DC: ‘Twas one of my favorite times o’ the year… my anniversary (or as some like to call it… my bday). After much tedious research (and several hours of ogling menus and food pics), I finally selected Sotto Sotto for dinner with my closest friends. We arrived around 5:30, so the restaurant was not too crowded at first, which was perfect for an intimate dinner with mes amis. We were promptly seated, and greeted by our waiter, who was a bit blah at first, but eventually warmed up. I ordered a drink called “Lovely Day” ($10), which is made of Miller’s gin and St. Germain (an interesting liqueur made from elderberry flowers). Lemon, grapefruit and angostura bitters rounded off this tasteful bever-ahjz, and mark my words, this drink is as refreshing as it sounds! Mmmm… let’s just say the “Lovely Day” set the tone for a lovely evening.
LC: Mmmhmm, it certainly did.
LC: For antipasti we ordered the Bufala E Peperoni which consisted of Bufala mozzarella, roasted bell peppers, anchovies and capers ($11). I couldn’t remember if I liked anchovies or not, so I thought this would be THE dish to help me decide, once and for all. Well, let me just tell you…this starter was EVERYTHING! The mozzarella was creamy and the anchovies did not dominate. Instead, they added just the right amount of “bite.” It’s official… I like anchovies.
DC: What better night to lose my anchovy v-card than my d.o.b. And like LC, I can truly say I am a fan… at least in this dish. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
DC: C’mon, who doesn’t crave a nice, juicy, succulent mussel? And these were definitely all of the above… and there was plenty to go around.
LC: For the main dish, I ordered the Risotto Mantecato: Carnaroli rice, caramelized onions, 12yr balsamic, reggiano ($17). Frankly, I ate it because I was hungry. I did not like the combination of the balsamic vinegar and the risotto. The vinegar took over the dish and threw off my palate. This should be reserved for a small side dish to accompany a strong entrée.
DC: I could not decide between pasta or risotto (since I had heard rave reviews about both), so I thought to myself, “porque no los dos?”
The good thing about Sotto Sotto is that you can order a “first course” size of any pasta or risotto, so I was able to try two different things. First up: the Risotto Ai Funghi: Carnaroli rice, wild mushrooms, reggiano. I am a mushroom fan in general, and these wild mushrooms were ooh la la! I was very pleased with this overall. I also ordered the Strozzapreti alla Salsiccia: hand made “Priest Strangler” pasta with sweet sausage ragu. This dish sort of reminded me of Chef Boyardee for adults. Not sure if that’s a win or a fail, lol. I have mixed feelings about this one. I don’t regret the day we met, but I’m not head-over-heels either. Whatever the case may be, I must’ve been really hungry, as evidenced by the pic. –>
LC: I really enjoyed the ambiance at Sotto Sotto. It was chic and sexy but not pretentious. Once the crowd started trickling in, the seating became a bit tight, especially in a full house on a Saturday night. I think it is an ideal date night spot, or where you would celebrate an anniversary…but word to the wise, get there early if you cherish your personal space. All in all, I believe my experience was good. I think it was my choice of entrée that left me a bit disappointed.
DC: My birthday dinner is very important to me, because it’s an excuse to rally up my best friends and enjoy a memorable meal together. Therefore, I put a lot of thought behind my choice of restaurant. I was craving Italian and wanted a place that was classy (without the snobbery). A seductive menu was key… particularly with great appetizers I could share with the table. For the most part, Sotto Sotto met those expectations. The elegant yet comfortable setting was exactly what I wanted, and I enjoyed sharing the mussels and Bufala E Peperoni. My drink was a winner, and I liked the mushroom risotto. I appreciate that all of their pasta is made fresh (besides the spaghetti), but my pasta was just okay. It was surely the weakest link next to LC’s balsamic risotto, which I took a few bites of. Next time, I would definitely try a different pasta instead, or maybe even a Secondi dish. I also hear that they’ve got a delicious chocolate soup, but we were simply too stuffed to order dessert!
Drum roll, pleaaasssee…….
3.5 / 5
Sotto Sotto is located at:
309 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307