Review: The Sosta
Calling all my Mamma Mias and my Papa Pias, there’s a new fast-casual Italian restaurant in Soho. Sitting at the corner of Mott St. and Kenmare St., The Sosta is dripping in millennial pink and on-trend with a neon sign reading, “Mangiano, Baby!” (Italian for “eat!”). Aside from the aesthetically pleasing décor, The Sosta is serving up homemade pastas, focaccia sandwiches, cheeses, and more all at a price that makes your most bougie YSL wallet happy.
Because a New York minute is scientifically proven to be shorter than a regular minute (ha ha I kid) there is always a demand for fast, high-quality food. I was excited to visit The Sosta myself to review their food and determine if it was both fast and high-quality. So without further ado, here we go:
All day, baby.
ZUCCA VODKA tomato, caramelized onion, vodka, cream, basil
Doesn’t this bowl look like it’s filled with lil’ pumpkins? I for one love all things tiny and all things reminding me of the spookiest time of year, so I was a fan of this noodle type. The sauce was light yet creamy, which was perfect in this summer heatwave and the pumpkin-shaped noods hold just the right amount of sauce. The Sosta makes their pasta in-house and made-to-order so it was fresh and perfectly cooked.
CHICKEN MEATBALLS balls of chicken meat, duh
I’m about to make a drastic statement: these chicken meatballs were the best I’ve ever tasted. They were the perfect size, juicy and packed with flavor. I plopped them on top of my pasta and made sure to get bites of noodle, sauce, and meatball all together. ‘Twas the making of a perfect bite.
PRESSED PANCETTA FOCACCIA SANDWICH pancetta onion jam, mozzarella, arugula
Sandwiches aren’t usually my go-to order at a restaurant, but the manager highly requested this sammie and raved about the onion jam. Onion and jam aren’t two things that I thought would go very well together but was I wrong-o; it was the star of the sandwich show and I want to put it on every sandwich ever now. The focaccia was fresh and warm, and there was just the right amount of mozzarella and pancetta. Not one ingredient was overpowering another and that’s just the way food should be.
CEASAR SALAD radicchio blend, focaccia croutons, parmigiano-reggiano, lemon Caesar
A little more citrusy than the usual Caesar salad, but nonetheless still your classic Caesar. It wasn’t drenched in dressing and it was topped with a generous amount of bread crumbs making it crunchy and a great pairing with the Focaccia sandwich. I’d recommend doing a sandwich and salad duo for lunch.
Sorry I had to include an Instagram picture that I didn’t take of the neon sign. I know I’m a member of Gen-Z and I’m supposed to be a ~savy~ tech user, but I too struggle with cameras sometimes. You too can get a new Insta-worthy picture of your food at The Sosta, and bonus points: It’ll also taste good!