Opened in November just off the Bowery, L'Apicio is not Gabriel Thompson and Joe Campanale's first foray into Italian—but it certainly is their biggest. They built their reputation on Dell'Anima, L'Artusi, and Anfora, restaurants (and a wine bar) of the no-reservation, close-quarters set. L'Apicio has left that Village, and that Village aesthetic: a Bowery restaurant on the scale of DBGB. Soaring ceilings, a separate front lounge, three folks at the hostess table: it's a sizable operation, as far away from their cozier early projects as it gets. But L'Apicio proves that they do, in fact, have the ability to scale, and scale successfully.
At Joe Campanale's just-opened East Village spot, the spirited selections are an exploration of both the Old and New World, just like the wine list. You'll find new twists on classic cocktails and a playful integration of Italian ingredients.
The mission behind Gabriel Thompson and Joe Campanale's new venture, L'Apicio, is refreshingly simple: continue to cook the same playful Italian food that's won such praise at Dell'Anima and L'Artusi, but in a larger space and with an eye towards new growth. That means a pull to the familiar, but with evolution, not repetition.
In frosty times like these, few things are as satisfying as digging into a hearty plate of pasta. This isn't the season for light olive oil and tomato dishes—we're craving cream and butter sauces, meaty ragus, and lots of lasagna. To that end, here are some of our favorite pastas for fighting back the cold.
All good things come at a price, and for Il Buco Alimenti e Vineria, that means potential for a long wait at dinner. Where should you go if you can't wait out your meal? The neighborhood is full of Italian alternatives.
We've rounded up 16 of our favorite dishes in New York that feature squid, octopus, and cuttlefish. From zesty calamari in the Bensonhurst to live sannakji in Flushing, check them all out in our slideshow!