Food good, not great at South Orange restaurant

I am always in search of great Italian food, but I don’t think I’ve found it in South Orange.

Located on South Orange Avenue, Bottagra South is a quaint, beautifully deco­rated restaurant offering “modern Mediterranean flare,” according to their website. While the atmo­sphere was perfect for a date night and the service was decent, the food left me feeling confused.

The menu is small but strong, offering a variety of op­tions from both the northern and southern regions of Italy. After careful consideration, I chose to eat simply their chicken fran­cese. The presentation of the plate was beautiful and featured sea­sonal vegetables as well as garlic mashed potatoes. While the food overall was decent, I found every­thing to be over-seasoned.

The mashed potatoes, while good, tasted too much like garlic, and my chicken francese tasted too much like lemon. There wasno balance in the ingredients; rath­er, you tasted one thing more than the other.

While I wasn’t incredibly excit­ed about the food, everything else made up for it. Although I didn’t fall in love with Bottagra South this time, I’d be willing to return.

The Setonian gives this 3 out of 5 stars.

Ashley Duvall can be reached at

Author: Staff Writer

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