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2901 2nd Ave S Birmingham, AL 35233
2901 2nd Avenue SouthUSAlabamaBirmingham35233
(205) 731-6499
$$Italian Restaurant, Pizza RestaurantToday 11AM–2PM, 5:30–9PM
Tuesday 11AM–2PM, 5:30–9PMWednesday 11AM–2PM, 5:30–9PMThursday 11AM–2PM, 5:30–9PMFriday 11AM–2PM, 5:30–10PMSaturday 5:30–10PMSunday ClosedMonday 11AM–2PM, 5:30–9PM
Bettola is Chef James Lewis’s brickfront pizzeria in Birmingham serving wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas, house-made pastas, charcuterie, specialty cocktails and wine.
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Brick-front pizzeria featuring straight-up Italian fare & wood-fired Neopolitan pies.- Google
"Creamy, rich, and topped with fresh basil leaves for an extra kick."
"The roasted chicken sandwich was out standing!"
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Glo Light
2 months ago
So disappointed. Will not be back. We just got back from NYC and one awesome Italian meal after another. The mediocre meal at Bettola really stood out. Maybe no one is supervising the kitchen. The quality of the DOC certified Margherita pizza was horrid. Crust was not cooked properly in the middle...very doughy. Not worthy of the D.O.C. designation. The antipasti plate was a disappointment: the meat selection was ok but who offers antipasti without vegetables? The select few antipasti vegetables they offered came out in a ketchup cup. Really tiny! Certainly not something you could share with the table. The calamari was tough. One of our party had the snapper special. While it was cooked well, it had ABSOLUTELY NO SEASONING. NOT EVEN SALT. Waiter was not very attentive. All round, it was one of the worst meals I've had. If you want Italian in Birmingham go to Bottega's or GianMarco's.
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Butch Kimble
a month ago
Had Pollo Pomodoro for lunch on the patio. Beautiful day and excellent food!
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B Terry
10 months ago
I had the quattro formaggio pasta- essentially like fettucine alfredo in concept. Unlike most pasta-and-cheese-sauce dishes, however, it tasted fantastic! Creamy, rich, and topped with fresh basil leaves for an extra kick. Wait time was not bad considering the food is fresh. Prices were decent (though lunch is cheaper than dinner), in a charming location, and the interior had a sophisticated, authentic European feel- made me feel like I was in Paris again. Will be back, maybe I'll try the gnocchi next time and a dessert!
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2 years ago
Always excellent. Recorded the Al. LSU Game and had great service cause half the tables were empty. Very good house made bread, House made Pasta & tomato sauce was simple and beautiful. Just use great ingredients and lovingly prepare them. I have been 7 times and will continue to enjoy this beautiful, simple, elegant food. Pizza in a wood fires oven, blistered okra, meat & cheese plate a little harder to order now. I just let the chef put it together. Service has always been good to great.
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Response from the owner - a year ago
So glad to hear you're a big fan of ours! We know it's been a while since you left this, but we hope you'll come see us again soon -- 7 times is a lot, but you'll need more than that to sample all our different sauce and topping combinations, so here's hoping you'll be back soon for more! All the best, The Bettola Team
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Heath Haley
2 months ago
Top shelf as always. Sat at the bar tonight. Wendy, Becca & Michelle took outstanding care of us. This is one of the best & most consistent restaurants in The none. We love the authenticity of this true Italian gem. As someone that has had the opportunity to visit Italy I can truly say this place is the real deal. My wife & I love the bolognese when it is available but everything is truly outstanding. From the house made pastas & sauces to the fresh made bread & pizza pies you can't go wrong. Well thought out menu & wine list with a solid beer selection also. Don't forget dessert...great also. Oh yeah, house made meats too! Try the bone marrow w/ a shot for an appetizer...unreal. Bottom line...make this a consistent stop as we do. Well done chef & staff...well done.
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P Galt
8 months ago
Came in on a Thursday night and had one of the best meals of my life. Freshly foraged mushrooms, scallops over an incredible risotto & a marscapone and prosciutto pizza that was out of this world. The best cocktail on the menu is the bartenders choice- the bartender is incredibly knowledgable and made the perfect drink to accompany my meal. Finished it off with a lace cannoli that was delicate and delicious. Would recommend this place to everyone.
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Michelle LaTulipe
a year ago
Was looking for a place for my daughter's birthday lunch on Monday. A lot of places that we chose were closed due to the holiday and it ended up being the best thing that happened! Beautiful, charming and an adventure of the palette. I am normally skeptical of eating out because I like to cook so much, but this is going to be on the favorites list. così buono!
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Mike Hanby
3 months ago
The roasted chicken sandwich was out standing!


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