In April, Baltimore Magazine ran an article about the delicious Tuscany-inspired food at Bottega. Since then, I’ve been wanting to try it however it is nearly impossible to get a reservation. You need to make it 5 weeks ahead of time. Every time I made a reservation, as the date drew near something came up and I had to cancel. However, as a recent Friday evening approached, I had no conflict and I knew it would be the day that I would finally try Bottega’s Tuscan-inspired flavors.
The menu changes daily. Below is what was available the night we visited.
Because my friends and I wanted to try everything, we decided to just share our meal. We started with the Tomatoes and Salted Ricotta Crostini. This was delicious and a sign of more amazing things to come. Easily, these were the reddest tomatoes I have ever seen in my life which just goes to show how fresh ingredients always make a dish significantly better. When we finished this dish, my thought was ‘I really want to order another, but it’s so amazing which gives me high hopes for everything that’s yet to come.’
Next, we shared the Boar Pappardelle. This pasta was homemade and also incredibly fresh. The boar was full of flavor and this was another dish that we simply couldn’t get enough of.
For the last portion of our entree, we ordered the Hanger Steak. It was served alongside a plate of arugula with bacon and jalapeño jam. The steak was cooked well, and I really enjoyed the dressing on the lettuce, it had a fair amount of heat. But we preferred the first two courses significantly more.
The dessert menu was too good to pass up and we decided to split a slice of the Salted Caramel & Chocolate Pie. This was delicious, but if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you may find it a little decadent but it was delicious. The pie had a cookie crust and a nice thick layer of caramel topped with chocolate and then sprinkled with a generous portion of sea salt.
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