Went to Bottega in Lil' Italy recently and thought I would share some observations.
Firstly, as starters we orders the olives, calamari, and a roquette salad. Aside from the calamari, which is one of those dishes I use to gauge the overall ability of the kitchen and the freshness of their inventory, the other dishes were good but unremarkable. While the olives were fresh, there weren't enough of them to really enjoy! As I mentioned we also ordered calamari, which were lightly battered, and not drowning in oil. They were light and definetly got the evening off right.
As mains, we obviously ordered pizzas. Their claim to fame is their special oven imported from Italy. The pizzas, one caprese, one with rapini, were good, but seemed to skimp a bit on toppings. I had one twig of Basil on my caprese, and there wasn't even enough rapini for each of the four slices of my gf's pizza! Taste-wise though, it was excellent. Just enough tomatoe sauce, and the crust was amazing. If anything this is where to get a good pizza that you won't feel guilty about eating!
I had a half bottle, which was very good, and smart of Bottega to offer. I only wish more restos in Montreal offered half bottles because drinking by the glass just doesn't work for me.
Overall, the atmosphere was good, not pretentious, and the decor was fresh, if slightly sterile. I would say try to head over there on a Thursday because the ruckus on Fridays and Saturdays could get a bit too much. Enjoy!
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