Posted by: guythinks | January 20, 2010

Bottega Louie

I have a friend who recently moved from Los Angeles to Sacramento and for his “goodbye” dinner he decided to have everyone come to Bottega Louie. What you have to understand about my friend is that he is an extremely picky eater. When I say extremely, that probably doesn’t even do him justice. I mean like, really reeeaaaaaally picky. He usually sticks to fettucini alfredo, pizza, burgers & fries, mac & cheese, and occasionally some mexican food. So when I heard we were going to this place Bottega Louie, I didn’t have very high expectations.

Upon walking through the front doors you’re greeted by a glass showcase of their pastries, yum! There were muffins, cupcakes, tarts, eclairs, french macrons, and more! That’s definitely how you get my attention!

The place is a huge open space. There is a restaurant, a cafe, a deli, a market, a bakery, and a bar. In the pictures above you can see the cafe area in which to the top left you can somewhat see the bar area. Then you can also see the deli case in which you can order most or the items from their menu.

Here you can see the kitchen. This was one of my favorite things about the restaurant. You can pretty much see everything going on in the kitchen because it’s literally placed right there in the open.

Not sure if this bread is baked in house but I’m assuming it was. Fresh wheat bread served to each person individually in a small bag.

All of our dishes came out at the same time but I’ll describe them as if they came out one by one. First we had the Asparagus with Fried Egg. The dish came with a deconstructed hollandaise, grilled asparagus, fried egg, and shaved pecorino cheese. The asparagus was grilled the right amount of time to soften it up a little bit but still give it that crunch. The “hollandaise” was actually very flavorful.

These mashed potatoes were delicious! Some of the best mashed potatoes I’ve had! I especially love when the skins are left inside to add texture to the smooth and creamy potatoes.

For the main dish, we had Chicken Carcioffi. The chicken is pan sautéed with artichoke hearts, capers, garlic, herbs & white wine. The chicken was really moist and tender and the flavor was really great. However, I would compare this to a chicken picatta at any other restaurant minus the artichoke hearts. Also, for $15 I kind of expected a bigger piece of chicken.

I was also able to get a bite of their White Pizza and it was very good! Unfortunately, I was unable to get a taste of their desserts. I was actually really looking forward to trying their Peanut Butter and Chocolate Terrine but no one else at the table was in the mood for dessert so I passed. Nevertheless, I will be back to try it because I really did enjoy this place, not to mention our server Natalie was absolutely wonderful! The service at this place overall is just spot on.



  1. The bread is fresh-baked everyday and comes from a local bakery! Stop on by for a dessert, it’s the perfect remedy for this rainy weather. 🙂

  2. Yow! Guarantee ya I’ll be 5lbs heavier after eating there 🙂

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