Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 12/17/2014
Photo: Alexander Thompson
51 Grove St., 212-255-1962, West Village, Manhattan
There is passion behind Via Carota, a freewheeling Italian trattoria conceived by partners Jody Williams (Buvette) and Rita Sodi (I Sodi). Framed like an inviting glass box on Grove Street, the casual interior has whitewashed brick walls and a buzzing, restaurant-industry crowd at wooden tables. Martha Stewart, Gail Simmons and Ivan Orkin (aka Ivan Ramen) have been among the first to check it out. The food is alluring and gutsy, and it's hard to go wrong with any of the pastas, vegetable compositions or meat dishes. But here's a quick cheat sheet: get the chicken liver and sage crostini; risotto with Meyer lemon and olive oil; pappardelle with wild boar ragu; pumpkin ravioli; fried rabbit with rosemary and garlic toast; and the svizzerina, a fat puck of chopped steak that has a crispy sear and a tartare-like core.