Voted Bath’s best Italian restaurant at The Bath Good Food Awards, Sotto Sotto is a real gem for lovers of pasta, cured meats and seafood alike.
Like many of the best food spots, Sotto Sotto focus on creating food with simple characteristics. By finding the perfect balance of straightforward flavours, seasonings and textures, dishes are rich and rewarding (such as the Pesce spada al salmoriglio and Fettuccine all’anatra), and arrive at your table with a presentation that’s second to none. There’s two ways that this can possibly be achieved. One: their chefs are nothing but exceptional; two: they only ever use the best ingredients (with some staples coming from Italy, whilst vegetables, meats and seafood sourced from local producers). In this case, it’s definitely both.
You’re going to enjoy the drinks too. The wine menu keeps things Italian (why wouldn’t it really?) with handpicked red, white and rose bottles from regions across the country. We’re particular fans of the Nero d’Avola (from Sicilia) which has a dark plum and chocolate character; and if you’re in the mood for a refreshing white number, then the Sauvignon Blanc Borgo Tesis (from Friuli) knocks it out of the park with its lively green pepper and apple finish. But most importantly they’ve got plenty of Aperol behind the bar, so a Spritz or two is never out of the question!
All of this is enhanced by the setting, which pays lip service to Bath’s rich connection with Ancient Rome and its influences on the city’s visual identity. Hidden beneath the ground, a meal at Sotto Sotto is to sit under a vaulted ceiling of rough masonry, which creates an illusion of being in the presence of the ruins of the old Roman city. Young olive plants and silver candelabras are dispensed throughout the venue to add to the immersive setting and gives the space an extra touch of fragility and elegance. It’s a real captivating spot that’ll leave you feeling well and truly spoilt.