After a wild Friday night of drinking, poor decision making and even some body shots (yes we do that sometimes), Diva #1 woke in the morning to find a few friends sprawled around her apartment. Hungover and broken from the night before, the guys from St-Lau have christened Diva#1’s apartment “The Vortex,” and themselves the “Vortex Survivors.” People come in for one drink and leave days later…
Well after one such evening in The Vortex, the Vortex Survivors had not had enough, so though their Friday night was extreme, and their Saturday was spent in bed, they decided to all go for dinner on the Saturday night. Everyone was in the mood for pizza, but getting a reservation at Bottega in Little Italy for 8 people on a Saturday night is nearly impossible. Especially when you call on that same Saturday night, ha! So we made a reservation for their Laval location instead, and you know how we feel about Laval so our pizza craving must have been strong!
We started with a ton of appetizers, our favourite is always the bacio, P’tit Soeur ate about 10; little balls of dough are stuffed with prosciutto cotto, mushrooms, ricotta and mozzarella to make bite size calzone style pizza bites. It’s our favourite appetizer at Bottega, and they are sold individually so you can order as many as you like. They always arrive covered in arugula and parmigiano, we’re salivating just thinking of them.
The St-Lau guys shared the lamb chops and meatballs. Like the Bacio, they are sold individually so you can order as many as you like. As always, the lamb chops were perfectly succulent, falling off the bone with crispy caramelized fat. You wouldn’t think to order lamb chops from a pizzeria but make the exception when dining at Bottega. And while you’re there make sure that you try the meatballs in their homemade tomato sauce for that true Italian experience.
And if you go to Bottega the key is in their specials, this is not your typical pizzeria, they have some phenomenal pasta dishes and appetizers that change weekly. On our visit we tried tender veal cheek on polenta with truffle oil. Crispy cipollinis and parsley topped the tender veal cheeks which lay on the polenta. The truffle oil was not very apparent but the dish had so many elements that it didn’t matter.
Another special of the night was the tortellini, stuffed in house with andouille sausage and tossed in a light olive oil sauce that was made from the juices of the andouille. Topped with parmigiano croutons and squash, the tortellini were incredible, with just the right amount of spice. A perfect combination with Bottega’s gnocchi Pomodoro, which thankfully is on their regular menu. The potato gnocchi is made in house and perfect in tomato sauce with basil. It was a nice combination with the squash andouille tortellini because they were two very different styles of pasta.
And of course… when in Rome, or in this case Napoli, you get the pizza! We’ve tried a bunch of Bottega‘s pizzas before; always the same perfect crust, amazing San Marzano tomato sauce and fresh ingredients. This time we opted for the pizza special of the night, a carbonara pizza, and we fell in love. It was perfection, it should be on their permanent menu, we were so full but we couldn’t stop eating this rich pizza. It was a white pizza that was topped with a carbonara sauce and plenty of pancetta.
It was absolutely marvelous to see that Bottega Laval was as good as the original Bottega Little Italy. Since their Little Italy location fills up fast, it’s nice that there is a second option for those who really need to satisfy that pizza craving, even if it’s off the island. We hate going to Laval, but we’ll make an exception for this pizzeria.
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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