Sofia Sizzi

Designer, Giulietta

| FiDi

What happens when an Italian accessories designer meets an Italian pastry chef? Well, in the case of Sofia Sizzi and Iacopo Falai, an eminent NYC power couple is born. Falai’s better half, Sizzi landed her first role in fashion designing accessories at Gucci when she was just 20 years old, eventually moving to Manhattan to oversee accessories for Donna Karan and then Calvin Klein. After 15 years in the business, Sizzi broke out on her own with Giulietta, her 3-year-old women’s wear label known for its “nostalgia-meets-modernity” point of view. Often citing icons like Jean Shrimpton and Sophia Loren as inspiration, the designer’s most recent show paid homage to the babes of the 1970’s— think turtlenecks, flares, jumpers and leisure suits in paisleys, burnt orange, melon and moss— and yet, as much as the looks were a nod to the past, they made a refreshing case for contemporary dressing too (they could just as easily be in Georgia May Jagger’s closet as Marissa Berenson’s). And then, there’s Sizzi’s culinary prowess— thanks, in part, to her husband, chef Falai (the former Executive Pastry Chef at Le Cirque and founder of Falai Bakery, he now runs the citywide kitchens of CITIPHILE favorite Sant Ambroeus). Here, Sizzi sits down with CITIPHILE to reveal her little black book on NYC.

NEIGHBORHOOD STANDBY: Suteishi (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)– right across the street from my house. I eat their garden rolls at least twice a week.

COFFEE OR TEA: Coffee– I’m Italian! The best cup in the city is at Sant Ambroeus on Lafayette Street (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x)— true Italian espresso is very hard to find.

ALL-TIME FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Perry St. (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x). I love the ginger rice bowl; it tastes like nothing you’ve ever had before. Trust me, I’m married to a chef!

COCKTAIL DE LA NUIT: A passion-chili sour (Maker’s Mark, passion fruit and thai chili) at Perry St.

LADIES LUNCH: Sant Ambroeus.

BEST BRUNCH: Diner in Brooklyn (MAP IT, x). I’ve been going there forever— it’s casual, but the food is delicious and it never changes.

BEST PEOPLE WATCHING: These days, probably The Standard Hotel in the East Village (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

HEALTHY STAPLE: The Smile To Go on Howard Street (MAP ITx) for quinoa and marinated kale.

GUILTY PLEASURE: Di Palo’s in Little Italy (MAP IT, x); I go crazy with the cheese!

HAPPY HOUR: Cowgirl Sea-Horse on Front Street (MAP IT, x).

NY’S BEST-KEPT SECRET: Fraunces Tavern (MAP IT, BOOK IT, x).

FIRST THING I MISS WHEN I’M AWAY: Japanese food.

REGULAR AT: Hasaki (MAP IT, x). I go there quite often with my husband and we always sit by the sushi counter.

TO GET INSPIRED: Museums, galleries and vintage stores. I also love bookstores— I can spend hours at The Strand on Broadway (MAP IT, x).

DATE NIGHT STANDBY: Pegu Club (MAP IT, x)— it’s dark and intimate.

DELIVERY GO-TO: Adrienne’s Pizza Bar (MAP IT, ORDER IT, x).

CLOSET CHECK: My personal style is quite simple: I like pieces that are timeless and I can wear over the years. I tend to gravitate towards the late ’60’s silhouettes. I wear a lot of vintage and obviously I own a lot of Giulietta pieces. In New York, I buy most of my vintage clothing at my friend’s store Amarcord (MAP IT, x). When I’m looking for something new, I usually end up at Barneys (MAP IT, x).

ACCESSORIES PICK: I am a former shoe and accessories designer so this is where I get extremely picky. For me, I like to buy things that are a bit eccentric. I like the selection at Opening Ceremony (MAP IT, x) and Jeffrey online.

BEST HOME DÉCOR: Decorating is my all-time favorite occupation! My home is quite eclectic: I own a mix of 1950’s things and modern pieces with a few antique accents. My favorite stores in New York are BDDW (MAP IT, x),  B&B Italia (MAP IT, x), Matter (MAP IT, x) and ABC Carpet & Home (MAP IT, x).

BEST HOST/HOSTESS GIFTS: My favorite flower shop, Emily Thompson, on Beekman Street (MAP IT, x).

BEAUTY BLACK BOOK: My hairstylist, Sara Fiumicelli (x) at Laicale (MAP IT, x).

ULTIMATE NY MOMENT: A real NY moment for me happened when I first arrived in New York many years ago: one day, I bumped into Cameron Diaz who was wearing an amazing pastel blue coat twice in the same day in two totally opposite parts of the city. For some reason, I feel like this could not have happened in any other part of the world! CP

Sofia’s New York

From L to R: First Row: Bite at Diner; Inside Perry St.; Emily Thompson arrangement; A passion-chili sour at Perry St. Second Row: Giulietta womenswear; Wall of plates at Sant Ambroeus; BDDW chair; Salad from The Smile-to-Go.

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