Bottega offers an unmistakably Italian sense of style in a stunning Napa Valley setting. Dine outside on our expansive patio, complete with two stone fireplaces to warm you on the coolest Napa nights. Inside, you’ll find a warm, rustic setting adorned with Venetian plaster, Murano glass chandeliers, soft leather chairs, and ample tables — the perfect atmosphere for a meal and an experience to remember. Like our food, our interior celebrates both the rustic and the refined: Olive greens, chocolate browns and deep reds create a warm and welcoming atmosphere palette. We also offer two indoor dining rooms with a private dining/wine room and bar, as well as five communal tables made of forty year-old timbers, Calcutta d’Oro marble, and recycled concrete.
When I was just getting started, I traveled to Italy to work with a very talented chef. I knew I wanted to focus on Italian cuisine from then on. ∞ Life in the kitchen has broadened the way I view the world and life in general. No matter what culture or nationality a person is, we can always communicate though food. It truly is the international language. ∞ I met my beautiful wife Skye while working at Bottega. ∞ My hidden talents? Skateboarding and playing the electric guitar. ∞ Waking up every day in Napa Valley and being surrounded by food and wine all day is inspiration enough.
I start the day with coffee and end it with white wine. Beverages bookend my day. ∞ My biggest inspiration is my parents. ∞ I grew up playing sports, and I still really enjoy running. I have run three full marathons. ∞ Lately, I've been listening to Ramin Djawadi and Max Richter, contemporary composers who do original work for television and movies. I feel like it adds a little drama to my daily tasks. ∞ Working in restaurants has allowed me to see a cross-section of society, from the guests to the staff. We all really have more in common than not. ∞ My favorite place is on a quiet beach in Hawaii. It is a simple, wonderful thing. ∞ I cannot whistle.
Napa Valley, especially in the summer, reminds me of my childhood in Sardinia. ∞ On Sundays, my big family would gather to share meals prepared by my mother and her nine sisters. ∞ My favorite memories are of holiday family meals overlooking a beautiful white sand beach near The Gulf of the Angels. ∞ My work has taken me to the four corners of the world, and I bring my culture and my love for food and dining wherever I go. ∞ For me, working with Chef Chiarello sparks a rush of energy and enthusiasm that sometimes takes me by surprise. He has a gift for bringing out the best in me and everyone at the restaurant.
My daily routine is basically put on the high heels and go. But just between us, I prefer flip-flops on the beach. ∞ The Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern coast of Sicily is the most grounding and beautiful place I have seen. ∞ Favorite music? Alicia Keys for energy. Rod Stewart for love. Foo Fighters for inspiration. ∞ Every day we have the choice to be happy, so that’s what I choose. ∞ Beautiful people, food, and wines are my inspirations. ∞ I’ve been lucky to learn from inspiring women who took time to work with me and help me learn and improve.
I love this Duke Ellington quote: “There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.” ∞ Each day is a new challenge for me to deliver great service to our guests and provide them lasting memories of their time with us. ∞ Rome is my favorite place in the world. The history, the food, the markets, and the fountains. St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum. Layer upon layer of history and culture. ∞ I’m inspired by being able to collaborate with incredibly talented people, from chefs, managers and sommeliers to architects, designers, and artisans to create a unique environment and experience.