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Bottega Restaurant

2240 Highland Ave. South (Southside)
939-1000
www.bottegarestaurant.com
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

Posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 03:23PM by Registered CommenterDeborah Lockridge in | Comments4 Comments

Reader Comments (4)

I ate there around a year ago in the non-cafe side and was sincerely disappointed. My venison was overcooked and mealy (must have been the wrong cut for scallopini). My companions pappardelle was undercooked (not al dente - I have been to Italy and know the difference) and clumped together in a mass. The tenderloin on our appetizer was also over cooked. When we asked for recommendations the server said everything was good and that she had no preferences; when asked to recommend a bottle of wine she answered awkwardly. Forgive me, but this is unacceptable performance and behavior for a fine dining establishment. I do expect the kitchen staff to be able to cook and the front of house staff to be able to answer simple questions or to provide someone who can.

Note from Bhamdining staff: We recently spoke to Bottega management, who admitted that there were some problems at the time of this person's experience, but they have long since been rectified.

April 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMacNaughton

The cafe side is pretty darn good food for the price.

November 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterShia

We went to the cafe side recently and were not happy with our pizza. The waiter did not seem concerned when we complained about the pizza, which was the chicken and pesto pizza, that is usually so good. The pizza was burned and the waiter did not make motion to give us a new pizza. Instead, he nodded and walked away. He only came back to bring us our bill. Poor service!

June 17, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSara

My husband and I have a tradition of going to Bottega Cafe every year for New Year's Eve. This assures that we eat here at least once a year (too many good restaurants in town). It is indeed a treat. Everything we have had has been delicious. We have never left disappointed. It is a meal where you savor every morsel and eat very little bit.This past year we tried the white chocolate bread pudding for the first time. We opted to share the dessert and we were fighting over the last bite. It was heavenly...definitely a must have. Birmingham is very lucky to have Frank Stitt and his restaurants. He would be successful anywhere.

January 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle Y.

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