We tried the Italian restaurant in Bath which is number one on Tripadvisor
We had heard about this Italian restaurant in Bath, it gets rave reviews on Tripadvisor and Google and everyone in town is saying how good it is.
You have to book well in advance to have a chance to reserve a table.
So we thought we would go and see for ourselves what the Italian restaurant Sotto Sotto looks like in the center of Bath.
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The restaurant is located in an archway opposite Parade Gardens in North Parade, a short walk from the Roman Baths and historic Bath sites.
The vaults have been superbly restored to house this contemporary Italian restaurant.
As soon as you walk through the door, the mood hits you.
Cozy, warm, candlelight, Italian waiters at your disposal to take your coat and your aperitif orders.
There is a rustic and cozy bar before entering the main restaurant where you can sit and enjoy a Proscecco served with green olives before your dinner.
It’s all part of the ceremony.
Sotto Sotto is so Italian that you immediately feel like you are in a Roman trattoria.
We went there during Christmas week with a large family group including children.
One of our party, a Golda nephew, is Italian and enjoyed chatting with the staff in Italian and advising us on menu choices.
He loves this restaurant and is a regular, like so many Italians living in Bath.
There was plenty of choice for starters, main courses and desserts, many of which were classic Italian dishes with a modern twist.
To start, we opted for a mix that included: Portobello alla griglia con caprino (grilled portobello mushroom topped with crumbled goat cheese, pine nuts and a reduction of aged balsamic vinegar), Cicchetti della casa (a selection of regional cold cuts imported, mixed cheese and mixed grilled vegetables Â£ 9.75).
The portobello mushroom was absolutely delicious, a deliciously fresh and juicy mushroom with crumbled goat cheese and pine nuts adding exceptional texture and flavor. Excellent value for money at Â£ 7. 75.
The cold cuts or the anitpasti were equally tasty, a great plate to share with a lot for the six of us and a lovely way to start this Italian meal.
For the main course, I chose the Fettuccine al ragÃ¹ d’agnello con fonduta di Pecorino (fresh homemade fettuccine pasta with lamb stew on a bed of Pecorino cheese fondue Â£ 14.25)
It was one of the best pasta dishes I have ever eaten.
Delicious homemade fettuccine served with a warm, creamy and rich lamb stew sauce all on a bed or a pecorino fondue.
What a great combination.
Whoever invented this dish deserves a medal, it is perfectly balanced and the cheese is a delicious accompaniment to the lamb.
I was in pasta heaven, it’s the kind of dish where you feel sorry for someone who didn’t order it.
There are so many dishes to choose from at Sotto Sotto.
Our group chose a variety of old and new Italian dishes, fish, meat, pasta, risotto, they said they were delicious, especially the rack of lamb in a pistachio crust with roasted vegetables and wine sauce Primitivo red that Anna, a real foodie who lives in Barcelona, ââsaid it was the best lamb she has ever tasted.
For dessert, I chose the pannacotta al cioccolato fondente (dark chocolate pannacotta with locally sourced wild berries Â£ 6.75).
The panacotta was creamy and rich, and not too heavy after the pasta and the berries were wonderfully tart and seasonal.
There is also a selection of homemade ice cream which my friends and family said were creamy and delicious.
The wine list is also extensive and the lovely waiter recommended the Primitivo della Puglia, Botromagno 2020/21 – Puglia, which was full of body and went wonderfully with the rich and meaty dishes.
This Bath restaurant deserves all the accolades, reviews and accolades it receives.
We had a great evening, fantastic food, wonderful ambience, friendly and helpful staff and it was not expensive, good value for money and wonderfully creative dishes.
We give it five stars, we made a reservation immediately to come back as soon as possible.
No wonder people rave about this little corner of Italy in the center of Roman Bath, you will feel very Italian and you will walk away singing with satisfaction.
We sailed home through the Christmas streets of Bath, the warmth of our complementary limincello bathe us in a joyful festive spirit.