Our concept for Bettola, was to create a modern, classic Italian neighborhood restaurant while keeping an “old-school” nostalgic vibe. When entering the restaurant the overall sense is industrial Italian. Aside from the mosaic tiled pizza oven, which is a big part of the scene (and the only remaining element from the original restaurant), the biggest showpiece in the space is the welded raw metal back bar glowing with bottles of premium liquors and wine. The painting of Sophia Lauren draws you in and offers energy to the restaurant where you’ll find a mix of classic materials such as stone countertops, aptly named Michelangelo, tambour faced walls which are reminiscent of nonna's kitchen, classically tufted booths with olive green glazed upholstery, chairs reminiscent of a 1960’s diner and café curtains made from traditional table-clothes and hung from welded metal tracks [perhaps the simplest example of the way the two centuries intersect]. Bettola is at the forefront of the revitalization in Rolfe Square and the perfect neighborhood hangout.
photography by Nat Rea Photography