It's Restaurant Week time again here in NYC so we took this opportunity to check out dell'anima, a small Italian restaurant in the West Village. This is the first time dell'anima is participating in Restaurant Week and we were looking forward to their $24.07 3-course lunch menu (which included dishes from their regular menu).
Charred Octopus with rice beans, chorizo, and chicory: The octopus was very meaty and tender with its tentacles nicely charred. The beans were hearty while the chorizo added a nice savory bite to the dish.
Beets with pistachio, tarragon, lime, and caramelized yogurt: This simple cold salad had a nice balance of sweet (beets) and sour (yogurt). We also loved the crunch added by the pistachios.
Garganelli funghi trifolati with lemon and parsley: If you love mushrooms as we do, you will love this dish! It had several different mushroom varieties (including Hen of the Woods, Crimini, and Trumpet Royale) and was warm, salty, and earthy.
Pollo "al diavolo" with broccoli rabe, garlic, and chillies: This has been on the restaurant's menu since day one and no wonder - it was moist with a great smokey, spicy flavor.
Espresso-Rum Almond Cake with caramel sauce and sea salt gelato: The cake had so many contrasting flavors. The gelato was very salty combined with the crumbs on top made for a nice crunchy texture. Its savory taste made the sweeter cake that much more addictive.
For a meal that would normally cost $35-$45, we thought that the $24.07 meal was a great deal - especially since dell'anima did not skimp on quality nor quantity. Restaurant Week continues until Feb 7.
dell'anima is located at 38 8th Avenue (at Jane St) in NYC.