A Slew of Fresh Nonna-Impressed Italian Comfort Eats at Bottega

Bottega landed in the veteran Beef & Liberty divulge in the KWah Heart on Xiangyang Lu closing January and has been repeatedly packed to the brim ever since. 

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Maybe it’s because they’ve a going down situation.

Maybe it’s because they’ve won – esteem – each and each pizza award in the history of awards.

Maybe it’s since the team has created a winning formulation since opening the first Bottega in Beijing in 2014.

Or seemingly it’s appropriate because they definitely produce Shanghai’s supreme Napoli-vogue pizza, and repeatedly bring that same level of quality across your entire menu, moreover as service, presentation and atmosphere. 

Factual spitballing here, what’s going to we know? We aren’t restaurant owners.

Nonetheless whatever it is a long way, they nail it, and we now gain under no circumstances left Bottega no longer straight away craving… extra Bottega. 

READ MORE: Bottega: Grabbing a Reduce of Shanghai’s Napoli Pizza Circulate

So, after roughly a one year since our preliminary writeup, we are help all every other time… okay, you received us – there gain positively been many ‘agains,’ but this time we are help with a camera and a notepad (whereas donning some excessive stretchy pants) to test out their most up-to-date menu releases. 

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So grand extra than appropriate a fried ball of rice, the Arancini Siciliana (RMB59) brings collectively Chef Paolo’s nonna’s recipe for eight-hour unhurried cooked paunchy pork ragu with saffron laced risotto, with a hefty hit of Parmigiano Reggiano performing as the glue.

Fried to a crisp with out being oily, these delectable spheres are moreover available stuffed with blended mushrooms. 

DSC05889.jpgBurrata Estiva (RMB119), Image by Sophie Steiner/That’s

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The restaurant’s eponymous hero of a pizza, the Bottega Pizza (RMB159) has been up to this point across the nation to consist of a thick gruesome of gooey fior di latte mozzarella, studded with tomatoes, a salad’s rate of arugula, ribbons of prosciutto, and a beefy globe of Italian-imported burrata as the ‘cherry on top.’

The cheesy orb dimples when pressed, then slices begin to spill its stretchy stracciatella strands all around the attach the pizza in the sauciest of programs. 

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Effectively-regularly called one in every of the ‘Wide 4’ pastas of Rome, the Amatriciana (RMB99) earns its situation on this quartet as the brightest of the bunch, with rigatoni pasta tubes smothered in a refreshingly tart vine-ripened tomato sauce.

Somewhat than the extinct pancetta, charred guanciale – caramelized pork cheek slivers – shine as the protagonist of this culinary efficiency; smoky and salty, the pork is supreme additional amplified by the pecorino’s brazen salinity. 

As grand as pizza brings us help thru Bottega’s door over and over, it’s bites esteem this that gain us cancelling the following day’s eating plans because we can’t slightly seem to position the fork down after we originate. 

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Expertly al dente rice is what makes the Risotto di Mare (RMB169) stand out, but it surely’s the myriad of mollusks and crustaceans – clams, prawns and calamari of all sizes and styles – that attracts us in for one other mouthful.

A stability of confit tomato, basil, lemon zest, dill, and the strong umami sweetness from the seafood culminate in an oceanic style onslaught, a tidal wave of seafood of which we can’t gather enough.

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Though no longer original, it’ll clean be a finable offense to notify about with Bottega with out an present of the Montanara Pizza (RMB109), a cousin of the stuffed, calzone-esque pizza fritta.

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The fried dough is painted with homemade tomato ragu, slabs of fior di latte mozzarella, grated Parmigiano Reggiano and freshly torn basil, earlier than being popped in the mouth of the beast – the venue’s racecar crimson Stefano Ferrara pizza oven – for a subject of mere minutes. 

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A gorgeously toasted, crisp exterior and an airy center – the exact crust descriptor for any ‘za. 

DSC05998.jpgCalzone al Salame (RMB109) Shanghai’s supreme calzone. Preserve a gander and test out – appropriate are attempting – to argue. We’re waiting…Image by Sophie Steiner/That’s

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A Nutella, sea salt, chocolate souffle takes originate as the Souffle della Casa (RMB79), additional augmented by a aspect of espresso that might per chance seemingly even be poured over the clean steaming cake affogato-vogue, and done with a scoop of vanilla gelato.

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It’s a chocolate addicts moist dream, and might per chance clean be served with a pack of tissues and a cigarette…

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Persevering with with the visuals, the Tiramisu (RMB69) is flawless textbook tiramisu perfection, with espresso soaked savoiardi sponge cake, whipped mascarpone and that obligatory cocoa dusting.

Seemingly straightforward, the richness comes from quality ingredients – Japanese eggs, Valhorna unlit chocolate, and official Italian mascarpone.

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Image by Sophie Steiner/That’s

Alongside the original dishes, Head Bartender Peter Kwok has concurrently launched eight original cocktails (and eight original flavored teas – read on, Macduff).

Let’s originate up with the Notorious FIG (RMB79), a original roam on an espresso martini – with much less acidic frosty brew coffee changing the espresso, fig leaf-infused Lang Lie Chinese language vodka and Amaro Montenegro.

The is a caffeine-fueled libation you’d (and we’d) drink with lunch.  

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The Creamsicle (RMB79) is a play on a sidecar – Vecchia Romagna brandy shaken with homemade strawberry cucumber syrup, all piped with an ice cream and champagne foam. 

Yes, you read that suitable – appropriate rob that “ice cream and champagne foam” in for a second.

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To nick food extinguish, the leftover mash from the cucumbers and strawberries are dehydrated exact into a cocktail chip garnish – helping you in getting your day to day serving of 5 whereas similtaneously saving Mom Earth. 

Grapefruit Oolong (RMB39), Image by Sophie Steiner/That’s 

For these abstaining, Iced and Sizzling Teas (RMB29-39) in thirst-quenching style combos esteem Grapefruit Oolong, Orange Pu-er, Pineapple White Tea and Lychee Sad Tea are equally viable choices.

Bottega, 1/F, 101B, K.WAH CENTRE, 108 Xiangyang Bei Lu, by Huaihai Zhong Lu 襄阳北路108号101B嘉华中心1楼, 近淮海中路.

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