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32 of 50 “Tastiest” Soups in NYC – i Sodi’s Pappa al Pomodoro: M.I.A.

MY TASTEFUL OPINION:  Don’t feature soups in your magazine if they will only be on the menu for a week.

Unfortunately, there’s not much to write about i Sodi’s Pappa al Pomodoro soup because it wasn’t on the menu last Saturday.  And you know why it wasn’t on the menu last Saturday?  Because their menu changes weekly.  Yes, that is correct – their.  menu.  changes.  weekly.

If this is really true (and I can only believe that it is because the restaurant told me so), why in the world would New York magazine put this on their list??  Magazine readers often hold onto magazines for a while.  Foodies often like to try the things that magazines feature – sometimes sooner rather than later, but sometimes later rather than sooner.  Sure, I attempted to try this a year and two months later, but their.  menu.  changes.  WEEKLY!  So featuring a soup that may have only been on a restaurant’s menu for one week seems a bit…stupid…and annoying.  The least that New York mag could’ve done was put a disclaimer:  “i Sodi will put it on the menu during X week, so don’t miss it!”  Or maybe “i Sodi only made this specially for us, so, we’re featuring it, but, too bad, you can’t have any of this deliciousness.  Na nannee boo booooo!”

Annyyywwaayy, I’ll quit my bitching and say that, based on the actual food I ate at the restaurant (read my Yelp review of the full meal), the soup could’ve been either really good or really not so good.  I guess I’ll never know, and I really don’t care.  :o)

But I do care about you, dear readers, so I wouldn’t leave you soupless like I was.  Here are two recipes for Pappa al Pomodoro, if you care to make it on your own.

Food & Wine:  http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/pappa-al-pomodoro

And another probably less fancy recipe from Food Network:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/michael-chiarello/pappa-al-pomodoro-recipe/index.html

If you try to make one, let me know how it goes!

i Sodi
105 Christopher St
(between Bedford St & Bleecker St)
New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-5774


Over $10 – These soups should have a gold leaf in them.

$6 to $10 – You’re not shellin’ out the gold, but also not gettin’ super lucky.

Under $6 – It’s your lucky day!


29 of 50 “Tastiest” Soups in NYC – Corsino’s Busecca: MY NEW FAVE!!


I’m Chinese.  I grew up eating strange things – duck tongue (ick!), chicken feet (yum!), duck blood (ick!), cow

Corsino's Busecca

tongue (yum!), fish eyeballs (yum!), pig’s feet & other parts (double yum!)…[wait, do I have a foot fetish?]…so it’s not too strange that I love me some tripe (cow’s stomach).

Corsino’s bottomless bowl of Busecca ($12, an increase of $2 since 2009), a Milanese tripe soup, is my new love.  Yep, I’ve got a new fave on this list!  It may beat out my first love* – Alsation Beer Soup – by far since it’s slightly less expensive and a lot larger.  Size does matter.

Tripe, Beans and Other Goodness!!

The chef at Corsino certainly didn’t skimp on ingredients or flavor either.  An endless amount of tender tripe, substantially-sized cranberry beans**, celery, carrots, slivers of meat and other unknown heavenly goodness came together to make a bold, hearty and almost orgasmic experience.  I imagined myself curled up in a blanket, by a fire, in a quaint log cabin surrounded by rolling hills of fluffy, white snow.  I felt warm.  And, even though I’ve never tried another version before, when New York said the beans distinguished this version from others, they were right.  Without the beans to provide texture – one that would counteract the sliminess – it would’ve felt like an unfinished painting.  With them, it’s a masterpiece.

So, whenever you decide to visit Corsino, don’t just glance over it on the menu or stare longingly at someone else’s bowl.  Purchase it for yourself, and savor it as your entire meal.


*I never actually declared this as my fave when I wrote it, but when people would ask me what my fave was so far, I would always mention this one.

**New York magazine says they’re Greenmarket cranberry beans that the chef stocks up on and freezes to last through the winter, but I have no idea if these were it.  They were awesome regardless!

637 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014


Over $10 – These soups should have a gold leaf in them.

$6 to $10 – You’re not shellin’ out the gold, but also not gettin’ super lucky.

Under $6 – It’s your lucky day!