Was very excited to eat here, on a saturday evening in august, the windows were open and its was a tad hot. Dinner for two, small table in the middle and not much elbow room, got banged into a couple of times, with the hustle and bustle, didn't really mind, but next time - will shoot for a table out of the fray. It is quite dark in the evening and sets a romantic mood, but it can be somewhat hard to see the menu. Friendly and attentive service, we ordered 3 appetizers, everyone seems to complain about the serving sizes, these were fine. We ordered the Octopus, Meatballs and salumi and cheese plate. The bbq'd octopus was fantastic, the best I have ever had. Smokey and perfectly chewy, highly recommended. The meatballs were composed of assorted meats, featuring veal and were good - topped with shaved parm. The salumi and cheese plate for two featured shredded prosciutto, speck, pancetta and aged Parmesan with honey. It was good, but I am a fan of my cured meats sliced thin and layered - I would give it a 6 out of 10, but then again I am spoiled by Crispo. (Review soon) My girlfriend ordered the pasta of the night which was shrimp stuffed ravioli over basil/pesto sauce and it was quite good. Super smooth and creamy. My entree was the steamed brazino over fregola (a type of mini-pasta, similar to cous-cous), mini clams, leeks, capers and bottarga (roe) This was a great dish, a beautiful piece of fish over a very interesting mix of seafood. I personally would have liked the fish to be very slightly browned for a crisper bite, to have a bit more texture. Our desert was the olive oil cake, a much fancier name with tangerine, gelato, and assorted other ingedients, it was okay - seemed to try too hard and the elements sort of fell apart. I will definitely try it out again, but its still second string to Noodle Pudding, two blocks away. PROS: Excellent, authentic Italian food, with great care in their fresh ingredients and presentation. Amazing service. CONS: Slightly packed, especially in the center aisles.
72 Henry Street
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Posted: Thu Jun 20 2013
Located in the middle of the beautiful historic district of Brooklyn Heights, Sociale is committed to producing high quality gastronomy, mixing traditional and visionary authentic Italian cuisine in an equally authentic setting. Sociale utilizes fresh and locally grown ingredients. Outstanding customer care is central to our mission. Sociale is known for its excellent food; vibrant atmosphere; friendly and professional staff; and thick Italian accents!