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Rita Sodi is a chef originally from Tuscany: «As a child», she often recalls, «prosciutto, salami, wine and vegetables all came from the family farm in Barberino del Mugello». After studying arts, she began to work in the fashion and fabric industry, travelling from Florence to New York, Los Angeles, Asia and Australia.
In 2008, after around ten years, the turning point arrived: Rita thought none of the restaurants in the Big Apple was truly capable of offering authentic Italian cuisine. So she decided to open one of her own. This is how her adventure with I Sodi, a traditional Tuscan restaurant in the heart of the West Village in Manhattan, began. Here she started to prepare her mother’s traditional recipes. She is soon joined by chef Jody Williams of French restaurant Buvette.
In 2009 the New Yorker celebrated I Sodi as "Best of New York Eating" and more praise arrived from metropolitan press as a consequence. Five years later, in November 2014, the couple doubled opening Via Carota a few metres away, a “gastroteque” inspired by the countryside cuisine of her childhood. Some examples? Veal in tuna sauce, Cibreo, French turnips and bagnacaoda, Green tomatoes and bottarga, Burrata and strawberries. Traditional cuisine and great flavours.
This article is curated by Identità Golose, the publication that organises the international fine dining congress, publishes website www.identitagolose.com and the online Guida Identità Golose, on top of curating many other events in Italy and abroad
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Group photo at the end of the first of the two Identità New York dinners held at Eataly New York’s Birreria. Left to right, Massimo Bottura (Osteria Francescana, Modena), Ugo Alciati (Guido in Serralunga d'Alba, Cuneo), Moreno Cedroni (La Madonnina del Pescatore, Senigallia, Ancona), Andrea Migliaccio of Olivo inside the Capri Palace (Capri, Naples), Alex Piras (Eataly New York) and Vinson Petrillo (Zero George Street Hotel in Charleston). Photo gallery by Serena Serrani and Celestina Ielmoni
Rita Sodi, from Tuscany, at the helm of I Sodi in New York and Vito Mollica, chef at restaurant Il Palagio inside the Four Seasons in Florence and the Four Seasons in Milan. A beautiful lesson with a humble approach closes an edition of Identità New York we’ll remember for a long time
Mollica with beans in New York
Vito Mollica will be one of the "Magnificent 16" chef-protagonists of the next edition of Identità New York, to be held in the US metropolis, at Eataly on Fifth Avenue, from Wednesday 30th September till Saturday 3rd October