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Jun 23, 2007 03:55 PM

Bettola review

Went to Bettola (79th and Amsterdam)with my wife and children this evening. It's a nice place and we had an enjoyable meal. The pizzas were very good, as has been noted on this board, although I personally prefer them just a little less crisp (but that's clearly a matter of personal preference). The seafood soup was also good; we were slightly less impressed with the grilled calamari and spelt salad starters.

On the whole, it's a good neighborhood place, although it can't compete with the top UWS trattorias (Celeste and Gennaro) let alone the downtown places IMHO.

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    1. I may be in the minority here but I'm not a big fan of Celeste's pizzas. Had them twice & both times they were so salty that both my wife & I found them almost inedible. The pastas are good. My wife loves the grilled calamari & spelt salad at Bettola's I should add. You should check out Dean's Pizzeria on 85th btw b'way & amsterdam-loved the grandma pizza (rectangular) & the rigitoni bolognese + side of meatballs.

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      1. re: Fallon

        i just read a poor review of dean's. anyone else eat there?

        1. re: Fallon

          I have also found saltiness to be an occasional problem at Celeste. I don't think it happens all that often (we go a lot, so I can say this with reasonable confidence) but if you want to be on the safe side just make sure you remind them to use less salt when ordering. We now usually do this and haven't had any problems recently.

        2. Bettola is a keeper just for the lasagne or lamb ravioli alone.

          Add SEVENS on 72 st to the UWS skip list.

          1. Bettola had excellent standard Italian fare -- a real neighborhood find. Also, it certainly doesn't hurt that the decor is adorable. I love the brick walls.

            1. It is just that: enjoyable, not especially memorable, but a good addition to the neighborhood. By the way- do any of you eat at La Grolla? We ate there once when we first moved here about 4 years ago, and it was terrible. But it's always crowded. Did we just hit it on a bad night?