Hello sun­shine

Miss­ing the sum­mer? Take a trip to Sotto in Wilm­slow Cheshire Life: Novem­ber 2018

Cheshire Life - - Food & Drink -

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

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