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I Sodi
I Sodi

I Sodi Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://isodinyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 414-5774
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Lunch: Saturday-Sunday 12pm-3pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Rita Sodi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bleecker & Hudson Streets
  • Public Transit: 1 train to Christopher Street/Sheridan Square.
  • Parking: No
A word from I Sodi
Rita Sodi grew up on a little farm North of Florence, Italy, and almost everything her family ate was made from the farm, prosciutto, salame, wine, vegetables…and this food was very important for the family. They were not allowed to miss any meal. Rita's mother, Elena, always told her to drink wine because it “makes good blood” and do not eat Prosciutto without bread. When she finished art school she began to travel for my work in the clothing business and at that point she really started to appreciate the simplicity of her mother's food and the way she cooked. For ten years she traveled from Florence, Italy to New York, Los Angeles, Asia and Australia. Year after year, wherever in the world Rita found a kitchen, she began to cooked my Mother's food. Friends filled her kitchen and sat at her table, her passion was born.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "At one time this was the spot for amazing Italian cuisine. Not anymore. Wine list is over priced the food is sub par at best. If you like chopped frozen spinach with no flavor or frozen peas order the sides. The only thing I recommend would be the drinks."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Based on all the reviews, I was very excited to try it out. But the main dish that everyone raved about, the fava bean pasta, they didn't even have. The waiter said they couldn't find any fava beans that day. Whaaaat? Everything else was mediocre. Then at the end, the waiter brings us a $205.00 bill, but the itemized bill was for only $74.00. We didn't even get an explanation for the discrepancy. I really wanted to like this place. Too bad."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Small, intimate and very no nonsense. This Tuscan gem serves everything at its best. The tomatoes on the caprese salad were bursting with sweet flavor. The mozzerella was spongy, wet, fresh and incredible. House lasagna is superb, each layer delivering a jolt of the light meat sauce. Cornish hen was so tender. Generous portion fed me for 2 days. Deserts were great too."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "One of the best low key authentic Italian spots in NYC! The food is super clean and consistent and its the one place I must visit upon every visit to the city. The house made gluten free pasta w cacio e pepe is divine and I have no idea how they make the steamed spinach but it melts in your mouth. Artichoke salad is beyond. I can't say enough wonderful things about this West Village gem!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "My favorite NY restaurant,but this night was lacking in service and the food was questionable"
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "This place is a gem. Food is outstanding. One of our favorites."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Lovely food and excellent service . Low key , but special ."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We had an outstanding experience dining at I Sodi. Food, service, atmosphere, decor--everything was great! Will be coming back soon!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Places like this do not exist in New York anymore. The food is simply prepared and amazing. The prices are reasonable. The service is polite and reserved. The location is off the beaten path and feels like a find. In short, if you are looking for a wonderful, romantic meal, you need to check out i Sodi."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I dined at I Sodi for two Mondays in a row and these were my luckiest Mondays in July! we started with appetizers of zucchini carpacchio and a special of roasted carrots and beets. Who knew that simple vegetables would transform into a beautiful and delicious beginning course. The fava beans and fresh spaghettini dish was magical and light and I ate it both Mondays after dreaming about it all week!! The paccheri special with an heirloom tomato sauce was equally as delightful. The best part of our experience was Charlie our waiter. We asked him to choose our wines and his choices were superb. His professionalism and care for his work are refreshing and admired."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We stayed away too long, but will definitely be back soon. The Negronis are the best anywhere...enjoy the fact that you can have 1/2 size portions...the pasta with favre beans is wonderful as is the risotto cime di rapa. the service was by the owner Rita Sodi who makes everyone feel welcome and her hands on attention makes this restaurant a winner. AND, you can carry on a conversation here, which is getting to be a rarity in restaurants all over the world."