I Sodi

I Sodi
105 Christopher St
New York, NY 10014
West Village

September 27, 2017

Charred tomato and burrata special

I Sodi is a New Yorker knows. The charm of it is that it is all about familiar cooking in the most well-executed way. The dishes are so straightforward, but they are able to linger in my thoughts for days and months.

First and foremost, when at I Sodi, be a bread mogul. The warm slices came with assorted olives, stoned pressed olive oil, and some top quality butter, precisely for sentimental customers like me..

To start, burrata and tomato were always welcome in my book. This summer charred variation has brought out the tomato’s verdant essence.

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Fried artichoke

Artichoke is likely to be on the menu throughout the year. In February, it has been fried until brittle and squeezed over with lemon. Everything was minimally messed with.

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Lasagne Al Carciofi – House made lasagna with artichoke

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House made pasta with caramelized onion and Parmigiano 

Pasta dishes were all compulsively good. The famed lasagna was a twentyish layered big pile boom. The green version substituted artichoke for meat. It worked. Second in importance to Cacio e Pepe, pasta with caramelized onion sounded ordinary but it really wasn’t. Its balanced bittersweetness and satiny smoothness made for divine slurping.

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Coniglio In Porchetta – Rabbit and pork wrapped in pancetta, roasted with rosemary and garlic

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 Galletto Schiacciato – Cornish hen grilled under a brick

Main courses were large-format plates. Rabbit held an emboldened gamey flavor. The seemingly generic cornish hen tasted exactly of what it is. It was almost surprisingly satisfying, but not that much when you think about the average level of the food here.

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Semifreddo alla nocciola – Hazelnut frozen mousse with fior di latte gelato

For dessert, a parade of heartwarming choices as well. In above, the nuttiness of semifreddo was sublime.

Chef Rita Sodi takes a grandmotherly approach to cooking. Traditional food tasted much more sophisticated in her hands. I wished to devour the menu every time when I visit. In my opinion, I Sodi is the pinnacle of west village dining, of course, when you can get a table…