Bettolona

4.8
106 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Authentic
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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OS
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating pride

I
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always

CL
1 review
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
19 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great meal, service & owner. A true gem!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

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

b
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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
79 reviews
Dined on 19 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

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 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 6 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
10 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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 18 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good pizza and a great cod dish.

LG
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and great service

DV
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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
8 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 25 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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 18 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

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 13 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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

b
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

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

JA
Portland
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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

JN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

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 1 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I felt like I was family

h
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 16 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

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

EF
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious meal and wonderful atmosphere, as usual!

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

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 3 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

a
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

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 19 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

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 13 April 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Tasty food, comfortable service and a nice wine selection!

LG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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

JG
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

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

IN
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Went for the brick oven pizza and loved the grilled asparagus and house soup. The pizza is crusty and authentically Italian. This is a cozy, nice neighborhood spot.

NG
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2017
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

The service was outstanding--friendly and responsive. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed. The food was quite good but not great. I would have liked the crust on the pizza to be crispier and the pasta to be a bit tastier. These aren't major complaints but rather, what it would take to get to the next level of deliciousness! That said, I'll certainly be back.

b
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

This is one of my best neighborhood places. Friendly efficient staff, decent house wine,
excellent pizza's and good value on "food". I am very fond of their lasange, salmon, fettuccine. And lots else. On summer days/evenings they open the doors to the outside -- bad idea as the 1 train rumbles by above ground. No one else seems to mind. Excellent chocolate torte.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Good place for a pizza. Nice service. But the music is too lound.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great pizza and pasta. Authentic brick oven pizza with a perfect chewy crust.

m
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2017
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great service good food

f
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2017
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

Good food. Spotty service, but it may have just been an off night.

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