Dinner at Dell'Anima
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 11:15AM
The Lady Who Lunches in Restaurant reviews

*This restaurant has since closed.

  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Atmosphere: small, chef's counter, intimate, bustling
  • Attire: business-casual
  • Ideal for: trendy, outdoor dining, date night, chef's counter dining, foodies
  •  Price: moderate; all dinner menu items under $30
  • Phone: 212-366-6633
  • Location: 38 8th Avenue (at Jane St.)
  • Website: click *here*
  • Directionswww.hopstop.com/?city=newyork
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    *All of my photos from this meal can be viewed on Flickr

    Having dined on multiple occasions at his second Italian venture, L'Artusi, I felt that it was high time to mark Dell'Anima, the matriarch of Joe Campanale's restaurant empire, off of my "must try" list.  Not only did I believe in his product, but I also admired Mr. Campanale's success in NYC's volatile, cut-throat restaurant industry. 

    *Check out the impressive resume that he's compiled...all before his 27th birthday (most recent accomplishments on top):

    Having previously dined at DA (a shortened version of "Dell'Anima"), Emily was not only eager to return, but insisted that we request to be seated at the restaurant's highly-coveted "chef's counter."  And, sure enough, whatever Emily wants, Emily gets.  Within minutes of our arrival to DA, we were led to, and seated at, the chef's counter.  Aside from this particular evening's sweltering heat, our propinquity to the restaurant's cooking equipment (at the chef's counter) didn't necessarily aid in cooling us off.  Regardless of how uncomfortable I was, our elevated bar-stool view of the small, bustling restaurant partnered with our proximity to the chef's station was priceless. 

    Dinner at Dell'Anima: our handsome chefAfter perusing the menu, Emily and I chose to split the following appetizers: Arugula Salad, and an order of the Bruschette, which we paired with three dips.  Shortly thereafter, we placed our entree orders.

    Dinner at Dell'Anima: le menuArugula Salad: Spicy and peppery arugula leaves were lightly tossed with lemon and shaved Parmigiano cheese.  While the salad was visually appealing, I didn't find it to be anything special or out of the ordinary, in terms of flavor.

    Dinner at Dell'Anima: Arugula SaladBruschette paired with three dips: A large plate, topped with thickly-sliced, buttery pieces of toasted bread, arrived with the following three dips: avocado, Rapini Pesto, and marinated garlic and onions.  

    Dinner at Dell'Anima: Bruschette with a trio of dipsFor entrees, Emily and I decided to split three pastas: Tajarin, Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese, and Risotto Alla Pilota.

    Dinner at Dell'Anima: Tajarin Alla Carbonara

    Dinner at Dell'Anima: Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese

    Dinner at Dell'Anima: Risotto Alla PilotaI loved almost every aspect of my meal at DA, aside from the sweltering heat at the chef's counter.  Every item that we ordered was reasonably priced, amply portioned and, most importantly, incredibly delicious.  I can't wait to return to this Italian gem in the West Village.

    On a side note, I believe in supporting local businesses and the talented minds who conceptualized them.  I am constantly in awe of how many young New Yorkers, under the age of 30, are taking this city by storm.  What an honor it is to be surrounded by a plethora of inspirational success stories!  In the past 6 years, not a single day has passed that I don't count my lucky stars for the priveledge of living and working in the greatest, most competitive, and constantly motivating, city on earth.

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