Seven years ago, partners Kevin McKellar, Chef Sam Marvin, Daniel Flores, and investors opened an Italian eatery amid doubts that Downtown LA (DTLA) was not ready for such a chic establishment. Since 2007, changes have been made to the partnership, with chef Sam Marvin leaving to start another project, but the charm of Bottega Louie remains unspoiled.
While walking through DTLA, on my way to get a scoop of birthday cake ice cream from Rite Aid, I spotted dozens of people walking into Bottega Louie. Two days later I returned to 700 South Grand Ave. to see what all the fuss was about. I decided to sit down for petit déjeuner consisting of an organic soft boiled egg with house made pain de mie, three rashers of crispy bacon, and un café au lait. After my meal, I purchased a small box of miniature desserts, which I enjoyed at home with black English breakfast tea.
If you’re not a morning person, stop by for lunch or dinner, get a table for one and indulge in patisserie and a glass of presecco, or reserve a table for a family brunch on the weekend.
A cool, well balanced, mix of suits, well dressed Downtown residents, and serious creatives.
$5 for soft boiled egg served with house made pain de mie, $12 for parfait, $5 for a box of 2 macarons.
Scan the menu (here).
Excellent service, attention to detail, and an unbeatable atmosphere that transports you straight to romantic Europe.
— Tracey Chè King
Photographed by Author
This post was originally published May 14, 2014.
Updated November 8, 2016.