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313 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030733.763183 -84.357647
Mon-Thurs 5:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-midnight, Sun 5:30pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Poncey Highlands, Eastside, Eastside
Great Italian option near Poncey Highlands; Sotto Sotto has some of the best pasta, including their risotto in town. Grab a glass of vino and be sure not to miss the gnudi gnocchi!
Great service and great food. Enjoyed the atmosphere. What I expected.
Best Italian I've had in Atlanta – I went to Sotto the other night with friends and everything was perfect. Great atmosphere and Chris our waiter was excellent. We had an array of singular portions of the first course entrees and they where spectacular. Great wine list and and overall excellent experience. Thank You Sotto Sotto!
One of my top 5! – My husband and I have been coming to Sotto Sotto for many years. We love the ambiance, food, service, everything!
Sub Par Service – Didn't get a chance to taste the food. After making a reservation 3 days prior and confiming the day before,we were greeted by rude and unprofessional hostesses. We checked in and were told the wait would only be a moment. After 45 minutes and noticing that people were being called that arrived after us, we asked how much longer. The hostesses then tells us we were not in the system. How could we not be in the system? We checked in 45 minutes ago. Highly disappointed, I asked to speak to the manager. She was not much help either.But she did offer me a complimentary glass of wine. She told us she was trying to find us a table as the hostesses continued to seat other people. We decided to leave after waiting another 15 minutes. On the way out I politely told the manager to forget it and I would be sure to write a review about this.I have never experienced such piss poor service at a restaurant. Should have gone to Cafe Intermezzo.
Not exactly great Italian food – Over rated. I'm Italian, so I may a bit 'biased', but the Pepata di Cozze (mussel appetizer) needed some flavor and the 'cappellacci di zucca' (pumpkin ravioli) were literally re-fried in butter. Truly bad. The butter sauce was way overcooked and overall they tasted bad.
The bread was very good and the dessert, offered by the house, with mascarpone and amaretti was delicious (and authentic).
The pizza at the neighbor fritti is a far better deal.
Way over hyped. – Unfortunately Inman park has a lot of this going on. Honestly, I can't 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 don't 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, it's just hyped and apparently people like to keep the thrill going so they can tell their friends they ate somewhere trendy. NOT one of Atlanta's best and I can't help but wonder how legit some of those reviews are for the below average experience this place offers.
Top 5 Atlanta restaurant. – It had been a few years since I'd been to Sotto Sotto, but after snagging a reservation for Inman Park restaurant week, I'm still sold this place is nearly as good as anything we have in Atlanta.
The service, like the building, is charismatic and charming, polished enough for a little amusement but not invasive. If the weather is good, a seat on the back patio makes you feel like you've somehow escaped the city. It's also not as cramped as the formal dining room--which is cute but you're practically rubbing elbows with the people next to you.
As for the food, I'm stuck on "a favorite recipe from his letters," the Tortelli di Michelangelo, ravioli stuffed with veal, chicken and pork and come in a butter-sage sauce. The thing I love about this dish is that the sauce lets the pasta stand on it's own. And the meat combo is out of site. You can get the pastas in half size portions as well, which comes in handy if you're dining companion is into sharing.
Another unique thing on their menu is the olive oil tasting. While they bring out a house olive oil for the table, you can order other different kinds of olive oils for $3 per. More olive oil and bread is never a bad thing.
Terrible and Expensive – Since when is Duck organ or fat good for anyone.
This is for folks that like the Highland image.
Excellent Food, Horrible Chairs – I've been to Sotto Sotto twice - the first time, sat in booth along wall. A companion sitting in chair said "whoever selected these chairs should be shot." Undeterred, we had a great and very expensive meal with all courses and wine. The second visit, I entertained out of town friends. The 5 of us were very very cramped along an aisle and we all suffered in those horrible chairs, yelling at each other in order to be heard. I don't see a return visit in my future, except for maybe takeout.
Best Italian in Atlanta – On the recommendation of a friend from Italy I went here with several girlfriends from work and we thought the food was fantastic! It was great place for a girls' night out and it looks like it would be a nice spot for a romantic dinner unless you are seated at one of the many banquettes which seem to be much too close together -- like your earting with the couple next to you! We didn't have that problem and had a great time. Try the amazing risotto -- best I've ever had.
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