42-29 Bell Blvd., Bayside
HOURS: Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.
CREDIT CARDS: Yes, all major
If you are looking for a top-of-the-line take-out experience, then La Bottega is the way to go. The restaurant is the type of place built for bringing the food to you or for you to grab the grub to go. From its astounding assortment of Panini to the large amounts of variety found in its other cuisine, this eatery is sure to set your taste buds alight.
In an order delivered our offices, La Bottega offered several samples of their top dishes. To start off, I reached for the bruschetta, which came with multiple topping options, including cherry tomatoes, pesto, mozzarella and pieces of onion.
From there, I went for the orange Cajun salmon, which came with potatoes. Sweet and bursting with distinctive flavors, the sauce and styling used on the fish made it stand out from your typical salmon dish. It was so enjoyable that I wanted to go back for seconds after savoring each bite. If you like seafood, I can’t recommend this entrée enough.
From there, the pollo e mozzarella and a slice of pizza seemed like a good bet. I’m glad to say I was right on both counts. The chicken dish was topped with a layer of mozzarella cheese, tomatoes and broccoli rabe, all fresh. Soaked in a lemon and white wine sauce, the combination melded together perfectly to make a confection of tangy tastes. As for the pizza, it had a unique flavor that was unlike what you would find in a typical slice. It’s hard to stick out when it comes to a regular pizza pie, but this place managed to do so.
La Bottega has much more to offer than just the foods listed above though. The restaurant also makes a number of soups, salads, pasta, desserts, gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. With such a diverse menu and so much delicious food, it should come as no surprise that it is worth repeated visits.