Restaurants, Italian West Village
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Roasted quail at L'Artusi

This bloated sequel to the popular dell’anima strives to deliver more than its precursor, while in fact delivering far less. The bland Ralph Lauren–inspired decor is almost as sorry as the cumbersome menu. Pricey small plates included a squid ink pasta tossed with chewy squid and a dull cherry-tomato sauce; a raw spin on vitello tonnato—uncooked veal topped with cubes of tuna—was just bland. There’s a homey quality to some of the dishes (buckwheat tagliatelle with brussels sprouts, fontina and sage was delicious), but in the end, L’Artusi’s most endearing quality is optimism in very tough times.


Venue name: L'Artusi
Address: 228 W 10th St
New York
Cross street: between Bleecker and Hudson Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 5:30–11pm; Thu-Sat 5:30pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: 1 to Christopher St–Sheridan Sq
Price: Average main course: $18. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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Oh, the hype is quite real.

You've heard of L'Artusi, I'm sure. Famous people eat here. It's probably the first thing that comes up when you type "Italian West Village" into Google (which is also an incredibly frequent search term I'm sure).

And each publication you read will tell you how amazing this place is. And they're all right. L'Artusi is simply one of the best Italian joints in town. The food, the drinks, and the space all come together to create a very pleasurable dining experience.

I would say order every item on the menu because I'm sure they're all equally delicious, but 1) that's not cost efficient, and 2) stomach pump surgery is expensive (or so I hear). So if you have to prioritize, there are a few menu items that are absolutely can't miss. The gnocchi is very decadent but worth it, and the squid ink pasta is one of the best I've had. And make sure you don't leave before trying the olive oil cake.