Yesterday, chef Gabe Thompson and restaurateur Joe Campanale opened their first East Village restaurant, L'Apicio, in the East First Street space that formerly house Bowery Wine Co. Like their two West Village restaurants, Dell'Anima and L'Artusi, L'Apicio serves rustic Italian pastas, salads, and vegetable dishes, plus a small selection of proteins like roasted chicken, striped bass, and steak. Thompson is also playing around with polenta dishes, including a version made with braised oxtail and another topped with sausage and peppers.[Krieger]
Campanale has put together a list of American and Italian wines organized by style, so that diners can compare Old World and New World. Last month, he told Eater, "More American producers are making wine in the Old World style, so I think it makes for more interesting comparison." The list includes around 250 selections, and the bar also serves beer and cocktails.
The room features lots of soft light, black banquettes, and warm woods — the lady will like this one, fellas. L'Apicio is now open for dinner seven nights a week starting at 5:30 p.m., and brunch is on the way. Check out the menu below, and do send any early reports our way.
13 East 1st St., East Village
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