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Sep 2, 2014 09:28 PM

Bottega Americano--New Spot in Thomas Jefferson Law School Dowtown

Guess they've opened (or are having a soft opening)....being compared to Eataly in CHI and NYC and they've spent a fortune designing the place...good friend of mine from NY has just texted me from there and gives it two thumbs up...will try and check out this weekend.

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  1. Looks great inside. I guess this is something of a miniature upscale manifestation of a food court? Or food court meets market? Sounds like fun. I'll look forward to visiting. Thanks for the links.

      1. It sure does look good. I hope they offer internships to TJ law school students. With a roughly 54% pass rate on the California Bar exam, they're gonna need a plan B.

        1. It's only like Eataly after maybe a dip in a cold swimming pool. Shrinkage.

          My buddy who lives above the place says they have some interesting cocktails. But very expensive pastries.

          1. Pretty good meal and I will return....friend and I shared a meat and cheese platter (highly recommend the speck and mortadella) and butter leaf lettuce....I had the pizza (good crust) and he had the gnocchi. Pretty good wine selection and reasonably priced, by the glass and bottle....nice, adult vibe for East Village.

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            1. re: El Chevere

              Do they make the chacuterie in house ? If not what's their source ?

              1. re: honkman

                In house, according to server...I also like, as an anti-social person, that they had a TV in the corner of the bar (was able to watch the football game while dining)...also a cool spot to sit as you can look out through the window at the street and trolley...not crazy about their permitting dogs on the patio--I don't eat nor sleep with animals. Also, as far as main entrees (i.e. chicken, salmon), you have to order and pay separately for side dishes.

                I'm not going to go as far as to say this is the best Italian I've ever had (and not sure how the author of the article I attached a link to compared this to Eataly--definitely not from sheer size alone), but the dishes we had were good and I can see making this a regular stop.

                  1. re: Fake Name

                    We went opening day, Sunday, with six people. What impressed me most was the amount of supervisor level people on the floor and behind the counter making sure things were being done right. Water glasses and drinks were kept full, people checked back that things were ok, service was attentive and spot on. May it continue!
                    Food was very good. We ordered five fresh pasta dishes and shared. All were different and very good to excellent. One was a bit too salty, which we mentioned, and a chef came out to talk about it.
                    We picked up some things from the market counter to take home. A nice guy with an executive chef jacket spent some time explaining to my 15 year old cheese officiado how they made their burrata. We took some home, along with raspberry cream puffs, both were delicious.
                    Nice space. Noisy by dinner time, but the outside seating was very peaceful. I'm hoping it will only improve with time. Impressive for a first day!

                    1. re: nessy

                      Thanks for the review, sounds promising.

                      1. re: foodiechick


                        Very happy with our meal, which included a charcuterie board, yellowtail crudo, beet salad, little gem green salad, a pappardelle with lamb sugo, and an amazing peach carpaccio dessert.

                        We wondered if our Über had taken a wrong turn and transported us 500 miles north.

                        Sadly, yes, urban warehouse environment that got too loud.

                        1. re: Fake Name

                          Excellent Sir Fakey!

                          What did Mr.13 have?