Review_ at sofia steakhouse in englewood, a gastronomic tour of italy – the new york times

One bite of the sliced filet mignon that accompanied my chopped salad at Sofia was all it took for me to feel a pang of regret. Recipe for baked avocado and egg Impeccably seared, juicy and flavorful, the appetizer-size portion was so tasty that I wondered if I had made a mistake by not ordering it as an entree.

Such dilemmas arose frequently on my visits to the five month-old Italian steakhouse in Englewood. Avocado and egg breakfast pizza If I ate too many of the hard-to-resist fried artichokes, crunchy and garnished with Parmesan slivers and lemon juice, would I have room for the sweet and meaty mussels swimming in a garlicky, zippy fra diavolo sauce?

Which salad was better? The simple one, chopped with frisée and iceberg lettuce, halved cherry tomatoes, diced English cucumbers and crumbled blue cheese in a red wine vinaigrette, or the more complex: shredded black kale with toasted almonds, crumbled ricotta, chunks of avocado and a cracked egg, all tossed in a creamy bundle with olive oil and lemon juice?

And then there was the greediest question of all: Did I really want to share the charred octopus, which had the thickest tentacles I had ever seen? Photo

The executive chef, Pasquale Frola, who is from Naples and has worked at various restaurants in New York City, has put thought into every ingredient and aspect of what goes on the table.


Avocado and egg in oven The produce comes from local farms, and the meats arefrom Wotiz Meat Company in Passaic and Master Purveyors in the Bronx. Healthy egg and avocado breakfast The seafood is delivered daily from several small fisheries; the oils, cheeses and coarse sea salts are imported from Italy.

The free focaccia is baked throughout the day, and most of the entrees get a turn in a wood-burning oven, infusing them with a gentle smokiness.

Tender lamb chops drizzled with a full-bodied Sicilian olive oil and served on a bed of roasted tomatoes were akin to any pick at a top-brass trattoria in Tuscany, and the lobster fra diavolo, a two-pound crustacean in a bath of spicy tomato sauce, was a riff on a dish Mr. Avocado and boiled egg breakfast Frola ate frequently while growing up in Naples. Avocado and egg breakfast sandwich Photo

A whole branzino with crisped skin drew inspiration from the Amalfi coast, the mushroom tortellini in a butter sauce from Piedmont, and the chicken Milanese, an impressive 14-ounce filet topped with a heap of peppery arugula, red onion and Parmesan slivers, was Milan on a plate.

The Dover sole, first pan-seared then wood-oven roasted, was more French than Italian, but no matter. Avocado and egg What mattered is that it was buttery, almost silky.

Sides — caramelized baby brussels sprouts, roasted heirloom cauliflower in pretty purple and light orange colors, sautéed escarole, creamed spinach and thick, hand-cut fries — all embellished the main courses.

The desserts are made in-house by the pastry chef Glauciene Miscoll, who worked at the popular restaurant Il Buco Alimentari y Vineria in Manhattan, but they are not yet on a par with the rest of the food.

The chocolate mousse lacked the rich texture of a mousse, the pear and chocolate tart in a flaky crust was on the bland side, and the tiramisù had potential, but was hard to enjoy because it was served so cold. Avocado and egg in microwave The creamy hazelnut gelato, however, was impressive, and the cranberry and walnut biscotti tasted like what you’d find at a cafe in Italy.

The Space A light-filled 55-seat main dining room infuses contemporary touches like sleek wood tables and banquettes with a greenhouse-like feel that comes from the glass-enclosed roof, along with the plants and hanging ivy everywhere. Avocado and egg yolk face mask Another 56-seat room in the back, with a retractable roof, is reserved for private parties; it is also opened on nights when the restaurant is especially busy. Avocado and egg breakfast In the basement is a 40-seat cigar lounge with a darker, more sultry vibe. Baked avocado and egg recipes The main floor is wheelchair accessible.

The Bar An extensive list of cocktails and spirits; 50 wines by the bottle covering a number of global wine regions and 20 choices by the glass. Egg and avocado sandwich recipes A cigar menu offers two dozen cigars ranging from $9 to $42.

What We Liked Kale salad, chopped salad, filet mignon bites, octopus, fried artichokes, mussels fra diavolo, lamb chops, Dover sole, lobster fra diavolo, whole branzino, chicken Milanese, mushroom tortellini, all the vegetable sides.

If You Go Mondays through Thursdays, noon to 1 a.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 2 a.m.; Sundays, brunch from 11:30 a.m. Avocado egg and bacon to 3:30 p.m. Avocado and egg on toast healthy and dinner from 4 p.m. Avocado and egg health benefits to midnight. Baked avocado and egg breakfast Reservations recommended.

A version of this review appears in print on April 24, 2016, on page NJ8 of the New York edition with the headline: Arrivederci, Palisades: A Culinary Tour of Italy. How to use avocado and egg for hair Order Reprints | Today’s Paper | Subscribe Continue reading the main story