The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:
Between the ambiance, the food and the drinks I was definitely in my happy place.
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:
As with any true food lover, when Dennis’ and my anniversary came up, the only thing I wanted to do was spend the day eating amazing food (and washing it down with great wine and delicious cocktails). Knowing the way to my heart, he obliged and Bottega was our last stop of the night.
From the moment we walked in, everyone was super friendly. We got there around 7pm and the weather was still great, not too chilly or windy, so we asked if we could sit outside and our table was ready within 5 minutes. Our waiter wasn’t overly welcoming, but he was nice and we got to chatting with another couple next to us so honestly we weren’t concerned with service.
A reservation is definitely recommended, but if you are in the area, it’s worth testing your luck. We had picked a later time, but when we walked in early, we were attended to straight away. Also, they do have a first-come-first-served bar area.
Mon – Sun 5pm – 9:30pm
Tues – Sun 11:30am – 3pm
What we ate/drank:
- Moscow Mule
- Burrata ($15)
- Linguine with clams
- Braise short rib ($32)
- Tiramisu ($10)
First off, I loved the cups! It felt like a good quality cup, it went perfectly with my Moscow Mule and I felt like we were recreating Vikings. Unfortunately my purse wasn’t big enough. Just kidding, I don’t condone stealing, but in all honesty I will have to find myself a set – at least a pair so Dennis and I can clink our cups forcefully as we imbibe. The drink, itself, was just right: tart, strong enough and a slight kick of ginger.
Burrata itself is perfection, if you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon – I’m really not sure what you’re waiting for. If you’re a fan of mozzarella, you need to try burrata ASAP; it’s the prettier, smarter, kinder sibling. The soft, melt-in-your-mouth texture complements everything and the rich flavor helps distinguish it. This was a great rendition of a burrata appetizer – the different flavors and textures were a great combination. It could’ve been just a little bigger, but I didn’t feel ripped off.
Linguine alle vongole (with clams) was an experience. The bread crumbs and broccolini made it different than your average. I really enjoyed this, but it could’ve used a little more sauce. Since the breadcrumbs are course – it was riding the line between dry and just right. The broccolini is a bit tart, so if you don’t like that flavor it might throw you off.
This dish should not be missed! The short ribs fall apart and melt in your mouth. The flavor is rich, but not too intense. The polenta balls and grilled onions add to the dish nicely. I will definitely reorder this!
The tiramisu was a great way to end the night. Keep in mind, this is not a traditional tiramisu and they don’t try and sell it as one. This is the chef’s potted version, which is very chocolate focused. The chocolate meringue chips you see to the side of the pot were light, crispy and fluffy. The dessert itself was not too sweet, with just enough rum. I thoroughly enjoyed this and definitely recommend it.