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May 14, 2010 01:38 PM

Review: Bottega Louie

Bottega Louie has been reviewed to death so I will quickly tell you my opinion

Food: B-
Value: B-
Service: B
Atmosphere: A-/B+
Would I go back?: probably not for dinner / maybe to pick up the macaroons at their dessert counter.
Full Menu:

What we ate:

Margherita - Mozzarella, tomato sauce & basil - added half Meatball / half pepperoni ($16) C+
Pizza was average at best - nothing to write home about, including the meatballs which were dissapointing on top

Burrata & Grape Tomatoes ($9) B
Fiancee insisted we get this - though I think it's a waste of money as I can easily buy more and prepare at home.

Chicken Milanese
Breaded chicken breast, arugula & checca ($16) B+
The chciken was cooked how I like -- very thin and fried. My only complaint - and I have made this complaint on the board before - is they served the Checca accompanying it had uncooked garlic cut into it and just overpowered the tomatoes

I think we got something else, but I guess it was pretty unremarkable that I can't remember for the life of me

Macaroons (Carmel & Rosewater) A-

Sidecar Louie Swing (A-) $12 Their signature drink was very good
Mojito $12 (B+


Bottega Louie
700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

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  1. I like the food better than that, and I think the prices are fair, but I find the place so deafeningly loud that I probably won't ever go back unless I want to avoid talking with my dinner companions, or I learn sign language. I've been three times. I have a loud, generally easy to hear voice, but even I have ended up hoarse all three times.

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    1. re: estone888

      i remember reading an article about a week or two ago about loud restaurants...for the life of me i cant remember where the article was from.......but anyways, it said restaurants now do this on purpose to make the place seem lively, cool, the place to be, etc. it keeps people coming back, a lot of new places build with the mindset of making it loud. not sure if the logic is sound but interesting though.

      1. re: samtron608

        That seems to have been going on for quite some time. And I don't mind loud restaurants to a point, but Bottega Louie has gone well beyond that point. Church & State, for instance, is loud and festive but trying to have a conversation there isn't quite like trying to converse standing in front of a heavy metal band's bank of Marshall Amps - which is about what Bottega Louie is like.

        Church & State
        1850 Industrial Street, Los Angeles, CA 90021

        Bottega Louie
        700 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90017

        1. re: samtron608

          Think that was a recent Yahoo piece.

      2. your experience at bottega louis was better than mine.
        (i didn't get the sidecar louie swing, just the food, and based on the food alone, i'd never go back)

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        1. re: westsidegal

          I too had average to below average food on my last visit, but the service was a D or worse.

          1. re: cls

            ya mean that watching a server wander around that huge restaurant for 15 minutes with your pizza in his hand looking lost and being unable to figure out for the life of him what table the pizza should be going to is D service?
            ya mean that when the service is so awful that ALL the food that is supposed to arrive hot actually arrives at room temperature, that is D service?
            ya mean that when nobody notices or says a word when two bites of a dish are consumed and the entire dish is left uneaten, that is D service?
            i thought it was F service.
            i'll correct my rating scale now.

        2. yup their macarons are awesome as well as their berry tarts

          1. Interesting you rated Bottega as high as you did, given that you really only liked the dessert and drinks - hardly a basis for all the ratings.
            Any way, I went last week, and while my rating might be no higher than yours, meaning Bs or thereabouts, the deafening noise probably precludes me from ever returning.
            As to why people get pizza here escapes me, as there is so much on the menu that pizza just seems like one too many greatest hits. Would you order pizza at Cheesecake Factory if offered? That was my reaction to seeing it on the menu here.
            The mussels and veggie side dishes I had were fine enough, not great, yet would warrant a second try in all cases, noise notwithstanding.
            The wine list sucks, yet the service is good enough, given the frenetic pace of the place.

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            1. re: carter

              While some people really dislike like the noise -- I actually wasn't bothered by that and enjoyed the vibe and service...hence the atmosphere, the bar, the dessert, the overall look resulted in the overall grade to of a B- (and trust me given that I am an "A-" type of guy, B- is below average in my book)

              The food was OK - chicken was tasty, the burrata was burrata, but the pizza was on the dissapointing side.

              1. re: carter

                I ordered pizza there twice because someone raved about it, i love pizza and they have a WFO. Unfortunately, the pizza was absolutely unremarkable...i liked the fried eggplant/zucchini spears whatever they were i dont was the noisiest restaurant ive ever been in, too...think i will stop by for the macaroons,though.

              2. Much, MUCH better Italian food to be had, just a few blocks away at Colori Kitchen...

                Colori Kitchen
                429 W 8th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014