West Village: Here, risen from the sad remains of the doubly Deathwatched Maremma, we have L'Artusi, Gabe Thompson and Joe Campanale's follow up to their runaway success and unfailingly crowded dell'anima. Its open kitchen and a bar seating right in front of the chef and line cooks may remind one of its sister restaurant, but similarities end there. This space is huge—110 seats huge—so unlike dell'anima, Thompson, the staff, and the diners will get plenty of room for maneuvering.
As far as the menu is concerned, there will be a raw bar with various crudo and oysters and a large selection of vegetables, salads, pasta, and fish. Almost everything is under $20, and nothing (except perhaps the fish for two) hits the $30 mark. Thompson and his crew have the potential of getting the same nods for the food here as they do over on 8th Ave., but one can never underestimate how hard it is to both run two kitchens and to fill such a big space. We'll be keeping an eye on the early word.