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Bottega Restaurant Review

“Bottega Louie is not just a Restaurant, it is more than that…
It is a gourmet market, a patisserie, a café, and a bar.


With its panoramic windows glowing at the base of the gorgeous Brockman Building make it look like a trophy of East Coast or Midwestern urban revitalization; the place could be inside the Loop rather than at 7th and Grand. Bottega Louie, a place that is open from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. seven days a week, is indeed a special place.


There’s something joyfully democratic about it, with people in thin arty glasses alongside office workers taking a break from another lunch at the Yorkshire
Grill. Yet the precision with which Marvin and his longtime executive
chef, Christopher Goossen, imbue the offerings is remarkable.

  Champagne                                       Cadillac Margarita

The menu is truly amazing, from soups, to salads, pizzas, and appetizers, you
can’t go wrong. Everything is great and the ambiance is also a must see.  

Long Island Ice Tea                                   Portobello fries    

The bar is also a great attraction, while we were waiting for our table, we had
some great drinks and the staff is very friendly and attentive. While we
were waiting, we got to sample some of their delicious appetizers.

               Beef Carpaccio                       Arancini ( fried rice with mozzarella)

Pepperoni Pizza                                           Mussels and Clams

We tried a variety of appetizers, and entrees. The chopped salad is a
thing of beauty, with garbanzos, black olives, pepperoncini,
and pepperoni in a sharp red wine vinaigrette.

    Branzino                                             Shrimp Scampi

Rib-Eye,  Grilled, Rested & Sliced

The clams oreganata are steamed to order, then covered with a mix of chopped herbs and bread crumbs moistened with cooking broth and olive oil so that they are yielding and soft when browned under the salamander. Given that the restaurant regularly serves a thousand customers a day, steaming and breading clams to
order indicates an impressive level of detail.

Filet Mignon Arrabiata with Stewed Long Peppers & Tomatoes

Bottega Louie has a heavenly quality to it, especially if one's version of heaven includes good design. Its stark 20 foot white walls' only embellishments are plaster cartouches, duplicated from those found in 14th C. Paris apartments using French cartouche makers, but as chef and part owner Sam Marvin states, "the art is in the
people, the food, and the juxtaposition of the two." Indeed,
everywhere you look, there are painting worthy scenes.

Homemade Ice Cream

Chocolate Soufle                                       Apple Tarte    

After only being open four months, it looks as though the locals have welcomed Bottega Louie with open arms. There are CEO's, students, artist types, secretaries, fashionistas, movie people, all perched in the various areas created especially for their repeat enjoyment. Four times a week, to be exact, is how often the founders would like to see you, and they have tailored their offerings to guarantee your return.

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Article by: Mary Adams
Photos by: Chris Marx

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