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Mar 22, 2009 05:11 PM

Bacchanalia and Sotto Sotto dish recommendations

My parents are visiting me soon and we have made reservations for Bacchanalia and Sotto Sotto. Are there certain "must-have" dishes at either? We don't eat pork or shellfish.


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  1. You've picked two great restaurants! The beauty of Bacchanalia is that their menu changes seasonally and daily depending on what the markets and seasons dictate.

    Sotto Sotto does have more of a fixed menu. I've always had good luck with the duck and fish dishes though.

    1. My experience with Bacchanalia is pretty much that you could close your eyes and point and get fabulous food. Just pick what sounds good to you at the time. Another sound method I've used before is to pick based on the wine pairing for the dish. If I see a wine I've wanted to try, I'll pick the dish that is served with it.

      1. I agree totally with the other posters.
        I do dream of the ravioli from Sotto Sotto though, it's that great.

        1. Also a side question--I tried to pick out the two "best" restaurants in the city. I've heard tons of good things about Bacchanalia, but would there be a better choice than Sotto Sotto?
          Cost isn't an issue, so if you could choose only two, are those good?

          Thanks for the ravioli and fish suggestions for Sotto Sotto by the way.

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          1. re: tbones17

            If I could only choose 2, cost wasn't an issue, and I wanted the very best in Atlanta I would start with...

            #1 Quinones at Bacchanalia (different than Bacchanalia itself) and

            #2 The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead. As their website states:

            "Only three restaurants in the United States have received the Mobil Five-Star award for more than 10 years, including The Dining Room at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. This is our 12th Mobil Five-Star award and we are the only restaurant in Atlanta to receive this honor."

            The two you have choosen (Sotto & Bacchanalia) are great choices, and without checking I'm pretty positive they've both received the restaurant of the year award from the city's newspaper, but the two listed above are a step above the rest. The best of the best.

          2. Hm. Ok I'm deciding between Sotto Sotto and Nan Thai Fine Dining. Completely different styles of food, I know, but any preference between the two?

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            1. re: tbones17

              Oh, I'd go for Bacchanalia before either of those.

              But... if I had to choose between the 2 you've listed, I'd go to Sotto Sotto.