Photos courtesy of Dallyn Pavey.
Since quietly opening the doors to Cotoletta in January, chef-owner Beth Amadio has been honing her menu and putting final touches on the completely renovated interior of the former Mel’s Italian on the Hill. Cotoletta—Italian for cutlet or chop—is a throwback to old world Italian dishes using fresh seasonal ingredients. The look and feel of the dining room is modern and urban, yet rustic, with bold colors, seasonal sunflowers and Gerbera daisies brightening the space.
The menu delivers fresh seafood, homemade Italian comfort food and sustainable specials featuring seasonal local produce. Menu items and special appetizers include dishes like grilled artichoke with roasted peppers and parmigiano reggiano; Milan salad with shrimp, chopped tomatoes, egg, bacon and house dressing; homemade chicken soup with orzo and Caprese salad with heirloom tomatoes with mozzarella.
Specializing in cutlets, entrees feature a choice of chicken or veal Milanese, parmesan, Marsala and piccata. Other entrees include a 14-ounce pork chop, pan-seared and served with seasonal vegetables; a selection of pastas, including gluten-free and whole wheat options, like cioppino, bolognese, meatballs, shrimp scampi and more. Artisan pizzas round out the menu.
Chef Beth adjusts the menu to suit the seasons, ensuring that everything is made with the most flavors. Her butcher delivers a special combination of ground beef, veal and pork for her famous meatballs on a daily basis.
Cotoletta is BYOB with no corkage fee. There is complimentary valet parking as well as on-street parking.
Reservations can be made by calling (610) 660-5224 or via OpenTable.
201 Jefferson St., Belmont Hills, www.cotoletta.net.