On August 30, Bottega Americano opened its doors within the Thomas Jefferson School of Law building in San Diego’s East Village. Because the restaurant is located in the TJSL building, it will serve as not only a fine dining establishment, but also serve as the dining hall for students, faculty and staff offering lunch and dinner.
Bottega Americano’s footprint includes 8,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space featuring a modern design with retro Italian and European influences. Bottega Americano leans more toward being a full-service restaurant with five interactive food bars as well as made-to-order meals that can be picked up from the gourmet-to-go market. Guests can sit at any of the culinary bars to watch food being prepared and interact with the chefs, or in the communal dining room or outside patio. Valet parking is available every night starting at 5 p.m. for $7.
The venue is separate and distinct from the law school, specifically reserved as restaurant space. Bottega Americano will also offer catering for all events taking place at TJSL.
Bottega Americano is the first concept created by four partners involved in San Diego’s flourishing dining scene. Owners include Giuseppe Ciuffa, Founder and CEO of Giuseppe Fine Catering and Restaurants; practicing lawyer, investor and East Village resident Chad Ruyle; general manager Greg Van de Velde, who has consulted on several new restaurants and comes from the iconic Bertrand at Mister A’s restaurant; and noted chef David Warner of San Diego’s beachfront hotspot JRDN. The partners hired designer Thomas Schoos to help bring the vision of Bottega Americano to life.