We pre-checked in to Settebello one night after spotting it across the parking lot from our frequent coffee spot and kid’s play spot, Kinderland. Its dim lighting and modern rustic style were just to our liking. From the entrance, we saw a private liquor room and a burning fireplace just past a bar. We took your high quality paper menu and business card to review until we got back.
Matt, our server was friendly and knew his stuff. He spoke all the Italian words eloquently and explained the base of the restaurant, Napoletana, a unique type of pizza that he had never heard of before! It is a soft handmade dough that is cooked in a wood oven for 1 minute at 900 degrees. We ordered their recommendations for Romaine Salad ($12) and Pizza Pere E Jalapeno ($14), a “white pizza,” meaning it excludes the usual tomato sauce and other ingredients that provide the “sauce.” We ask for our own choice too; the Settebello pizza ($14) because it is the restaurant’s namesake and because it has sausage. We drank delicious drinks and took photos of the happy hour menu while we waited. My fiancé drank a “dark and orange” mule ($10) in his classic copper goblet and I drank a red sangria on grainy ice with a slice of orange ($8).
Our salad was the perfect precursor to our pizza heavy meal, a spring mix based salad topped with goat cheese and pine nuts. It is these fine ingredients that justify the good prices on the Settebello menu. I think I’m getting good value here.
Our 11″-13″ pizzas (their only size) arrived shortly after we devoured our salad and first round of drinks after our long day. The special crust, Napoletana, reminded me of naan or pita bread. It was best eaten with a fork or folded and was very delicious like the taste and smell of homemade breads. Despite having a bit of sauce on both pizzas, they were both satisfying.
After a trip to the bathroom, which had completely brought out the cool country style, I had returned to my fiancée’s dessert choice of some sort of mini donut filled with Nutella and topped with cinnamon sugar. It was as good as it looks. I chose a lemon flavor which Matt explained comes from the lemon zest that is placed inside the batter before it is fried. This restaurant has no shortage of attention to detail in its food and that is what I love and look for in a restaurant! Our bill was $80.00 and we both looked at each other and said simultaneously “so worth it”.