Bottega Louie

How pretty are those macaroons? That is the first thing you notice when walking into the giant restaurant/bar/cafe/bakery that is Bottega Louie in downtown Los Angeles. I have been reading about this place for a long time, and finally had the opportunity to go the other day. All the breads and pastries are so beautiful, only to be outdone by those boxes! I never thought boxes would excite me, but looks at these heavyweight beauties!

We shared a salad of arugula, boccacini (mini fresh mozzarella balls), and cherry tomatoes. It was so good (and I was so hungry), I forgot to take a photo. Here is our burrata, rapini and prosciutto pizza, which was excellent.

I love the iced tea set up. Simple syrup instead of granulated sugar, and a selection of citrus. I used the orange in my tea and the lemon in the water. They offer free sparkling or still water, so no paying $7 for a bottle of Pelligrino.

Here are my ($10 worth) macaroons in their pretty little box. The macaroons were great, but I really just wanted the box. It now holds my sewing scissors and rotary cutter! I will certainly go back the next time I am downtown. I will opt to sit in the bar/cafe area rather than the formal dining room because the dining room was very loud. There are many menu items I will like to try: portobello fries, clams casino, arancini, grilled octopus…

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3 Responses to Bottega Louie

  1. Merna says:

    I didn’t give in to the temptation to buy those beautiful macaroons, but the portobello fries are really good, very unusual and flavorful. I’m looking forward to a return visit — maybe some macaroons will come home with me next time.

  2. Hi Bre,

    WOW!! I love the box – it looks like something straight from Paris. And right here in L.A. I had no idea. Never heard of it. Sounds as if it is time for a field trip. Thanks for a cool post.

  3. Let’s go and try more pizza! Yours looked sooooo good.
    And, the boxes are really beautiful,too.

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