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“Great Italian. Great Experience.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sotto

Sotto
114 E 6TH ST, Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-977-6886
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Ranked #11 of 1,653 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Walnut Street
Description: It is a concept of casual intimacy and communal romance.Sotto is the art of simplicity, a steward of restraint. It’s undressed, gutsy and human. It is fire, meat, wheat, and laughter.Above all, Sotto is Italian.
Cincinnati
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226 reviews 226 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 65 cities Reviews in 65 cities
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
“Great Italian. Great Experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

SOTTO is the new higher-end Italian in the former site of La Normandy, below the new BOCA Restaurant. We dined there with a group of 8 people. We had a marvelous time. The service was what you would expect at high end BOCA and our server Sarah's advise was always spot on... right down to the phenominal Arcangelo "Jammie" wine! (it was!). She steered us in the right direction. All of the salads were wonderful (try the beet, tomato and goat cheese salad!) and the pastas and short ribs were marvelous. We split a few Secondi's for the table - including the pounded thin pork loin served with capers, arugula and lemon. OUTSTANDING. The short ribs were marvelous. It was ALL marvelous. If you don't have room for the outstanding deserts (like the riccota donuts with 3 different sauces), grab some to go. And the biggest surprise was that the price was less than what I expected for this level of service and quality. WE WILL RETURN!!! Great place for a group or a couple.
ONE more tip - I expected the wine list to be more expensive for the bottle. Most of the bottles were in the $40-48 dollar range. I thought that was reasonable for a place like this. There's a few $100-200 bottles, but the wines were at a nice price point. Good small winery bottles that you don't find everywhere.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
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67 reviews 67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great Italian Food with a cool atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We went to Sotto for dinner and it was incredible. We loved the space. We sat in a booth in the bar area with friends. We ordered several items from each part of the menu to share. We did not even make it to the entrees as we were full after the pasta and had to save room for the homemade donuts. The food was excellent and the service was great. Check out the guys making the pasta in the pasta room. Make sure you have a reservation. We were there on a Friday night and it was packed. We will definitely be back.

Visited January 2014
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“great service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Service was a little slow. Waitress was very patient and knew the menu. Menu was difficult to understand. It was suggested to share your food but the portions were very small. Prices were fair. Nice place to visit once.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Amazing Italian”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

Sotto is fairly new, below Boca on 6th St. Separate kitchen, house made pasta, excellent house wines at a reasonable price, and a decent wine list for the wine afficiondos. On two separate visits, the service was friendly, smart, and very helpful on choices. Their short rib ravioli was out of this world good. Paper thin pasta, sauce was perfectly seasoned and a small but adequate portion. The cauliflower linguine also had house made pasta, a garlic flavored cream sauce; an unusual creation to be sure. The pasta dishes and a salad, plus a liter of house win was less than $80, including tip. A NEW FAVORITE FOR DOWNTOWM

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Loveland, Ohio
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Wow, loved it,”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

Best italian I've ever had. You must order the donuts. I highly recommend a tapas approach: share the meals. A bit dark.

Visited November 2013
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