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The Best Spot in New York for All-Day Italian Aperitivo Culture

By The Center Magazine StaffJan 31 2022

Chef Ignacio Mattos has made his permanent return to Rockefeller Center with the opening of a brand-new concept: Lodi. In addition to chef-owner Mattos, the Lodi team includes chef de cuisine Maxime Pradié, bar director Stacey Swenson, and head baker Louis Volle.

Lodi is already drawing audiences to its Midtown location; according to Pete Wells from the New York Times, nothing “can beat a Lodi pastry and coffee.”

But it's the cultural aspect that truly can’t be missed.

Lodi draws inspiration from the Italian aperitivo culture. The team’s vision was to create a neighborhood anchor, something elegant and friendly, similar to an Italian café. The end result? A place you can visit any time of day, whether it’s for an espresso or a leisurely late afternoon cocktail on the patio.

The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a menu designed to reflect that open-all-day spirit. Guests can enjoy a cornetto or a cappuccino before work, grab mozzarella panino for lunch, or move into the early afternoon spritz with some plates of antipasti.

Lodi’s cocktail menu channels Italian drinking culture with a selection of fruit-forward spritzes, including the Lo Stagionale (apple aperitif, Calvados, thyme, and sparkling wine) and the Il Mediterraneo (Giardino prosecco, reposado tequila, bergamot, and prosecco). Offering classic choices like Negronis, Old Fashioneds, and Boulevardiers, the menu also features an exclusive Rockefeller Martini, which is made with a choice of gin or vodka, vermouth secco, and a side of pickles.

An all-season, full-service patio welcomes guests outdoors, while limited indoor seating features a standing counter plus 14 bar seats. The heated outdoor patio, which seats up to 75 guests, paints the picture of the Italian aperitivo culture. It's a place where New Yorkers can come enjoy Rockefeller Center at any time of day.

Following a pop-up of Mattos’s downtown restaurant Estela served on The Rink in September 2020, Lodi was one of the highly anticipated restaurants to open at Rockefeller Center in 2021, including Samesa and FIELDTRIP, both at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Lodi’s location, at 1 Rockefeller Plaza, places the restaurant in shouting distance from NBC’s TODAY Show studio.

“It’s really exciting for us to be at this address, being one of the first concepts to join the iconic Rockefeller Center, as they are reimagining their retail and hospitality offerings,” Skrocki says.

Lodi is open at 1 Rockefeller Plaza Monday through Friday from 8am to 9:30pm, Saturday from 11am to 9:30pm, and Sunday from 11am to 7pm.

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