There’s something about wine country that evokes in me a deep craving for Italian food. Of course, the proximity to flights of seemingly endless varietals, begging to be paired with pizzas and pasta, seems like the most reasonable explanation. But beyond the bottles, every trip I take through California’s vineyard-lush hills reminds me of time once spent in Tuscany.
During a recent weekend trip to Temecula, I found myself in search of the right restaurant to complement those fond memories of Italy. Smack-dab in the heart of its busy downtown, I discovered a bustling bistro and market that seemed as if it had been built to satisfy all my Italian cravings: Bottega Italia.