La Bottega

Cellar Dweller

Hanging Out in a Coconut Grove Wine Cellar

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TGIF.

We're not sure how your week's been, but ours was pretty crazy (and that doesn't even take into account Balloon Boy).

It's time for an Italian picnic/grotto experience, and we've got just the place: feast your eyes on La Bottega Enoteca Sociale, a rustic wine bar/gourmet food shop that quietly opened in Coconut Grove last week.

Completing a culinary trilogy, this epicurean canteen sits in the courtyard alongside its sister restaurants, Calamari and legendary burger purveyor Taurus. Hand your date one of the handmade wicker baskets, and stroll through the shop collecting an array of wine-pairing delicacies—aged French cheeses, crusty baguettes, olive oils from Tuscany and Puglia and balsamic vinegar from Modena (it's the Bordeaux of vinegar).

You can choose to consume this bounty at the family-style oak dinner table in the store or retreat to the private wine cellar below, where—if you're a member of the club (starts at $200/month)—you'll get access to your own wine locker, monthly tastings and the space to uncork and quaff that rare Barolo in private, spread out on a leather couch and accompanied by soothing piano music.

Think of it as your wine cave away from home.

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La Bottega
3540 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
305-444-3493
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