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Bottega Americano

1195 Island Ave. (J St.) Send to Phone
European-inspired eatery and marketplace in the East Village for Italian fare with five interactive food bars.
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Lunch & Dinner daily, Brunch Sat.-Sun.; Marketplace: Breakfast Mon.-Fri.
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Bottega Americano, San Diego, CA

Bottega Americano Restaurant Review

: San Diego’s first gourmet food hall in the East Village is an epicurean extravaganza with interactive food bars for charcuterie and cheese, oysters and crudo, wood-fired pizzas, pastas and espresso, along with communal dining, table service, take out, a market, bakery and libations concocted by the respected Snake Oil Cocktail Company. Thomas Schoos’ clean design features black-and-white floor tiles with the BA insignia, a giant wall of 1950s glam photos from Italy, columns of stacked wood, and hanging strips of colorful pasta. The place buzzes with energy as diners enjoy bites of salame al tartufo with Boschetto (goat and cow cheese with truffles), butternut squash ravioli bathed in sage infused-brown butter, or al dente pappardelle with nuggets of lamb. A pizza maestro throws dough and cooks up pies –-- think bacon and Brussels sprouts with the heat of Calabrian chilies; or persimmon with arugula, speck and four cheeses. Crudo fans can savor scallops with pickled mushrooms, pear, radish and seaweed, or fresh yellowtail in a brown butter crumble. A whole branzino with salsa verde or osso buco with mascarpone polenta in a pine nut-mint gremolata are among entrées. Servers offer Italian and California wine pairing suggestions, enhancing the experience. Even if happily sated, consider desserts like dark chocolate budino or apple carpaccio with spice cake in an apple cider reduction.

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