We're in the early days of the 2017-18 ski season and it's important that you know where to find the best carbs in all of the best ski towns. Luckily, I'm quite confident that I'm the exact right person to share this intel with you.
It's no secret that Vail's dining scene is phenomenal but La Bottega has a very special place in my heart. Located in Vail Village, across from The Sonnenalp and nestled next to The Sebastian, La Bottega is a restaurant that I love taking people to for the first time. It's a little slice of Italy right in the Rockies.
La Bottega is the picture perfect ending to any day on the mountain, regardless of the season, but dining here when the snow is falling feels like you're in the middle of a snowglobe. It's cozy, beautiful and the carbonara will literally have you melting in your chair, it's that good.
Owners Stephen and Elisabetta Virion opened La Bottega in November 1997, and have since given the restaurant a series of expansions and redesigns to create the Tuscan-inspired space it is today. The wine list is great, the service is welcoming but food is the best part of the experience. I need to preface this by saying that I've been to this restaurant close to fifteen times and on at least ten of those visits, I've had the Spaghetti Carbonara. It's as close to a perfect pasta dish as I've ever had -- homemade spaghetti, salty panchetta, creamy light sauce and cracked black pepper. Divine. The orrechiette and linguine with clams are also phenomenal and Joe swears by the Wagyu beef ravioli. He's just as obsessed with the ravioli as I am of the carbonara. What can I say, we're a match made in carb Heaven.
So the next time you're in Vail, your legs sore from a full day on the mountain and you're desperately in need of a glass of red and a big bowl of pasta, there's only place to go. La Bottega.