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had to wait 40 minutes to be seated, it is a small place and they overbooked. They did clear a space for three at the bar, which was nice, but the smoothness with which they did this (after saying we would be seated in a few minutes), and the fact that the bartender obviously expected us to order our dinner from, and eat at, the bar (he brought out and laid down full dinner service) suggests that this is the standard approach to what is likely frequent overbooking. We declined to order food from the bar and said we would wait for our table, and came close to leaving at the 30 minute mark. Having said that, the service was otherwise excellent and very personally attentive, and the food was just perfect for all three of us."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Recommended by close friend - and still, we were impressed. I spend two/three months a year in Florence and I Sodi did not disappoint in any way -- A total pleasure and looking forward to returning. Half orders of risotto cacio e pepe, pasta con aglio e olio, pasta with fava pesto - all fresh and extraordinary - and shared T-bone steak - wonderful. Panna cotta, house made gelato and biscotti - perfect."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Contemporary flair blends with classic, rustic Italian dishes at i Sodi. Both the bar and small dining room are perfect for couples, where chatter of great food and company spreads throughout the room. The lasagna is a wonderful staple, with about 30 rich, but not heavy, layers. As is the lightly fried artichoke to share. And whereas Scott Conant is famous for his spaghetti pomodoro, i Sodi deserves equal fame for its cacio e pepe pasta & risotto. On the cocktail side, you're welcome to the best negroni menu in the city, with a compact, yet delicious wine list. It starts around $75 on the low end, but they've curated some great choices that are well worth it across their selection."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I visited I Sodi on a Monday evening. We were immediately greeted upon entering, and seated right away (I had made a reservation). The staff was attentive and helpful throughout the entire evening which only made the evening better. We ordered three courses, the first was a half portion of the ravioli which was light and delicious. We then had the cacio e pepe risotto which was also very good. The last course was the cornish game hen which was cooked perfectly. We had such a lovely experience that we booked our next reservation before leaving the restaurant."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "I Sodi was recommended to me by the friend of a friend. I'm normally sceptical of such suggestions because they have proved to be hit and miss unless I know the person well. But in this case I was delighted. So much so that I want to go back in the next few days to see how it is for lunch. The room is clean and simple and avoided the twin perils of prevention or grunge all too common elsewhere in the city. The service was attentive but understated. The food was as good or better than I have enjoyed even in Italy; in particular the cacio e pepe was just right and avoided the excessive saltiness I have found even in otherwise very good restaurants. And the waiter helped me pick a perfect wine to go with the food. What a find!"
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We love I Sodi has a relaxed, but sophisticated feel. The food is delicious. Many dishes come in small or large portion, but I have never been able to tell the difference they both seem the same size. The Pasta is light and delicious. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu though. Service is right on not pushy, but always available. Great for a couple or a party of four. I wouldn't want to bring a large group it's more intimate feel. The bar is a good alternative if you can't get a table."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "This was a first time, delightful birthday dinner pick for two. We shared delicious, interesting food, in an ambiance quiet (enough) to have a comfortable conversation, great wine ("The best Manhattan cocktail I've ever had"), friendly, well-informed service. Generous portions, fairly priced. The initial presentation whole wheat and white sourdough accompanied by one of the tastiest olive oils I've ever had set the perfect tone. Lovely and tasty assortmentgrilled vegetables; spinach ravioli in sage and butter sauce chock full of spinach, delicate and rich at the same time; grilled mackerel was simple and elegant. I'm not a huge potato fan, but their browned, crunchy and soft potatoes were out of this world. I will definitely return!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "good but did not overwhelm. very tight space, had to wait to be seated for reservation. service was polite but seemed stretched - gaps between visits were not well spaced. most importantly the food was just ok - nothing really stood out."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Thus far, the best Italian food in the West Village / Only restaurant we have gone back to in NYC numerous times"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended by friends who used to live in the area, so we booked it online several weeks ago. We enjoyed the ambience, service and wine.however the food was disappointing. My friends whole chicken was dry and bland. My pasta was tasty but only just luke warm. Unfortunately we have enjoyed other meals more in New York."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This was my second visit to I Sodi and I must say I love going there. Service was great and so was the food. Menu changed a little but they still provided one of the dishes no longer on the menu. Matthew was our server and he did a great job explaining the dishes to us. Loved the spinach ravioli and lasagna with leeks and steak as well. Finished the meal off with a pannacotta with blueberries and a couple of gelattos."