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Sotto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sottorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (310) 277-0210
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Sun-Thurs 5:30 - 9:30 pm, Fri and Sat 5:30 - 10:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Steve Samson and Zach Pollack
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Sotto offers offsite catering - please email events@sottorestaurant.com or call restaurant.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Sotto offers some special event capabilities - please email events@sottorestaurant.com or call restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Beverly Drive
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking $6.50 or limited street parking (please read the signs to avoid tickets)
A word from Sotto
At Sotto, Chefs Zach and Steve deliver an honest, market-driven menu of regionally-inspired Southern Italian dishes, including fresh housemade pastas and Neapolitan pizza cooked in an artisan wood burning oven. This wood burning oven was built onsite by Neapolitan craftsmen with traditional techniques that have been passed on from generation to generation and is the first of its kind in the Los Angeles area.

Our food is complemented by a fresh, seasonally relevant cocktail program with a strong background in the classics and the utilization of lesser known Italian liqueurs. We also offer an eclectic list of boutique wines from both Italy and California.
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Diner Reviews
  • "From the moment you walk in, you fall in love with the place. And once you look at the menu, you know you are coming back. And when you try the food, you do not want to leave. Loved it!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Enjoyable dinner. The grilled little gem salad was delicious and my friend enjoyed the pizza. Service was excellent"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "you step down into Sotto, kind of like some of the great NYC Italian restos. It has a nice casual rustic feel and a menu that includes your old favorites and some new combinations you hadn't thought of before. In general the food was really good (if a bit too salty) and we had a nice combination of fish, pasta salads and their fab meatballs. There are small, medium and larger options which makes a great case for sharing. The pizzas that passed our table seem a must for the next visit. I have to mention the service which was smiley and efficient (maybe a little too quick{note to kitchen} we will definitely share your experience with friends and will return"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I was told Sotto was great, but when I finally went to try it for myself, I was extremely pleased. Great service, superb food (everything we got was delicious), yummy drinks, and a cute atmosphere. I loved the burrata and house bread, as well as the lardo and house bread. Their pizzas and pastas are delicious. Our server and the host were very attentive and friendly. Overall, a great experience and would definitely go back!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Came for a birthday dinner and had a great time. The fresh bread with burrata was delicious. Liked the cauliflower soup too. The best part of the restaurant is the wine amd ambience. The menu is geared toward foodies."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Once again, Sotto has proven itself to us as a solid, reliable and delicious choice. Good was amazing, service even better! Love everything on the menu!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our first time dining at Sotto and we're definitely going to become "regulars." We loved the space, our server was very warm and personable (and she brought out samples of two Italian wines for each of us prior to our selecting a glass - which is not typically done). Every course was interesting, delicious, and well presented. I'm looking forward to a return visit - and sampling a few more dishes from their creative and eclectic menu."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Food was very good. Service lovely. Enjoyed the meal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I'd heard great things about the food & pizza at Sotto & was happy to bring our family of six for an early dinner. When there are reports that the noise level in any great restaurant like Sotto or their upstairs neighbor, Picca are very loud - we go early to eat before the level is at full volume. The pizzas & food were mostly great but the chief complaint was the portion size of the pasta dishes. We were warned that the size of the appetizers & other plates were intentionally small. But there was no such warning about the pasta dishes. We ordered 2 pastas & a child's pasta - they were all good & even if they were amongst the best in all of LA - the amount of pasta was ridiculously small. Sotto is sure to always be full - minus us!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The food is wonderful -- and very interesting -- don't expect your usual Italian menu entrees. Or even if you think it's going to be something standard it isn't (e.g., the caponata). The wine list has many Italian wines that aren't on standard Italian restaurant wine lists. However, if you have a beer drinker among you, that person will be severely disappointed--only Peroni. Right, ONLY Peroni. C'mon people--this is California. One must serve at least one decent-tasting ale--it can even be a pale one or IPA. They go with Italian food, honest. About kids--it's not really a kid-oriented menu, but even picky children (of my acquaintance) can eat the Margarita pizza. Meanwhile you'll have really good food and wine."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Sotto is an amazing jewel of a restaurant on all levels. From the friendly and professional front of the house hospitality to the knowledgeable wait staff and the food which was just superb. Sotto takes their passion for Southern Italian cuisine to the max. We snacked on chickpea panelle, shared a delicious salsiccia pizza and grilled pork meatballs. Their whole grilled oratta was the table favorite, so fresh and prepared to perfection. We loved sitting at the communal table where we watched Chef Steve and his team in action. The vibrant bar scene was made more so by the very cool 'girl' bartenders and Rory, the wine somm is simply one of the best there is. Altogether and amazing experience. Can't wait to return."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "While the food was good the noise level spoiled my dining experience. In addition to the regular friday night dinner noise the music was so loud as to be totally inappropriate"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I found the food to be good but not great. I like tapas style dining if I am going for Spanish, sushi, or to a bar. $16 for a 3/4 cup of pasta frustrated me. Next time I will head upstairs to Picca."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Not to miss handmade meatballs and thick grilled bread with warmBuffalo Mozzarella. Tremendous wine list and oven brick chicken!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "It was the second time dining at Sotto. Both times, it was impeccable service and boh times it was Christine that waited on our table. We were very curious to taste the food since our son is staging/working in the apparent open and seemingly very clean kitchen. Honestly and not being biase in any way, we loved the chickpea panelle, the tomato braised octopus which is my favorite dish to order at any restaurant and it was delicious but I would have liked it more if it was a bit tender than it was. What else? Oh yes, the guanciale pizza.. Loved the crust as it reminded me a pizza we had in Sicilie or a town close by. Then, we had a cesarecce braised lamb ragu- un delice tout simplement! ci torneremo al ristorante Sotto di sicuro😀 Chaio Marc"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I always love this place. This time I went for an early dinner with a girlfriend, it was perfect! I would highly suggest Monday night. The restaurant wasn't as crowded as usual so we were able to visit and take our time with dinner. The food and wine were excellent!"
