Bettola NYC

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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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UW
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bettola, and go there at least once a month. The food is terrific and an excellent value, and the staff is always friendly and accommodating. It is and will remain one of our main go-tos in a neighborhood crowded with excellent restaurants.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Love Bettola, the food is Amazing, place very cozy, i don’t think you can find anywhere else in the city a restaurant where Chef comes out from the kitchen and plays and sing incredible rock and roll music. We will be back, thank you for a great evening .

AM
New England
7 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As a 2nd generation Italian-American, I am extremely picky about the food at Italian restuarants and Bettola did not disappoint! The sauce from Bettola tasted just like my grandmothers (both of them) and the eggplant appetizer with tomato and mozzarella was exquisite. I was impressed with the fresh flavors and the homemade taste of everything. Although it was extremely crowded and a somewhat small space, the place was quaint and homey. My friend and I were able to have a nice conversation over dinner. The tiramisu was quite excpetional as well. I would highly recommend.

DG
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great local Italian Restaurant. Nice crowd, not too big, great food fairly priced. Owner plays the piano, just the kind of restaurant I enjoy going to.

SC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our group of 7 dined at Bettola post-Marathon for an early dinner. The pasta dishes were amazing and the service was great. Nice menu selection from pizzas and pastas to entrees. We all enjoyed a warm meal and hospitality after a long day.

W
Seattle
49 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

we love this neighborhood Italian restaurant and its owners. It's a comfortable place with pretty decent food at reasonable prices. Some nights, the owner plays the keyboard. The restaurant is decorated in the most wonderful way with instruments on the walls and ceilings, reflecting the owner's love of music.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great! Perfect dare spot

LM
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Review of Bettola this evening.

I had dinner at Bettola tonight. It is my favorite restaurant in my neighborhood, on Amsterdam Ave., between 80th and 79th Street. The food is invariably delicious, the owners, Vlado and Giga are always welcoming and Vlado, in addition to being a superb chef, is a brilliant musician. He plays the piano and sings now and then, and everyone is happy to listen and perhaps sing along quietly. The cuisine is reputedly “Italian,” but there are variations, so it is really European. Most recently, Vlado invented a new dessert, pistachio cake, which has the consistency of tiramisu, and an indescribably good flavor. I am a gourmand, not a particularly distinguished cook myself, and I love dining with Vlado, Giga and their charming and accomplished staff.


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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful neighborhood gem

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W
Seattle
49 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Meh. Overall experience was meh.

PM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

PM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

O
Minneapolis
31 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

T
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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
Overall3food3service3ambience2

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall2food2service4ambience3

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

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great location. Would recommend.

M
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
Overall4food3service3ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

D
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful surprise near the Lucern hotel

JF
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nice people, average food.

JS
Columbus
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

W
Seattle
49 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local place for an easy dinner

PM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful
neighborhood gem
great food and service at reasonable price!

OM
Detroit
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food with quick arrival of food before a show

I
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
186 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
8 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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