Bettolona

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$30 and under
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Italian

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Great food, full bar and warm hospitality in the heart of Columbia University and adjacent to the Manhattan School of Music. Bettolona welcomes all for wood-fired pizzas, homemade pastas, seafood and locally-sourced meats representing the diverse cuisines of Italy at modest prices. Chef's specials offered everyday. Well-curated wine selection, spirits, aperitifs and digestifs. Groups and private parties welcome.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good service during an early dinner rush

SJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent neighborhood joint, excellent italian food, reasonably prized, great service.

JD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I ate at Bettolona for the first time on Friday night and unanimously agreed that it was a 'find!' Not only was the food fabulous, but the staff were warm and welcoming. We were concerned that we'd have lost our reservation when traffic made us slightly late, but the host was entirely understanding and charming. When we said we had a show to go to, the waiter said he make sure our food would be ready quickly, and it was. The owner of the restaurant went around to every table to make sure everyone was happy -- it was clearly a place where not only the chefs were excellent, but where everyone working there seemed to enjoy their jobs and their customers -- even during the hectic time when every table was full. MOST importantly, though, the food was delicious -- try the spinach lasagna -- you won't be sorry!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was great from the time we walked in until the time we left!!!

BN
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

the food was just ok, serve was really good , restaurant was quite

SM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Just know that if you go in summer when their whole windows/doors opening to the street you are directly next to the elevated trains and subjected to the LOUD noise of their passing every few minutes. In winter I imagine it's more muted since the place isn't open to the outdoors. It's pleasant since they don't have to use AC but OMG the noise, plus sirens and such...being on Broadway.

OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an amazing time - the food was great and affordable for the area, and the service was fantastic! There is the train that comes by time to time, but didn’t prevent us from having a good time!

OS
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating pride

I
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always

CL
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian with very attentive management and staff. Linguini, lamb and calamari salad were all excellent. Can be crowded on weekends so get a reservation.

p
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, service & owner. A true gem!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The food is not authentic Italian food. Its just pasta and pizza. NO FLAVOR AT ALL!!

b
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bettolona is a neighborhood Italian restaurant that provides comfort, good homey food, decent wine lovely coffees and a few terrific desserts. It’s just down the hill for me, about 1block from the 125th street #1 stop and the 4 and104 buses. The is always a fire in the pizza oven which is soothing no matter the season. For those that like it there is a nice bar.!The prices are reasonable for lunch, dinner and brunch. Go and enjoy.

MK
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Friendly neighborhood boite in the Columbia University area.
Menu is interesting, well-priced; service is satisfactory.
I met a friend there for dinner, and we had a nice time.

JA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place in west harlem. I didn't expect the rustic and authentic feeling when we came. The prices for the straight-out-of-Italy food was unbelievable. Great rosé and a loveable owner!! Will be back for sure in the summer.

F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted by a friendly, personable owner. The dining area has a warm casual chic feel. The cocktail bar made a perfect Negroni for me to start things off. The salads, brick oven pizza, and pasta was all outstanding. Tight wine list. In terms of cost, let's just say this dinner experience would be a fantastic value anywhere, let alone upper west side Manhattan.

HL
Toronto
11 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of (if not my favorite place) in the area... The kitchen is fast; the food is fresh; nice, simply presented food like a proper Italian Trattoria should be (almost like Italy) with a wonderful host (if u’re lucky enough to see him) generally better & better staff of late and it’s a warm cozy charming space w/ a nice bar and actual pizza oven with pizza dough maker in-house on display. Highly recommended.

AW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was incredible. Everything was cooked well and exceeded expectations. It was a great night for some friends to get together.

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good pizza and a great cod dish.

LG
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and great service

DV
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best Italian restaurants in NYC. As an Italian American I can say, with absolute confidence, that the food is absolutely delicious. It tastes as good as grandma's Sunday feasts. Also worthy of praise is the service. Everyone from the owner to the employees who provide cleaning services makes each and every guest feel as if he or she is the only customer being served.

DT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS DELISH! A fun place for a great meal. Parking nearby.
Attention to detail and great staff.

D
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A friend had mentioned Bettolona to me before. It turned out to be as described too. The server was attentive and made every accommodation we requested, including gluten-free. My cousin ordered the Al Funghi Pizza that came with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and mushrooms. Despite his usually being a picky eater, he finished all of his pizza and loved it. The rest of us had the pasta dish Penne Siciliana that consisted of eggplant, tomato sauce and soft ricotta cheese. It was all well-prepared, well-presented and enjoyable.

T
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

An excellent neighborhood pasta and pizza joint. A lot of happy people in a small space makes for a din that can be overwhelming. Brace yourself and dig in as the food is good and swiftly served. The owner is a marvelous host with a warm welcome.

PL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great Italian food, very good value. Owner very friendly. Highly recommend it.

b
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I’ve been going there for years. It’s part of my neighborhood.

JA
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly, accommodating. Italian family owned. Food authentic and really good!

JN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The staff is very friendly and accommodating but the food is a little disappointing. The first time we visited it was good enough to return but not the case this time. Really sad :(

I
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I felt like I was family

h
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very solid neighborhood restaurant. Excellent pizzas from their brick oven. All pasta dishes are very good. I recently tried their spinach fettuccine. I normally wouldn't order a dish with 'cream sauce' but one waiter assured me that it isn't a heavy cream sauce. It is now my new favorite dish here. I often come here for lunch and I recently brought my family here for dinner and it was a perfect choice. They greeted my family warmly and gave us great table. Easy drive from the GWB for my city-phobic fam.

K
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Lovely restaurant. Only downfall is the adjacent above ground subway line

EF
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal and wonderful atmosphere, as usual!

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Artichoke appetizer came not as expected. It did not indicate the artichoke hearts were Fried on description. Bean soup was mediocre. My salmon entrée was good, although could’ve had a crispier outside. The pasta Bolognese it was excellent

DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! The food is good, the service good and the ambience very enjoyable.

a
New England
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were welcomed graciously. We had a reservation for 8 but 4 didn't show up. The servers never said one word. We just moved to a smaller table and had a delicious dinner. Because the window/doors were open, we had elevated subway noises, but it's summer in New York, so we just laughed.

JL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time...What a pleasant surprise. The entire staff could not have been nicer or more attentive. I love soup and eat it wherever I go..I had a white bean soup which was a generous, delicious and HOT( temperature) which was much appreciated. I had a seafood Risotto for my main dish and again it was delicious, ample size, fresh seafood and HOT(temperature). For desert I had a dish whose name I can't remember bit it was sort of a crepe with bananas and nutella. Do I have to say how delicious that was.. All that great food and servers who promptly responded to any request...A real gem

IB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It’s a great place for a group. Pizzas all good and drinks excellent. Excellent value and right near the one train.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty food, comfortable service and a nice wine selection!

LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and wine with very nice staff!
Loved the ambiance there!

JG
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Noise Level on Saturday night made it difficult to talk.
Food and service both solid.