Food Friday: Los Angeles’ Bottega Louie

September 13, 2013
Summer Davis

Where in Los Angeles can you admire a 20-foot long glass case of perfectly poised, artistically arranged European-style pastries? Marvel at the colours, cremes, and delicate designs associated with French and Italian bakeries? Ruminate over the virtues and possibilities of purchasing a gargantuan pink gift box of gourmet goodies?

Why, Bottega Louie, of course! A culinary dreamland where long lines, crowds, and noise make ambient magic, lulling the senses into serendipitous joy. Enter the white fortress on 7th and Grand to be greeted by raspberry-filled beignets and rainbow-colored macarons flying off the shelf. Make your way through the white-shirted waiters whizzing about marble tables, balancing wood-oven pizzas, homemade pastas, and sparkling water carafes on minimal space. Take an available seat and absorb the chipper chatter echoing about exalted Art Deco ceilings, expansive restaurant space and vast open work areas.

You’ll be so dazed by the activity inside, you’ll momentarily forget you wouldn’t normally pay $12 for an appetizer or $25 for a pizza. Enticing descriptions of entrees and small plates will have you ordering short ribs, prosciutto pizza, and chopped salad before you can calculate what it will cost–but, who cares? You’re at Bottega Louie now, everything is possible.

Bottega Louie is located at 700 S Grand Avenue. The nearest Metro stop is Pershing Square Station, Purple Line and Red Line.