We were recently invited to the Hamptons to check out the pet friendly resort, the Southampton Inn. While there, we had the pleasure of dining at Sotto Sopra. Lovely people, lovely food, and lovely atmosphere.
I ran late for my reservation by about a half hour (1 lane streets leading from one town to another can seriously set you back on time). I called the restaurant to let them know I’d be running late and was pleasantly told not to worry about it. When we finally arrived, our table was set and waiting for us.
The restaurant is super cute. It was pleasantly lively without feeling overly stuffed. Everyone seemed to be having a great time at their tables. It is set up as an indoor outdoor restaurant with a gorgeous garden out back. It was slightly chilly that night, so we sat inside, next to the pizza oven. Our server came by with the menu and wine list and a lovely basket of baked goodies, flat breads, grissinis, and foccacia to stave off our hunger.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that their wine program was fairly priced. Many places in the Hamptons jack up their prices, but the mark up was quite fair here…another win.
The menu is Northern Italian and it sent me back to Tuscany in seconds. The menu was really exciting. It is not too big, and had really great choices. We decided to split a “salad” to start, the Insalata Bistecca. It was deliciously unhealthy, gorgeous crispy lettuce, with creamy blue cheese on top, lardons and tomato. The portion was huge, yet we devoured the whole thing.
Antonio opted for pizza, he asked the server if we could do a Margherita with sausage. There was no question when it came to pleasing the customer. Our server (who was seriously well trained, some of the best service we’ve had in ages) made us feel welcome…and more importantly, knew her menu. The pizza was thin, tasty, and obviously made with super fresh ingredients.
Since I had indulged in the “salad”, I decided to opt for a lighter main course, the Hake Diavolo. The fish was juicy, perfectly cooked and served on a bed of red lentils and some bitter greens. It was sinful, delicious, and again…not a bite was left on my plate.
We had a chance to speak with Rose and Paul. Lovely people. They told us that Bobby Vans (yup as in the steakhouse) was involved in this project. I am not surprised. Bobby Vans has impeccable service. I often visit the location in the Financial District, sit at the bar, and always feel like I’m part of the family. I can certainly see how this was carried over to Sotto Sopra.
Do yourself a favor. Next time you’re in the Hamptons, check them out. You will be glad you did.
231 Main Street
Amagansett, NY 11930