While visiting one of my favorite cities – New York City, for a Food Network shoot, I had the privilege of reviewing the restaurant Sotto 13. Sotto 13 is a darling restaurant in the West Village. My husband and I were able to experience what Sotto 13 calls “Social Italian”, which is similar to tapas. Eating tapas, or small dishes, is one of my favorite ways to experience a restaurant because it allows you to taste several dishes. I don’t like to commit to one dish, or entree.
You have to know that Sotto 13 blew me away! Each dish that was brought out just tickled my taste buds and left me wanting more. It was the absolute perfect evening as my husband and I walked to Sotto 13 from our hotel, in a very light rain. Quite romantic.
We dined early so we could catch a Broadway show afterwards, and the atmosphere was perfect. We were seated underneath what looked almost like an atrium of beautiful trees, with a glass roof. Candles were lit on each table and everything from the artwork to the seating and lighting was just sublime. Now I’m sure you really want to know about the food….
Because we are not alcohol drinkers, we started our meal off with a virgin mango martini and some type of berry drink for my husband. Such a great way to start off our meal!
Between recommendations from the manager, our waiter, and our palates, we started off with a sampler plate of the 4 different Crostini’s offered at Sotto 13.
- Tomato, Basil, Capers & Olive
- Ricotta, Lemon & Truffle Honey
- Marinated Artichoke
- Fig Jam, Prosciutto & Gorgonzola
These were to die for! My husband and I split each Crostini so we could taste each one, and I’m so glad we did. Each one was so delicious that it would be difficult to pick a favorite. I think my husband was partial to the Ricotta, Lemon & Truffle Honey Crostini.
Hang onto your hats because when you find out what our next dishes were, you will be surprised! See the sticks on the left that appear to be some sort of breaded mozzarella stick? These are actually Chickpea Fries served with a Sun-dried Tomato Pesto. YUM! These were so light and creamy, and unbelievably delicious. The hubby and I had to fight over who would get the last fry!
Now for the dish on the right; this is a Butternut Squash Cannelloni with Bechamel and Brown Butter Sage. Oh my word this was so delectable! We still had three more dishes coming our way and couldn’t wait because each dish was a treat.
Next up was an order of Wood Oven Meatballs & Ricotta. This was probably my least favorite dish out of everything, but still a yummy meatball. The ricotta is what really set this meatball apart from other meatballs I have had. If visiting Sotto 13, I would recommend trying some of the more unique dishes to excite your palate!
Now for the main course – Wild Mushroom Pizza with Mushroom Duxelle, ricotta, mascarpone, bel paese, chives, and truffle oil. For the price, this pizza is such a treat. It is very affordable and was probably the best pizza I have ever tasted. I LOVE mascarpone and adding it to truffle oil and mushrooms was absolutely mouthwatering. I thought for sure we would be too full to eat the entire pizza, but we found a way! If you make your way to Sotto 13, you HAVE to try the Wild Mushroom Pizza. Really – be adventurous and try a variety of dishes because they do not disappoint!
Thank you Sotto 13 for a perfect evening and a spectacular meal!