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“Great pizzas in a restaurant run as a machine”
Review of La Bottega

La Bottega
Ranked #158 of 1,752 Restaurants in Lille
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$47
Cuisines: Pizza
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Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Vieux Lille 3
Description: Rien n'est définitif. Si pendant des années on a pu croire que la pizza était un plat bon mais sans dimension, Gilberto et sa squadra démontrent le contraire.Ils préparent des pizzas gastronomiques.Le Gault & Millau parle « d'une pâte magistrale » et attribue 2 Toques à l'établissement. Les ingrédients sont fins, rares et le résultat est unique.Sur 2 étages, dans une ambiance chaleureuse, au coeur du Vieux Lille.
Reviewed 20 July 2018 via mobile

La Bottega serves pizzas with great taste, in red (tomato sauce basis), white (cheese basis) or calzone (wrapped) version. The restaurant’s vision is based on local, organic, pure ingredients and even the beers and wines it serves are organic (and local, for the beers).
I had a vegetarian truffle pizza, which was among the best I have tasted, very delicate. Also the others were very good. The food and drinks deserve five stars!
Why four stars overall then? While being in the restaurant we felt like being part of a machine, with staff doing their job mechanically, not particularly nice. This felt really awkward and contradictory to La Bottega’s social and sustainable vision: you’d expect staff to be much more engaged. And happy, for one thing.
So, when walking out, having had to pay at an impersonal counter our aftertaste was mixed. Such a pity. The quality of the pizzas and drinks deserves a fitting, better service alongside.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank dobbelska
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Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Definitely worth the 15 euro for this pizza. Very kind and lovely staff. Highly recommend this restaurant as I considered one of the best pizzas I ever had!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Yazeed A
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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

Nice wine bar, great people watching spot. Staff very pleasant and helpful food very fresh and delicious!

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Amanda66anne
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Reviewed 19 March 2018 via mobile

Really good thin crust genuine Italian pizza. Excellent choices varied and different. Wide range of the Bianco style no tomatoes paste. Good service without seeming like fast food. Varied drink choices. Very busy on Friday lunchtime don’t know if you can book. We just walked in off the street but were lucky. Mainly 2 and 4 tables not necessarily great for very large groups. Like many good eateries in Lille you find this one in tiny back street.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank JayceeSurrey
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Reviewed 18 December 2017 via mobile

One of the most popular eateries in the old town - you should book or be prepared to wait, which is what we did on a Saturday afternoon. While waiting the chefs - busily preparing meals for their current customers- still made the effort to greet each new arrival. After around 15 minutes we had a table - the seats were still warm!
Beer to start then a “white” pizza - a pizza with a cheese base. Healthy? I doubt it - but wonderful anyway. Attentive and efficient team of staff all working hard on a busy day - excellent.
Would recommend the Bio wine too: thought the white went great with the white pizza.
Although always popular they haven’t been silly with pricing. Value for money and excellent for couples and families.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank petercranwell86
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