Bottega Fiorentina

Bottega Fiorentina is a Florentine dining experience located in Coolidge Corner, just a short walk away from the C Line.  It serves a large number of pasta dishes, sandwiches,  fresh ingredients by the pound, imported grocery items, such as cookies, chocolates, drinks, desserts, and espresso and cappuccino.

Bottega Fiorentina sits on a small corner and when you walk inside, you are greeted with a picnic table, hanging lights, Italian related posters, and delicious smells, as if you were dining at a cafe in Italy.

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Everyday there are featured specials, and the menu is so extensive that anyone would be able to find something worth ordering.  I opted for the spinach gnudi topped with pesto.  Gnudi looks like gnocchi, but instead of having a potato base, its base is ricotta cheese.  Gnudi translates to nude because gnudi is “nude ravioli” since it does not have the outside layer of pasta dough, it just has the ricotta filling.

The pesto was very fresh and light compared to the oil ladened versions you find in the freezer section of your supermarket.  The gnudi were soft and pillow like, and were not overworked at all.  Bottega’s pastas are all reasonably priced, which makes this the perfect place for a college student on a budget.

The staff are very friendly and mandate a “pay once you have eaten policy,” trusting their customers to enjoy their meal and be loyal.  The only caveat to Bottega is that there is no bathroom for customers, since it is mostly a takeout place.

 

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Roasted Red Pepper and Ricotta Cheese Tortillas

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These tortillas are wonderful for these cold winter days. They’re tasty  and comforting, filled with lots and lots of cheese! I There is ricotta and swiss in these, which makes for a nice combination. I love the red peppers because they are a great way to jazz up any sandwich or tortilla. I used the roasted red peppers in a jar from trader joe’s, but I suppose you could roast them yourself if you had some time. I used ham and swiss cheese, but really you can use whatever cold cuts you have in your fridge – I’ve made these tortillas with turkey before, and they were just as good!

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Ingredients (for five tortillas)

5 flour tortillas

1/2 cup of salsa (Use the mild or spicy kind depending on what you prefer)

1/2 cup of ricotta cheese

5 slices of ham

1 1/2 cups of shredded cheese

1 jar of roasted red peppers

Sour Cream, salsa, and black bean dip for garnish

Directions

In a bowl, mix together the salsa and ricotta cheese.

On each flat tortilla, spread about 1/5 of the ricotta/salsa mixture. I would recommend to not put it too close to the edge, because it tends to ooze out and cause a mess when you roll them.

Then add a slice of ham to each tortilla. Sprinkle with the shredded cheese and add 1-2 slices of red pepper to each.

Roll the tortillas up and place them in a dish next to each other. I have found that folding the edges of the tortilla in helps keep it compact in the oven and prevents the ingredients from falling out.

Put the dish in the oven at 375 degrees F, and cook for about 15 minutes.

When the tortillas are cooked, garnish them with salsa, sour cream, and black bean dip.

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