This past Monday, three friends and I went to Sotta Sopra to celebrate two birthdays and dine on what looked to be one of the most appetizing of all of the Restaurant Week menus. In the end, the only thing appealing about our experience was the valet parking.
The first sign of our disastrous evening happened when our server informed us that the bottle of wine we ordered wasn't chilled, so instead he offered another bottle, which was of the same price, but nevertheless not exactly what we wanted. He didn't take our orders for another 20 minutes. Once our orders were taken, we didn't receive our first courses until 40 minutes later. And then, there were items missing from our dishes, particularly with the mozarella and tomato salad. I have had better calamari at a diner than at Sotto Sopra.
Another 30 minutes passed, and we finally received our entrees. Again, not overally impressed. My chicken breast was nicely cooked and seasoned, but the creamy sauce was very powerful, almost to the point it drowned out all other flavors. The vegetables were decent and the mashed potatoes (if you can even call them that) were lukewarm. One friend's veal was so tough, he later commented that not even several smacks with a meat mallet could tenderize it. My other friends ordered fish, which looked dry and overcooked.
The final insult came with dessert. Our waiter informed us that the kitchen had run out of the creme brulee, so we could replace that with a chocolate cake or apple streudal. Approximately 20 minutes later, the tables next to us began receiving their desserts, but their servers informed them that they had also run out of the tiramasu, which one of my friends had ordered, but the waiter had neglected to tell us. He finally came back to our table and explained that the pastry chef "must have had amnesia" because not enough desserts were made, so he was merely going to bring out whatever they had. We received two orders of dried profiteroles, one cold apple streudal, and a bowl of too sweet gelato.
For all of this aggravation, our waiter "kindly" (his words) applied a discount . . . only $12.00 total, or $3 per person. Needless, we laughed at this and chalked it up to a horrible experience, one which we'll never forget, and only remember when in passing and in not recommending Sotto Sopra to anyone.
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