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“Best Italian outside Arthur Avenue”
Review of Sotto Sopra

Sotto Sopra
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Ranked #15 of 2,238 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$40
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: 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 September 4, 2017

For a town covered in Old Bay seasoning and the objectively insectoid crab meat, to happen across subtle, poetic Italian food was as shocking as finding out there was gambling at Rick's American Cafe. Straight up tomato soup brought the very best out of the fruit (it's a fruit, look it up). House-made penne with a selection of shellfish (when in Rome...) used the gimmicky squid-ink in a delightful way. Tortellini in an autumnal sauce avoided that icky melon-y taste of pumpkin. A semolina - based cake far exceeded its advertising. In short, spotlighting the underlying flavors instead of just dousing everything in olive oil apparently is an art that exists outside the Bronx. Bravo!

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Reviewed August 31, 2017

An excellent Italian restaurant that has a wide variety of well-prepared offerings. The food is always good, and the selection is equally good.

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Thank larryderm
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Reviewed August 2, 2017

The only down side to this restaurant that we had to wait 30 minutes beyond our reservation time.
The food was good and tasty. The service was great.
I would recommend this restaurant for couples, friends and small groups.
Did not see any kids and families.

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Thank Charudatta B
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Reviewed August 2, 2017

Riccardo you did it again – you delivered the #1 Best Menu. Unlike the other participating restaurants, you pull out all the stops and offer your guests so much more. We enjoyed a bottle of your special wine offering of Pinot Grigio reasonably priced at $35.00. Our friends were thrilled with their Tito Vodka Martinis. We started off with three Insalata Caprese with Mozzarella di Bufala Campana (Maria’s heirloom tomatoes, burrata, olive oil & basil) – received to rave reviews. I had to be different and ordered the Flat Bread of the day which was 2 nice servings of flat bread topped with mozzarella, arugula, and olive oil with prosciutto; so yummy. Our friends thought the Fettucini Alla Bolognese (homemade fettucini topped with a three-meat Bolognese) and the Pan Seared Cod (chili ancho aioli with fried green tomatoes and salsa verde) were scrumptious. My husband savored the Pan-seared Atlantic King Salmon (honey lavender salmon accompanied with sautéed broccolini and lobster gremolada mashed potato). I went for the splurge and had the Pork Osso Bucco – my favorite – served with truffled wild mushroom risotto and gremolata. This dish was so worth the $10.00 up charge. The finish was delicious – we had the Lemon Sorbet, Blueberry Gelato, Warm Apple Strudel and the Pistachio Cream Brulee. My advice to others is to make your reservation now for Sotto Sopra and enjoy the creative and delicious offerings. They have already extended Restaurant Week until August 13th. Thank you for a lovely dining experience!

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1  Thank Maggi713
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Reviewed August 2, 2017

Sotto Sopra is expensive but well worth the price tag. If you take advantage of Restaurant Week, you and your SO/Friends/Family can split multiple dishes and try a little of everything.

We started with the charcuterie sample plate. If you're into a mix of cured meats and cheese I would recommend this as an appetizer

We took advantage of Restaurant Week (1 appetizer, 1 main course, 1 desert). We split the Insalata Caprese con Mozzarella di Bufala Campana, Goat Cheese Salad, and Fried Calamari. The main dishes we shared Francobolli di Ricotta e Spinaci, Fettucini Alla Bolognese, and Saltimbocca Di Vitello. Finally, desert included Crème Brulee, Apple Strudel, and Mascarpone Cheesecake.

Every dish was carefully prepared and presented beautifully. All dishes are home made and served fresh. It can be difficult to find food that is not "mass produced" during restaurant week, but I can honestly say the chefs at Sotto Sopra take pride in their dishes and present them with the utmost quality.

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Thank Meredith S
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