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Five Things to Know About Sociale
Drawing inspiration from social clubs in Italy, Sociale invites guests to come together around elegant plates and decadent desserts. Traces of Northern Italy can be found throughout the menu, yet the chefs here still find a way to put their own spin on every course. Here are a few more tips to keep in mind:
The menu changes monthly. Because of this, you might not see the same dishes from one visit to the next. Still, frequent diners have their favorites, especially the Chocolate Oblivion Cake for dessert.
Wine is not an afterthought. Sociale maintains relationships with highly sought-after wineries, primarily in Northern Italy. Servers go as far as to “prime” the glassware, too, meaning they first pour a little bit into your glass and swirl it around to rid the glass of any impurities.
Executive Chef Tia Harrison cofounded the Butcher's Guild. Sociale is a member of this guild, which certifies that its kitchen both supports and utilizes the art of butchering meat by hand instead of relying on machines or the same old star-shaped cookie cutter.
The restaurant is kind of hidden. There's a sign that leads you off Sacramento Street and down a pleasant pathway—Sociale awaits at the end of the connecting alley.
Inside, it's quite romantic. The interior boasts a cozy vibe with low ceilings, black-and-white photographs on the walls, and a dainty bar and lounge area off to the side.