Restaurant Review: dell’anima

There’s something just lovely about New York City in the early days of spring. People come crawling out of the woodwork; strollers and dogs are everywhere. You can walk around in just a jacket without sweating under 5 layers of sweaters and scarves. Though winter still seems desperate to hang on, spring is starting to feel more and more real here in the city.

The pleasant weather was the perfect excuse for a leisurely stroll with my boyfriend, Kevin, through the West Village last weekend. This stroll turned into one-too-many happy hour margaritas at Cowgirl (I recommend the frozen peach marg). After our third drink (yikes!) we realized we were starving and continued our journey through the West Village in search of something delicious to soak up all the tequila. After a short debate between diner food at the old school La Bonbonniere or a more classy Italian spot, dell’anima, we decided to treat yo self with the latter. And treat yo self we sure did.

Though it was a busy Saturday night, the friendly host said it would only be a short wait for seats at the chef’s table – yes, please! The bar area is small, but the ambiance was perfect for an impromptu, romantic date for two (and the wine list is reasonably priced – always a plus).

Just a few minutes later, we were already seated and started with a roasted beet salad with fennel, pistachios and pecorino. Kevin and I blazed through the beets, partially because we were so hungry, but that’s not to say they weren’t deserving of being gobbled up quickly. In need of something hearty, we both decided on pasta as our main course – Kevin with the bucatini alla arabiata and me with the risotto alla pilota. My risotto with sausage, salami and pecorino was just what I needed: filling and perfectly salty. Kevin’s bucatini was quite spicy, which we both enjoyed, but beware if you are sensitive to spice! We also rounded out the meal with some broccoli rabe, also spicy and garlicky (the green helps negate the tequila, right?).

Overall it was a wonderful meal. Everything from the service, to the ambiance, to the food was just right. And the fact that it was totally unplanned and shared in good company on such a beautiful day made it all the more memorable.

(Side note: I also spotted Lily Rabe from American Horror Story, one of my favorite TV shows. The picture below is fuzzy, but makes it all the more AHS-esque!)

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frosty margs at Cowgirl

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view from the chef’s table at dell’anima

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Lily Rabe! Sister Mary, is that you??

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