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Bettola

412 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10024 40.78361 -73.978019
nr. 80th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-787-1660 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza
  • Price Range: $$

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Official Website

bettolanyc.com

Hours

Daily, noon-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 79th St.; B, C at 81st St.-Museum of Natural History

Prices

$12-$23

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Business Lunch
  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Accepted/Not Necessary

Delivery Area

69th St. to 89th St., Central Park West to Riverside Dr.

Profile

This strip of Amsterdam Avenue is a densely packed, virtual Epcot Center of eateries, and it must be hard for a candlelit keyhole of a restaurant like Bettola to get noticed. Then again, maybe standing out is not the point. With its overstuffed red leather banquette, exposed brick, and Casanova-friendly mood lighting, Bettola’s brand of Italian is rustico generico, presented to a crowd that doesn’t know the difference and probably doesn’t care. That’s not to say that the kitchen doesn’t care—the flickering log-burning oven turns out excellent baked dishes like gooey, burrata-smothered asparagus, slick with truffle oil. Charred fatty pockets on the succulent grilled lamb chops benefit from a grease-cutting, sweet-tart balsamic reduction and a bed of toothsome Swiss chard. Even carbophobes can feast on the small but dense rectangle of lasagna, the thinnest of pasta sheets draped over chunky Bolognese. The one nod to the Mediterranean may be the parchment-thin wood-fired pizzas, which bear more resemblance to crunchy sauce-splotched pita chips than they do to the pillowy industrial slices at the city’s lesser pie joints.

Brunch

Sat.Sun., 11 a.m.4 p.m.

Recommended Dishes

Asparagi al forno, $10

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