Ristorante Bottaio

★★★★☆

About Ristorante Bottaio

Hours
Monday - Thursday: 11 A.M. - 10 P.M. Friday: 11 A.M. - 11 P.M. Sautrday: 4 P.M. - 11 P.M. Sunday: 4 P.M. - 9 P.M

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Bottaio is a good Italian restaurant. Small and intimate restaurant with an extensive menu. Convenient Libertyville location, fairly ample parking (also offers valet).

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Bottaio is a good Italian restaurant. Small and intimate restaurant with an extensive menu. Convenient Libertyville location, fairly ample parking (also offers valet).

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My husband and I chose this place based on the great reviews and the fact that it is always busy in the evenings, so I will preface this by saying that it may have been a bad night for them. But it was a really bad night.

We had reservations for a Saturday at 7pm, and the host greeted us and sat us promptly when we arrived. Upon seating, the server greeted us promptly and was friendly, but was unable to recommend a red wine to pair with seafood. He also had to go back and ask which beers they had. When he returned, he took our appetizer and entree orders.

50 minutes later, our appetizer arrived along with our soup and salad, all at once. The server brought me a salad, although I ordered the soup. The soup was hot and a decent minestrone. I noticed other patrons complaining about the long wait. The seafood appetizer smelled and tasted fishy, but the spicy tomato sauce was good.

The food arrived a few minutes later. I ordered the Scallop special, which was several cups of congealed arborio rice under four chewy scallops. The Prosecco cream sauce was virtually undetectable. My husband's Frutti Di Mare was okay, he said, but about a minute into the meal he held something in front of me and asked me what it was. "I think it's a rock." We asked the waiter, who brought it to the manager's attention, we think, but we don't know for sure, because the server came back and said "They told me that happens sometimes and it's not unusual." No other compensation or apology was offered.

We skipped dessert and coffee. Honestly, I would have been happier eating at the local hot dog stand. It was truly awful, and we will not be going back.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I chose this place based on the great reviews and the fact that it is always busy in the evenings, so I will preface this by saying that it may have been a bad night for them. But it was a really bad night.

We had reservations for a Saturday at 7pm, and the host greeted us and sat us promptly when we arrived. Upon seating, the server greeted us promptly and was friendly, but was unable to recommend a red wine to pair with seafood. He also had to go back and ask which beers they had. When he returned, he took our appetizer and entree orders.

50 minutes later, our appetizer arrived along with our soup and salad, all at once. The server brought me a salad, although I ordered the soup. The soup was hot and a decent minestrone. I noticed other patrons complaining about the long wait. The seafood appetizer smelled and tasted fishy, but the spicy tomato sauce was good.

The food arrived a few minutes later. I ordered the Scallop special, which was several cups of congealed arborio rice under four chewy scallops. The Prosecco cream sauce was virtually undetectable. My husband's Frutti Di Mare was okay, he said, but about a minute into the meal he held something in front of me and asked me what it was. "I think it's a rock." We asked the waiter, who brought it to the manager's attention, we think, but we don't know for sure, because the server came back and said "They told me that happens sometimes and it's not unusual." No other compensation or apology was offered.

We skipped dessert and coffee. Honestly, I would have been happier eating at the local hot dog stand. It was truly awful, and we will not be going back.

Pros: Ample parking, quick seating, friendly server.

Cons: Awful food, long wait for food, lack of quality control

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Very Elegant White Table Cloth Dining Experience for lunch or dinner. Wide variety of Italian Fare. Many different types of pasta and seafood specials are offered as well as fine wines. Beautiful baby grand piano in the corner which is often attended by a piano player. This elegant dining is at lunch as well as dinner and is especially elegant during the holidays. Do not miss this 5 star dining experience. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

Very Elegant White Table Cloth Dining Experience for lunch or dinner. Wide variety of Italian Fare. Many different types of pasta and seafood specials are offered as well as fine wines. Beautiful baby grand piano in the corner which is often attended by a piano player. This elegant dining is at lunch as well as dinner and is especially elegant during the holidays. Do not miss this 5 star dining experience. Highly recommended.

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My daughter had her wedding rehearsal dinner at Ristorate Bottaio and it was a fabulous dinner. The service was outstanding also. There wasn't one person who didn't rave about the Chicken Marsala, and the Filet Mignon. They melted in your mouth. My husband who loves steak, usually puts A-1 steak sauce on his meat, no matter how good it is, (makes me cringe, lol) tasted the steak and said he in not putting A-1 on this cuz it had the best seasoning and taste he has ever had! That was a shocker to me. He couldn't stop talking about how wonderful it was, as did everyone else who ordered it. That is now our new place to go. I don't know how expensive it was, as it was a large group hosted my the grooms father, but no matter the price, it was worth every mouth watering bite. Next time, I'll have to try some of the other wonderful meals they have on their menu.

