1. Tortellini en Brodo
Made with meat-filled pastas that sit in brodo (broth), this is winter’s ultimate comfort food. “It’s basically the best chicken noodle soup you’ll ever have,” says Danny Combs, Chef de Cuisine at Sotto.
2. The Smoked Scarlatti Cocktail
Concocted as a tongue-in-cheek nod to the first gala affair at The Aronoff Center for the Arts—featuring Scarlatti sonatas played amidst a smoky effect—this cocktail is a fusion of Campari, Cocchi Americano Rosa, mezcal, and orange juice.
3. Desserts, Desserts, Desserts
Sotto was named best dessert destination in Cincinnati Magazine’s 2015 Best of the City issue. We’re wondering if some of the credit should go to their delectable ricotta doughnuts—but the chocolate budino and eggnog gelato do not disappoint either.
4. A Killer Wine List
The wine list is just as impressive as their wine cellar. Select a bottle from Nonno’s List, a list of rare and seasonal wines, to toast the holidays. Chef Combs’ favorite is the Isole e Olena Cepparello—a bold Sangiovese varietal that pairs well with hearty pastas and meats.
5. Holiday Lunch—Eight Special Days
This year, Sotto is holding its first holiday lunch, served 11 a.m.–2 p.m., December 14–18 and December 21–23. Designed to savor and to celebrate, the menu includes dinner favorites of goat cheese and hazelnut honey bruschetta, short rib cappellacci, tagliatelle con tartufo, and more. Lunch-exclusive dishes feature lumache alla Bolognese, marinated New York strip salad and a panini with manchego, arugula, prosciutto, and pickled peppers. Reserve your spot at sottocincinnati.com/reservations or treat someone to something special with a Sotto gift card. Purchase cards at sottocincinnati.com/gift-cards.