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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great! Perfect dare spot
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.
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.
Enjoyed the happy hour pizzas from the brick oven which is consistently excellent. Great value and cozy space.
wonderful neighborhood gem
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.
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.
Lovely dinner... good value...relaxing ambiance
Great Food, Beautiful Place, The owners are very friendly, Live Music by Chef is Amazing we will be back soon.
Meh. Overall experience was meh.
nabe gem! love their food and live music!!!
love the place
this time great live music!
service a little slow with drinks taking long, but overall great!
This was our 2nd time here and the pizza was, again, great. Happy hour prices are spectacular.
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
Was good, disappointed in the caprese - the cheese didn’t impress and the tomatoes weren’t ripe
Food & service was very good. Live music on piano was wonderful. Overall a great experience
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.
Overrated! Food not very good... reasonable service. I Will not come back.
FOOD is AMAZING ! Fresh and Delicious. Outstanding Friendly Service. Fun Place, Live Music by the Chef. WE WILL BE BACK !
Great food and great location. Would recommend.
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”.
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.
Great little restaurant... Italian dishes were great... Bread pudding dessert topped it off!
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.
Wonderful surprise near the Lucern hotel
Nice people, average food.
Excellent pizza and service. Interior has a funky rock and roll vibe -snare drum lights and hanging guitars. Recommended!
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.
Great local place for an easy dinner
great food and service at reasonable price!
Excellent food with quick arrival of food before a show
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.
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!
Highly Recommended, Wonderful Menu Selection. Atmosphere is Great. Food is Fresh and Tasty. Service Outstanding and very Friendly.