Rated #1 Pizza – Cincinnati Magazine!
If you love pizza, Betta’s Italian Oven is a must-visit. And you don’t just have to take my word on it…they got a very well-deserved award from Cincinnati Magazine – Best Pizza in the Queen City.
Our Mangia Memoir (what we’ll remember)
Now…I have a very special place in my heart for this hometown pizzeria. And in the practice of full-disclosure – I was the first waitress at Betta’s Italian Oven. Yes, the first waitress. Ask Will, the owner, he’ll vouch for me.
I went to Xavier University, just down the street, and would stop by every few
weeks after class (while Willie was still prepping the restaurant to open). I bugged the living hell out of that poor man, reminding him that I’d love to work there and to call me when the restaurant was ready. I suppose my persistence paid off, because I was rewarded with a job and access to the best pizza outside of Italy!
Betta’s is the type of Italian restaurant that you WANT to go to. Family owned. Family operated. Family recipes. Catching a theme? Yes, FAMILY. There are even little kiddos running around. It’s the way a family owned Italian restaurant should be.
I have fond memories of my time working at Bettas – constantly busting Willie’s chops, listening to the Italian CDs on repeat, laughing with Cheryl (Will’s wife) and sneaking back to kitchen to chat with my girl, Clara (Will’s sister). I even got my best pal, Tony, a job there as a “pizzaiolo”, where he learned the craft of making amazing wood-fired pizza. It really is an art-form and Tony will tell you any day of that week, that maneuvering that pizza peel is a GIANT. PAIN. IN. THE. ASS.
My family has come to love this place. It’s a go-to spot for a relaxing night with good food. Uncle Joe and Jane had out-of-town guests (their old neighbors that moved to Canada), so decided to have some folks up to Willie’s to enjoy some pizza pie and a few good laughs.
- 5 out of 5
- FOOD: Wood-fired pizzas are what speak to my soul, but they also have a wide variety of Italian favorites like homemade lasagna, Chicken cutlet Milanese and a signature Chicken Filo. If you go though, you gotta get a pizza, at least to try.
- SERVICE: this night, our waitress was personable and assertive – 2 things that are nice to haves when trying to herd cats…also known as waiting on the Pitocco family.
- AMBIANCE: Filled with Italian paraphernalia. Kitsch with class. My favorite is the Betta’s logo woven throughout the restaurant. It’s carved into the back of each chair and I adore the tile mosaic on the pillar. The logo is inspired by the town from which the DeLuca family is from in Italy – Pietramelara
- Margherita pizza: Perfect in it’s imperfection – the way a good pizza should be. A non-uniform shape, some “burnt” edges and a flavorful crispy crust. The simplicity of the fresh mozzarella cheese and tomato is beautiful. I order this every time.
- Councilman’s Favorite pizza: Sausage, pepperoni, green olives and onion. Satisfies those meat cravings, while still allowing the wood-fired char to shine.
- Betta’s Super Sub (baked): Mix of Italian cold cuts and cheese. Can be accompanied by hot relish, Italian dressing, mayo. Order it the “Pitocco” way, with Betta’s marinara and get it baked. This was my standard order.