Steve Samson and Zach Pollack are chef-partners at southern Italian restaurant Sotto, turning out fresh pasta, pizzas from their wood-burning oven and rustic dishes such as grilled mackerel with cauliflower, cured lemons, crispy buckwheat and pesto pantesca; pork meatballs; or spicy clams with pigeon peas and 'nduja. The insightful wine list focuses on grape varieties native to southern Italy and natural wines made in California. On Nov. 11, natural wine authority Alice Feiring and radical winemaker Frank Cornelissen will host a dinner prepared by Samson and Pollack, to be paired with Cornelissen's wines from Mt. Etna, Sicily.
What's coming up next on your menu? Steve: I've been meaning to talk to Zach about putting grilled seppie back on. I love them! Zach: Chestnut ricotta gnocchi with foraged mushrooms and smoked ricotta.
Latest ingredient obsession? Steve: Live eels! They haven't made it on the menu yet. Maybe for Christmas Eve. Zach: Corbezzolo honey.
What restaurant do you go to again and again? Steve: I think I could eat a few orders of M.B. Post's bacon cheddar buttermilk biscuits with every meal for the rest of my life. It would be a short life, but a happy one. Zach: Jitlada for fish kidney curry.