Bettola is located in the historic Martin Biscuit Building in Birmingham's Lakeview District. Owned by chef James Lewis, recently named one of the best new chefs in the country by Food & Wine magazine, Bettola serves traditional Neapolitan pizza prepared open kitchen-style in an authentic brick oven. James Lewis’s authentic Italian dishes — including house-made pastas, house-cured meats and wood-fired pizzas — earned him the honor of being named one of America’s best new chefs of 2011 by Food & Wine. As chef and owner of Bettola, a stylish, big-city spot in Birmingham, Lewis continues to return to Italy to study and source ingredients. He enhances imported ingredients with local products from Alabama farmers and artisans, as well as from other sources throughout the region. Before opening his own restaurant, Lewis honed his skills at the Plumed Horse in Saratoga, Calif., Winston's and Café Julien in Birmingham, and at Locanda di Bu and Antica Macelleria Cecchini butcher shop, both in Italy. Chef Lewis is also one of the few American members of the Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani, an association that certifies pizzerias as authentically Neapolitan.
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