Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Bottega by Michael Chiarello in Yountville
I guess this week is all about wine country for me. LOL. Anyhoo, if you get a chance on not looking to spend gazillion dollars at French Laundry, Bottega is a totally competent restaurant to eat at. I actually had a not so good impression of Michael Chiarello from the Top Chef Master on Bravo when he was a contestant on the show. I thought he was arrogant and full of himself. Well, he may be that, but Bottega was surprisingly good. The price was very reasonable. The pasta I had were all on point. The dessert, I thought it was going to be merely ok, turned out to be the highlight of my meal. All in all, I wouldn't mind going back there. If I was local, I would probably eat there once a month if not more frequent because of the quality of the food and price point. If you are expecting French Laundry type of food, then this place isn't for you. But if you are looking to have a good meal at reasonable price, then put Bottega on top of your list.