CUE THE CHOIR
In the latest heavenly news: Sassetta, beloved local favorite hailing from the Design District, is now open in its new location at The Joule. Of course, this is only interesting if you like creative, modern Italian dishes, handmade pastas, pizza, wine... Otherwise, it's probably not your thing. But, if you're down with bucatini, you'll feel an angelic sense of elation heading into the new space designed by local ELLE Decor A-Lister, Jean Liu. The eclectic space fuses contemporary design with artisan-crafted elements like the custom-glazed il Buco Vita dishes and hand-blown, winged wine decanters. (Even the uniforms have been sustainably sewn by hand in Milan.)
The design star is undoubtedly is the mural—an abstract representation of the rolling hills and peaked mountains surrounding the restaurant's namesake town in Tuscany. It's a specially commissioned piece by de Gournay, the British interiors firm that's world-renowned for its hand-painted wall papers and textiles.
It's a beautiful space, inspiring visions of future date nights and celebratory cocktail hours. (Yes, the restaurant will be available for private events and full buyouts.) So when it comes to the space, the design, and the mood, it's check, check, check. But what about the menu?
Sassetta’s kitchen is helmed by Chef Jason Zygmont (previously of Per Se, Noma, and Blue Hill at Stone Barns). His inventive menu reflects Tuscany’s geographic location in the heart of the Mediterranean with influences and flavors from Spain, Southern France, and Northern Africa.
While the technique and seasonal ingredients come from a fine dining approach, nothing feels fussy. Early menu favorites include the housemade tomato-braised meatballs with ricotta, grilled octopus, and tagliatelle bolognese. Another can't-miss is Chef Zygmont's signature ricotta agnolotti. (It's actually the dish that cinched the deal for his position at Sassetta.)