I landed in New York Thursday evening and took a cab to the city to meet up with Annie. On the way, I asked her to pick a restaurant for dinner - somewhere we haven't been before - and after some research, she told me to check out L'artusi in Meatpacking District. When I saw the reviews on Yelp, they didn't speak much to me, but when I took my first bite... I was IMPRESSED. Alright, let's get to it and talk about the dishes!
For our appetizer, we started with the Roasted Mushrooms and fried egg, ricotta salata (first photo in our set). The photo doesn't do the food justice - I promise you. I should have taken another picture after we cut the egg and mixed it with the mushroom. The mushrooms were soft and chewy, the egg perfectly runny. There were crunchy slices of roasted garlic throughout, giving the dish just the right amount of texture.
Our entrees were the Garganelli Pasta with mushroom and ricotta salata (without ragu) and the Spaghetti with garlic, chilies, and parmesan. Of the two, I definitely LOVED the Garganelli. The pasta was a perfect al dente and the mushrooms very flavorful. The ricotta salata melted in my mouth. When Annie wanted to order Spaghetti, I thought it would just very normal - you know, with red tomato sauce... I guess I just stereotyped it (my bad). The pasta was served with light white sauce, crunchy garlic and chilies and parmesan. It was delicious! But like I said before, between the two pastas, I would get the Garganelli again. It's definitely the winner.
We ordered two sides: the brussel sprouts and crispy potatoes. Both were average - nothing to die for.
I'm really glad we discovered this restaurant! If you'd like to try it, plan ahead! They actually take reservations. Annie and I decided to visit L'Artusi last minute - we walked in around 9:30pm and were seated in about 15 minutes. Unless you want to eat late, I suggest making a reservation.
That's it for now - Bon Appetit :)