We went to this tratorria style Italian restaurant for our (adult) son's birthday. He picked it because of the glowing reviews he saw online. We had reservations for 6:30. We were told when we arrived (on time) that our table was not ready but it would be about 10-15 minutes. There was no wait line when we got there. Okay, kind of annoying, but we smiled and said "fine." Thirty five minutes later, after several apologies, we were finally seated. As a gesture they comped us an appetizer. Not one that we picked mind you, but one that they just brought to the table. It was some type of bread (tasted like corn bread) with a sauce on it that none of us really cared for. We ended up ordering other appetizers, which we paid for. Our party of four each ordered different entrees, ranging from seafood to a pasta dish. All the entrees were rather small, but looked nice. They were all flavorful, but nothing special. We had a bottle of wine with our meal, one of the lesser expensive Italians, which was still nonetheless $48.00. Two of our party had desesrts, which were "okay," but again nothing special, and were also microscopic in size. The wait staff was courteous and attentive, but overall the service was exceptionally slow. The place was also extremely dimly lit, and for the prices charged, you normally would get a tablecloth covering the table. All in all, the Sotto Sopra was an "okay" expeience, but you could go to nearby Little Italy and get just as good, or better a meal at about half the price. I would not go out of my way to return: too expensive and mediocre, from food to service to atmosphere to decor, for the price. I'll wager that alot of the favorable reviews were done by patrons who went during restaurant week. Also, I think some people have the perception of a fantastic meal if they have to take out a loan to pay for it. If you want to find an Italian restuarant that you can't wait to re-visit, try one of the many fine eateries in nearby Little Italy.
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