Best Of 2019

Best Excuse to Drop 50-Plus Bucks on Pasta: Sotto

Sotto is the premier special occasion dining spot in Cincy. From its sexy, low-light ambiance to its menu of fresh pastas and other rustic Italian cuisine (with accompanying price tag), this underground eatery is perfect for holidays, anniversaries, birthdays and more; it was even recently named one of OpenTable’s top 100 best restaurants in America. So when Sotto has a special on the menu, you know it’s gonna be out of this world. This past winter, the restaurant got its hands on some primo white truffles from Italy — the staff could even describe the village where the fungus came from — and created a white truffle gnocchi dish that we’re still salivating over. Truffles are the ultimate indulgence, and these bad boys came shaved tableside atop pillowy clouds of potato dumplings smothered in a rich, cheesy sauce. Think silver-dollar-sized funky flakes of truffle paired with mild, ooey-gooey goodness. The dish was sold out within days. White truffles come with a hefty price tag, but if you hear about a truffle special at Sotto, jump on it! Sotto, 118 E. Sixth St., Downtown, sottocincinnati.com.