L'Artusi

High quality Italian food served in a brownstone setting. The restaurant felt warm and cozy, with a great sense of energy. There's bar seating along the entire length of the restaurant and an open kitchen at the back of the restaurant. 

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Beautiful ricotta with a drizzled with olive oil, paired with rhubarb compote and sugar crackers was a great starter.  

 HOUSEMADE RICOTTA WITH RHUBARB COMPOTE SERVED WITH SUGARED CRACKERS

HOUSEMADE RICOTTA WITH RHUBARB COMPOTE SERVED WITH SUGARED CRACKERS

Many people have raved about the pasta dishes at this restaurant, so I zoomed right into the pasta section of the menu. The Garganelli (flat, square pasta rolled into a tubular shape) with thick mushroom ragu was hearty and very yummy. 

 GARGANELLI - MUSHROOM RAGU, RICOTTA SALATA

GARGANELLI - MUSHROOM RAGU, RICOTTA SALATA

The gnocchi was soft, pillowy, and light.  It was good, but I prefer the ones from Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria. Il Buco's version is lightly pan-fried, which makes the gnocchi slightly crispy on the outside. I also didn't think the rabbit cacciatore added much to the dish. It tasted like shredded chicken.

 POTATO  GNOCCHI, RABBIT CACCIATORE, PARMESAN

POTATO  GNOCCHI, RABBIT CACCIATORE, PARMESAN

The side of cauliflower with anchovy, pine nuts, and olives was tasty, but a tad too salty for me.   

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I can never pass up desserts. We got two desserts to share. The Rhubarb Ice Box was nice and refreshing. The granita on top was amazing!

 RHUBARB ICE BOX PIE - STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB COMPOTE, ALMOND STREUSEL, BRACHETTO GRANITA

RHUBARB ICE BOX PIE - STRAWBERRY-RHUBARB COMPOTE, ALMOND STREUSEL, BRACHETTO GRANITA

It's hard to go wrong when pairing chocolate with salted caramel ice-cream.  

 CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TORTE WITH SALTED CARAMEL GELATO

CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT TORTE WITH SALTED CARAMEL GELATO

Verdict: AA.  Quality Italian food in a great atmospheric restaurant. 

L'Artusi
228 West 10th Street
http://www.lartusi.com