This post is long overdue. When the Duchess permanently resided on Bunker Hill, the arrival of Bottega Louie -- with much fanfare -- brought with it a breath of fresh air into the downtown Los Angeles dining scene. Its cacophany of sounds and scents, its expansive menu and cheery waitstaff always made for a lively and culinarily yummy dining experience.
And Bottega Louie remains steadfast in its leadership of downtown Los Angeles watering holes. Though the Duchess is now relegated to those noirish chambers in the shadows of the 405 Freeway, she still enjoys a munch or two at Louie when in the vicinity -- including for lunch yesterday (grazie senatore).
Though the Duchess slightly prefers Louie at brunch (on a Sunday, post-tennis/pre-Landmark), its lunch menu has much to recommend it. A long list of pizzas straight from the brick oven in the rear of the dining room; copious lishy salads; and a robust offering of "small plates" including asparagus with fried egg, heirloom carrots, meatballs marinara, english peas and prosciutto, and white anchovies (all lovely).
Louie also serves the downtown denizens plenty of take-out, and carries some of the best macarons in town. It is very highly recommended by the Duchess.