Sotto
Sotto

Sotto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sottorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 3102770210x
  • 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: 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Sotto reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)neighborhood gem (53)notable wine list (35)special occasion (27)romantic (26)good for groups (25)hot spot (21)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Wonderful food
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    This is the second time we've been to Sotto. We love the food, and the service, and the restaurant is very pretty. The noise level, for us, is not acceptable, though -- much too noisy. If this is not a problem for others, I'd recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a Harry met Sally experience
    BeenThereDoneThat
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    With the Pasadena scene now completely out of control with the trendy hordes, what to do on a Saturday night? Soto of course. From the minute you are greeted at the door and seated promptly, the perfect dining experience begins - once again. The food is amazing and menu remains rewarding still after many many visits. The best bread in LA and that is just the start. Nothing you order will let you down. Everything made with inspiration and passion. LA has a million Italian restaurants, most are feeble New York influenced Olive Garden stand ins. This is the real deal prepared and served by a team that knows.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How Sweet It Is
    CHBIII
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Everything about my first dining experience at Sotto was perfect. Everyone was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. The food - especially the warm seafood salad - was beautifully prepared and delicious and will necessitate a return visit very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    MAKR1VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Sotto. Our waitress Rachel was a gem. The food was wonderful. If Sotto was in our immediate neighborhood we would become regulars. As it is we will return as often as possible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    Morels
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Having just returned from visiting Sicily last Spring, this is THE CLOSEST restaurant that can actually advertise "authentic Italian Cuisine", the service was good but our server could have been a lot friendlier and make some recommendations on the wine as they don't have a very good selection. Overall a great find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Bad acoustics
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    No complaints w food but you have to shout to listen to each other... Best to come either very early or around 10 pm when it quiets down, unless you don't mind eating in v noisy room- or better yet, ask to be seated in small patio area which looked quieter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • great food and great service
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    It gets a little loud on weekends but it's worthy!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pastas!
    KTLAVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Had dinner at Sotto for the first time this past weekend. Had meant to come previously but for some reason, never got around to it. We usually go upstairs to Picca but was glad I finally made it to Sotto. The food is best shared. The pastas were amazing. I rate Sotto in the same class as Bestia and Factory Kitchen. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    CharmelVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Generally the service is fine but the other night the menu was not clear in its description of ingredients, and the waitress was not user-friendly in making adaptations you are ordered. She was almost hostile, in fact Hopefully this is just a one-time mistake
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go somewhere else
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Waitress tried to upswell both wine and food. We ordered a $60 bottle of wine. The waitress tried to tell us it was not full bodied and suggested a $90 bottle. We ordered dinner. We planned to split a salad, pasta and pizza. Again, we were told this would not be enough as the portions were small. We said we would order more if we were still hungry and she seemed disgusted. When you finally get a check from this noisy place, you wait 20 minutes for you car.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic - as always
    GennieP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have dined at Sotto twice before and it's my new favorite restaurant. I brought my sister to have dinner there on Saturday night... if only to share the house made smoky grilled bread with the (amazing) burratta. We also tried the trumpet mushrooms and lamb belly. Both dishes were incredibly tasty and the wine was excellent. The hostess was a bit perturbed that we asked to sit somewhere other than where she wanted to seat us (smack in the middle of two very crowded and loud tables) when there were plenty of other tables (for two) open and available. Not sure of their seating criteria, but by the time we left, there were still plenty of open tables. Nevertheless, I will dine here again... if only for the wine, burratta and bread.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ugh.
    DavidVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The single worst Italian food we've had since the year (1978) we moved to Los Angeles. Horrible. Service: horrible. Wine by the glass: horrible. Ordered homemade pasta with quid ragu and botarga (had a similar dish at Granita when Jennifer Naylor was Executive chef). This time, instead of being authentic and outstanding, it was tasteless.
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  • Fabulous meal!
    julesrockslaVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This was my third time at Sotto, and the first for my guest. We decided to share everything--we started with the warm seafood salad--squid, shrimp, octopus, clams simply dressed on a bed of lentils--delicious. Next was the handmade penne rigate pasta with sun-dried yellow tomatoes (clearly fresh made), eggplant and ricotta salad. The pasta was perfectly cooked, the tomatoes sweet and flavorful and the ricotta salata added a nice bit of salt to the dish. Final course was a grilled whole Orata--similar in taste and texture to Branzino. Good, but the first two dishes really stood out. Our server recommended a moderately priced bottle of wine that hit the mark based on the preferences I expressed, and the service was exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Under rated Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This restaurant continues to be the restaurant i refer people to the most in the city. The food and experience are consistently excellent for foodies and novices. It has NEVER failed to deliver to the most discerning palates.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Table
    Peter8hereVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was the best meal I've had in Los Angeles this year and one of the best of my life. Each dish of our self-selected tasting menu was unique, perfectly crafted, and rich with complex flavors. No detail was overlooked. Highlights include the Eggplant Caponata, Crispy Octopus, and Orata. Extremely impressed and hope to return soon and often.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food at Sotto
    CurmudgeonVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    While this remains a favorite restaurant, the margherita pizza was disappointing - and the crust is soft! But the caprese salad was excellent - as was the service. I'll just get a different pizza next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PatriciaVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    All-around excellent experience! Our reservations were respected and we were seated immediately (always a good start). Our server promptly came to take our drinks order, and answer menu questions. She was most attentive, without being obtrusive. The food was outstanding: the crudo and the meatball appetizers were spot-on. The pastas we ordered were first rate as well, as was the chicken. The best is that the wait staff waited to start removing plates until they were sure all of us were finished with our plates, the true mark of a top flight restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent!
