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 17th century country house in the hills near Florence. After finishing art school Sodi began to travel for work in the fashion industry but always dreamt of creating a restaurant. In 2008 she courageously opened I Sodi on Christopher street in the West Village to instant critical acclaim. I Sodi’s low-key, utterly traditional and perfectly executed Tuscan food was featured in The New Yorker, Saveur Magazine, Grub Street, Time Out, Serious Eats, Food and Wine, the Village Voice, New York Magazine and The New York Times. The restaurant is also featured in the 2019 Michelin Guide. Sodi still owns part of her family’s farm north of Florence in Barberino de Mugello; come harvest time, her green olives are pressed at the local frantoio. She ships the bright-green extra-virgin oil to her kitchens in New York, showcasing their clean, bright aroma in classic Tuscan preparations.