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Basil, Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Wine…Just A Few Of My Favs

Botticelli Ristorante Italiano. Not only is this one of my favorite Italian restaurants but it is a local favorite as well. While the space is cozy and very welcoming, the best part about it is the food and wine! Withstanding the test of time in the heart of Downtown Rapid City, this restaurant has been around since 1997. The saying, “…it gets better with age” certainly resonates here. The menu is inspired by the traditional classic flavors of Sicily and the subtle complexity of Tuscany…need I say more? The flavors in each dish never disappoint, here are a few from my most recent visit…

 

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Bruschetta

Crispy Toscana bread grilled and topped with juicy roma tomatoes, capers (tangy heaven), onion and basil. My taste buds kept asking for more, definitely qualifies this restaurant as #TasteBudParadise. You would think, who can mess up bruschetta, but trust me you can. Botticelli’s knows how to give you a great culinary experience, this is just the start. 

 

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Panini, Caesar and Tomato Bisque

Olive oil, artichokes, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, prosciutto and mozzarella married together between two pieces of Ciabatta bread. Love all these flavors together! To go along with it, creamy and chunky (mmmm…) Tomato Bisque soup topped with extra cheese. For some reason I always forget to say stop when they ask to let them know when they’ve grated enough cheese on top…can never have too much cheese on anything! And then there’s the Caesar salad…fresh greens and the perfect blend of dressing and cheese. Top it all off with a smooth glass of red wine and I’d say this is one of the best lunch breaks I’ve had in a long time. I may just have to go back for dinner tonightJ. #TasteBudParadise

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Stacie Granum

Born and raised in South Dakota and proud to call Rapid City and the Black Hills home. While I have lived and loved a few other cities, I knew when it was time to raise a family there was no place like home. I have a sassy 7 year old girl, an imagination-wild 10 year old boy and married to my loving husband of 20 years. Basically I live for my family, love my day job of marketing this beautiful part of the country to the rest of the world and can’t get enough of the outdoors. I enjoy hiking, gardening and what I like to call my “therapy”, aka girlfriend time.

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Stacie Granum
“Always Right” Wife, Mother of Two, Culinary Obsessed, Marketing Jedi Master

Born and raised in South Dakota and proud to call Rapid City and the Black Hills home. While I have lived and loved a few other cities, I knew when it was time to raise a family there was no place like home. I have a sassy 7 year old girl, an imagination-wild 10 year old boy and married to my loving husband of 20 years. Basically I live for my family, love my day job of marketing this beautiful part of the country to the rest of the world and can’t get enough of the outdoors. I enjoy hiking, gardening and what I like to call my “therapy”, aka girlfriend time. Oh, I almost forgot one of my biggest passions…eating food! Feed me and I will never be “hangry”. 

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