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“You won't be disappointed” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sotto

Sotto
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Ranked #4 of 1,952 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff
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, Ohio
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“You won't be disappointed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2014

Awesome food. Great atmosphere. Pricey but worth it. Their attention to detail was fantastic. We will definitely be back.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful food and atmosphere!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2014

We went to Sotto for dinner on a Saturday night and it was amazing. We had reservations (recommended--there was a line waiting for a seat), but arrived a few minutes before the rest of our party and had a glass of wine at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and told us all about the house red, which we were pretty impressed with and ended up sticking with for the entire evening. The atmosphere reminded us of small trattorias that we ate at in Italy and NYC--very dark, beautiful wooden tables, brick, and candelabras on the tables. Our server was extremely friendly and answered all of our questions. Some previous reviewers stated that the servings were small or that it was recommended that they share meals and they left hungry--if you are planning on having a dish from each of the courses listed on the menu (four) then I definitely recommend sharing. There were four in our party and we shared two orders of bruschetta (the honey and goat cheese was AMAZING!), my husband and I shared a salad (the ensalada mista--very good), and then we each ordered a pasta dish, but skipped out on the secondi course (meat dishes--all sounded delicious). I had the lumache all'amatriciana and my husband had the tonnarelli cacio e pepe--which features house-made pasta. We shared these two dishes and we had more than enough food. The table also shared two baskets of bread, which they get from Blue Oven Bakery--delicious! After dinner the table shared an order of ricotta donuts--you get 7, so I recommend sharing! They come with three dipping sauces--dark chocolate, pistachio, and salted caramel. I want to go right now just for the donuts! Finally, our meal was VERY reasonably priced. We will definitely be back!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kacie A
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Cincinnati
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312 reviews
232 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Great Italian. Great Experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ChrisFromCincinnati
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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112 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Italian Food with a cool atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Thank Matt22260993
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“great service”
3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Deb H
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