As one of the romance languages and one of the most romantic places on Earth, Italy is great for dates. Unfortunately, many of us are not exactly able to hop on a plane and visit Italy with their significant others. Luckily, there is one Italian restaurant that brings the connection between food and love. That place is called Sotto Mare and it is found right in the North Beach area of San Francisco. Sotto Mare is a wonderful local establishment that has a strong focus on Italian food and an emphasis on seafood dishes.
Sotto Mare was first established back in 2007 but the building it resides in has a rich and deep history that goes back to the early 1900's. The same exact building was originally a winery and a cigar store. It was not actually a restaurant until 1956 when the building was transformed into the Montclair Italian Family Restaurant. Later on the restaurant would continue to change hands until the building went through restoration and the Sotto Mare establishment came into fruition in 2007.
Since then, Sotto Mare has become a quintessential part of North Beach and is one of the most popular establishments in the Little Italy of San Francisco. The restaurant itself is one of the most enjoyable places to simply hang out with the locals or to meet up with old friends. The menu at Sotto Mare highlights the variety of fresh seafood options. The proximity to the water provides Sotto Mare with the ability to source amazing seafood and brings it to the next level with excellent wine pairings.
The restaurant itself has continued to gain support and has won a spot for itself in many TV shows and magazines. The reason Sotto Mare is so famous and well liked is the same exact reason why it is the perfect restaurant for dates. This reason is their Cioppino, also known as "The Best D*mn Crab Cioppino".
The cioppino at Sotto Mare is the perfect size to share with a date and is actually maybe a little bit too large to take on individually. It features a whole ocean of seafood including ingredients like dungeness crab, calamari, mussels, and clams. All the ingredients are perfectly balanced with a decadent and well flavored tomato based soup. The dish is also served with a side of bread that is the perfect texture for dipping and soaking in the broth.
The eating experience is also somewhat playful and is the perfect opportunity to have fun with your date. The meal is served in one large metal bowl and ladles are used to scoop up the soup. There are also bibs provided to protect against unwanted spills or stains.
The interior of the restaurant is also another one of the reasons why eating at Sotto Mare is so unbelievably fun and romantic. The room is filled with small tables and a lengthy counter and surrounded with vintage photograph and fish lining all the walls around the room. The atmosphere inside is also very casual and welcoming. The type of people that visit come from all walks of life and makes it a very low stress environment.
Another reason why Sotto Mare makes a great impression is because it simply does not try too hard. The emphasis is always on the main dish and is paired with many options of beers or wines. The price range is also very affordable with the cioppino being priced very modestly. In addition, the most expensive bottles of wine will never run more than fifty dollars a bottle.
Sotto Mare can be found located at 552 Green St.
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