The weekend is over. You’re suffering from a case of the Sunday Scaries. The only remedy other than miraculously getting the day off on Monday is a good Sunday supper. Personally, Italian food is the most comforting – so we sought it out. Sotto, a Southern Italian inspired restaurant located directly beneath Picca restaurant in the Pico-Robertson area was our place. Having been around since 2011, Sotto definitely cruises under the radar, but continues to serve up some exceptional Italian cuisine in a tucked away, cozy space. Although the menu has many pasta and pizza dishes that are not gluten-free, there was plenty to choose from for us GF’ers…
Sotto’s menu is plentiful and separated nicely to distinguish their lighter dishes from their heavier ones. The Antipasti selections are almost all gluten-free or are able to be made so. We went with the chickpea panelle, a traditional Sicilian street food. Although not a substitute, the dish is a nice alternative to bread as an appetizer. Served fluffy and warm, topped with a sprinkle of delicious pecorino dolce, these guys are naturally gluten-free. In addition, I had to get the ‘crispy octopus.’ The crispy may turn you away, but this particular dish is okay as it is coated in rice flour! We always advise to be cautious with anything fried due to the likelihood of cross-contamination.
For the meat lovers, the Marin Sun Farms spring lamb saddle is juicy and served on a bed of deliciously braised artichokes, a great accompaniment. Lastly, if you crave some starchy goodness at the end of a long weekend like us, Sotto offers a great risotto dish with English peas, carrot, pecorino and black pepper. Hearty and satisfying, this made our meal complete.
Although they have been around for a bit, Sotto is a hidden gem. It is a perfect meal for lighter fare as well, such as their wood roasted cauliflower and charred broccoli (w/out bread crumbs, of course) but then great for a group dinner to share the larger plates. We can’t wait to go back for more of that panelle! Sunday Scaries– be gone!