Restaurants , Italian West Village
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The tables at this lively little joint are packed a bit tightly, but no worries; a sip of vino and some of chef Frank Crispo’s creations will soon have you feeling expansive. Inventive appetizers include warm octopus salad, doused with olive oil and coiled atop creamy boiled potatoes, and the acclaimed warm polenta, enriched with mascarpone and Parmesan, then topped with slices of smoked mozzarella, pepper, chives and a layer of see-through-thin prosciutto San Daniele. The hearty, salty pastas stick to tradition, and there are daily fish specials. Chocolate desserts are on target; try the dark-chocolate torta, presented in a pool of hazelnut zabaglione with rum-soaked raisins.
Venue name: Crispo
Address: 240 W 14th St
New York
Cross street: between Seventh and Eighth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 5–11:30pm; Fri, Sat 5pm–midnight; Sun 4–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3 to 14th St; L to Eighth Ave
Price: Average main course: $17. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Stepping off 14th Street and through the black steel gates that read "Grazie", Crispo offers a rich taste of Northern Italy in the West Village.  The brick walls and dim lighting create a warn atmosphere which is a prelude of the tasty meal to come.  They offer a generous amount of salads ranging from kale to artichoke to beet and goat cheese.  If your appetizer needs a bit of meat, the fresh sliced prosciutto is a carnivore's dream.  The entrees have a small sample of carne and fish, but the main focus is the pasta.  Spinach and Short Rib Ravioli and Duck Gnocchi are two of the more than a dozen plates to try.  Black Truffle Ricotta Ravioli is incredibly decadent, although anything that has truffle butter, two words that should never be together, can not steer you wrong. If possible, leave room for an Italian dessert, the Tiramisu is luscious.  The wide selection of after dinner drinks will make your post meal moments as fulfilling as the meal itself.