On Tuesday night my 14th Street gals (minus Miki 🙁 ) and I dined at Sotto for the very first time.
The entrance to the restaurant reminded me of a club entrance, which makes a lot of sense since it is self- described as a speakeasy that has live jazz, blues and neo-soul music. Sotto sits atop Ghibellina (very apropos as “sotto” means “below” in Italian) and is neatly tucked in between Rice and Pearl Dive Oyster Place. I walked down a flight of stairs and once inside quickly forgot that it was sunny outside as the entire restaurant was very dark.
I had to walk through the bar and a few nooks for those that still wanted to be in the bar area, but have their privacy, before I arrived at our table Christina and Tammy had already secured. I immediately thought this place would be perfect for a rehearsal dinner or any other private event. The dark lighting created a more romantic, intimate, sophisticated aura.
Just to note, I lightened all the pictures I took up a bit so you could clearly see the space and food, but trust me it was pretty dark down there!
The food at Sotto is regional American that mixes Southern and Midwest influences. The “Snacks” section of the menu is inspired by state fairs, there is a healthy selection of meats available (ribs, brisket), and comfort food desserts liked blueberry crumble and caramel ice cream.
For our starters we decided to order the Pimento Cheese Dip with crostinis, Hush Puppies with local honey, and the Charred Broccoli.
It should be noted that Sotto is the FIRST restaurant we have been to on our 14th Street Eating Tour that has served us extra bread (crostinis) without even being asked. In fact, a dish of extra crostinis arrived with the cheese dip and accompanying crostinis!
For our entrees we all decided to share a lot of meat, lol.
And for some greenery Brussel sprouts!
Overall we were pretty pleased with our meal here. We did notice that the meat came out a tad cooler than we would have liked, but it didn’t tarnish the quality of the meat or our experience. I think it would be fun to come to Sotto on a weekend night at later time (read not 6pm when we were here) and then stay for after-dinner drinks to really get into the vibe of the space.
Next month we’re hitting up a favorite, Le Diplomate for brunch!
Have a great day.
What I wrote on this day in 2015.