Botticelli Ristorante | Rapid City SD
14 Mar 2019
Botticelli will forever be a special place to me. Each time I eat there, I remember a certain summer night when I nervously waited for my (late!) date to show up.
We sat across from each other in a booth (that I now call 'ours') and nervously got to know each other over a delicious meal and a bottle of an amazing Cabernet.
As the hours passed, the busy restaurant slowed down, and soon, we realized we were the last ones in the place.
"Don't rush," we were told. "We're going to lock up and start cleaning up, but do not hurry to finish your wine."
The service and atmosphere could not have been any better that night - the night that I had my very first date with my husband.
Fast forward years and years later, our favorite spot was waiting for us as we dined and reminisced ... and shared another meal together.
Botticelli's is a Rapid City favorite. Located in the heart of downtown, it has one of the best locations for people watching, shopping, dining outdoors, and of course, just enjoying a glass of wine from their famous and extensive selection.
If you are a local, you know all about this place. But, if you are a visitor, or doing your research on where to eat when you get here - Botticelli's needs to be on your short list. Plan on a romantic dinner for two or feel equally as comfortable bringing your family for lunch. The atmosphere is inviting and refined - but is also unassuming. Everyone is welcome here.
Delicious rosemary bread is served with tableside service of balsamic and olive oil. In an era of trying to avoid carbs, it's best that you just let that go. Everything so delicious - and you can just walk it off downtown after dinner. So go ahead - eat and enjoy!
The Caesar salad is a favorite of ours. It's so crisp - and absolute must for me! The combination of romaine, parmesan, anchovy, croutons, and cheese crisp could be my meal day in and day out. And, apparently, I'm not alone - our server boasted that it was their top salad - although they have many to choose from - and that the
Gorgonzola was a close second.
(Can I be sentimental with you guys again and tell you this shot of wine reminds me of our first date... again? I know, I know...enough of over-sharing personal information. But it really is such a great place to go to create a wonderful evening!)
Okay. Back to food. Their pasta dishes are in another league. Full of flavor and fresh ingredients - this Linguine Con Gaberoni is my go-to. It's full of shrimp and basil. (Insider tip: ask for extra pepper flakes to make it a bit spicier.)
My husband stealing a bite ... or five.
He had the Penne Rosa Con Pollo (Chicken, Mushrooms, Basil, Vodka, Rosa Sauce) and it was outstanding. Highly recommend this dish as well.
Our server was attentive, informative, and anticipated every want we had. We felt well cared for - good service adds so much to the experience, and it is not over-looked at the Botticelli Ristorante.
The cannoli is full of mascarpone - flavored with amaretto and then finished with almonds, and chocolate. Delicious.
If you'd just like to have a glass of wine, they have a cozy lounge area - full of large windows facing bustling Main Street - to enjoy while you people watch and sip.
It also has a fun view of the kitchen. Look at those pans on the range - I cannot get over how they can pull that off and I can't even broil a bun without setting the fire alarm off.
Needless to say, this is fun and impressive to see. It's almost like sitting in a friends' kitchen (minus the trauma of a fire alarm).
Cozy booths make for romantic conversations, family bonding, or comfortable corporate lunches.
523 Main St.
Rapid City SD, 57701
(Please call ahead to verify - I found their Facebook Page and Hours listed here to be different at the time of publication)
Monday - Friday: 11:00 AM - 2:30 PM | 5:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sun: 4:00PM - 9:00PM