“A shoebox of a space that is worth fighting your way into,” says Alex Joerger at Cost Plus World Market. He’s just one of the many wine geeks attracted by Michele Belotti’s handmade pastas, long-simmered sugos and all-Italian wine list, much of it intriguing and under $50—like nascetta from Braida or ruché from Montemagno.
Tip: Head to the Bottega on Piedmont Ave. for take-away orders
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This story appears in the print issue of October 2018.
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