L'Artusi opened about 5 years ago in the West Village. For whatever reason I never got there. Our friends made reservations there the other night and I was psyched to see them but also excited about L'Artusi. The place was packed when we got there and when we left. Now I know why.
The restaurant has a really nice vibe with a large open kitchen in the back. You almost feel as if you are dining at someones home with a really big dining room. The service is great, the food comes out quick and they were happy to accomodate my anti-garlic needs. Some of my pictures are a bit blurry so sorry about that.
We split everything. We started with a few cheeses. One was a soft goat cheese with toasted sliced almonds on the side and a hard cheese that had something to pair with it. There was a basket of these delicious melt in your mouth crackers to eat with the cheese. Nice touch.
There are 5 headings on the menu. Crudo (raw fish), Verdura ( salads ), Pasta, Pesce (fish), Carne (meat and chicken). We had two crudos. Cubes of hamachi mixed with grapes, almonds and a sauce that they refer to as white gazpacho to bind the dish. Delicious. A nice combo of flavors.
All and all a really delicious meal and evening. Looking forward to going back. Not waiting 5 years!