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Pizza at Sotto

MarkC | | Aug 1, 2012 08:57 AM

After all the positive reviews Sotto gets on CH, I was eager to try it out. The pleasing ambiance and intriguing menu also augured well. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there.

An appetizer of spicy clams was so salty as to be almost inedible, while the roast chicken badly needed some sort of flavoring. The wild boar pasta was thick and chewy, with a very meagre portion of sauce, which was more of a jus than a ragu. However, the biggest disappointment was the pizza. Our waiter described it as a neapolitan style pizza. It was not. The crust was completely lacking in any of the qualities one associates with pizza. I would have described it more as a kind of flatbread. It was soft and fluffy, and totally devoid of flavor. In appearance and texture it reminded me of those pre-baked, store-bought pizza crusts called bobolis. Obviously, I can't say for sure, but in my opinion, Sotto uses pre-baked crusts for their pizza, possibly of a commercial variety.

The pizza wasn't exactly bad. The toppings were flavorful, but it just wasn't a pizza crust.

For dessert, the cannoli was better than the chocolate torte, which was just an artless chunk of chocolate one would expect to find in a chain restaurant.

Judging from our fellow diners, this place is better suited for young couples who want to enjoy the fancy cocktails in a lively atmosphere. Foodies and pizza afficionados should go elsewere.