38 8th Avenue, New York City, New York, 10014
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Singles, Celebrity spotting, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Dell'anima
Since 2007, celebs and West Village locals have flocked to this intimate and inviting Italian trattoria for homemade pasta and good wine. Sarah Jessica Parker is a fan. It's hard to get a table, so head here on the early side to score a choice spot near the entrance. I prefer the chef's table, which allows for a more convivial atmosphere.
The menu changes daily but the food is always a delight. Choose from a wide array of pastas made on premises, as well as innovative antipasti and market-fresh meats and poultry. Chef Gabe Thompson was once in the kitchen of New York icon Del Posto.
It's hard to say since the menu changes daily, but you can't go wrong with homemade orecchiette (that's the ear-shaped pasta) or the pollo with pancetta. The wine list offers a wealth of Italian varieties including spumanti.
Rustic yet elegant. The restaurant is small and seats fill up quickly at the larger wooden tables. The sconces cast an intimate glow, allowing for a romantic evening out.
Service is spotty. One night our waitress took our orders quickly and seemed nonplussed by the crowds. On another night, a different waitress seemed harried and overwhelmed by the simplest request.
In the heart of the West Village. Turn the corner and you're in the prettiest part of New York City.
If you can't get in for dinner, brunch and lunch are always good options as the prices aren't as high. You can easily share a few appetizers and a pasta dish and avoid the hefty dinner bill. The wine list is a little pricey for the selection.
The chef's table is my favorite as it allows you to see the action first hand. You can also sit outside during the summer. The restaurant has a few tables situated on quieter West Fourth Street.
More information on Dell'anima:
- Price guide:
- 38 8th Avenue, New York City, New York, 10014
- Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Lunch: Mon-Fri 12pm-5pm. Brunch: Sat-Sun 11m-3pm. Dinner: Mon 5.30pm-midnight, Tue-Fri 5.30pm-2am, Sat 5pm-2am, Sun 5pm-midnight.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential