In August, my husband and I were able to plan a business/pleasure trip to NYC. After two days of meetings, we had a day and a half to enjoy the sights and tastes of Manhattan. We spent our last evening there roaming the Lower East Side, a section which we had not explored together previously. After a cocktail at a bar, we had a great first meal at The Meatball Shop. From there we walked the third of a mile to our second dining experience of the evening, Sorella.
We were brought to this restaurant, having seen Michael Colameco’s Real Food. Arriving at Sorella about 10:45, we were seated promptly and provided with menus and water. Reviewing the menus, there was one item we were certain to order, Pate de Fegato. Having been highlighted on the show, it seemed like a ridiculously indulgent, hard to find anywhere else sort of dish, which was perfect for our evening.
After placing our drink order, my husband and I began to decide on our food order. As we had eaten several meatballs already, neither of us would be ordering entrées. So, we began our game, which we play when splitting appetizers. After deciding how many dishes we want, we take turns eliminating dishes until we reach the desired amount. On this night, we chose to order three dishes.
Our first appetizer was the aforementioned Pate de Fegato. Consisting of duck fat english muffin bread, chicken liver mousse, fried egg, and bacon, it was a calorie-filled delight. I have to confess that I only ate a bite or two, as it was so rich, but I did find it to have an amazing amount of flavor and a nice contrast between the textures. My husband absolutely adored this dish.
Our second appetizer was my favorite dish at Sorella, Asparagus Salad. Although I am not a vegetarian, I am an avid fan of almost all produce. This salad consisted of asparagus topped with citrus vinaigrette, honey spiked Salvatore ricotta, and crispy spiced onions. While I typically prefer my vinaigrette on the side, this dressing added brightness without being overbearing. My husband liked this dish also but kindly left most of it for me!
Our third and final appetizer was Crispy Veal Sweetbreads. Sweetbreads are a food that I have not taken a liking to, but a dish that my husband adores. As I knew I wouldn’t be hungry for much, as this was our second meal of the evening, I was more than glad to keep this item as one of our choices. Served with passion fruit-bacon sauce and scallions, this dish was thoroughly enjoyed by my husband.
Throughout the meal, our waitress was attentive, keeping our water glasses full, delivering new dishes as they were ready, and clearing empty plates. The combination of delicious dishes and good service makes this a restaurant to visit. As we have only tried appetizers, we will need to return with empty stomachs, so that we can venture further into the menu.