Restaurant Review: SUD Vino & Cucina

It is not easy to find an Italian restaurant that doesn’t make me wish I had just invited myself over to my grandmother’s house for dinner, but Sud makes the shortlist.

I just recently moved to Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, and my friend Alycia and I thought it would be nice to explore my new neighborhood. We wandered Bedford Ave. on a recent Friday night after a long work week, and the warmth and relaxed vibe emanating from Sud won us over.

The restaurant itself was so cute and cozy. The fireplace and kitchen hutches in the that back made us feel like we were sitting in someone’s home, and the service was incredibly familiar and friendly.

We started with yummy (heavily poured) Pinot Grigio, and some complementary bread with olive oil. Despite the bread basket, we went ahead and ordered more bread to start – the crostini with taleggio cheese and house-made black olive tapenade. We were so pleased to find that the order came with four pieces of crostini – generous for $8 compared to the Manhattan prices we are used to! The crostini were savory with a little bit of sweet, just perfect to hold us over for our main dishes (warning – more carbs to come).

The Sud menu is small, which I love. I subscribe to the philosophy that it’s better to do a few things very well then to do many things in a mediocre way. The menu has a pesce section, but it kind of just screams “order pasta!”, so we did.

I had the Rigatoni Alla Norma – fresh eggplant, ricotta salata and tomato sauce. The ricotta salata is salty and a little creamy, making the overall simple dish a little bit more complex and interesting. It was perfect.

Alycia ordered a pasta with veggies (I think spinach, mushrooms, etc.), garlic and olive oil. It was so simple and good.

We finished with a decadent chocolate cake and were on our way.

I expect this to become one of my neighborhood go-tos – the ambiance is perfect for conversation over dinner.

Location:

1102 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn (b/t Lexington Ave & Quincy St in Bedford-Stuyvesant)

Important to note: Sud is cash only, seemingly a trend in this neighborhood.

February Goal: Exploration

Another month means another goal. Last month we embarked on setting new habits for the New Year. I have to say, I think I was quite successful. I joined a Wednesday spin class, and also tripled my time in the gym (easy to do when you’re starting from one day a week)! I started eating breakfast at home, and bringing my lunch to work, which has been lovely for my wallet. I think I will keep the January goal in mind for as long as I can, and keep trying to create good, healthy habits.

Now that the healthy stuff is out of the way, I’d like to introduce our much more fun February goal: Exploration. February is always an exciting month for me. My birthday is on the third (TODAY!), Valentine’s Day is in the middle of the month, and just when you thought you couldn’t handle another full work week: BAM! Presidents’ Day lets your off the hook. Not to mention, NYC Restaurant Week is Jan. 20 – Feb. 20, and I’m going to Europe from February 11th to the 21st. A month of exploring through food it will be!
That’s all for now, but look forward to a “Birthday food” recap at the end of this weekend! Here’s a preview:

xo,
Christina