Thursday, September 23, 2010
☞ EAT: Details on New Manhattanville Bettolona
Harlem Bespoke was lucky enough to get some answers from the folks over at the recently opened Bettolona restaurant on Broadway and 124th Street:
HB: Who is the chef and is he Italian?
– Chef/owner Sebastiano Cappitta is originally from Sicily. He owns two other restaurants on the Upper West Side, Acqua at 718 Amsterdam and Bettola at 412 Amsterdam. (He opened his first restaurant on the UWS in 1991, it was called Isola). Regarding prices, Sebastiano wanted to create an affordable neighborhood place so he created a recession-friendly menu (nothing over $17).
HB: What is the origin of the restaurant's name?
– Sebastiano named the new restaurant Bettolona because it's larger than Bettola (the ending -ona in Italian denotes something larger in size). He's well known for his wood-fired ovens - he was the first to bring them to the Upper West Side way back in 1991 (at Isola, which was a hot restaurant then). Bettolona has a large brick oven to make pizza, as well as some of the pastas (e.g. the lasagna) and other dishes.
HB: Affordability is something readers bring up. Was that in mind?
– Sebastiano’s restaurants are about good value and quality product at fair prices (e.g. he’s used La Frieda’s meats and other high quality ingredients for years, without advertising the fact). He continues his philosophy at Bettolona, which was created as a neighborhood place, where people would pop in regularly for lunch, dinner or brunch. Nothing on the menu is more than $17, including the entrees.
HB: When will there be a liquor license in place?
- Bettolona is currently waiting for the liquor license, which hopefully will arrive soon. All the paperwork has been filed and it's at the SLA.
HB: Will there be Brunch service?
- Full brunch menu will debut soon. They are open every day for lunch (12-4pm) and dinner (4pm – 11pm & till midnight on Fri & Sat) and will have some brunch specials but the full brunch menu is coming soon as well.
Double click on the above photo of the menu for a larger view of what's being served up at Bettolona. This one looks like it's the real deal since there's a notable Italian chef at the helm and authentic brick oven pizza. Read our past post on the opening of Manhattanville's newest restaurant: LINK. Photos courtesy of Bettolona.