A BON APPETIT BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR • The much-anticipated cookbook from “New York’s Most Perfect Restaurant” (The New Yorker), featuring impossibly flavorful, vegetable-centric Italian dishes, from Fresh Pasta Squares with Fava Pesto to Meyer Lemon Risotto.
"Via Carota is one of my very favorite restaurants in New York City, and this cookbook perfectly captures its magic: simple, seasonal, organic, local, and profoundly delicious, these are recipes that I want to eat all the time." —Alice Waters
James Beard Award-winning chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi share the secrets of their beloved restaurant, which has become synonymous with New York City’s Greenwich Village. Since 2014, Via Carota has been a destination for food lovers, celebrities, and well-informed travelers because of its impeccable Italian fare. Emphasizing vegetables and seasonal cooking, the dishes that come out of Williams and Sodi’s kitchen are astonishing in their simplicity yet dazzling in their elegance. Now, with this beautiful, deeply personal cookbook, they share the keys to cooking Via Carota’s traditional (but not too traditional) cuisine at home.
Here are more than 140 recipes, including:
Lasagna Cacio e Pepe
Roasted Carrots with Spiced Yogurt and Pistachios
Tuscan Onion Soup
Sweet Ricotta Cake
Here, too, is the restaurant’s signature Insalata Verde—that celebrate the bounty of every time of the year, highlighting the very best uses for the most delicious seasonal produce, from spring peas to summer squashes, autumnal legumes to winter citrus.
About the Author
JODY WILLIAMS is the chef and owner of the much-acclaimed Buvette in the West Village and co-chef/owner with Rita Sodi of Via Carota, an Italian gastroteca the couple opened in 2014, and Commerce Inn, a shaker inspired West Village tavern and cookery opened in 2022. Williams is also the author of Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food. RITA SODI is chef and owner of the ever-popular I Sodi and co-chef/owner with Jody Williams of Via Carota, the gastroteca that is inspired by her seventeeth-century country house in the hills near Florence, and Commerce Inn.
A BON APPETIT BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
"Via Carota is one of the most beloved restaurants in NYC because of its simple, elegant Italian home cooking. I love this cookbook and so will you!" --Ina Garten, Barefoot Contessa
"Via Carota is one of my favorite places in the world — always delicious and my first stop when home in NY. I’m so excited to learn some of Jody’s and Rita’s secrets for these beloved dishes." --Sofia Coppola; DIRECTOR OF LOST IN TRANSLATION
"Via Carota is one of my very favorite restaurants in New York City, and this cookbook perfectly captures its magic: simple, seasonal, organic, local, and profoundly delicious, these are recipes that I want to eat all the time." --Alice Waters; CHEZ PANISSE
"Like their beloved West Village restaurant, Via Carota will transport you to another time and place---one where there is time to linger around a bountiful table of antipasti, grains, legumes, and most importantly vegetables. Jody and Rita’s beautiful union is so present in this book that you have the sense they are your dear friends inviting you into their very intimate, gorgeous, and delicious home. Vegetable-forward and deceptively simple, this book should be in your kitchen NOW, propped open to the recipes of the season—I promise you will be intoxicated and hooked from that moment on!" --Suzanne Goin; AOC, author of Sunday Supper at Lucques
“The last time I ate at Via Carota I asked the same question I ask every time I visit: How do Jody and Rita do it? Every dish is simple and honest, and every bite breathtakingly delicious. Here, finally, are the operating instructions for how they do it.” --Dan Barber; BLUE HILL
“When people ask me what my favorite restaurants are in New York City, I sometimes leave out Via Carota because it’s so popular, well…I want to be able to get a seat there myself. But, now with Jody Willaims and Rita Sodi's new cookbook, everyone will have the opportunity to indulge in their vegetable-forward cuisine and the full throttle flavors I love. Like the hilltop street Via del Carota overlooks in Florence, the book is ripe with beauty and delicious recipes. Just leave me a seat or two at this Greenwich Village favorite!” --Nancy Silverton; MOZZA, CHi SPACCA
“Via Carota is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, which is why I'm so excited for this cookbook! The Tagliatelle al Tartufo and Charred Fennel with Orange and Honey are simply divine!" --Giada De Laurentiis'; author of Giada’s Italy and Eat Better, Feel Better
"I fell in love with Via Carota the second I opened the book! Everything about it is beautiful and fetching — the photographs, the food, the obvious lack of tweezers and the two chefs. This is so much how I would love to eat and cook. Congratulations Jody and Rita! Thank you for sharing so much of yourselves. Your love shines through." --Deborah Madison, author of An Onion in My Pocket and Vegetable Literacy
"Jody Williams worked with me at Felidia more than twenty years ago and within a few days of working with her I knew that this woman was very talented and was very passionate about Italian food. Her name might be Williams, but her food is truly Italian and, with her Tuscan partner Rita Sodi, they cook some of the best Italian food in New York City. Their flavors and their style are captured in this collection of simple but delicious recipes with “verdure stagionali” as the main protagonist. The recipes are very traditional but at the same time very contemporary, perfect for today’s lifestyle. Brava Jody! Brava Rita!" --Lidia Bastianich; author of MASTERING THE ART OF ITALIAN CUISINE and LIDIA’S ITALIAN-ANERICAN KITCHEN
