Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar

This glass enclosed restaurant is just beautiful!  Huge chandeliers hanging from the glass ceiling give the space a classic, romantic vibe.  We arrived at the restaurant when it was still light out.  The light-filled room took on a completely different vibe after dark, when it's engulfed in darkness and illuminated only by the soft glow of the chandeliers. 

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The meatball was simple, but good. The soft cheese that accompanied the dish was a bit bland, but very soft and creamy. 

 POLPETTE AL SUGO - BEEF, VEAL, & PORK MEATBALLS

POLPETTE AL SUGO - BEEF, VEAL, & PORK MEATBALLS

I like that the baby octopus was slightly charred. The Brandade (emulsion of salted cod and olive oil) was tasty and went well with the octopus and the chickpeas.  

 BABY OCTOPUS - BRANDADE, CHICKPEAS & WHITE BALSAMIC

BABY OCTOPUS - BRANDADE, CHICKPEAS & WHITE BALSAMIC

I am not really a salad person, so deferred to my friend on this one.  She did seem to enjoy the cheese covered salad.

 FENNEL + ARUGULA SALAD - PARMESAN & LEMON

FENNEL + ARUGULA SALAD - PARMESAN & LEMON

The Cacio E Pepe was a simple, but tasty dish. The cracked black pepper was noticeable, in a good way.

 CACIO E PEPE - PEC0RINO RAMANO, GRANA PADANO, CRACKED BLACK PEPPER

CACIO E PEPE - PEC0RINO RAMANO, GRANA PADANO, CRACKED BLACK PEPPER

The flavor of the fettucini was completely different, but also good. The sauce gave it a nice spicy kick. 

 FETTUCINI ARAGOSTA - LOBSTER, SAFFRON, & ROASTED TOMATOES

FETTUCINI ARAGOSTA - LOBSTER, SAFFRON, & ROASTED TOMATOES

The desserts were massive! The tartufo, which many people have raved about, was indeed yummy. The brownie bites were soft, warm, and chocolaty. Because the room was so dark, it was hard to see what were the crunchy, granola-like chunks sprinkled on top of the crumbled brownies. Toasted hazelnuts, perhaps? Whatever they were, they were delish. 

 TARTUFO - FUDGY BROWNIES, HAZELNUT GELATO, SALTED CARAMEL CREAM, HOT FUDGE

TARTUFO - FUDGY BROWNIES, HAZELNUT GELATO, SALTED CARAMEL CREAM, HOT FUDGE

Cherries must be in season.  This was the second cherry dessert that we came across in 2 days.  

 PISTACHIO SEMIFREDDO - SICILIAN PISTACHIO, BALSAMIC CHERRY SORBET, CHERRY COMPOTE

PISTACHIO SEMIFREDDO - SICILIAN PISTACHIO, BALSAMIC CHERRY SORBET, CHERRY COMPOTE

Verdict: A-.  Nothing inventive, but solid, simple, Italian food.

Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar
9 Crosby Street (Mondrian Soho Hotel)
https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-soho/eat-drink/isola-trattoria-crudo-bar