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What to Eat at Sora Lella

Photo: Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine

It has taken 50 years for Sora Lella to come to America from Italy, but Rob and Robin describe the cuisine as “Über-Roman.” It’s run by Italian expats who “consider it their life’s work ... to import and showcase authentic Italian culinary culture.” That’s probably why the food even sounds beautiful. See the menu below and then click through our slideshow to preview some of the dishes.

Antipasti / Starters

Insalata di Arancia e Olive con Olio, Sale e Pepe
Fresh Orange Salad with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Black Olives, Salt and Pepper $8.00

Frittata alla Paesana con Mozzarella di Bufala
“Roman Country-Style” Omelette with Seasonal Mixed Vegetables
Served with Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella $13.00

Polpettine della “Nonna”
“Grandma’s Style” Meat Balls with Fresh Tomato Sauce $9.00

Misto di Salumi Caserecci
Selection of Traditional Italian Sliced Cured Meats $14.00

Prosciutto di Parma(Stagionato 24 Mesi) e Mozzarella di Bufala
24 Months Aged Parma Prosciutto with Buffalo Mozzarella $16.00

Terrina Fredda di Melanzane e Gamberi al Timo
Cold Eggplants Terrine with Shrimp and Tyme $15.00

Le Minestre / Soups

Pasta e Broccoli al Brodo di Arzilla
Home Made Fresh Pasta, Broccoli, Skate Fish Broth,
Garlic, Tomato,Roman Pecorino Cheese and Chile Pepper $11.00

Pasta e Ceci con Vongole Veraci
Home Made Fresh pasta, Chick Peas, Clams,Garlic, Rosemary, Tomato and Chile Pepper $13.00


Primi Asciutti / Pasta Dishes
Tonnarelli alla Cuccagna (since 1961)
con Salsiccia, Pancetta e Noci
Home Made Squared-off Egg Pasta
Served With Sausage, Cured Pork Belly and Walnuts
And a Touch of Heavy Cream $18.00

Ravioli Ricotta e Spinaci al “Sugo di Nonna”
Home Made Square Pasta Shape Filled with Ricotta Cheese and Spinach
Served with “Grandma’s Style” Sauce (Veal, Fresh and Dry Porcini Mushroom, Fresh Tomato Sauce) $20.00

Fettuccine Casarecce al Ragù Bianco di Animelle di Vitello
Home Made Long Flat Pasta
Served With a White Veal Sweetbread Sauce and Parmesan Cheese $18.00

Paccheri “all’Amatriciana”
Traditional Roman Recipe “Paccheri” Dry Pasta “Amatriciana Style“
Spicy Fresh Tomato and Cured Pig Cheek Sauce and Roman Pecorino Cheese $16.00

Rigatoni al Sugo di “Coda alla Vaccinara”
Traditional Roman Recipe Ribbed Dry Pasta “Butcher Style Sauce”
With Oxtail, Fresh Tomato, Pine Nuts, Raisins and Roman Pecorino Cheese $16.00

“Bavette” Con Pesto di Vongole, zucchine, Aglio, olio, peperoncino
Traditional Roman Recipe “Bavette” Dry Pasta with clam Pesto , zucchini, garlic , olive oil, chilli pepper


Secondi di Carne / Main Course


Pollo Ruspante “alla Romana” in Umido con Peperoni
Free-Range Farm Chicken “Roman Style” Slow Cooked in Tomato Sauce and Red Bell Pepper $17.00

Coda di Manzo alla Vaccinara
Traditional Roman Recipe “Butcher Style” Oxtail Stew
Braised with White Wine, Tomato, Pine Nuts, Raisins and a Side of sautéed Baby Carrots $.22.00

Ossobuco di Vitello con Cipolline in Agrodolce
Veal Shank Braised with a Rich White Wine Onion Sauce Served with Sweet and Sour small white Onions $31.00

Abbacchio Disossato al Forno Farcito con Carciofi e Erbe Aromatiche
Boneless Roasted Milk-Fed Baby Lamb Stuffed with Artichokes and Aromatic Herbs
Served with a Rosemary Potato Pie $28.00

