Stefania Pia is an artist, creative director, and DJ, who was born and raised in Northern Italy. She's now a resident of NYC's East Village, and can be found at Soho Grand for her Living Room Sessions every Tuesday evening. But it doesn't stop there - she's also a regular contributor to Vogue Italia, created a capsule collection of eyewear with Selima Optique, designs jewelry, and more.
(Photo: Alexo Wandael Photography)
What would the title of your autobiography be?
“Call Me Rio”
What can’t you travel without?
Music and a book.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
Italy, forever. I love to fly back home and see my family.
If you could choose one person to show you “their New York City,” who would it be?
Woody Allen, because in a way it’s all his fault that I’m here. He has a special version of New York, and I came to find that NYC – the streets, the avenues, the local spots, the music.
Who has inspired you recently?
Vivian Maier – the photographer who was a nanny all her life and left boxes of undeveloped film that was only discovered in 2007 . She was so talented, but lived off of the radar and outside the artistic society, just doing it because she was free as an artist should be.
What are your favorite NYC restaurants?
I love Souen for macrobiotic cuisine, and I love Angelica Kitchen too – I’m obsessed with their kanten. I also love Gaia, an Italian restaurant on Houston Street. Their sandwiches are incredible, it’s like I’m back in Italy!
What’s your go-to spot in NYC for drinks?
I adore Paul’s, where I DJ every week. For late night dance sessions I love Nublu in Alphabet City, and I also like Lit Lounge.
What are some of your favorite NYC brunch spots?
I like brunch Italian style at Sant Ambroeus, and I always have the croissants with apricot jam. If I’m in the mood for pancakes, there is only one place for me: Clinton Street Bakery.
Do you have a favorite artist?
I’m really into the work of a young artist, Nicholas Farhi. His drum top paintings are really special.
What are some of your under the radar must-do recommendations for NYC visitors?
To me, the most important thing you can’t miss are the streets – I tell all my friends that visit the city to get lost walking around and to observe the human creativity that you’ll only find in NYC.
What are some of your favorite NYC stores?
For clothing and accessories, I love Kirna Zabete in Soho, and my two favorite stores for things for the home are John Derian on 2nd Street and Paula Rubenstein on Bond Street.
What music are you listening to these days?
I’m in love with the new album from Roisin Murphy, “Mi Senti.”
What album or song would you consider your personal soundtrack to NYC?
There are so many, but probably out of all of them it’s “Victim” by Candi Staton. It’s what I was listening to when I got in the cab at the airport the first time I came to NYC.