Bottega Louie Part I
700 South Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90017
To celebrate the end of midterms in our second semester of dental school, my classmates and I decided to eat at Bottega Louie in Downtown LA on 7th and Grand Ave.
Here are some photos of the decor and some of the dishes that were ordered. This was only my third time to this establishment, but what was memorable from the past times I went were the calamari, portobello fries, and pizza. I don’t recommend the pasta dishes. In this first batch of photos there are the following:
- Green tea mojito: this was a non-alcoholic drink and very refreshing for only $4. It had that great minty flavor of a mojito with a lasting after taste as well as some green tea that provides the anti-oxidants. This drink also had a lemonade sort of taste, but not too overpowering. (From a past outing on the weekend, I had the opportunity to have their mango smoothie, which was really good as well. But I think they only have smoothies on the weekend T.T)
- Portobello fries ($9): the first time I had these I was in gourmande heaven, and I’ve been craving them ever since. They were just as enjoyable this time with a garlic aioli dipping sauce. The batter isn’t too crunchy or too soggy, and it still has a nice crisp with the nice texture of the mushroom. The mushroom wasn’t too chewy or rubbery either. But I can’t say how they taste once you take them home.
- Fried Calamari ($9): these are also a good crowd pleaser and make for a great appetizer. Just be warned, save room for your entrées, although I could make a whole meal out of just appetizers. They gave a mix of both calamari rings and tentacles to satisfy everyone as well with a marinara type sauce for dipping on the side. Also, that squeeze of fresh lemon is always an added bonus to the taste. The texture and freshness was good, not too thick or crunchy.
- Bianco pizza ($16) - ricotta, mozzarella, granna parmesan, garlic & rocket arugula: the main ingredient that drew me to this pizza was the rocket arugula. I’m a fan of arugula, especially the rocket kind. It just has this unique taste that isn’t like other greens. Do be warned, there isn’t any meat in this pizza and when it comes out, it may seem fit for a cow with all the greens. But it was quite and tasted rather light despite the culmination of cheeses. It tasted even better with some pepper flakes.
- Napoli pizza ($16) - red onions, mushrooms, olives, tomato sauce & mozzarella: this was the pizza that started it all. I had this one the second time I went to Bottega Louie and I really liked it….thus I recommended it for others to try. The red onions really do add a nice flavor. I should also mention that the serving size for these pizzas can serve at least 2 people if not more, especially if you order appetizers.
- Clam pizza ($16) - mozzarella, pecorino Romano, roasted peppers, thyme, extra virgin olive oil & garlic: I haven’t tried this pizza yet, but my friends seemed to like it and it looked good. Presentation is always one of the elements that I look for.