Best Italian ๐Ÿ• Restaurants in Beijing? Part I – Bottega

Bottega Pizza Beijing - Great pizza

Bottega Pizza Beijing – 2020 Review

Having an Italian as a fiance means high standards must be adhered to when it comes to Italian food.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned since being with Bianca, it’s that Italians care about their food. Moreso than I probably ever imagined.

You even utter the words P!neapple and Pizza in the same sentence then expect a barrage coming your way!

Bottega Pizza Beijing - Not a Pineapple in sight!
Not a Pineapple in sight! Picture taken from (https://www.bottegacn.com)

On that note, you can rest assured that this recommendation for Bottega (ๆ„ๅบ“) Pizza Beijing comes from the heart!

These words bare weight when coming from an Italian.

I often asked Bianca at the start of our relationship, when visiting Italian restaurants… how does it compare to back home.

At that time, ridiculously, I’d never been to Italy before.

I was none the wiser (another way to have a barrage thrown at you by the way, 30 years alive and never setting foot in Italy). Every Italian I told was in shock!

Normally, when abroad the response was “boh” (Italian for meh), or so-so… rarely did we reach the heights of, THIS IS HOME.

That said, Beijing actually has a number of impressive Italian eateries which mirror what would be found back in Italy, according to Bianca.

Admirable shout-outs to Mercante, Buona Bocca (literally “good mouth” and La Pizza who also provide excellent Italian experiences also but today we focus on Bottega.

The first clue is the ownership. Two Italian brothers, hailing from Naples, Italy. Naples being the home of pizza. We already know we’re going to be in for an authentic experience.

Bottega Pizza Beijing – Where is it?

Bottega Pizza Beijing – The Menu

Bottega Pizza Beijing – The Staff

Bottega Pizza Beijing – The Food

Bottega Pizza Beijing – Should I Visit?

Bottega Pizza Beijing – FAQ’s

Bottega Pizza Beijing – Where is it?

Getting to Bottega Pizza Beijing means, unsurprisingly, you will be heading to the district of Sanlitun.

Sanlitun is a foreign hub inside Beijing, the modern Beijing, where foreign brands are everywhere you look and all buildings are modern.

It’s the polar opposite to the nearby Hutongs of Beijing where buildings barely go above 1 floor and cars gather dust, daily.

Sanlitun plays to a host of worldwide cuisine and Bottega is located right in the heart of it, tucked inside the rather picturesque Nali Patio, on the 2nd floor.

The easiest way to get there is to use Beijing’s very accessible Metro and get off at TUANJIEHU ๅ›ข็ป“ๆน– station which is located on Line 10.

Take Exit A and head westwards where you’ll start to see all the giant, glistening buildings, which, if you go at night, will be lit up beautifully.

The walk will take about 15 minutes.

Bottega Sanlitun

ADDRESS – 2/F Nali Patio 81. Sanlitun Road Chaoyang District Beijing

ADDRESS FOR CHINESE TAXI DRIVER – ๅŒ—ไบฌๆœ้˜ณๅŒบไธ‰้‡Œๅฑฏ่ทฏ81ๅท้‚ฃ้‡Œ่Šฑๅ›ญ2/F

Bottega Beijing, Sanlitun Branch
Bottega Sanlitun – Picture taken from the Bottega website (https://www.bottegacn.com/Sanlitun)

Bottega Xinyuanli

Bottega Beijing actually have another branch in Beijing located in Xinyuanli.

ADDRESS – 1/F Jinshang Building No.20 Xinyuanli West Chaoyang District Beijing

ADDRESS FOR CHINESE TAXI DRIVER – ๅŒ—ไบฌๆœ้˜ณๅŒบๆ–ฐๆบ้‡Œ่ฅฟ่ก—20ๅท้‡‘ๅฐš1/F

Opening hours for both are midday to midnight.

