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Vail - La Bottega 4 times in 4 nights, plus one To Go...


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Vail - La Bottega 4 times in 4 nights, plus one To Go...

torta basilica | Feb 24, 2007 07:47 AM

Loved this restaurant - actually had 2 dinners & 2 lunches, plus one to go for the plane from here. Resvs for a table are a must, but we always ended up sitting at the pizza bar & enjoyed every moment watching the chefs work (especially Eli - impressive cook & interesting guy...) Arugula, pancetta & pine nut salad excellent, loved the carpacchio with truffle cream & more arugula, good lobster ravioli, excellent thin crust pizzas (had them make a custom with scampi, pesto & kalamata olives - yumm!!, sandwiches all good & tiramisu to die for - and I'm not usually a tiramisu fan, but saw so many people ordering it... so mascarpone cheesy & creamy & huge flakes of chocolate showered over. We were never hungry enough to to try the roast meats - osso bucco, veal, lamb, beef tenderloin, or the huge bowl of mussels, etc that others were raving about. Charming decor, staff, just a wonderful find & so much better than Campo! Was very happy wiith a $35 bottle of Terra di Tufi, but fairly broad wine selection. You can sit in regular bar & order off of pizza & app menu, at the pizza bar or restaurant seating with full menu. Nice wine store around the corner, too!

Had dinner at the bar at Larkspur - we were told no tables until our 8:30 reservation, but that we could reserve seats at the bar earlier. Both were wide open when we arrived at 7:15pm, so chose the bar, as more casual. Interesting & fairly expensive wine list - beware of by the glass prices - the right right ones are for a 3oz pour only. Tasting menu just didn;t sound that appetizing. Chose the gnocchi with truffle oil, arugula, wild mushrooms & parmesan off the tasting menu - absolutely delicious, but tiny portion at a rather steep price. Split the sirloin strip, which was just ok. Sunchoke puree was just plain weird & I wasn't that bowled over by the steak's flavour. I skiied back over for lunch & had the low carb Larkburger (trying to balance off the rest of the food this week, plus I like edaname!) It was ok - should have ordered the regular burger. Sat on a leaf of lettuce instead of being wrapped up like the protein style In N Out burgers I love... Lady next to me was having the lobster, bacon & arugula sandwich, which looked excellent. I'd go back for lunch, but not sure about dinner.

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