Chef Ignacio Mattos, known for estela and Altro Paradiso, designed his latest venture, Lodi, as an ode to Italian aperitivo culture. So this all-day cafe, bakery, and bar is the perfect spot for leisurely eating spreads of antipasti, meats, and cheeses. To stay in line with its European influences, most of the seating is al fresco on the sidewalk overlooking iconic Rockefeller Center sights or in the covered terrace area just outside the restaurant.
Chef Ignacio Mattos, owner of estela and Altro Paradiso, opened this all-day cafe, bakery, and bar at Rockefeller Center earlier last year. Located just outside of the Theater District proper, Lodi was designed as an ode to Italian aperitivo culture, making it the perfect spot for a pre-show bite. Spreads of antipasti, meats, and cheeses make up the bulk of the menu, but you can also order up a larger secondi course or one of the cafe’s popular paninis for something a little heartier.