Bottega is a top notch Italian restaurant in Melbourne in a precinct that has dominated the Melbourne food landscape for over 50 years. Enter off Bourke into a modern vibey establishment with a touch of retro, and enjoy fine Italian food and wine and let loose.Check out our Best Italian Restaurants in Melbourne.
Bottega is one of the giants of the culinary scene but is always adjusting and adding to the excellence that abounds. As part of a group of Melbourne food blog reviewers I enjoyed lunch at this iconic Melbourne restaurant. One of the most pleasurable things to do in Melbourne is to spend an afternoon in an Italian restaurant - especially Bottega...
Bottega features engaging waiters who look sharp and are knowledgeable. There’s fine linen on the tables and diners feel a sense of occasion as well as conviviality.
The wine list is well thought out and tailored to the menu, featuring great Victorian wines as well as the best of Italy. It’s a wine list which involves wines consumers will recognise, not just a list for fellow sommeliers.
The Bruschetta is also a sublime dish with toasted bread topped with baccala mantecato and vincotto. That is, delicious black salted cod. A triumph.
Zucchini flowers with buffalo ricotta is a delicate and flavoursome option.
Come to Bottega for amazing pasta including the Agnolloti (a kind of ravioli from the Piedmont region) filled with roasted tomato and burrata, with smoked eggplant puree, lemon rocket and balsamico. This age old Italian classic is superbly cooked at Bogetta with perfect pasta and great flavour profile in the stuffing.
A highlight for me is the Chargrilled ox tongue , salsa verde, anchovy and croutons. The meat is slow cooked and melts in the mouth with the rich but not overpowering flavours. Interesting with anchovy but the salt combines superbly with the meat. Croutons give great crunch.
Even the coffee here (Genovese) is excellent with the long mac superb.
All in all, I feel Bottega is a restaurant that sits in the top echelons of Italian cuisine in a precinct and a city that does Italian cuisine well.