Parmigiana di Melanzane con Ricotta, Miele e Noci
Eggplants “Parmigiana Style” with Ricotta Cheese, Honey and Walnuts $19.00

Piatti di pesce / Fish dishes

Baccalà in Guazzetto “alla Romana”
“Roman Style” Dried Salt Cod Fish
Served with Onion and Fresh Basil Tomato Sauce Garnished with Pine Nuts and Raisins $22.00

Coda di Rospo al “Cannellino di Frascati”
Con Brunoise di Pomodorini e Mandorle Croccanti
Pan Seared Monk Fish Slow cooked in “Cannellino di Frascati” Sweet Wine Served with Cherry Tomato and Crunchy Toasted Almonds $25.00

Saltimbocca di Tonno “alla Romana” con Broccoli Affogati
“Roman Style” Pan Seared Tuna Fish with Parma Prosciutto and Sage Served with a Side of Withe Wine Sautéed Broccoli
$28.00

Contorni / Side dishes

Misticanza con Frutta Fresca a Pezzi
Mix Green Salad, Seasonal Fresh Fruit, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper $8.00

Broccoli o Cicoria in Padella con Aglio, Olio e Peperoncino
American Broccoli or Chicory Sautéed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic and Hot Chile Pepper $8.00

Puntarelle “alla Romana” con Salsa di Alici
Traditional Roman Recipe Wild Chicory Spears “Roman Style”
Served Raw and Dressed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vinegar, Garlic and Anchovies $13.00

Carciofo “alla Giudia”
Fried Whole Artichokes “Jewish Style” $11.00

Carciofo “alla Romana”
Steamed Whole Artichokes “Roman-style” Stuffed with Anchovy Paste, Garlic and Mint $11.00

Patate Fritte
Home Style French Fries $6.00

Dolci Fatti in Casa / Home Made Dessert

Torta di Ricotta con Marmellata di Visciole
Ricotta Cheese Tart with Bitter Cherry Jam $10.00

Sbriciolata con Pasta di Mandorle e Arancia Amara
Crumbly Butter Almond Cake with Bitter Orange Jam $10.00

Sformatino di Ricotta con Cioccolato Fondente e Pistacchi di “Bronte’
Ricotta Cheese Flan with Dark Chocolate and “Bronte Pistachios” $10.00

Salame di Cioccolato Guarnito con Mandorle Croccanti,Salsa al Caramello e il suo Sorbetto
Chocolate “Salami Roll with Crunchy Almonds, Dry Cookies and Caramel Sauce Served with Chocolate Sorbet $10.00


Gelati Fatti in Casa / Home Made Ice Cream

Gelato di Zabaione con Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale di Modena Invecchiato 12 Anni
Marsala Wine and Whipped Egg Yolks Ice Cream With a Drizzle of 12-Year Old Balsamic Vinegar from Modena $13.00

Gelato di Torroncino “Affogato allo Strega”
A Nougat Candy Ice Cream Poached in Strega, a Saffron Flavoured Italian Liqueur $12.00

Gelato di Cannella con Miele allo Zenzero
Cinnamon Ice Cream Served with Ginger Honey $10.00

Sorbetto di Cioccolato con Scorza d’Arancia e Nocciole
Chocolate Sorbet with Hazelnuts and Orange Zest $10.00


Panini “d’Autore” / Signature Sandwiches

Salmone Affumicato e Provolone Piccante
Smoked salmon, Hot Provolone Cheese, Radicchio Salad
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper $12.00

Gamberi e Groviera
Shrimp, Swiss Cheese
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper $12.00

Puntarelle e Pecorino Romano
Chicory Spears and Roman Pecorino Cheese
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vinegar, Garlic and Anchovies $12.00

Broccoli e Salsiccia
Sautéed Broccoli and Sweet Sausage
Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic, Chile Pepper $12.00

All Sandwiches are Made with Italian “Ciabatta Bread”
Served with a Side of Green Salad or French Fries

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