In August 2009, Amy and I went to Bottega, Michael Chiarello's restaurant. Michael Chiarello is one of my favorite chefs. I can identify with his cooking because he's Italian American and cooks Calabrian cuisine. Since there are so many great restaurants in Yountville, we only ordered two courses at Bottega to share between the two of us. We had many other restaurants to try that evening.
The first course we ordered was his heirloom tomato salad with fresh burrata cheese and caviar. This was the best burrata I've ever had in my life. The salad had the perfect combination of salt, olive oil, cheese, and tomatoes. Every bite was heavenly.
For our next course, we shared the fresh ricotta gnocchi. I must apologize for the picture below. It certainly doesn't do the gnocchi justice. We were so excited when the waiter brought out our gnocchi that we dug in before I had time to snap the picture. When we realized our faux pas, I snapped a picture. These were the most tender gnocchi I've ever had. They were light and airy and melted in your mouth. It made me wonder if he uses low protein flour.
Final Note: The next time I'm in Yountville, I will definitely go to Bottega for the entire dinner experience.