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "A wonderful gem, this small and cozy place welcomes you with wonderful food, service and a bar which offers great selections as well."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I Sodi is a gorgeous little gem that serves lovely house made pastas, tuscan style antipasti and the perfect negroni. Sadly our server was on the rude side and rushed our experience. I sincerely hope that is not the norm. i would like nothing more than to give this restaurant 4 or 5 stars but I can not due to the rude service. alas..."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "It felt and tasted like an authentic small restaurant in Milan or Florence. Very gracious with seriously delicious food. The ambiance was perfect, the service gracious and the noise level humane. I can't wait to return. It's not easy to get a reservation, but many happy walk-ins were dining at the bar. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Love this place. Everytime I come (rather, when I can get in) I am so happy with the choice! It is worth the effort to get a seat, as the food and drinks are great, and served efficiently in a very relaxed and cozy setting."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "As close to actually being in Florence as you're going to get "
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Service was first rate. Pasta dishes were amazing. Entree dishes nothing special. Go for the pasta !"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "It was a great, out of the way to experience a great New York restaurant. I loved the neighbor hood. The waiter was extremely helpful as well. It was a true delicious Italian experience. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We continue to count I Sodi as one of our favorite restaurants in the city. The food is simple and elegant, and the setting is intimate and understated. We go for date night, dinner with friends, quick intimate dinner at the bar. All wonderful."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "It is hard to know where to start, as everything about the experience is always remarkable. The food is stunning, the staff are so well trained, and the wine list is wonderful. An absolute gem."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "One of our fav spots in NYC- the food is just to die for. Very hot west village spot."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "risotto so good you'll dream about it. the perfect negroni Classico. simple, elegant, authentic Italian dishes. a focused menu - nothing phony, usually seasonal. simple but sometimes witty dishes. not for those who want big plates of over sauced pasta, but for lovers of elegant and rustic Italian cuisine."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "My wife and I have made three trips to the Tuscan countryside. This restaurant is as close to being in Tuscany as you can be without leaving New York. Food was great and the wines amazing. We'll be back."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "It's so nice to be in a small cozy restaurant. Menu is unusual - the special was legato of veal with Mash potatoes very simple but good - My husband loved the fried artichokes- I couldn't eat them - they tasted off to my- He is the fussy eater so no explanation. Husband had artichoke lasagne - also good - Chocoate cake was outstandingI would go back because of the ambience - this is comfort food"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Came here for a birthday celebration. The service was friendly and prompt. The food was really outstanding particularly the fried artichokes."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Great food, wonderful service at the bar, serve ice was good, noisy and a little cramped. Id would never bother with a res again - just eat at the bar."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Early Friday dinner before hitting The Village Vanguard. Knew to expect crowded seating. Not a great place for groups or families. Excellent chocolate Martini that was made with fresh melted chocolate. When we left the place was packed and a tight squeeze to move around but not impossible. If you are not fond of crowded seating it is not the place for you. Ravioli is terrific but presentation of main course was lacking, made up for it in flavor. Dessert was nothing special so grab something sweet from any one of the delicious bakeries around. Fairly priced for the location, service and food. Strong attention to detail and ravioli makes this place a possible repeater for this village resident, but not a place I would recommend.."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I have walked by this restaurant many times without realizing it was there. Thankfully one evening a friend and I stumbled upon it and were lucky there were a few seats in the bar area available. The food is outstanding! It is so fresh and beautifully presented. highly recommend! Just make sure to make reservations as it is small and seating is limited"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Very authentic. When you're seated at I Sodi, it feels as if you are in a neighborhood trattoria in a Tuscan town. We enjoyed everything about our meal. Be aware that it is a very small place, which does not work for larger groups. The wine list is not inexpensive, but it is well curated and not overpriced for what your get I wish I lived nearby."
    Dined on 2/25/2014