2240 Highland Ave. South (Southside)
Dinner only, Mon.-Sat. Valet Parking. Full bar. Reservations encouraged. Highlands Bar & Grill may be award-winning Frank Stitt's first restaurant, but Bottega is one of the hottest fine-dining places in town. Mediterranean and Italian-inspired cooking, with fresh seafood, meat and game all cooked "with the soul-satisfying essences of Tuscany, Andalusia and Sicily," as they say on their web site. You'll find dishes such as homemade ravioli with braised pork, bruschetta with crawfish, Parmesan soufflé, lobster with torchio pasta, tagliatelle pasta with venison bolognese.
Click here for Bhamdining.com review of Bottega Restaurant
For a more casual version, including sidewalk dining and lunch, try Bottega Café, next door in the same building, where you might have baked feta with focaccia, farm eggs stuffed with tapenade, wonderful wood-fired pizzas, Italian cobb salad, pastas such as Bottega Cafe's version of mac and cheese (baked penne with three cheeses), chicken scaloppine or salmon with polenta and olive-radicchio relish.
Click here for Bhamdining.com review of Bottega Cafe
Here's a fun blog entry about a Memphis family's trip to Bottega Cafe