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Neta Dec 13, 2010 11:59 AM

I'm meeting some friends for lunch at Bottega Louie in downtown L.A. this week. I checed out the menu which is extensive and many items look good. Any recommendations of something really good or any opinions of this eatery at all? Thanx

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

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    lolabelow Dec 16, 2010 09:23 PM

    I like the sausage and white beans and a few other small dishes are good. I was there this week and ordered poorly, I think. Napoli pizza suffered from a wet, soggy crust. I've had other great meals there as well but it is hit and miss. I will say that I've never had bad service and always walk away having had a great time - but I'm not sure it's due to the food.

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    Napoli
    1815 Hawthorne Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278

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      paprkutr Dec 14, 2010 05:19 PM

      I like the restaurant, but I don't like the noise and the service went downhill.
      I like their caesar salad, burrata cheese with mozzeralla. As noted above, the portebello mushroom fries are great, we can go through a couple of orders. See what their sliders are for the day, we've had rare roast beef and pastrami, and they were both very good.
      We like to order several small plates and share, there is plenty of food.

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        Clyde Dec 14, 2010 02:12 PM

        i liked the eggplant parm. it was small if memory serves. the macaroons were not very good.

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          tissue Dec 14, 2010 03:08 PM

          I second their eggplant parm. I also like their meatballs sliders and pizzas.

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            running pig Dec 18, 2010 01:35 PM

            the macarons are nasty!

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            yogachik Dec 13, 2010 05:11 PM

            Love love love their chicken milanese .

            1. junglekitte Dec 13, 2010 05:05 PM

              I thought overall it was just good, but loved their portobello fries.

              1. J.L. Dec 13, 2010 04:23 PM

                Recommend:

                (1) earplugs - BL is extremely loud. Makes conversation a tad difficult.
                (2) walking down the street to Colori Kitchen instead.

                But if you must go to BL, stick with their pastas & pastries, and stay away from their pizzas.

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

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                  sushigirlie Dec 14, 2010 03:12 PM

                  Haha. I was going to make your precise recommendations 1 and 2 (what are the odds?) but I thought it would make me too negative in a non-helpful way. As for their pizzas, I had a pizza there once. It wasn't memorable in any way, and for that reason I think it may be a good choice for the OP. I can recall a memorably bad dish at BL, which consisted of very oversalted and overcooked chicken with artichokes. Everything else I've had there was simply blah and unmemorable. The din can be unbearable; I remember a situation where conversation was not just "a tad difficult," but was in fact impossible.

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                    carter Dec 14, 2010 05:14 PM

                    Had that chicken dish with artichokes, and the results were exactly the same.
                    Yet J.L.'s comment #1 is still the best recommendation - earplugs.
                    Doesn't matter what time of day, day of week, the din is unbearable. I thought by sitting way in the back near the bathrooms and out of the main part of the room might help, but sadly not...

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                  JudiAU Dec 13, 2010 02:48 PM

                  Various coffee drinks, good macaroons and pastry generally, good sandwiches. Very good soft boiled eggs which is something most restaurants screw up.

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                    cls Dec 13, 2010 02:38 PM

                    The pastas are average in my experience, the salads I have had are pretty lousy (wilted lettuce.)
                    IMO their best items are the sandwiches. They can make a decent espresso too.

                    1. puppychao Dec 13, 2010 12:50 PM

                      I really enjoyed the Mache Salad, but the pizza looked decent also.

                      Here's my original review...http://experiencetaste.blogspot.com/2...

                      1. aching Dec 13, 2010 12:15 PM

                        Bottega Louie has a lot of detractors, but I personally think it succeeds perfectly at what it seems to be trying to do. Not everything on the menu is great, but a lot of things are. I think their strongest area is in coffee and pastry - I've never had a cup or a bite that was less than excellent. Of the lunch foods, my favorites are the bianco pizza with fennel sausage (you have to ask them to add the sausage) and the arugula salad. My husband likes the burger (and I like the fries that come with it!) and the Modena salad. We both really like the portobello fries. We also like the ficelle sandwiches and the potato salad that comes with them. The paparadelle is also really good, but very rich - heavier, perhaps, than most people want for lunch. Hope that helps!

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

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