|Address:||313 North Highland Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30307, USA|
|Working:||5:30–11PM 5:30–11PM 5:30–11PM 5:30–11PM 5:30PM–12AM 5:30PM–12AM 5:30–10PM|
Italian isnt thing, but my friend loves it, so I chose this place. I opted for valet parking (a very quick walk around the corner) because the place sits on a hill and I saw nothing but cars and no free spaces and it was too cold for me to be interested in being cheap and parking for free. Now, to the restaurant! This place is perfect for a date night. The prices reflect it and the atmosphere supports it. The place is very cozy and open and cute with low lighting, however, be prepared to sit directly next to someone. Like, directly. You barely have room to slide between tables. Make sure you visit on a third date when you like talking to each other so youre guaranteed to drown out the voices next to you. Now, the drinks! They have an extensive wine menu. Couldnt read it. Fancy. Marked up. Date night prices. My friend got something sweet and I just did water. Now, the food! I have no idea what I ordered. The menu is in Italian and some of the ingredients were unfamiliar. Again, Italian isnt my thing. Im happy to say though, that the waiter was awesome, super friendly, understanding, and totally didnt make me feel like the fish out of water I felt. Anyways, he explained every item I asked about thoroughly and I still didnt get it, but I can tell you I got the ravioli that was "savory" and my friend got some pasta dish I cant recall with a rich wine flavor. Finally, our food arrived on huge plates with small portions of pasta. You definitely dont leave this place with leftovers. Now, the taste! That pasta was delicious!!! I dont know what I ate but it was delicious! Id totally eat it again. My friend obliterated her plate. As for me, well, I wanted more, but I wasnt quite famished, so I settled for a manageable bill and got an appetizer that my friend called "healthy." It had arugula and thin sliced beef. It was good and just the last bite I needed. After all, Im mentioning the "small" portions, but its still pasta. Once it settles, youre good. I didnt eat again for the rest of the night. Overall ... Italian still aint my thing, but if Im dating someone that likes it, Ill ABSOLUTELY visit Sotto Sotto again. Then, Ill order the exact same thing. And Im keeping this picture for reference because I dont know what the heck it was!
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Honestly, I cant figure out what the hype is for. Our meal was "Italian inspired" at best, and not much flavor to speak of. We had bread brought to our table that was basic wheat loaf, stale olive oil, no garlic, no ground pepper with the oil. This is basic poor start right there. Then my caesar salad had no flavor beyond a light mayonnaise taste, and, no kidding here, the pepper mill used to put "Fresh ground pepper" on my salad only begot regular powder pepper like you get from a shaker at Waffle House! No joke. Ok, so for the main dish - we both ordered "half orders" of 2 dishes so we could sample a little of everything as suggested by the waiter. The sea-food risotto had been raved about. It was ok. The lasagna was only lasagna in so much as flat pasta had been used, the sauce was just some hunks of meet smashed in the tiny flat layers. This resembled a noodle based pita. I can get past the flatness, but the flavor again was absent. Lets skip to dessert. The waiter recommends Tiramisu. What we get is a parfait with no resemblance to Tiramisu. We were warned there were no lady fingers, but the substitute biscuit cookies were not soaked in coffee and the rum was replaced with "something" (we dont know what). Again, no flavor. I really could not have cared less had it just been called "Italian Parfait" or anything other than Tiramisu. So, $70 later with one glass of house wine (that was actually pretty good), we had eaten some bland noodles with an Italian inspired theme. If you like your food a little more bland than average, this place will probably rock your world. Otherwise, its just hyped and apparently people like to keep the thrill going so they can tell their friends they ate somewhere trendy.
Ive been to Sotto Sotto about 4 times now and decided that I had to write a review if it is consistently THAT good. Ill spare you the full story of my night, but I last came with a group of friends for a dinner out. The ambiance is perfect for a sophisticated dinner out with friends, especially when you want good food and drinks. And we love to linger here. Though the service is fast, we prefer the 2 hour dinner route here. Its just too great of a vibe. The drinks are fantastic -- I always go with a cocktail, wine or bourbon. The Champion is my drink of choice here. I religiously order the Bresaola di Tonno and dont think Ive even tried anything else. Now to dinner. This is one of those places where you can torment yourself over what to order because everything is just that good. Lucky for me, I went with a large group, so I got to taste it all. All-star dishes (include but arent limited to): Risotto Ai Funghi, Spaghetti Alla Bottarga, Ravioli Di Melanzane E Noci, Spaghetti Del Pescatore, and Strozzapreti Alla Salsiccia
Ill start with the food is great! Service and front of house need a lot of work. Ive had the same experience repeatedly. The bartender is rude and not attentive even when its not busy. As soon as it gets busy however, I believe its managements fault for staffing one bartender to take care of the guests at the bar and fulfill all the servers orders for guests at tables in the dining room. At that point the bartender becomes even less attentive to the guests at the bar. The manager is probably the laziest of the group. He stands there and does nothing. He could easily get behind the bar and pour some wine to speed things up. Instead he puts his hand In a jar at the counter and eats what looks like cookies! And just pages back and forth doing nothing remotely like managing. They need to replace some of this staff that has gotten complacent and feels they deserve the job, yet want to do nothing close to customer service. For being a high end restaurant, service is key in addition to food quality and you should have both.
Sotto Sotto is the bombbbbbbbbb! I went on New Years Eve and the entire staff was extremely accommodating. We called in because Open Table only showed a few undesirable early slots and they were able to give us a table at a more reasonable time. Excellent management here and the service was no different - top notch. The food here is pretty awesome if you know what youre ordering. I tried a few things: ::Seafood Risotto - WTF? How is it possible for something so good to exist!??!? This dish is just downright stupid good. The flavors are like a nuclear explosion in your mouth. Get this. ::Shrimp Risotto - After having the Seafood Risotto, this shrimp risotto is an insult. One noted and boring....zzZzzZZ ::Duck Pasta - One of those normal dishes. You dont hate life for eating it, but it doesnt make you feel special either. ::Appetizers - The mozzarella and carpaccio were a hit, cant go wrong with these Now I know, if I want some good Italian, Sotto Sotto is where Im going to go... and you should too!