Thursday, August 20, 2009

Napa: Eat Here

If any of you watch Bravo's Top Chef, you will also know about Top Chef Masters. Some of the worlds greatest chefs have been competing to win dollars for their favorite charities. One of my favorite competitors has been Chef Michael Chiarello, founder of NapaStyle, that yummy catalog of cooking essentials. You may have also seen him on his Food Network show: "Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello".

During our weekend of stuffing ourselves in Napa, we made it to Chef Michael's latest venture: Bottega. This Italian based restaurant is located in the town of Yountville in the Napa Valley on the historic Vintage Estates Property, one of the oldest wineries in the valley.

OK...enough of the backstory....on with the food! (And the restaurant of course...this is an interiors blog after all.)

We walked in to see a beautiful interior that was warm and comfortable, and perhaps most importantly, set up to be more about the food, less about the "decorating". Farm house style tables, worn leather chairs and terracotta pavers created that casual but sophisticated atmosphere which embodies the spirit of Napa. We were all smiling at once.

We decided to eat outside on the patio which was covered with awnings which created a warm glow. (Very flattering to the complexion, but I will have to apologize for the color quality of the food photos.) This is the patio next to the entrance where drinks and appetizers are served:

We had a wonderful meal, and I have to admit there were forks flying all over the place while we shared bites. I had a delicious pot of polenta with sauteed mushrooms for my appetizer. Served with a small pitcher of warm balsamic. I just loved this presentation:

Tim had the chicken, flavored with fennel and served with sweet corn, fava beans, onions and peppers...so good! The plates looked perfect with the logo on the edge.

I also had the Tuscan Tomato and Bread soup, very hearty and very yummy! I could not get a get a good shot however. But I highly recommend it. Perhaps my favorite item at our table was my friend Nicki's salad of snap peas, sweet corn and delicate onions in a citrus vinaigrette...so refreshing and very tasty. (I am going to try and recreate it for my book group this Friday....wish me luck!)

And at the end of our meal, I felt very pampered when I dabbed my lips with the Frette napkins!

Bottega is well worth a visit if you are planning that Napa getaway. Great food and ambiance. And for all of those shoppers out there, it is right across the path from the NapaStyle Store!

Bon Appetit!

17 comments:

Callie Grayson said...

mmmmm what an elegant meal!
I will have to try this restaurant if I ever get to the west coast.

Freck said...

Oh how pretty!!!!

Tami said...

Yum! I have to save this post just because!

Chukker said...

We love Bottega!!!! So happy you posted about it

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

I'm jealous! I can't wait to visit Michael's restaurant. I'm a huge fan too and used to watch his Easy Entertaining show (is it still on?). I live in the San Jose area, so I am definitely going to make it up to his restaurant soon. Thanks for the photos and the tips on which dishes to order! BTW... I have a fun giveaway going on right now on my blog... pop on over and enter!

Maria Killam said...

I was so busy scheming to get on your blogroll I forgot to leave you a comment! Thank you so much for coming to visit me so fast!
I'm adding you right now!
xo
Maria

Paula Grace Designs said...

Ok, now I am hungry! What a beautiful place. I woulld like to be there!
Paula Grace ~
www.paulagracedesigns.blogspot.com

City Living Girl said...

So jealous! Michael is one of my all time favorite Chefs. I was lucky enough to take a cooking class with him and eat at Tre Vigne...which was so fabulous too.

Marie said...

That Tuscan tomato and bread soup sounds delicious, I could use some of that right now.

Jill said...

Looks like a fabulous restaurant. He had been one of my favorites on Top Chef Masters...until I saw the way he treated the past Top Chef contestants who were forced to be his sous chefs.

Greet said...

Hallo,

Your blog is wonderful!

Greet from Belgian Pearls

MEADE DESIGN GROUP said...

It looks like a fun place! and Fratte what can go wrong with that!

Callie Grayson said...

okay, I have to tell you.... after I read your posts on the wine country of beautiful california, I started dreaming. Well, fast forward to the past weekend. .... I was asked to go on a wine trip, and I am now going to on a quick weekend trip in October eeee, very excited. Not exactly sure where I am going (someone else is making the plans, kinda nice for a change:)
eeeee I am so very excited.
thanks for sparking the interest!

katiedid said...

Hi all!
Glad you enjoyed! I did. ;)

Maria, it's always nice to meet a new blogger!

Thanks for the visit Freck, Tami and Chukker. Glad you liked the post.

I'm jealous CLG! That must have been so much fun.

katiedid said...

Hi Jill!

Eeek! What happened?! I didn't see that one!

katiedid said...

Hi Callie!

Ooooh! You will have soooo much fun! Where are you going? Let me know when you find out!

The enchanted home said...

We were in Napa about 6 months ago and went to all the best restaurants, including the infamous French Laundry which we were disappointed however after discovering Bottega were blown away...loved the food, ambiance, everything about it was so fabulous..it really captures the essence of Napa Valley like no other!