The below is excerpted from Ria's interview, as published on the Joe Content blog.

Over 14 years have passed since I relocated to the North Beach neighborhood from New York, and lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my first days here. Coming from the much grittier East Coast, I felt just a little bit out of place at first. But with its narrow alleyways and yellow cabs, North Beach reminded me of Lower Manhattan. And once I had found my corner spot at Caffe Trieste, the place was well on its way to becoming my home.

Shortly after my arrival, a little wine bar called Dell‘Uva opened on Green Street, just across from the near-infamous lineup of North Beach watering holes: Columbus Café, Gino & Carlo, and the since departed Amanté. Right around the same time, an unassuming little seafood place was opening up shop directly across the street. Intriguingly, the menu was Italian. The place was called Sotto Mare (for Under the Sea), and after a quiet start the newcomer’s reputation quickly grew. It wasn’t long before the restaurant–an Oysteria, they called it–had a line snaking out the door. And somewhere along the line, the TV crews started showing up.

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Updated: Dec 24, 2020

Greetings! Big news on the website front: as of this week, we will begin posting a regular blog here at SottoMareSF. We're planning to write about all aspects of the restaurant: our acclaimed food, our fantastic staff and our historic North Beach location among them. It's going to be a lot of fun, and I hope you'll bookmark the page and come back to see us often.

For our very first post, we're featuring a recent piece on the restaurant from our good friends at the local Joe Content blog: Never Better: My Birthday At North Beach’s Sotto Mare

Enjoy! A Merry Christmas to everyone, and we'll see you here again soon!

-Rich, Laura, Ria and the entire Sotto Mare team

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Updated: Dec 24, 2020

We are very happy to announce the launch of our new website! We've made it super easy to order Sotto Mare Seafood dishes during COVID with convenient curbside pickup or for delivery with a single click on your favorite delivery app. We've also opened a new online store with awesome Sotto Mare tee shirts, hoodies, and ball caps! You can even buy gift certificates online. Many thanks to Todd Barbee, Barbee Planning | Design, for bringing our new website to life!

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