Sometimes I just want pasta. Not often but sometimes. And after my simple but delicious plate of spaghetti at Scarpetta, I jumped at the chance to eat more pasta. Mer made reservations at dell' anima last Thursday night and this place has been on my "to eat" list for a while. I'm leaving NYC in two months time and my "to eat" list is what is stressing me out the most. I need to eat at three restaurants a week to complete it. Any attempt at staying in budget or healthy be damned. This is my mission.
Dell' anima is loved for its brushette. We had a difficult time deciding between the five options but the server recommended the lily confit (garlic and onions), ricotta with sea salt and roasted red peppers. I loved each option and it was served with a bowl of toasted garlic bread. This is comfort food.
We had a difficult time deciding on our pastas. It was a really hot day and neither of us wanted anything too heavy. I loved my garganelli with fresh porcini mushrooms, rosemary, shallots, garlic and parmigiano reggiano. It had a lot of flavor and I liked the shape of the garganelli.
Mer went for the bucatini alla arrabbiata with calabrian chilies, tomato and pecorino breadcrumbs.
I can understand why people in the West Village seem to really like this place.