a tavola

Stylist Jennifer Sodikoff had just returned from an epic family trip through Italy and was inspired by how simple and elegant the food and scenery were.

We asked our friend and photographer, John Buller, if we could use his gorgeous downtown studio to host our first Sub Rosa event. Up a flight of stairs that belies the beautiful space, John's second story studio has soaring ceilings, tall windows that look out over Court Square, wood floors and exposed brick. It set the stage for Jennifer to replicate the simple, rustic elegance she had experienced in Italy.

A long farm table and benches were brought in a dressed in neutral linens, olive branches, copper, glass and light. The oohs and ahhs and I didn't know this existed! comments flowed as guests walked in the door. The city lights twinkling through the window added an extra special touch. 

Kirsten Moore, created a elegant and rustic Italian menu to match the space design. Inspired by her own travels and some of her favorite Italian meals, it introduced guests to another side of Italian cooking that many had never experienced.


Crostino con scarola appassita, guanciale, burrata e mostarda alla pera
crostini with sauteed escarole, bacon, burrata, and pear mostarda

Bucatini aglio e olio scampi e limone
bucatini with olive oil, lemon, and garlic topped with langoustine lobster

Bistecche con pur al cannellini e rosmarino, cipolline in agrodolce e gorgonzola montagna
grilled ribeye steak with rosemary-white bean puree, sweet and sour cipolline onions ,
and mountain gorgonzola

Cime di rapa con pinoli e parmigiano
broccoli rabe with pine nuts and parmesan

Fagiolini con vinaigrette all'nduja
green beans with salami vinaigrette

Finocchio al forno con arance e basilico
roasted fennel with orange and basil


Sbrisalona e gelato al rosmarino
nutty shortbread with rosemary gelato

Photography by Aubrey Gee.