The history of La Botte starts with chef-owner Stefano De Lorenzo.
De Lorenzo grew up in Cortina d'Ampezzo, the famous "Queen" of the Dolomites and the favorite hot spot for the mountain's 'Dolce Vita', situated near Italy's northern border with Austria. It was in his hometown where he began his restaurant career, starting at Ristorante Il Meloncino at Lago Ghedina.
De Lorenzo visited Los Angeles in 1995 and he was instantly captivated by the splendor of Southern California. He hasn't left since and worked his way around various restaurants throughout the city.
In spring 2004 Stefano De Lorenzo opened his own little place at 5 Dudley Ave., in Venice Beach, just few steps away for the ocean.
Shortly after, "Piccolo Ristorante" became a smashing success and the line at the door got longer and longer that convinced Stefano to expand to a new location not far away in Santa Monica, "La Botte".
La Botte has one Michelin star.