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The Urban Palate

Sofia NOLA

Paying homage to Sophia Loren, space is filled with artwork and TV screens with projectors depicting various black and whites of the iconic Italian film actress.

The décor is clean and crisp with hues of white, black and red, amid tall ceilings with several seating options—standard table, counter and high-top (you can’t go wrong with any of these choices) and hip-hop music playing in the background.  At the entrance of the kitchen, sits a massive concrete pizza oven where pizza dough is being tossed for your viewing pleasure. Serving Italian-inspired dishes cooked to perfection under the direction of Executive Chef Talia Diele and Chef Max MacKissock, who were both previously working their culinary magic in Colorado. Proprietor, Billy Blatty (of Barcadia), has partnered with Culinary Creative Group to bring us this fresh, new, magnificent Sicilian concept. You will witness teamwork at its best with this fun-loving, engaging staff.

During our first visit, we began our meal with an order of the Brassica and Carne Crudo, both were delicious and provided a light start to our meal. Our main course consisted of Osso Bocu, Pollo al Limone, and a side of the eggplant. The Osso Buco was fall-off-the-bone tender, served in a delicious brown sauce atop creamy polenta, completely different than my mother’s red gravy preparation, but just as flavorful. The Pollo la Limone was perfectly cooked, juicy and lightly seasoned, sitting atop a lemony chicken butter sauce. We were provided with a complimentary digestif of house-made orangecello, the perfect after-dinner treat.

We were so impressed that we decided to grace them with our presence (just kidding!!!) once again to kick off my birthday celebration weekend. Our friends, Tami and Rob, joined us, which gave us an opportunity to try more dishes. We had such a great time, especially after a round of cocktails, wine, more wine and (knock your socks off) lime limoncello! We dined on Crispy Potatoes, Meatballs, Gulf Squid, Insalata, Risotto (full of sweet gulf blue crab), Gulf Shrimp Scampi, Gulf Snapper (very fresh), Pollo al Limone, and a one-candle birthday dessert of sugar-coated donut holes (not sure of the exact name). 

We just love the relaxed, playful feel of this restaurant. I see a promising future for this new venture in the heart of the Warehouse District! Give it a try and let us know what you think!