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My daughter had her wedding rehearsal dinner at Ristorate Bottaio and it was a fabulous dinner. The service was outstanding also. There wasn't one person who didn't rave about the Chicken Marsala, and the Filet Mignon. They melted in your mouth. My husband who loves steak, usually puts A-1 steak sauce on his meat, no matter how good it is, (makes me cringe, lol) tasted the steak and said he in not putting A-1 on this cuz it had the best seasoning and taste he has ever had! That was a shocker to me. He couldn't stop talking about how wonderful it was, as did everyone else who ordered it. That is now our new place to go. I don't know how expensive it was, as it was a large group hosted my the grooms father, but no matter the price, it was worth every mouth watering bite. Next time, I'll have to try some of the other wonderful meals they have on their menu.

Pros: Great service and delicious food

Cons: none

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After living in Southern Italy for 3 years, my husband and I had high expectations when it came to Italian food. Ristorante Bottaio was no disappointment. The food was surperb and the environment made us feel as if we are back in Italy. I would highly recommend this restaurant for those looking for a true Italian dinner experience.

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★★★★★

After living in Southern Italy for 3 years, my husband and I had high expectations when it came to Italian food. Ristorante Bottaio was no disappointment. The food was surperb and the environment made us feel as if we are back in Italy. I would highly recommend this restaurant for those looking for a true Italian dinner experience.

Pros: Valet Parking, Beautiful Environment, Great Service

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We spend a very pleasant evening with three young childeren at this restaurant.

The choice in starters is varied and of high quality, Calimari and antipasta of Italian quality (including grilled vegetables)

With childeren actually spooning the salad dressing believe it speaks for itself.

For the adults the grilled white fish and Risotto with Scallops went well with recommended Pinot Grigio.

For the childeren truly half portions at half price were served of "adult food"; spaghetti with Perch Fillets, Pasta with Shrimp and thin crust pizza with salami.

The choice in deserts was outstanding, as the Lemon sherbet icecream went down as a treat (as the Profiteroles and Titramisu).

It was nice to find an Italian restaurant in the US that serves more that just the standard Pizza and Paste.

All in all this dinner set us back by US$ 160 excluding tip, and it was worth it.

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★★★★★

We spend a very pleasant evening with three young childeren at this restaurant.

The choice in starters is varied and of high quality, Calimari and antipasta of Italian quality (including grilled vegetables)

With childeren actually spooning the salad dressing believe it speaks for itself.

For the adults the grilled white fish and Risotto with Scallops went well with recommended Pinot Grigio.

For the childeren truly half portions at half price were served of "adult food"; spaghetti with Perch Fillets, Pasta with Shrimp and thin crust pizza with salami.

The choice in deserts was outstanding, as the Lemon sherbet icecream went down as a treat (as the Profiteroles and Titramisu).

It was nice to find an Italian restaurant in the US that serves more that just the standard Pizza and Paste.

All in all this dinner set us back by US$ 160 excluding tip, and it was worth it.

Pros: Good parking, Value, Quality

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Free Valet! Host Marco DiMarco is a wonderful Italian gentleman who seated us. We had a wonderful appetizer combination with mixed bruschetta, proscuitto and fresh mozzarella, fresh rapini and asparagus as well as a combination of both grilled calamari and grilled octopus. Our bottle of wine, a 1997 Brunello was affordable and went perfecly with everything. After two nice salads, we split a veal special and a pasta...medallions of veal served with mixed peppers and jumbo shrimp in a wonderful tasting light wine sauce. The pasta was fettucini with mussels, clams, calamari and jumbo shrimp served in a light tomato sauce. Both were wonderful. We ended dinner with tiramisu (awesome), two esspresso's and a snifter of grappa. I was very pleased...you will be to when you get to this gem in the subburbs. I live in Evanston...the drive only took us about 30 minutes...and it was worth it.

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★★★★★

Free Valet! Host Marco DiMarco is a wonderful Italian gentleman who seated us. We had a wonderful appetizer combination with mixed bruschetta, proscuitto and fresh mozzarella, fresh rapini and asparagus as well as a combination of both grilled calamari and grilled octopus. Our bottle of wine, a 1997 Brunello was affordable and went perfecly with everything. After two nice salads, we split a veal special and a pasta...medallions of veal served with mixed peppers and jumbo shrimp in a wonderful tasting light wine sauce. The pasta was fettucini with mussels, clams, calamari and jumbo shrimp served in a light tomato sauce. Both were wonderful. We ended dinner with tiramisu (awesome), two esspresso's and a snifter of grappa. I was very pleased...you will be to when you get to this gem in the subburbs. I live in Evanston...the drive only took us about 30 minutes...and it was worth it.

 

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