Bottega (Yountville, CA)

Bottega
6525 Washington St
Yountville, CA 94599
Dining date: 7/3/16

Bottega

I’ve been to Michael Chiarello’s Bottega once when it first opened, way back in 2009. I enjoyed the lunch there and always thought to come back. I didn’t think it would take me 7 years to do so (so many options, limited time!), but this time I stopped in for dinner.

The restaurant was packed on this Independence Day weekend. We lucked out and managed a corner booth in the patio which turned out to be an an ideal setting on a warm summer evening. 

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Scarpetta (Las Vegas, NV)

Scarpetta
Cosmopolitan Hotel
3708 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Dining date: 4/28/16

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This was my first time dining at the Las Vegas location of Scarpetta after dining numerous times at the Beverly Hills location. In fact, I had just dined at the BH location twice in the prior two months, just before it closed. I normally wouldn’t have paid a visit here so quickly; however, my dad promised my aunt he would take her here (she had heard about chef Scott Conant’s spaghetti many times and never tried it). My family was in town for Vegas Uncork’d with one dinner slot available so we came here. This would be the first time for my aunt and grandmother, although my parents have been here before.

An a la carte menu and a six course tasting ($110) is available here. Given we had a party of six, we went with the tasting for ease of ordering.

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Scarpetta (Beverly Hills, CA) [5]

Scarpetta
Montage Beverly Hills
225 North Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Dining date: 4/2/16

Scarpetta

Having dined here just a month ago, I made a quick return to Scarpetta to eat here one last time – on its last day in LA. I dined at the chef’s counter during the restaurant’s opening night in 2010; on this night, it was only fitting to dine here one last time.

Similar to past visits, we had a tasting menu built to enjoy some old favorites, as well as some new ones.

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Scarpetta (Beverly Hills, CA) [4]

Scarpetta
Montage Beverly Hills
225 North Canon Dr.
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Dining date: 2/26/16

Scarpetta

A few months ago, Scarpetta announced it would close in the spring to make way for another restaurant at the Montage Beverly Hills. Geoffrey Zakarian will be remodeling and creating his own modern American restaurant in the space. From the first day, I’ve enjoyed Scarpetta and wanted to return at least one last time.

Similar to the last few visits, I requested seats at the chef’s counter in the kitchen. Chef Freddy Vargas put together a tasting menu for us featuring a couple of old favorites and some new dishes.

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Osteria Mozza (Los Angeles, CA) [2]

Osteria Mozza
6602 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Dining date: 11/5/15

I’ve been to the Mozzaplex a bunch of times over the years, but this meal was a unique one. It was part of the Chase Private Dinner Series open to Chase Sapphire cardholders. A $175 ticket included everything from food, wine, tax, gratuity and valet, as well as some time with the chef (Nancy Silverton) and sommelier. It was my first time trying a dinner in this series and I wanted to see what it was all about.

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Maccheroni Republic (Los Angeles, CA) [2]

Maccheroni Republic
332 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Dining date: 3/5/15 and 10/27/15

Maccheroni Republic

I’ve been to Maccheroni Republic a number of times for their fresh, housemade pastas at great prices. The restaurant quickly gained in popularity since opening in late 2012, drawing lengthy lines at the no-reservations spot. I still stop in once a while, though primarily for an early weekday lunch in order to avoid any wait. This post recaps two of my previous lunches.

The free corkage policy is now gone; the restaurant has their beer & wine license with a limited selection of beverages. However, corkage is still very reasonable (I think it’s like $5).

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