Tucked away into a nondescript strip mall in Buellton is a culinary gem of the Valley—the bellissimo La Botte Bistro & Catering, owned and operated by the equally bellissima Francesca Agate.
Red vintage candles, whitelinen draped tables, purple velvet curtains and a playful, hand-painted piano evoke an ambiance that’s as equally quaint and romantic as it is eclectic and fun.
The Sicily-born Agate greets customers with a brilliant smile and a soft word of gratitude for coming. Her calm manner belies her many hours spent each day in the kitchen alongside her chef, David Berroteran, whipping up organic fresh sauces and farm fresh cuisine.
“I only make enough of the sauces for the day,” says Agate, “I don’t want food to sit around.” Hailing from a lineage of Italian restaurateurs, including her father, Nicolo, who owns La Botte in Lompoc, Agate’s deep love for her family is showcased in her private wine labels. She pays tribute to her mother, Caterina, and her father as well as her daughter, Amayzing.
In addition to the bistro that is open five days a week, Agate caters fresh Italian dishes throughout Santa Barbara County. When desiring an unforgettable Italian dining experience served with the heart and soul of Italy, La Botte Bistro & Catering is the place to be.
La Botte Bistro & Catering is located at 225 McMurray Rd., Suite A, Buellton. Open Wed.-Sun., 5-9 p.m. For reservations, catering, private parties or more information, call 805/693-2154 or visit https://labottebistro.com.
This story was originally published in the summer 2018 issue of Santa Barbara Seasons Magazine.