Finally, Aperol Spritzes Sparkle Up Seventh Avenue South Via Carota’s long-awaited sister spot, Bar Pisellino, soft-opens this week.

Jody Williams, left, and Rita Sodi at Bar Pisellino. Photo: Jonas Fredwall Karlsson

Jody Williams, left, and Rita Sodi at Bar Pisellino. Photo: Jonas Fredwall Karlsson

Between the two of them, the newly crowned James Beard Foundation Best New York City Chefs Jody Williams and Rita Sodi own a French-inspired “gastrothèque” (Buvette), a traditional Tuscan ristorante (I Sodi), and a lively Italian neighborhood canteen (Via Carota), all within a three-block West Village radius. Still, something was lacking. Running three incessantly mobbed restaurants in New York wasn’t enough. What was needed to make their mini-fiefdom complete, according to the married couple, was a classic Italian bar — the kind of civilized oasis they loved to visit in the old country’s cultural capitals and longed for when they returned home. And so over the last year or so, they’ve created their own version of that iconic social institution and christened it Bar Pisellino, and will open it this week opposite Via Carota on a Seventh Avenue South corner that sorely needed some sprucing up. Read more…