Sotto Cucina & Bar

Cheese, Fusion, Halal, International, Italian, Mediterranean, Modern European, North African, Pizza, Tapas, Vegan, Vegetarian·

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££££ - £30 - £49
Cheese, Fusion, Halal, International, Italian, Mediterranean, Modern European, North African, Pizza, Tapas, Vegan, Vegetarian
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Lively, Quiet conversation, Quirky, Romantic, Traditional, Unique
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Alfresco And Views
Beer garden, Outside seating, Terrace
Special Features
Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Perfect for
Birthdays, Celebrations, Child friendly, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
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Sotto Cucina & Bar is an Italian restaurant inspired by the food and culture of Sicily. Located between Aldgate East and Whitechapel, the restaurant can be found on the lower ground floor of Hyatt Place London City East hotel, where it offers casual dining and a particular focus on the sourcing and quality of its ingredients.  

The bright and contemporary dining room has been designed to evoke the warmth of Italian hospitality. Orange walls and seating provide a vibrant backdrop to multi-coloured artwork, verdant foliage throughout and black and white geometric flooring. It’s a room that’s designed to lift spirits.  

The restaurant’s attention to freshness and vibrancy is also applied to the food menu. Celebrating the very best Italian and British suppliers, as well as the diversity and nuances of regional Sicilian cuisine, head chef Vittorio Meli has designed a menu that's exciting and varied. To start, small plates include tuna carpaccio with pickled celery, prickly pears, bergamot and sesame dressing, sardine rolls with parmesan, orange, raisins, herbs and pine nuts, as well as a selection of snacky items from the deli (cured meat and vegetable plates).  

A handful of pizza and pasta dishes are on offer, from crab linguine to pizza capricciosa (ham, tomato sauce, quail egg, parmesan). While signature mains include ‘Guazetto di Pesce’, a classic stock pot of Cornish hake, olives, potato, capers and pear, as well as grilled octopus with preserved lemon sauce, monks’ beard and crispy chickpeas. For dessert, opt for a flourless almond and orange cake or ricotta-filled cannoli.  

The wine list includes a selection of global varieties, from Portugal to New Zealand, with a bottle to suit every taste. Wines are available by the glass, carafe or bottle. You can also choose to sample one of its carefully crafted cocktails or local craft beers.  

Menu Highlights

Main Courses
Aperitivo Time! - £20.00

16:00 onwards (Monday-Friday) Your choice of 3 Small Plates + 2 Aperitivos on us!


Does the restaurant offer private dining?

Yes, there are two private dining rooms available for hire: The Orangery and the The Galleria Room

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Are there vegan options available?

Yes, there are vegan options on the menu

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Meet the team
Sotto Cucina & Bar

Vittorio Meli

Head Chef

Head chef Vittorio Meli was born in Catania, Sicily, and his family have owned and run restaurants for over three generations within his home city. Vittorio’s passion for food, cooking, and the traditions of Sicilian cuisine began as a young boy in the kitchens of his great uncle's and his own father’s restaurants, learning the carefully handed down recipes of the family.

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Black Lion House, 45 Whitechapel Road, Aldgate, London, E1 1DU

020 8159 1234 020 8159 1234


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-21:30
Tue 12:00-21:30
Wed 12:00-21:30
Thu 12:00-21:30
Fri 12:00-21:30
Sat 12:00-21:30
Sun 12:00-21:30


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2 Reviews 

John M

20 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 4

Ollie R

17 May 2023   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 0.5
Value 3
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