Monday, February 6, 2012


Last Friday I made it out to Yountville for lunch at Bottega with my sisters. It was one of those perfect days with blue skies and amazing warm weather. To top it off, lunch was delicious! I feel like a lot of big name chefs' restaurants don't live up to the hype, but Michael Chiarello got it right, and then some.

The restaurant is spacious, rustic and not at all stuffy. Service was gracious and didn't seem to mind as we leisurely enjoyed our meal for nearly two hours. The food doesn't even need descriptions, but I'll provide them anyway. I still remember every bite as I post these pictures....

 I loved that the bread and garlic spread was just plopped down in the middle of the table.
Monterey calamari crisped with Arborio rice flour and aioli nero
Mozzarella burrata, house cured coppa, walnut pesto bruschetta, peppercress, 
truffle vinaigrette and orange essence
 Black garlic spaghetti grande head on gulf prawns, cherry tomatoes, calabrian chili, 
green onions and bonito flakes
Smoked and braised natural short ribs, whole grain mustard spaetzle, Sicilian pickles, 
quince paste and smokey horseradish jus.
Potato dough raviolo filled with spinach and ricotta, black truffles, farm fresh egg yolk, 
sage browned butter
Ricotta donuts
Salted caramel gelato with chocolate peanut butter cookies

Go check it out. Now!
Bottega Napa Valley

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