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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
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Everything we ate was delicious! Wine lost is interesting, but overpriced."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Besides wonderful pizza, every dish we had was spectacular. A real gem with a very friendly ambience."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Menu is surprising and delicious! I would definitely return."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "Enjoyable dinner. The grilled little gem salad was delicious and my friend enjoyed the pizza. Service was excellent"
    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
  • "Food was very good. Service lovely. Enjoyed the meal."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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'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
  • "Nice sommelier, awesome pizza, chickpea things, and blistered little gems. Our favorite combo! "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "The pasta with lamb ragu was outstanding. The orta (fish) was very good too."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Food was good and the atmosphere was contagious. Thank you for such good service."
    Dined on 5/20/2014