Recommended!

W
Seattle
44 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always love dining at Bettola. However it’s a small restaurant and all tables along the wall from the brick oven to the front doors were given over to large group of about 23 people for a “reunion” making it appallingly noisy. Large groups like this should seek larger venues. we are very fast to avoid the discomfort.

m
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local place for an easy dinner

PM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

wonderful
neighborhood gem
great food and service at reasonable price!

OM
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food with quick arrival of food before a show

I
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Staff is friendly and helpful. A bonus if the owner is singing. Pizza is crisp and excellent. Seasonal specials are also great.

g
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we have really enjoyed bettola. we had a wonderful brunch on this visit, and have had pizza and pasta there as well. not only is the food outstanding, the staff is welcoming and friendly. we especially appreciated them on a recent visit after a family event -- as we were talking and reminiscing, we never felt rushed away by the staff. we plan to return regularly!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly Recommended, Wonderful Menu Selection. Atmosphere is Great. Food is Fresh and Tasty. Service Outstanding and very Friendly.

G
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A lovely lemony salad, a perfectly balanced roast eggplant, a crisp pizza direct from the fiery oven: stick with these things, and Bettola is quite perfect. Very friendly atmosphere, occasional lively music, absolutely nothing "chic" or trendy. If this is what you're looking for, Bettola can't be beat. If it's not what you're looking for, stay away, so that we can keep the place just the way it is.

HK
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely, lively and cozy place with friendly atmosphere, attentive service and homelike feel to your dining experience. We tried their fresh pasta which was excellent and thin crust pizza made in a wood burning oven which was crispy and simply delicious. We were lucky to experience live music performance by the chef who is a professional musician. Next time we hope to try their outdoor seating for brunch. Would recommend to anybody!

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Food is fabulous, staff are so friendly and attentive. Would come here every week if finances allowed.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, friendly staff and very nice atmosphere. Will be back definitely!

JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta was fresh, delicious wine. Service was fantastic. I love the outdoor seating that gives European vibe. This is great place that i would go back again.

Z
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend took me to this place last night. I am not a fan of Italian cuisine but he assure me that Bettola is nothing like other Italian restaurants. He is one of the oldest living Broadway producers so I figured he has seen plenty of restaurants in his life. First thing that told me I am at special place was its decor. Light fixtures were made out of trombones, microphones and drums. There were guitars hanging all over the place. My friend told me that chef is a rock star from Czechoslovakia. I could see his gold records on the wall. He came to say hello and instantly made me feel at home. We shared pizza from wood burning oven. Thin crust- perfect. I had their signature dish Fantastico. Marinated sliced filet Mignon with mushrooms, roasted asparagus and house made fettuccine. It was flavorful and definitely original. My friend had his favorite Lemon chicken. Grilled breast with figs, capers, roasted peppers and mashed potatoes. For dessert we shared Bettolinos.
Deep fried cheesecake bites. Surprisingly light and crunchy and not oily at all. At one moment chef came out of the kitchen and played couple of songs. One look and you can tell that he is a professional. I didn’t expect I would have such a wonderful time. I think I found my new hangout.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Bettola, what a lovely place. We eat here 3-4 times a month, always great value, excellent food. The Menu is diverse and well executed. The stuff and owners very friendly. Fun Place for music lovers too . See you again soon.

KR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I would never recommend Bettola to anyone. Terrible food, unfriendly staff, loud, very warm, & overall bad experience. My husband & I both thought there were no redeeming qualities. They brought over ripped up used bread & 2 measly pieces. It was shameful. The tables are so close together that you are in other peoples very loud conversations & others feel they can chime into yourconversation. Bad beginning of a lovely evening going to see Jerry Seinfeld at The Beacon. I had no dinner.....I just left that food sitting there.

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