The title says it all.
But, we had:
-Octopus braised in tomato sauce served over
chickpeas chard and bottarga. Delicious. Tender. Many many layers of flavor. Excellent dish.
-Pork meatballs with pecorino. Outrageously good. Even better with our COS 2009 Frappato
-Grilled Mackeral with cauliflower, preserved lemons, and buckwheat. The mackerel was rich, the skin was crispy, delicious. Yes, I know, I'm using the word delcious way too much. But there isn't much else that needs to be said about Sotto.
-Casarecce pasta with lamb ragu. The pasta was fresh, and had such wonderful developed gluten. The al dente texture was perfection.
-Fileja calabresi with squid ink, tomatoes, and peperoncino. Equally delicious and the pasta was again so amazingly al dente. Trying to pick a favorite was like trying to pick which limb to sever. Painful and impossible.
-Ricotta gnocchi with skate wing sughetto. Very good but was not transcendent like the other 2.
-Margherita pizza. I was afraid it would be too thick looking at yelp photos. The cornichon is a bit thicker than Ortica but the rest of the pizza is just as thin and delicious with high quality tomato sauce buffalo mozzarella, and olive oil. The crust is chewy and flavorful. Charred so it almost gives off as much delicious smokiness as a coal oven pizza.
-Diavolini pizza. Special of the night, sausage, chile peppers, kale (?). Spectacular. The wine director offered us a glass of wine which paired perfectly with the pizza. Also outstanding.
-Fennel crusted pork chop. A delicious piece of protein. Perfectly cooked. Juicy. Flawless execution. As good as it was, I probably would have rather had another pizza or pasta dish.
-Cannoli with orange marmalade, pistachio, ricotta. One of the best cannolis I've had. Crispy outside, light yet rich and satisfying filling
-Sheeps milk yogurt panna cotta. Very interesting. Richer than your standard panna cotta. Delicious.
The pizzas here are spectacular neapolitan style pizzas. The pastas and appetizers were also tremendous. I love the southern Italian cuisine they are serving and how true the wine list stays with obscure southern Italian wines. The wine director is very knowledgable. Chat him up. Ask him for recs. Be prepared to learn and discover.
Sotto is not only a leader in the LA pizza renaissance but they are also introducing LA to specific regional southern Italian cuisine. Needless to say, these people have their stuff together in spades.
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