French macarons are glorious confections, little sandwiches of buttercream or ganache filling pressed between two meringue disks. (They are not to be confused with macaroons, which are coconut, and most definitely do not resemble tiny round pastry sandwiches.) When well-made, macarons are delicate c ... More >>
When it comes to tomatoes, looks aren't everything -- contrary to what the tomato industry would have you think. This is why today's L.A. Weekly Flickr pool photo of the day is the Tomato Bruschetta from Bottega Louie courtesy of djjewelz's Flickr. But looks can be deceiving. Recent scientific repor ... More >>
Jeff KirshbaumExposed and humming, the open kitchen at Bottega Louie
The service doesn't just hop at Bottega Louie. It skips, jumps and pirouettes as a platoon of nattily dressed servers, runners, ballet-slippered hostesses and suited managers race across the marble floors. The energetic staf ... More >>
R. E. ~If you've got several million dollars to spare, you could be Bottega Louie's next landlord.
Located at the corner of 7th St. and Grand Ave., the 80-unit Brockman Building houses the loudest restaurant in downtown L.A. but not much else.
After nearly 20 months in bankruptcy court, th ... More >>
Anne FishbeinMr. Gold, with dim sum menuDear Mr. Gold:
I'm hoping you can recommend a place to hold a surprise party. I'm finding this a bit hard to accomplish - I live in Ohio and I don't know L.A. that well. I'm considering Bottega Louie and Church & State. There will be about 20 of us and ... More >>
As June gloom begins to melt away and the summer heat approaches, our craving for steaming pho doesn't seem to be dying down. In addition to a few new Vietnamese restaurants (including one opening next month that caused some controversy over its logo), here's a list of this month's restaurant and fo ... More >>
Knock Out TacosKnock Out Taco truck chef and owner Chris Goossen stands with his servers in front of his truck.
Road Stoves, the company that ignited L.A.'s nouveau food truck scene, is hoping that its second taco truck concept does as well as its first (you may know it as Kogi). After two we ... More >>
Hey kids, treat your dads right! Their Hallmark holiday comes up this Sunday, June 21, so here are some venues where you can honor thy father. Or at least treat him to a burger and beer.
Royal/T, the Japanese maid-themed café and art space, is... oh, who cares. We've said enough. Does Royal/T rea ... More >>
For months, aesthetes staggering out of 7 Grand under the weight of one too many Sazeracs have been wondering what lay behind the fancy paper covering the windows of Bottega Louie across the street, a former bank converted into a majestic food hall, a slab of urban renovation that suggested less dow ... More >>
Bottega Louie's Soho style
The grand-opening fete for gourmet grocer, deli and 185-seat restaurant, Bottega Louie last Thursday night was grand indeed -- swarming with beautiful waiters and an even more beautiful guest list, all on downtown's Grand Avenue. Among the beautiful bites were foie gras ... More >>