Bottega has arrived in Shanghai!

The purveyor of Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort bites is now open at KWAH on Xiangyang Bei Lu.

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bottega Shanghai

This highly anticipated opening was well worth the wait. Fantastic Neapolitan style pizzas and awesome vibes. The pizza gods have heard your call and have bestowed upon Shanghai the Neapolitan pizza place to rule them all.​

About Bottega Shanghai

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Bottega was founded in 2014 with one mission: to bring Neapolitan pizzas to China.

It opened its first location in Sanlitun Beijing, followed by a second in 2017, also in Beijing. Opened late 2022, Bottega Shanghai is the brand’s first location outside its home city.

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Bottega has been highly lauded since its conception and has won the recognition of the most prestigious order of pizza professionals. The brand claims the title of being “Asia’s most awarded pizzeria,” bestowed the honor of Best Pizzeria in 2021 Asia Pacific by 50TopPizza, the world’s premier guide to the best pizzerias in the world.

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food.

It is also the only pizzeria in China and one of 15 globally to receive a three-slice rating in 2022 from Gambero Rosso, a global authority on Italian food and wine.

According to the powers that be, Bottega is as good as it is in Italy. And they do this by using high quality imported products, which includes everything from the 00 flour to the Italian-made three-ton pizza oven. 

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

To ensure the consistency of their product, some of the key team members have even moved to Shanghai, and they’ve relocated their eight-year veteran chef to ensure that pizzas are done to standard.

The Shanghai space is majorly cool.

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The dining room is stylish with high ceilings outfitted with disco balls, eye-catching wall art, and striking photography inspired by 1950s Italian advertisements. There’s a glittering long bar, a wine cellar, a DJ booth, and plenty of seating for large groups.

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

It also has outdoor seating, and the venue is pet-friendly in and out.

The Food

Neapolitan-Style Pizzas, Deep-Fried Snacks, Pastas & More

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Bottega specializes in Neapolitan-style pizzas. According to co-founder and chef Paolo Salvo, their 24-hour fermentation dough base has an astounding 80% hydration. That’s 800ml of water for every 1kg of flour! The pizzas are fired in their three-ton domed brick oven, a majestic Stefano Ferrara branded beast also known as the “Ferrari of pizza ovens.” 

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The result is a pizza that is light and soft, thin on the base with a fluffy, char-speckled crust that’s airy with a nice chew. The charred black spots are also known as “leoparding,” the mark of authentic Neapolitan pizza that also adds flavor. 

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Bottega Shanghai currently has 19 pizzas (all 12-inch) and four calzones on the menu (including one that’s deep-fried). They also have 10 pastas and risottos, and like the pizza selection, include plenty of options from meaty to vegetarian. 

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

In addition, they have an array addictive deep-fried bites, hearty mains, salads, and desserts. Most of the dishes are the same as in Beijing, however, there are a few Shanghai specials, including the beef carpaccio, Polpette al Ragu, Montanara, and Salsiccia e Friarielli, all of which are must-orders.

Pizzas & Calzones

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Montanara (¥99) – They have a Margherita if you want to taste pizza in its most primordial form, but I say get the Montanara. It’s like the Margherita, but with a fried dough base. Topped with mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce, parmigiano reggiano, and fresh basil.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Quattro Formaggi (¥99) – An astoundingly good four cheese pizza topped with mozzarella, ricotta, gorgonzola, and asiago dolce.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Fortunata (¥99) – Italian pork sausage, green horn peppers, cherry tomato, mozzarella, parmigiano reggiano, chili, and fresh basil. Different layers of spice with mild heat.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Salsiccia e Friarielli (¥129) – My favorite pizza of these four. Mozzarella cheese, sausage, and friarielli, a tangy, slightly bitter Italian leafy green that’s been salt brined.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Calzone al Salame (¥99) – This molten calzone is a close second to the Salsiccia. Filled with housemade ricotta, San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella, and salame Napoli.

Deep-Fried Appetizers and Starters

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Frittatina Pancetta (¥49/two) – Whatever you do, order this Neapolitan fritter.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
It’s a deep-fried square of creamy bucatini pasta with truffle, bacon, and mozzarella cheese. Yum.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Carpaccio di Manzo Wagyu (¥139) – Wagyu beef M5, truffle mayonnaise, black truffle, parmigiano reggiano, arugula, balsamic reduction, lemon dressing, and sea salt. It’s an affordable luxury.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Burrata Caponata (¥119) – Burrata with Sicilian-style caponata salad of cherry tomatoes, eggplant, capers, and fresh basil.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Fritto Misto di Pesce (¥129) – Deep-fried seafood and zucchini deep-fried with a light batter served with homemade tartar sauce. A nice mix of seafood include plump and juicy fishies, calamari, and prawns.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Cold Cuts (¥189/small, ¥299/large) – Selection of imported Italian cold cuts, studded with parmigiano reggiano. An aperitivo accompaniment.

Pastas & Hearty Mains

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Casarecce San Daniele Tartufo (¥129) – Al dente casarecce pasta with sliced prosciutto di San Daniele in a creamy truffle sauce. Easy to love.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Spaghetti con Polpette (¥99) – Spaghetti alla chittara with Calabrian ‘nduja meatballs, parmigiano reggiano, and fresh rosemary. Oh-so comforting and rich. A pasta you wouldn’t likely want to share.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Risotto al Pomodoro e Burrata (¥109) – Risotto cooked in a tomato ragu crowned with a whole ball of fresh burrata, fresh basil, and sun-dried tomatoes.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Wagyu Cotoletta alla Milanese (¥189) – Chilean Wagyu beef coated in seasoned breadcrumbs and pan-fried Milanese-style. Lightly breaded and rustic.

Dessert

For dessert, it’s all classic Italian sweets, most of them chocolaty or loaded with Nutella.

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Angioletti con Nutella (¥49) – Fried dough sticks doused in lashings of Nutella, dusted with icing sugar, and crumbed hazelnuts.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Semifreddo alla Nutella (¥59) – Homemade Italian semifreddo with crushed hazelnuts and Nutella.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Tortino al Cioccolato (¥59) – Molten chocolate lave cake with vanilla gelato.
Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.
Tiramisu (¥49) – Mascarpone cheese, ladyfingers, espresso, and fresh cream.

For drinks, there’s wine, which ranges from affordable (¥260/bottle) to splurge (upwards of ¥900/bottle); by the glass is ¥60.

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Cocktails are currently Italian classics, starting from ¥60, and beer from ¥30. More drinks will be added after soft opening.

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

In Summary: I Love It

19 different pizzas is a lot of pizza, but I pledge to try every single one by the year’s end. That’s how much I love Bottega.

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

The food and drink are extremely well priced, and they’ve managed to create a fantastic atmosphere that’s suitable for any demographic. On a busy Friday evening there were families, couples, and a large group of 14. It was packed to the gills. The DJ started his set and a people started jiving by the bar. The pizza party goes late too—kitchen closes at 11pm.

Great pizzas, great vibes.

Bottega Shanghai, a restaurant and bar that specializes in Neapolitan pizzas and Italian comfort food. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

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Bottega is currently in soft opening and will extend lunch hours after Chinese New Year. Bottega will also be open everyday throughout CNY!


Bottega Shanghai
Address: 101B, KWAH, 108 Xiangyang Bei Lu, near Huaihai Zhong Lu 襄阳北路108号嘉华中心1楼101B, 近淮海中路
Tel: 62621223
Hours: Daily, 5pm-midnight