La Bottega, which means "the store" in Italian, was created in March of 2003 by Giuseppe and Marisa Ruta. La bottega is a full service restaurant with a strong take-out element; however it is by design kept small to replicate the feel of an Italian Trattoria.

La Bottega offers a dine-in and take-out menu consisting of over 60 Panini and 25 Salad, selections, weekly lunch, dinner, "dinner in the box" and a specials menus along with an off-premise catering menu. What was once known as the Italian Gourmet "store" is now a fun-cozy-romantic Italian Trattoria, with a warm welcoming atmosphere in which our guests feel "at home".

Currently there are four La Bottega restaurants and the fifth is due to open in August. The original location, Garden City South, is owned by Giuseppe & Marisa Ruta. Rockville Centre was opened in the summer of 2006 and is owned by Maria.  & Family.  Oceanside location opened the summer of 2007 with partner Wilson Euceda. The other two locations are cooperatively owned by business associates of Giuseppe Ruta. Joe Mauro opened 3 years ago in Carle Place and Joe Artusa in the spring of 2007 in Merrick.