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VAIL, Colo. – December 27, 2010 – "It’s not necessarily the truffles," says Stephen Virion, La Bottega Vail’s owner and executive chef, "for me, it’s the inspiration and possibilities they provide for exceptional cuisine."

One look at the holiday menu at Vail’s premiere Italian restaurant and you can almost taste the excitement. Virion’s creations run from the festive, "Wagyu (Kobe Beef) Cheese Steak," with foie gras mousse, imported bufala mozzarella and black truffles to the seductive "Duck Eggs Benedecadence," on grilled ciabatta with sautéed foie gras, black truffle hollandaise, duck bacon and white truffle.

One of Virion’s personal favorites? "My Mom’s Mac and Cheese on Steroids." No actual performance enhancers here, though. Just hearty pasta with taleggio cheese and white truffles.

"Every year, I try to build flavors and textures that please our guests and give them something to tell their friends about, whether they like delicate, gourmet combinations or something that rewards them for a vigorous day on the mountain with a more substantial meal. Either way, it’s a lot fun."

The 7th  Year of Winter Truffle Wonderland is about to begin. We look forward to seeing you!

La Bottega Italian Restaurant is located at the northeast corner of Meadow Drive and Vail Road, across from Sonnenalp’s Swiss Chalet. Dinner and New Year’s Eve reservations can be made online at www.labottegavail.com or by calling 970.476.0280.
 
 

La Bottega’s New Site "Tastes" Like Italy

VAIL, Colo. – March 28, 2011 – Whether you’re looking to learn the difference between pancetta and bresaola, make a reservation, purchase a gift certificate, scan menus and an impressive wine list in advance of your visit to the restaurant, or view a sampling of Italian poetry, La Bottega’s new web site will serve you well.

 

www.labottegavail.com was developed by Kurz Strategic Marketing, Inc., of Vail to bring "everything but the aromas of the food" to site visitors. "It was created and built to be a ‘jump in’ preview of La Bottega’s sumptuous offerings, traditional Italian culture and Chef Virion’s unique adaptations of Northern Italian cuisine," said Michael Kurz, site developer.

Visitors to the site can view typical restaurant menus, make online reservations, click on the "Lettere dall Italia" button to view some well-known attractions, like Cortona, Cinque Terra and the Duomo in Milan; shop for world renowned Murano glass or learn about Italian food and cooking terminology in the Glossary under the Menu section.

It’s a taste of Italy before you come to La Bottega and have a real taste of Italy," said Elisabetta Virion, co-owner and creator of the restaurant’s world-class wine menu. "We believe that our guests should "Celebrando la vita." In English it means, "Celebrate life," she says, "and we think the web site has that same energy and enthusiasm for what we do here.

La Bottega is on the northeast corner of Meadow Drive and Vail Road, across from Sonnenalp’s Swiss Chalet. Dinner reservations can be made online at www.labottegavail.com or by calling 970.476.0280.
 
 
La Bottega Wins Prestigious "Platinum Service Award"
 
VAIL, Colo. - June 27, 2011 - Steve and Elisabetta Virion and the staff at La Bottega Italian Restuarant in Vail Village are once again recipients of the Vail Valley Partnership's prestigious Platinum Service Award. Winners are required to demonstrate customer service satisfaction ratings that exceed 90%, as determined by mystery shoppers who make multiple visits to the establishment over a 1 year periord to evaluate participants over a broad range of service, food quality, facility and ambience qualities. "This service validates the hard work and attention to detail along with the creativity and quality of our cuisine in which we take such pride," said Ms. Virion. This is the fourth year La bottega has participated and won recognition in the program.
 
La Bottega is on the northeast corner of Meadow Drive and Vail Road, across from Sonnenalp’s Swiss Chalet. Dinner reservations can be made online at www.labottegavail.com or by calling 970.476.0280.
 
 
 



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