Our Guide to Baltimore's Cuisine Landscape       •       2014
#10 Bottega
#10 Bottega
Charles North

With its rough-hewn good looks and spartan barn-door decor, Bottega superficially resembles a farm-to-table restaurant.

But it’s not pious.

Bottega has the kind of a comfort in its own skin that’s as sexy in a restaurant as it is in a person. Owner Adrien Aeschliman and his chef, Sandy Smith, apply classic technique to the best ingredients they can find — a goose, a rabbit, a butternut squash.

The results, which have a refined rusticity, are delicious.