There’s something about Bottega that’s got us all hooked. Not sure if it’s the BYOB or the old world deli counter, or the Malfatti (these insanely good spinach and ricotta dumplings) or the way the chef prepares lamb anything… but it’s tiny, charming, delicious and affordable. A welcome addition to the Baltimore dining scene. If it feels like a slice of Brooklyn right here in Charm City, that’s because it’s run by NY defector Adrien Aeschliman. Not sure how he did it, but this place feels as if it’s been here forever.

Bottega: 1729 Maryland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21201. (443) 708-5709. Reservations recommended. Dinner only. Cash only. BYOB.

I don’t normally post restaurant reviews, but these pictures motivated me to check this place out—so I grabbed myself a date & went last night. It is no longer cash only but it’s just as charming as this review suggests. Perfect date night (make a reservation, it’s tiny inside). The atmosphere is cozy and inviting, but the best part are the prices!

Two appetizers, two entrees and a dessert ran to $60 before tip. After the first bite, I think I would have paid that for the panna cotta alone though I’ll probably have dreams about that pork cheek over mashed potatoes and collard greens. If Bottega were on the other side of the bridge everything would be double and parking would be non-existent. This is why Station North is probably my favorite area to hang out outside of my neighborhood.

P.S. – You know the drill… Mobbies, vote for me or some of my favorites!


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