Our First Michelin Starred Dining in Italy: La Bottega del 30
First of all, a big hello from Siena! We are approaching mid-way through our Italy journey, so to celebrate, I thought we should stay in a castle 😉 Castello delle Quattro Torra is definitely something special, and for 160 Euros including breakfast is not too expensive.
For some reason, we haven’t had really fantastic bread in Italy, but seeing these gorgeous bread put in front of us, we just knew they were fantastic. We could simply eat this bread alone and be extremely content!
Then it was this huge ass serve of formaggio, asparagus and fish dish. This seriously could be my main- it was huge! I don’t mind this dish but I felt that this dish is too rich to be our first course.
But this. This was AMAZING. I have never tasted quail so succulent and flavoursome before. It was served with pasta cream, lentils and capsicum, the latter two I don’t care much about, but the pasta cream was nice and had a slightly grainy texture that I found more interesting than weird. That being said the quail was definitely the star of the dish.
Our dessert was the “petite fours” – the furthest left hand corner was a creme brulee. I don’t normally order creme brulee and this one was licorice flavoured. I don’t actually like licorice so this is certainly not one of my favourite dessert.
The little nuts are candied cashew nuts- it was caramelised but not too sweet- it was just perfect.
The one in front is a sesame parfait- surprisingly flavoursome and light. The chocolate brownie on the right was good but wasn’t very spectacular, although it was atopped with a candied mint leaf, which I found very interesting.
Overall I quite like La Bottega del 30. Although not all the dishes met my expectations as a one Michelin Star restaurant, that egg yolk pasta dish with truffles and the quail were definitely yumgasmic. Other than food, La Bottega del 30 has certainly got an awesome atmosphere and warm hospitality. If I am back in the ‘hood I will visit again. 8/10
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