I feel… full! Dinner was so much fun and the food was amazing!
L’Artusi is a restaurant in the West Village with great Italian food and a really nice atmosphere. The place was busy but not too packed and had a classy but laid back vibe. I liked it!
Abby and David, the friends we met for dinner are a recently married couple. Loren and I haven’t gotten to spend quality time with them since the wedding (and I missed it because I was out of town), so it was wonderful to see them and catch up. Also, these two are real NYC foodies- they know where and how to eat. So Loren and I kind of sat back and let them pick the place and do the ordering!
We started with two “crudo” (raw) dishes: scallops and a tuna dish. The scallops were out-of- this world. I’m very picky about scallops, because they can sometimes taste rubbery and chewy to me, but these thinly sliced raw scallops melted in my mouth, soft and buttery. The spices on them were spot-on- tasted like salt, pepper, and a little bit of cayenne or paprika. It was a really clean-flavored dish.
Scallops (left) and tuna (right):
We also ordered some salads and veggies to share: strings beans in a chili sauce, grilled endive salad, and roasted hen of the woods mushrooms with an egg on top. Plus, a light cod and corn dish to share.
The grilled endive dish in the center was my favorite- topped with a light salty cheese. Yum!
Our next course was four pasta dishes, which we shared. The plates were all relatively small and I also had a small bread sized plate that I used throughout the meal to portion a bit of every course.
Here are our pasta dishes, along with our friends, David and Abby. Don’t they make an adorable couple? They love food, so they were excited to hear about the blog. They even let me take a photo of them to put up!
The pasta dishes we ordered included: a Taglieatele in bolognese bianca, a Ravioli kind of pasta filled with a corn puree, an Orichette dish with lamb sausage and swiss chard (my favorite), and a Garginelli in Mushroom Ragu (a close second). Most of these pastas, if not all, were made in-house, which was clear by their flavors and textures. They were cooked to perfection.
Close up of three:
For dessert, we actually ordered a cheese plate….
And two desserts- a chocolate pudding and an olive cake.
By dessert time, I was really full, so I only had a couple of bites of everything. The cheeses were each amazing- some soft, some hard, some really stinky, some pretty light in flavor- and they were all goats milk cheese, so Loren enjoyed them as well. 🙂 The desserts were also fantastic, especially the olive oil cake, which tasted distinctly, of course, of olive oil! It came with a salty cream on the side. I loved it.
I was really happy with L’Artusi… Everything we tried was fantastic. Sorry I didn’t go into more detail- I am exhausted. Wish I could have told you more about everything, but I need to get up early tomorrow for a good workout!