New York City-Lower West Manhattan
May 11, 2018
There are very many things done well at Rita Sodi’s eponymous Tuscan restaurant, but high among them are the Negronis the quintessential Italian aperitif. Negronis are something of specialty at I Sodi and there are four on the cocktail menu, the work of Hßkan Westergren formerly of the Union Square Cafe, each a perfectly balanced thing as all good Negronis must be it’s all about balance of flavours – including a gin-less version and the famed Punt-e-groni, a lovely twist on the classic drink made using Hendrick’s gin along with Campari and sweet Punt e Mes. It’s a narrow room, to the point of being cramped, but the space though small is elegant and handsome with smart leather-upholstery, blown-glass sconces, and a ceiling of salvaged yellow pine. The small menu changes on a weekly basis and includes classic dishes like lasagne and salt-baked branzino alongside superb house-made pasta and heaving antipasta platters laden with good things. The wine list is substantial, the gelati come from Capogiro in Philadelphia, and the coffee is top notch. But it’s those Negronis that everyone talks about with very good reason.