It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve been out to eat. Even longer since I’ve been out to eat at a restaurant that doesn’t have a children’s play area

Sotto Sopra in Rosebank did not disappoint with a unique combination of elegance, comfort and urban edge. From the food to the decor and even the music, everything about Sotto Sopra invites you to stay and have another bite. 

The best parking in Rosebank

The thing about a night out in Johannesburg is you either have to be a skilled parallel parker or get picked up and dropped off. 

A good restaurant with great parking is a lucky find. Sotto Sopra is on Keyes avenue, is a fashionable art precinct, with the Keyes art mile and several other restaurants. 

But what makes Keyes avenue truly unique and a great place to be in the parking lot, perfectly situated in stiletto walking distance of Sotto Sopra.

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Fine dining for real people 

Whenever an invitation mentions fine dining; my first instinct is to decline the invitation. It just isn’t my scene; all the effort it would take to get ready, not being able to go there straight from work. 

A quick look through Sotto Sopras Instagram page allayed my fears and I arrived confidently in a casual dress and ready to eat. What I wasn’t ready for was the generous portions sizes beautifully plated on gorgeous crockery. 

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Something for everyone

I am a bit of a picky eater and have left half-eaten plates of food on many a restaurant table in my day. While I couldn’t finish my food at Sotto Sopra, it wasn’t for the lack of trying. 

I don’t usually eat seafood for pleasure. It’s mostly for nutrition, but every bite from the Fritto Misto de mare ( a medley of fried seafood lightly coated in semolina) called me to eat even more. 

As far as starters go, this one has to be one of my all-time favourites!

We also had Roasted red pepper, basil pesto, mozzarella and olives on bruschetta, which was exactly the sort of comfort, no-fuss food I expected it to be. 

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So much more I wish I had eaten!

My biggest regret from my visit to Sotto Sopra is all the food I left behind!

After the delicious starter, I had promised I wouldn’t eat too much of, but couldn’t help it. I had a slice or two of delicious wild mushroom pizza, on a perfectly thin crust I was done.

After a night of delicious Italian food, I would have loved to indulge in an authentic tiramisu, Valrhona chocolate fondant or even a panna cotta, but I was stuffed. Next time we’re getting dessert first.


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