Friday night: I Sodi or L'Artusi??
I have a res at both. I am bringing my mom. She has high standards for italian food. We want a good atmosphere as well... doesn't matter if its quiet and cozy or energetic (I know both these restaurants differ in that respect). Also - would love recs!!
Never heard/been to I Sodi, but I've been to L'Artusi twice, and I love it. The atmosphere is definitely energetic, but the acoustics prevent having to yell in order to have a conversation.
On both occasions, I've ordered the spaghetti and meatballs, which is the best in the city, IMO. Last time I was there, I tasted my friend's orecchiette (with sausage, salumi and bitter greens), and it was excellent. Great side of brussels sprouts and an appetizer of grilled endive. I can't say enough good things about L'Artusi.
if she has high standards, definitely skip l'artusi...the food is pretty boring and i know my parents wouldnt feel comfortable there...
i had the gnudi which tasted much denser than they should, the frisee salad (completely forgettable), the octopus and the sweetbreads...everything was completely forgettable.
da andrea on 13th bet 5th and 6th should blow both of you away with the food quality...everything is homemade and the chef is from bologna...top notch italian and the price is insane...get the octopus salad and the paparadelle.