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Dec 13, 2010 11:59 AM

Any rec from Bottega Louie

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

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

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  1. 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!

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

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

      Here's my original review...

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

          1. 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.

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

            2 Replies
            1. re: J.L.

              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.

              1. re: sushigirlie

                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...