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The Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food: Wood Grilled Octopus From Bottega

Now before you all start scratching your head wondering where in the hell Bottega is, (must be some ghost restaurant in Lake Las Vegas) Behold!  You are now in the middle of witnessing a Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food first; a dish from a restaurant outside  the confines of the Las Vegas Valley! Exciting, isn’t it?

While you will hear much more about this dish and others from The Wife and I’s Great California Road Trip, this dish deserves multiple mentions.  I never order octopus as it is usually tasteless and rubbery.  For most of my life (all of it up until August 6, 2010), I’ve held a steadfast position that the octopus was an animal that should be left alone and not eaten.  In fact, we didn’t order the octopus at Bottega, but our outstanding server, Andrew, who we gave the reigns on what we were to eat that night, ordered it for us. And I’m glad he did.

While the iPhone guided us with every twist and turn on our over 1,500 mile journey throughout the Golden State, told us when the Muni was going to pick us up to take us to more tasty food and let us see every menu we could possibly want to see, not even the iPhone could capture the hours upon hours of marinating, braising and grilling that had to take place to make this cephalopod one of the most significant food experiences I’ve had in recent memory.  Because no one frame could possibly capture the exquisite  significance of this dish, the Wood Grilled Octopus from Michael Chiarello’s Bottega in Yountville, CA is this week’s Weekly Bad Picture of Good Food.

Wood Grilled Octopus from Bottega in Yountville, CA

Wood Grilled Octopus from Bottega in Yountville, CA


6525 Washington St.
Yountville, CA  94599

(707) 945-1050

Follow Chef Michael Chiarello on Twitter at @chefchiarello

Mike Dobranski is a professional musician, amateur blogger, eater of good food, poker junkie, master of the inappropriate comment and bad husband to a wonderful wife.

Follow Mike and Tasting Las Vegas on Twitter at @TastingLasVegas

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