Dell'anima

Price guide: Mid-range

38 8th Avenue, New York City, New York, 10014

Price guide: Mid-range

Chicken dish

By Shandana A. Durrani, your New York City expert

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#29 of 80
expert-rated restaurants in New York City
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.1
4.1
Service:
3.5
3.5
Location:
4.8
4.8
Value for money:
3.5
3.5
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Singles, Celebrity spotting, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of Dell'anima

A celeb hotspot serving contemporary Italian cuisine.

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. 

Food and drink: 

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. 

Recommended dishes: 

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. 

Ambience: 

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: 

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. 

Location: 

In the heart of the West Village. Turn the corner and you're in the prettiest part of New York City. 

Price advice: 

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. 

Tables to book: 

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:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Italian
Address:
38 8th Avenue, New York City, New York, 10014
Telephone:
212-366-6633
Website:
http://www.dellanima.com
Serves:
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:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to Dell'anima? Would you recommended it?