Sosta, the casual Lincoln Road eatery known for its authentic thin crusted pizzas and farm fresh salads, has recently expanded its menu to include a variety of dinner salads, crudo and Italian specialties certain to tantalize even the most discriminating palate. Open since 2009 and overseen by identical twin chefs Nicola and Fabrizio Carro who recently competed on Bravo’s Rocco’s Dinner Party and who also serve at the helm of Lincoln Road’s landmark Northern Italian restaurant Quattro Gastronomia Italiana – Sosta’s new additions utilize fresh regional Italian ingredients and are affordably priced ($4 – $19).
Dishes at Sosta are prepared with a light hand and reflect the simple, straightforward flavors of Northern Italy. New antipasti selections include cozze alla marinara – Prince Edward Island mussels in a house-made sauce and served with crostini; gamberí e guacamole con carta de musica – shrimp and guacamole with a toasted flatbread and le polpete dí manzo – the Carros’ famed house meatballs in a tomato sauce, which won praise from Rocco DiSpirito and helped Chef Fabrizio win the competition. The new Sosta pasta salad features fregola pasta, Italian tuna, corn, black olives, green peas, capers, bell peppers, Swiss cheese and basil with extra virgin olive oil. Sosta has added a new crudo section to the menu which features tartare dí tonno pomodoro e capperí dí salína – tuna tartare with fresh tomato, capers and chives; salmon marínato al límone e prezzemolo – salmon tiradito with parsley and lemon dressing and carpaccío dí manzo con rucola e parmígíano vacche rosse – beef tenderloin carpaccio with arugula and selected parmesan cheese. New entrees are modern takes on traditional Italian dishes such as the filetto dí merluzzo alla lívornese con pomodoríní e olive – Atlantic cod fish, prepared Livornese style with cherry tomatoes and black olives and salsíccía e fríaríellí – grilled traditional Italian sausage with broccolini rabe.
Meaning “quick stop” in Italian, Sosta, designed by New York-based Studio A Design, resembles a chef’s home kitchen. A white marble countertop sets the bar apart from the open kitchen located at the back of a cozy rectangular room, wrapped in deep brown and orange hues. Bar stools are positioned for perfect viewing of the gleaming stainless steel kitchen and Italian-made Morello Forni rotating pizza oven, one of only two used in the United States. Breaking up the dark, contemporary tile walls are large rectangular niches, filled with wine bottles and beverages from Sosta’s menu. Simple wood tables fill the space with rust-colored leather benches framing the walls.
Sosta offers a carefully selected list of over 75 wines from around the world, including a small selection of dessert wines. Beer, a full bar and a number of non-alcoholic beverages are also available.
Located at 1025 Lincoln Road, Sosta seats 35 guests inside; 82 guests on the outdoor patio. Sosta is open for lunch and dinner daily from noon - midnight. For further information, please call 305-722-5454. www.sostapizzeria.com