Located in Downtown Los Angeles within the Historic Core district, is Bottega Louie (700 S Grand Ave, 90017). With floor to ceiling windows, you can take in the full opulence of the restaurant before you even enter; gray-white marble floors, crisp white linens and an impossibly tall ceiling – the look is clean and minimalistic, the only color comes from the towers of macaroons that line the windows. Before you even enter, Bottega Louie looks expensive, decadent even, but it isn’t.
The reasonably priced food is American-Italian – fresh, simple with plenty on the menu to keep vegans and vegetarians happy. Popular are the Portobello fries and pizzas, the perfect accompaniment to a house cocktail like the 7th Street. The service is outstanding, bordering on a little awkward. The only draw back is the décor means it can get loud when it’s busy. nd it gets busy, often, after being named the number one restaurant in Los Angeles and number three in the country by Yelp in 2011.
Whether you are popping in with friends for a lazy brunch in the restaurant, grabbing an after work snack or dink in the cafe or shopping for a gift for someone with a sweet tooth in the gourmet market, Bottega Louie has all your bases covered. Be sure to take away a box of macaroons in a fancy lilac box, get 5 for $10 and be sure to include an Earl Grey one, a local favorite. See website for opening hours. No reservations.