"The idea came from road-tripping through Italy and being able to stop at the gas station and getting really good coffee and pasta at an affordable price."
Located on a busy Nolita street, The Sosta has the same, fun Instagrammable vibe as By Chloe, but instead of serving vegan burgers, everything is inspired by authentic Italian cuisine. Along with fresh pasta, there's roasted cauliflower, focaccia sandwiches, and yes, meatballs. And if you're sticking to an anti-inflammatory meal plan, you won't be left out: gluten-free pasta and zoodles are also on the menu. And in true continental fashion, there's also a wine list. Oh, and it's super affordable with prices ranging from $8 to $12.
"The idea came from road-tripping through Italy and being able to stop at the gas stations, called auto grills, and getting really good coffee and pasta at an affordable price," LaRaia says. "It was pretty incredible to be able to pull over and have an amazing, wholesome meal right on the side of the road." When she got back to NYC, she realized that the city was lacking a grab-and-go Italian spot with clean ingredients, so she teamed up with Wasser.
It's basically the lunch spot of your Mediterranean Diet dreams—and no, you won't need a nap afterward. "Because the ingredients are so [clean], it won't weigh you down. You won't leave stuffed." Unless you resist the temptation to go back for seconds (or thirds), that is...
The Sosta, 186 Mott St., New York, NY 10012, thesosta.com
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