Chef James Lewis Combines Bettola & Vittoria to One Restaurant
The Need For More Space Brings Together Pepper Place Restaurants
Birmingham chef James Lewis recently announced the merge of sister restaurants, Bettola and Vittoria. Since opening, the two restaurants have become a favorite of Birmingham natives and foodies alike, bringing crowds to the Pepper Place district week after week. Often these crowds result in a capacity beyond what the restaurants can serve, which is why combining the restaurants makes the most sense, Lewis shared in a recent Al.com article.
Located in the historic Martin Biscuit Building at Pepper Place, Bettola currently seats 40-50 people at a time, and on weekends guests are often turned away due to the limited amount of space. The new combined space will serve as many as 110 guests, more than doubling the existing capacity.
The restaurants will operate under the Bettola name with a new menu beginning early next year, which will include the charcuterie plates and meat-centric dishes popular at Vittoria, along with Bettola's handmade pizzas, pastas and italian dishes. When Bettola opened in 2006, Lewis focused on bringing high-quality, farm-to-table products to his dishes, using the same concept when he opened Vittoria in 2013. Because of this, Lewis told Al.com, the two will naturally fit together in the new menu design.
The renovation will also involve lighting changes and the addition of reclaimed wood to compliment the rustic look of Vittoria, which should be complete by the end in January, followed by plans to refurbish the patio in time for outdoor dining in the spring.
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