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Everything was amazing, from out specially made cocktails, the bread, salads and finally pasta dishes. We ordered way too much food but couldn't stop eating. Sotto is a bit out of the way for me, but will be returning soon and would celebrate a special occasion there for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thrid time tells it all!
    Sottoagain
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    For my third time in less than three months, I start to know the Sotto menu well. Never disappointed, great little new Italian wines each visit, fantastic service. And after tasting other places, best pizza in town, with or without meat !
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  • Great spot
    aliSM
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Chickpea appetizer was amazing, as was the burrata, and the eggplant pasta. Lots of vegetarian-friendly options and wine list was great as well. Didn't love the chocolate hazelnut dessert, but everything else was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The best pizza since Buenos Aires!
    Oldsmobuick
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Believe the hype! The last time I had pizza this good was in Buenos Aires. Delightful Neopolitan style. Leopard-spotted char on crisp chewy crust.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    JoDM
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Best meal I have had in LA in years. The food was outstanding. Recommend ordering lots of dishes and sharing. Staff was very knowledgable and filled with humor. I am coming to Soto for all our special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the fennel crusted pork chop!
    plumdumplings
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I don't think I've ever titled a review with a particular dish, but in this case, it was a no-brainer. And I'm certainly not the first person to point out this amazing piece of meat. It is thick, juicy, and has the most amazing flavor. It's a must have. 3 of us also had the panelle, octopus, mushrooms, lamb cheeks, pasta with lamb ragu, margherita pizza and the PORK CHOP. And some chocolate tart. Mushrooms so-so, cheeks and pasta - delicious. Others - good. Dishes are shared, so come kind of randomly to the table. Did have to ask for new plates/silverware midway. Had great wine recommendation from mostly So. Italian list. Fun place. Not in my neighborhood, so may not be back soon, but definitely worth checking out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Even Better Than Last Time
    Kaminari
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    This was our third time at Sotto and it may have been even more exceptional than our last two fabulous meals there. Had some very picky foodies from the Bay Area with us and they were totally impressed with every dish. Service again was friendly, relaxed, and unpretentious, as was everyone we encountered on the staff. Couldn't recommend more highly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Size of poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food and Service was Great, only size of Food was really small
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    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Sotto was better than the first time I visited. The pizza was wonderful, and we ordered small bites. Really good small dishes. Would try and go back again in a larger group.
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  • Great food--really loud
    elroyVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Sotto has terrific food. The only downside is the noise--super loud and one loud group amplifies across the restaurant. But the food and drinks are great and the service is nice too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • another great meal at Sotto
    Sottoagain
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Second time at Sotto, this time for pizza and meatballs. The pizza was chewy but not saggy, the ricotta in abundant quantity, balancing the italian ham's stronger taste. The meatballs were one of the best I had especially with the gem salad it comes with. Finally, wine is probably the most interesting list at Sotto. Very small productions of very high quality. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Everything we ate was delicious! Wine lost is interesting, but overpriced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best pizza we have had in LA
    Timberlane1VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Besides wonderful pizza, every dish we had was spectacular. A real gem with a very friendly ambience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always excellent
    Ldp324VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    One of the best Italian restaurants in LA. Such a pleasant atmosphere, great wine list, food is beyond! Southern Italian cuisine provides a welcome change from the ever-Tuscan menus throughout LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Even though the food was good I will not return to the restaurant due to the noise factor. Your highest noise rating was "energetic"...I don't think so. How about just too loud? Luckily we were in the back corner so not as bad. Hard to talk with your companion when can't hear them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little place!
    1hipchickk
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Menu is surprising and delicious! I would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Surprise
    lmlh
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    It was with great pleasure that we decided to eat at Sotto for our weekly family dinner. Food was excellent, service was good. Portion size was perfect - just enough. Homemade pasta was perfect, specifically the Mixed Greens Salad, Chitarra, Spaghetti with Spicy Octopus, Brick Pressed Chicken and Cannoli. We will return regularly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too Salty
    Burglover
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Been to Sotto numerous time but this experience left me disappointed and will probably not return. Burrata was tasty but over salted. Gnocchi was beyond over salted and the pasta with lamb ragu was over salted as well. What happened? Who's cooking in that kitchen now? We didn't want to send both entrees back so we each had a few bites and told to pack it up to go. Really disappointing..
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  • Surprisingly wonderful
    BCBNewyork
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We made reservations by default - the place we really wanted to go to was booked. Like they say everything happens for a reason. What a wonderful night - great food, ambiance and the staff was delightful, friendly and fun. Thank you Sotto for this great new find.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An All-Around Winner
    Kaminari
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    On our second visit to Sotto, the pizza still reminded me of Rome; every dish we shared was distinctive and wonderful. And the service was tremendous--Christine, our server, made outstanding suggestions, as did the wine buyer. Great cocktail list, too. Just a totally personable, pleasant place with reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Great
    JklausVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Sotto is always great. Always. The menu is always interesting and everything we've tried has unique and layered flavors and textures. Favorites include the bread with burrata, pork meatballs, grilled octopus, and of course, the pizza. Service is always good. Beautiful ambience. Not great for summer dining as it's great and subterranean, but certainly wouldn't complain about that. Will come back here again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    MaryamVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We've been here before, but our last dinner was absolutely wonderful!! Seafood salad and braised octopus SO amazing! We ordered the roasted chicken and it was perfectly seasoned and moist, very impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely a Favrit
    Favrit
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We loved our experience at Sotto, so much so, we added it to Favrit (www.favritapp.com). We went with our kids (7 and 10), who found a pizza and a pasta they really liked (no kid mac and cheese business). We all loved the Pasta Cresciuta, a very nice appetizer. We also enjoyed the pork meatballs. I loved my pasta with chicken liver ragu! The service was great, and the place is not too loud, so you can actually have a conversation. We will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.