A stylishly dim basement of a pizza place located just below buzzy Picca on an otherwise forgotten stretch of West Pico, Sotto serves up what may well be the city's best pie. But that's not the only reason to come here. There's also an excellent list of Italian wines, and some lovely, well-crafted cocktails. And when you're coming straight from work in, say, Century City, Beverly Hills or Westwood, you're probably wearing a suit and tie — so do you really want to slum it? Far better to belly up to the long, dark bar and, if you're lucky, take a seat, and wash down your troubles with a nice Barolo. OK, you might as well have a pizza, too. The wine list isn't cheap, but the pours are far from stingy, so drink up. 9575 W. Pico Blvd., W.L.A. (310) 277-0210, sottorestaurant.com. —Sarah Fenske

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