This intimate restaurant opened in October of 2007 and quickly became a neighborhood favorite. dell'anima means "of the soul," which clearly defines the soul-satisfying, flavorful, rustic, Italian cooking offered here.
The wine list is entirely Italian, and, as with Joe Campanale's beverage program throughout the company, emphasizes small producers and to a large extent organic, biodynamic, and natural wines.
L'Artusi opened in December 2008. It is named for Pellegrino Artusi, (1820-1911) and his self-published cookbook La Scienza in Cucina e L'Arte di Mangiare Bene (The Science of Cookery and the Art of Eating Well).
The kitchen presents Gabe and Katherine Thompson's modern take on traditional Italian Cuisine. The mostly Italian wine list is presented by region with a map DOCs and DOCGs as well as traditional local dishes, helping to demystify Italy, the most diverse viticultural nation in the world.
This stylish bar and lounge opened in May of 2010. The name is a reference to the clay vessels (Amphorae) used to store and transport wine in ancient Greece and Rome. There is a resurgence of anfora aging among some winemakers, and the list features great examples of these wines.
Anfora also has a terrific beer selection, a full liquor bar, house cocktails, and a menu of flavorful bar snacks, salads, sandwiches, charcuterie and cheeses.
L'Apicio is located at 13 E. 1st St. in the fall of 2012. The Italian-inspired restaurant gets its name from the 18th century Italian cookbook, and brings Executive Chef Gabe Thompson's cravable modern Italian food to the East Village. L'Apicio offers a deep cocktail and wine program created by Beverage Director Joe Campanale, while Executive Pastry Chef Katherine Thompson oversees the pastry program. L'Apicio is open for dinner seven days a week and brunch on the weekends, featuring lounge and bar areas and outdoor seating, in addition to the main and private dining rooms.