"In Greenwich Village, there exists an Italian restaurant that rises above the rest, Via Carota. Rita Sodi and Jody Williams, a rare team of co-chefs, have created the ideal Greenwich Village joint. Jody’s and Rita’s love of fava beans, artichokes, pasta, fish, meat, pesto; indeed everything about Italian food that is soulful, and delicious, permeates their wonderful cookbook. The Via Carota cookbook is a love poem to their intense, personalized Italian cuisine." --Jonathan Waxman; author of THR BARBUTO COOKBOOK
"The many hours and days I've spent reveling in the food and ambience at the wonderful Via Carota restaurant can now be extended because of this sterling book, courtesy of the restaurant's incredibly generous and imaginative co-founders, chefs, and life partners, the always caring and sensitive Jody Williams and Rita Sodi. Here, their earthy, delicious, and important cuisine jumps off the page, completely satisfying your need for the delicious. An instant classic." --Hilton Als; Pulitzer Prize winning writer for the New Yorker
"I’ve reacted to the book just as I do the restaurant. It’s how I like to eat, and cook, all the time. Here is the rare restaurant cookbook that will make you a better cook." --Charlotte Druckman, Wall Street Journal
"The Via Carota cookbook is finally here...and includes all of the dishes regulars have come to rely on...a great gift for restaurant lovers and New York expats" --Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit (Best Cookbooks of 2022)
"The New Yorker famously called Via Carota 'New York's Most Perfect Restaurant,' and frankly, I can't disagree with that distinction. Jody Williams and Rita Sodi's tiny, vegetable-and-pasta driven restaurant in Greenwich Village has been the site of some epic meals in my life: long, lazy meals full of laughter with friends and much wine while you eat every last bite. It also happens to be one of my favorite spots to sit at the bar with a glass of wine and a plate of green olives — stuffed with sausage and fried — and just watch the neighborhood for an hour or so. I'm excited to recreate both kinds of experiences at home with their recipes for Meyer Lemon Risotto, Lasagna Cacio e Pepe, Charred Fennel with Orange and Honey, and the Roasted Carrots with Spiced Yogurt and Pistachios I order almost every time I eat at the restaurant." --Food & Wine
"Sharing 140 recipes for re-creating the simple and elegant dishes at their beloved Manhattan restaurant, award-winning chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi emphasize the pleasure in preparation that goes into every seasonal Italian dish." --Jacqueline Raposo, Epicurious
"With the mission “to transport” readers to “another place and time, where we have breathed in the rustic beauty and uncomplicated flavors,” chefs Williams and Sodi deliver a swoon-worthy collection of dishes from their distinctive New York City restaurant. The recipes—mostly simple, plainly stated, and vegetable forward—capture the essence of their culinary experience in Italy… The chefs elevate their selections with small touches, such as the crunch of spring onion and celery in panzanella and a warm honey syrup drizzled over an olive oil cake. Perhaps the best example of this is Via Carota’s signature insalata verde, a piled-high mix of soft, peppery, and lacy greens whose vinaigrette is a balanced blend that employs a bit of warm water to help it emulsify…Even the more luxurious plates of lobster with fresh tomatoes and spaghetti, and a 10-layer cacio e pepe lasagna, are accessible thanks to clear directions and helpful tips. Glimpses of their operation come to life in casual notes, such as describing how tomatoes ripen on a tall rack in the kitchen, and in handsome photography, with images showing how crocks of citrus perfume the dining room in winter months. This is sure to please lovers of Italian food and initiate even more pilgrimages to its namesake eatery." --Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Jody Williams and Rita Sodi’s Via Carota is at this point a New York institution. Everyone from Paul McCartney to the Obamas has dined at the Greenwich Village restaurant, and even after almost a decade, it’s still a tough reservation to nab. Luckily, Williams and Sodi have decided to share some of Via Carota’s magic with us home cooks…Pour yourself a glass of wine or make one of the book’s cocktails and it might almost feel like you’re sitting in the Grove Street space."--Tori Latham, Robb Report; 9 Best New Cookbooks to Buy This Fall
"From the West Village trattoria that Alice Waters calls one of her “very favorite restaurants in New York City” comes this anthology featuring its greatest culinary hits including cacio e pepe lasagna, Meyer lemon risotto, and a pillow-soft olive oil cake that comes together in minutes. The book is required reading (and cooking) for Italian food enthusiasts as well as those who pride themselves on cooking with the seasons." --Benjamin Kemper, Saveur
“Via Carota by Jody Williams and Rita Sodi is a meaty, 400-page cookbook…Williams and Sodi own Via Carota, a widely-beloved Italian restaurant in Greenwich Village. It embodies the seasonality, simplicity and utter deliciousness of Italian cooking at its finest, and we’re hopeful the book can bring a bit of that magic into our own kitchens. This is food you want to eat every day." --Jennifer Slothower; Arizona Daily Star
"Christmas came early, in the form of Jody Williams and Rita Sodi’s Via Carota: A Celebration of Seasonal Cooking from the Beloved Greenwich Village Restaurant, written with Anna Kovel...and it looks like we got everything we wanted. The recipe for their famous insalata verde is here, and while you might not have the patience to Jenga the feathery tower leaf by leaf, it is perfect. You’ll also find such favorites as favas with escarole and mint, fried rabbit, svizzerina (their answer to a burger), and olive-oil panna cotta. To be honest, such complete wish fulfillment is overwhelming. Where to begin?! The recipes are as crisp, correct, and personal as the restaurant’s décor, and cooking them might take you less time than getting a table." --Christine Muhlke, Air Mail