Michael Chiarello is one of the original celebrity chefs, and his higher-end Napa Valley outpost draws fans from around the globe. Hopefuls are indeed likely to see him in the kitchen, drizzling olive oil on plates of creamy, almost liquid-fresh burrata and marinated mushrooms; or pouring persimmon purée across thick slices of yellowfin tuna crudo. Even the wine list features his house blends, which pair delightfully with pastas like the whole-wheat tagliarini tossed in a pitch-perfect Bolognese. Large and boisterous, Bottega's autumn-hued dining room welcomes crowds with comfy banquettes and terra-cotta accents. One will also find lovely outdoor seating by the firepit. A well-made tiramisu and espresso offer a fine Italiano end to the festivities.
- MICHELIN guide inspectors