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“Beautiful Northern Italian Cuisine”
Review of Sotto Sopra

Sotto Sopra
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Ranked #32 of 2,075 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Mulberry and Franklin St.
Transit: Downtown Trolley - Free Circulator
Description: Sotto Sopra is an Italian restaurant housed in a beautiful 19th century building just blocks north of Baltimore’s Harborplace on Charles Street. Sotto Sopra specializes in contemporary Italian cuisine adapting farm-to-table and incorporating regional specialties. We buy local whenever it is possible. The perfect risotto, handmade pastas, roasted meats, local seafood, and regional produce are here for your total enjoyment. Join us for our Power Lunch, featuring what's freshest and best in Italian cuisine. Two courses from our full lunch menu, $18. Sotto Sopra invites you to dine for lunch; Monday through Saturdays and dinner every evening. Eat.Drink.Sleep.Dream--Italian. Check out our monthly Opera Nights with live performances and multi-course dinner.
Reviewed November 16, 2013

Dining out for Italian is a challenge in Baltimore--tacky locales, tradition without quality, tired service. Sotto Sopra is above and beyond all of that. The ambience is relaxed and trendy, the music provides nice background without being intrusive. The tables are far enough apart that you would have to strain to hear your neighbors' conversation. Our server (a lovely Russian girl whose name, I'm embarrassed to say, I've forgotten) was attentive and helpful, offering suggestions and explanations as needed. The food is stellar. We split two appetizers, the first being the Caesar Salad. I know, I know--ho hum. But this salad is a cut above. Long leaves of romaine are tucked into what looked like a brown paper bag that turned out to be a crust of some sort--beautiful--and the dressing was redolent of garlic and anchovy and black pepper without being overwhelmed by any one ingredient. add a large translucent sheet of parmesan and a piece of oven-roasted tomato for color and the salad was complete. Our other appetizer was Cozze Saltate al Curry e Latte di Cocco (mussels in a coconut curry sauce). The P.E.I. mussels were tender little jewels in a very delicate broth full of flavor, though the use of curry was done with a light enough hand to not overshadow the flavor of the mussels. For mains, we had the Sacchetti di Zucca con Salsiccia--beautiful little sacks of pumpkin pasta full of pumpkin served in a cream sauce with crispy pieces of homemade Italian sausage. The other main was Spaghetti Neri alla Chitarra--squid ink spaghetti in a light cream sauce with crab and crawfish. The pasta was al dente with a great mouth feel, the seafood maintained their respective flavors and textures and the addition of mushrooms made this dish. For dessert we shared apple pie and ice cream. The filling of apples was enveloped by a thin crust and quickly fried to a very crisp texture making for a very light dessert. The pie was accompanied by a scoop of luscious salted caramel ice cream. The meal was everything we hope it would be and more and we didn't feel as if they had picked our pocket. This will be our go-to spot for Italian.

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Reviewed November 4, 2013 via mobile

We were impressed from the minute we walked in the restaurant. The atmosphere is completely inviting, but elegant. The food was perfect. The service was satisfactory.

1  Thank Darin L
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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We arrived at 2:15 with lunch service ending at 2:30. We were greeted warmly and never rushed. They have a two course $15.00 lunch special. We had different but beautifully composed salads with different but equally vibrant dressings. We each chose the pappardelle with tomato sauce punctuated by smoked mozzarella. I added a confit chicken leg and thigh for a $5.00 surcharge. The pasta was fresh and made in-house. It was wonderfully tender and the tomato sauce was slightly acidic and delightful. They have a large selection of delicious Italian wines by the glass, though some are a little pricey. The only false note was the espresso at $4.00. That seems unreasonable to me and the extra $8.00 for two left a bit of a sour note in what was a truly delicious and pleasant lunch.

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1  Thank pickascreennamepicka
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Fantastic Italian restaurant in the heart of Baltimore, block south the Washington Monument on Charles Street. Very nice European style decor with large mirrors. Food was fantastic and reasonable. The restaurant accommodated all 12 of us on short notice and the service was very attentive to us. I ordered the Tomato based Risotto with Shrimp. Delish! The salads which accompanied the meal were good. I shared my wife's salad hence using "salads".
On street parking was easy.

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1  Thank Masoodclan
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Reviewed October 26, 2013

Have visited over the years virtually from Sotto Sopra's opening, and the food has never once been a disappointment. Prices are fair, and the food quality is still pretty much flawless. Service was always prompt, courteous, and attentive until our last visit. Maybe it (a Friday, with the restaurant pretty full, but not jammed) was an off night, but the table service was very slow (nearly 2 hours for a straightforward meal). Surprising, and a bit of a letdown. We'll keep going, and hope this was anomaly.

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Thank Transatlantic2012
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