CB Bottega is open for takeout. Masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer is at the counter.
CB Bottega is Cheese Boutique's offshoot bakery, gelateria, cafe and cookware shop just a few steps down from the fromagerie that's been around for a good 51 years.
The space that now houses the specialty grocer's gelato counter, bakery and coffee bar used to be their gift shop carrying cookware and BBQs.
There's a patio made of pine out front with the wood theme carrying throughout the entire space. In the front area, you'll find a full-service coffee station, sandwich counter and a selection of desserts.
Head to the back, which you might miss if not for the help of some friendly staff, for a massive display of cakes and pastries, and shelves of pots and pans, $750 handmade knives and wooden cheese boards from trusted names like Le Creuset, Miyabi and Shun.
This comes as the second location to a cheese shop that's been in Afrim Pristine's family for four generations. As Pristine has his hands full at the grocery store, his nephew, Fatos Pristine Jr., runs the show at the Bottega.
The sweets on display at the front, including seasonal cookies and 10 types of biscotti, tend to be slightly more laid-back and only get more decadent and showy as you venture deeper into the store.
Well-sugared bomba donuts ($0.99 each) sit next to the biscotti and come in seven variations from plum and brown sugar cinnamon to Nutella and dulce de leche.
The gorgeous display of baked goods in the back features full cakes (ranging from $20 - $26) and individual treats. The only thing made out-of-house are the butter and pecan tarts ($5.99), which are made by a family friend.
Key lime pie, mango passionfruit bars, cookie brownies, turtle bars and the undeniably creamy and rich red velvet cheesecake brownies ($2.99) are just some on offer.
Their traditional Italian gelato is available by the scoop ($7) or pint ($11). The ever-creamy, small-batch gelato comes in classic flavours of chocolate, strawberry, lemon and hazelnut, as well as in rotating flavours developed by the staff over the years.
Peach, pink grapefruit and coconut are made with fresh fruit and offer a gelato closer to a sorbet while the tiramisu, espresso macchiato and nougat options are much creamier and plenty rich.
Besides the sweet stuff, there's also homemade savoury items like sandwiches, empanadas, beef and lentil patties, and fresh loaves of bread.
The hefty muffuletta is one of the sandwiches coming on house-made bread with layers of thin-sliced Italian cold cuts and high heat levels.
Espresso-based beverages are also available with coffee blends by local roaster Barocco and made by longtime barista James Tso. But the mint lemonade, Tso's famous recipe, provides just the thing for a hot day.