While visiting wineries in the central coast if California, we asked for a recommendation for lunch. It was suggested we visit La Botte in Lompoc.
Lompoc is not a large town and we found the restaurant easily. We were greeted by a very friendly Mama Caterina Agate. When asked if the recipes served in the restaurant are hers, she replied "Of course!"
Our server was daughter Francesca. She was friendly and personable and offered suggestions.
My husband and I shared the lasagna and a caprese salad over romaine lettuce. Our only criticism of the service was that the salad was brought when we were halfway through without lasagna. Our friends chose the Chicken Pesto sandwich and Spaghetti Bolognese.
Everyone enjoyed their food choices immensely!
We weren't drinking wine but the restaurant has a very nice and varied wine list.
The restaurant is spacious and clean. The decor is a bit dated but that is not a criticism. It just reminded me of traditional Italian restaurants, the ones I remember from my younger years. The food is the star and the very capable and gracious family members are wonderful hosts!
The restaurant has been visited by many celebrities which was evident from all of the photographs on display. Mama Caterina was gracious enough to pose withy husband, Greg Butler. I told her he was a minor celebrity in his own right...he has been called "dry cleaner to the stars" (tongue-in-cheek, of course by friends!) in our little corner of the world Columbus and Dublin, Ohio as the founder and owner of Dublin Cleaners!
At any rate of you find yourself in Lompoc, California please consider having a meal at La Botta! You'll be so glad you did! Delizioso!!!
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