In a city that’s always changing — restaurants come and go, and food fads quickly fade — there is one unshakeable truth: L’Artusi reigns supreme. This hidden jewel, with its idyllic West Village location, is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year but retains the sparkle that endeared it to New Yorkers a decade ago. A longtime favorite of our editorial team, the upscale Italian eatery is known for its unpretentious menu and knowledgeable staff.
The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it discreet exterior of L’Artusi belies its large, charming interior, which has been meticulously designed with banquette seating, an open kitchen and intimate chef’s counter. It features a large upstairs room nicely illuminated by skylights and looks into a 2,500-bottle wine room. (Keep your man caves and she sheds — this is where we want to escape.) The knowledgeable wait staff can speak effortlessly about the predominately Italian wine list and pairing them effortlessly with the rustic regional dishes. Highlights of the dinner menu include razor-thin beef carpaccio, roasted mushrooms with fried egg, lamb neck ragu, charred octopus and a hearty roasted pork chop with spring onions and pancetta.
L’Artusi has a wine menu that just stops short of actually physically transporting guests to Italy. Virtually every region of the Italian peninsula is represented — from the well-known Tuscan and Piedmont varieties to the lesser-known ones from Campania and Puglia in the south. A diverse mix of reds, whites and a few selections of rosé are designed to pair with and provoke the flavors of the food — especially the pasta and seafood.
If you’re thinking of visiting L’Artusi, be sure to plan ahead. With great reviews come great responsibility (on your part). Reservations can be made through their website—and they book up quickly — a month in advance. To review the menu and pore over the wine list, or make a reservation, click here.
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