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "It's so often that I go to restaurants and I am wowed by one aspect of the experience but left underwhelmed by another aspect. Sotto was delightful. Our waiter anticipated our needs without being cloyingly ever-present or turning on a false I'm-actually-an-actor charm. The cocktails and wine were all perfectly balanced and lovely. The chickpea almond soup was outstanding. The sauce on the pizza was delicious and even the dessert was beautiful. From start to finish, it was a perfect evening."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This was the second time I've eaten here and both times have been wonderful gastronomic experiences. They brought each dish to us one at a time which was fine because it gave us a chance to enjoy each dish and savor their flavor. Some dishes, I must admit, was a bit on the salty side, but other than that we enjoyed our meal very much. Must try are the spicy clams, lamb pork belly, and the pasta with squid ink. OMG - each bite was like a party in my mouth. Since it was my husband's bday, the waitress even threw in the hazelnut crostata on the house. So nice!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Nice sommelier, awesome pizza, chickpea things, and blistered little gems. Our favorite combo! "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "After 4 or 5 meals at Sotto, I'm sold on the quality and inventiveness of the food and drinks but service has to match this level. There are long lapses in the delivery of courses with no explanation, water is not refilled in a timely matter and plates are not cleared as quickly as they should. I go back to the fact that their food is outstanding and the employees are personable - this helps me recommend Sotto to friends - with a caution. Very early pre theater dinner was the best in regards to timing, after 8 on weekend is worst. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "enjoyed our evening - interesting and tasty dishes"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "THe menu is not the usual Italian, we has two appetizers which were very good, and three of the four of us liked our dinner. The person who ordered the pizza for dinner did not like it because it was soggy. The other three dinners were very good."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Absolutely amazing restaurant. Food was amazing. We Had pork meatballs, pizza & best pork chop ever! Overall, great dinner. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Sotto is a pleasing dining experience. Savory, well-prepared Italian menu. Everything fresh and flavorful. Portions could be a bit larger for the price."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Spanish Tapas style Italian gem with great atmosphere, open kitchen window, great mixology drinks and fantastic wine. We started with homemade bread, burrata and olive oil. The pork meatballs were great as well as king trumpets(mushroom) salad. Everything we had was delicious especially the pizza, don't be afraid to ask for suggestions, the staff is very friendly and helpful. Also a great spot to just grab a cocktail and appetizer but feel free to stay for dinner and dessert, the chocolate crostata is great. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The pasta with lamb ragu was outstanding. The orta (fish) was very good too."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "The food is very good, just not ordinary Italian. So, if you go looking for spaghetti and meatballs, this is not the place. Loud dining, so be prepared to speak up!"
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Food was good and the atmosphere was contagious. Thank you for such good service."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "We came to celebrate a birthday. The staff, from the moment we walked in, were incredibly welcoming and greeted us warmly. Honestly, the food was great; I can't remember the last time I was satisfied by every dish. Standouts: Grilled mackerel, the lamb belly salad, spaghetti."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "If you love Italian food, you will love Sotto. A great menu with many dishes not served or not served as well at other so called Italian restaurants. The staff is eager to make your experience a great one. I've been many times and have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal and look forward to returning soon!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Their food has been stellar since they opened their doors several years ago. Now, they've added some new and EXCELLENT dishes to the menu. We LOVE this neighborhood gem! Some of the best truly Southern Italian cooking in LA!"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "No to a side of beets, no to extra basil on the pizza, but the last straw was when I said Whoa, when our server abruptly removed our wine, with at least two sips left. Her response was, " well, this was a tasting, and you have your glass of wine." Did she have other plans for the wine? I wanted to say, B. don't mess with my wine. She proceeded to the bar to consult with her manager. I followed suit and we asked for a new server, as the service was unbearable. The manager said "the chef was very particular, and in some high end restaurants this is how it is." Well, dear, Sotto is not particularly a high end restaurant, and it is now relegated to the bottom end of my list. We will never return. By the way, the food was only fair."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "We loved Sotto when it opened. Went back several times. Other than the unbearable noise level, the food was superb. Service always pleasant. Friday night we stopped upstairs to Picca for a cocktail and were greeted by one of the most gregarious, hospitable professionals in town. We should have stayed upstairs. We honored our reservation downstairs where we encountered possible one of the most arrogant, unpleasant servers we can recall. The Somm, however was outstanding! What the server did not realize is that she was serving a table that has over 100 years of restaurant operations experience including positions in Hunan resources, training and operations with highy respected brands. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "The restaurant was so-so. Pasta served almost raw, not quite al dents. Mussels taste very good, however, not to my liking, no broth. Valet parking at $6.50 is outrageous. I shall not recommend."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "We come often as we live in the neighborhood. The flavors of all the dishes we ordered was just fabulous. Don't want to overly recommend because we just like to drop it and get a table ....."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Wonderful, creative and delicious food. Excellent service. Friendly and warm reception. Chef the very best. Perfect !"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "I eat here often and every meal I've had is outstanding. The best wine list with unique selections from Italy and the best and most knowledgeable service. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Great food, wine and service. We have been to Sotto many times and it never disappoints."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "For a trendy restaurant, you can eat here for a reasonable amount. The food is very flavorful and they original food. My only complaint is that the menu doesn't change enough -- we live nearby and go often. Should provide flashlights since it is on the dark side to read the menu with aging eyes. Great service."
    Dined on 4/19/2014