Missing the summer? Take a trip to Sotto in Wilmslow Cheshire Life: November 2018
Step through the door on a weekday evening and the first thing you notice is that Sotto is busy... really busy, and believe me, there are lots of restaurants that aren’t busy during the week, even in our fabulous city centres.
I love a neighbourhood restaurant: one you can rock up at if you just don’t feel like cooking that night, or if you want to spend a cosy evening with family and friends. On this and many other levels, Sotto delivers.
The decor is smart and modern and it looks like money has been invested in the marble topped tables, lime green upholstery, wooden flooring and chic bar. It’s slick enough for a dressy up night out but relaxed enough to bring all generations of the family. I love it that the clientele is mixed on the night we visit. A handsome young couple on a date night, older people celebrating a birthday on a long table at the back of the dining room and those of us simply looking to sample the menu’s delights.
Italian and Spanish dishes are on the menu at Sotto, which sounds a bit of a mish-mash at first but it does work. We are on the Med and it’s all about tastes of the sunshine: freshly cooked tomatoes and punchy olives ripened in the Mediterranean sunshine. Also, I am so pleased I can have a paella for a main course as so many restaurants only cook this Spanish favourite for the whole table. But first we nibble on huge green olives, £3.25, and drink a large glass of house champagne, £10.50.
For starters, my mushroom omelette, £6.95, is fresh and fluffy, served with a garlic mayo which is simple but nicely cooked, while expertly prepared squid rings, £7.95, served with tartare sauce get the thumbs up across the table.
We drink a bottle of elegantly floral Castel Sole Pecorino, £26.50, and wait a little while for our mains. My paella, £11.95, looks huge, served in its own metal paella dish but I soon demolish most of it, savouring its saffron and garlic flavours, while my other half loves the comforting texture and rich flavour of his linguine carbonara, £10.95.
We go half and half Italian and Spanish for the desserts too. I think the homemade Tiramisu, £5, has the edge over a creamy crema catalana, £5.50. It’s just such an indulgent mix of mascarpone, cream and coffee.
What I love about the food here is how freshly cooked it is and how good the staff are. Sotto is a family-run independent and it shows. It deserves to be busy every day of the week. 4 Warham Street, Wilmslow, SK9 1BT 01625 441711 www.sottowilmslow.co.uk