I Sodi is a West Village Italian restaurant that we have often heard from several sources to be an ultimate sleeper date spot. Over the last year or so, a few different trustworthy friends have sworn to us that this is a quaint little First/Early in the Game Date gem, worthy of an Infatuation evaluation. These are tips that we don't tend to ignore.
So, as I sat down after a recent visit to levy our verdict on I Sodi (and ultimately our sources' advice), I realized something - there are really only a few fail proof date night restaurants in this city. And I Sodi isn't one of them.
Is this a good restaurant? Yes. It's a tiny shrine to quality Italian cooking on a seedy stretch of Christopher Street. Is it the kind of place that will make up for the fact that you pulled your entire date night playbook directly from the movie Hitch? No, it is not. Only a select few places in this town will actually make you seem funny and better looking, and those include L'Artusi, Extra Virgin and Il Buco. I Sodi is really just a solid neighborhood hang with really good pastas and generally decent everything else. If you live within a few blocks of the place and or really like a good negroni, bump up this rating by a half of a point. Just don't expect date night magic.
A big pile of amazing cured meats and cheeses, along with other accompaniments. You can order for one, two or the table. An order for two is enough for four people, especially since you're going to want to save room for the pastas.
A very interesting lasagna that is not the tomato and cheese version that you're probably used to. This one is more about the meat and dense layers of thin noodles with crispy edges. It's interesting, but there are better things on the menu to get yourself into.Papardelle with Rabbit
The papardelle at I Sodi is really the only thing that we were blown away by. The pasta was itself delicate and perfect, but so was the braised rabbit. Amazing.Linguine
An excellent linguine simply prepared with butter, cheese and lots of black pepper. Not quite the papardelle, but pretty great.Artichoke Risotto
There's always a risotto on the menu at I Sodi, and people seem to like them. Ours was a little too thick, and kind of boring.Galletto Schiacciato
This is a Cornish hen that's been cooked under a brick, which either imparts delicious brick flavor, or does something else to make it taste really good. Because it does.