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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Restaurant Style: Bottega Louie Restaurant and Gourmet Market

If you ask me, the best restaurants offer great food, ambiance and service dished up with a generous portion of style. It's a recipe that Bottega Louie Restaurant and Gourmet Market, in downtown Los Angeles, serves daily.

Think NYC-cool-meets-Paris-chic with an LA crowd. Although it is obvious that even the smallest details have not been left to chance -the overall effect appears effortless. 

  I love finding inspiration worth imitating on the menu -but some things are best left to the pros. I'm pretty sure gilding fruit is on that list...

I found this lovely video of the bakery by Thalia Eats Donuts on YouTube. All dessert, no calories. You can thank me later. Enjoy:


Let them eat cake!

There is more than dessert on the menu, however, (although you might be wise to start with that) and a large open kitchen provides a gleaming stage for the stars of the show. This is LA after all...

On this visit, my friends and I shared a thin-crust, hand-tossed pizza, pancella salad and crispy calamari with tangy sauce. I am taking suggestions for next time, so fire away!

Steal this idea: raspberries as candle holders! (Happy birthday Candy & Suparna!)

The chocolate mousse was Absolute. Perfection. (and also a great way to celebrate!)

 Simple, elegant decor, beautiful flowers, excellent (friendly) service and a bakery that just won't quit. Wear something stretchy and go.


  1. Why haven't I heard of this until now? This is my next field trip. Maybe with you, Bonnie! Thanks!!

  2. Would love to Julie! It would be fun to get the Bad Home Cook's take on Soho-Parisian style!

  3. Yummy beignets! Hungry NOW!


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