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Bottega Pizza Beijing – The Menu

In truth, Bottega Beijing is all about the pizza. There are plenty to choose from also, proper Italian classics such as:

Bottega Pizza Beijing - The Menu
Bottega Pizza Beijing – The Menu
  • Diavola (my personal favourite)
  • Bufalina
  • Classic Margherita
  • Romana
  • Marinara (bring it back Daniele, for some reason Bottega removed it from the Sanlitun branch menu, we do not know why!)

If you aren’t keen on delving feet first into the pizza there are still plenty of other options which include:

  • Plenty of pasta dishes
  • Cotoletta alla Milanese (a Milanese classic you must also try Bianca says. Having tried it in Milan itself, I wholeheartedly agree)
  • Grilled Salmon
  • … and of course a whole host of Italian desserts including Tiramisu and Panna Cotta.

They come in reasonably well priced, although still more expensive than in Italy itself.

Take the Diavola for example – 88CNY is around 11EUR, which comes in more expensive than in Italy, but still probably a lot cheaper than if you grabbed an equivalent in London, Sydney or New York for example.

What we must remember is that Beijing is a capital city, and the prices remain reasonable in the grand scheme of things.

You can take a look at their menu and download it here.

Honestly, I recommend going for the pizza, but there are a wealth of choices as you’ll see.

The Bottega Brunch
The Bottega Brunch – Picture from (https://www.bottegacn.com/)

Bottega Pizza Beijing – The Staff

I’ll be brutally honest here, it’s run of the mill. Nothing special, and nothing particularly bad to be said.

Bottega Pizza Beijing – The Food

Bottega Pizza
Bottega Pizza. Picture take from the Bottega Website (https://www.bottegacn.com)

Generally the feeling was great.

There were a couple of occasions when the pizza didn’t quite match expectations (one time it was particularly watery which was a same), but in general, they don’t do much wrong at all.

Is it the best in Beijing?

That’s probably a matter of opinion.

Some would absolutely say yes, others might side with a competitor, in our eyes it matches up alongside La Pizza.

That said, according to Bianca at least, this would be a far better choice for PROPER Italian pizza, compared to the likes of Tubestation and Gung Ho which are, let’s say, a little more Americanised.

You also have access to more Italian classics with Moretti and Menabrea to wash down the pizza and also, of course, the infamous Italian favourite Aperol Spritz.

Bottega Pizza Beijing – Should I Visit?

Absolutely, there’s no doubting Bottega comes up trumps.

Proper, authentic Italian food in Beijing. It’s something many places around the world promise, and only a handful deliver.

Beijing, as stated, actually performs well in terms of authentic Italian cuisine and we’ll be reviewing more of those in the future.

If you find yourself in Beijing, head over to Bottega Pizza for one of the best Pizza’s in Beijing.

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Bottega Pizza Beijing – FAQ’s

How many Bottega branches are there in Beijing?

In total, two. Sanlitun and Xinyuanli are the two areas with a Bottega Pizza branch.

Where is Bottega Sanlitun located?

ADDRESS – 2/F Nali Patio 81. Sanlitun Road Chaoyang District Beijing
ADDRESS FOR CHINESE TAXI DRIVER – ๅŒ—ไบฌๆœ้˜ณๅŒบไธ‰้‡Œๅฑฏ่ทฏ81ๅท้‚ฃ้‡Œ่Šฑๅ›ญ2/F

Where is Bottega Xinyuanli located?

ADDRESS – 1/F Jinshang Building No.20 Xinyuanli West Chaoyang District Beijing
ADDRESS FOR CHINESE TAXI DRIVER – ๅŒ—ไบฌๆœ้˜ณๅŒบๆ–ฐๆบ้‡Œ่ฅฟ่ก—20ๅท้‡‘ๅฐš1/F

Is Bottega’s pizza good?

Bottega serves up proper, authentic Italian cuisine and we believe, one of the better ones in Beijing.

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