Friday, May 25, 2012
Lunch at Bottega Louie
No detail has been overlooked. More than three years in the making, Bottega Louie is 10,000 square feet, has 20-foot ceilings, more than 2,000 feet of brass millwork, marble-tiled floors, custom deli cases and tables, and about 200 employees. The kitchen handles 600 recipes for the Italian menu and the pre-prepared dishes to go for the market. The bakers turn out 800 pastries a day; stacks of pastel boxes tied with silk ribbon decorate the windows along Grand Avenue.
There's a full bar, a counter devoted to 20 kinds of breads, a brick oven churning out pizzas and a carving station. Three hostesses armed with a laminated map of the tables and stationed at a gilt Baroque-style, curve-legged console in the middle of the restaurant, greet and seat patrons."
The sad thing is that the week before Bottega Louie opened on 6th April, the company that developed the 11 stories of loft-style condos above it filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, and the building faces foreclosure. This apparently won't affect Bottega Louie.
We only wanted a glass of wine, but loved the way they served it in a mini carafe.
Lovely bright airy room, efficient service, good food. And I gotta say one great thing about America is - the Valet Parking!