Bottega has become my gastronomic destination. Perhaps the only other place I've been where Italian food rises to a higher level is Bobby Stuckey's (ex French Laundry sommelier) Friuli-influenced Frasca in Boulder, Colorado. I'd be remiss not to give an honorable mention to Delfina in the city (SF) and Donato Enoteca in Redwood City. I hear amazing reviews of Tony's in Houston as well. Refined Italian food is where comfort food meats gastronomy - and in the hands of a master, how can you go wrong with that! Just take a look at these.
New Year celebrations at Bottega kept the place busy feeding New Year crowds. Both standard menu and special New Year menu were offered and executed to perfection. The service was impeccable and friendly - don't you just love a jolly old waiter with an opinion?! (I do!) For a wine lover, the wine selection by the glass was relatively limited. I did pick the tremendous 1999 Dom Perignon (one of my fave Dom P's) for $30/glass. At $20 corkage, I would recommend you BYOB.
Every dish spoke to me. Every look and every bite were delicious and inspiring. Happy New Year 2011!