Happy first Mangia Monday! (Mangiare means to eat in Italian, therefore, Mondays on The ‘Straunt will now feature awesome Italian ‘straunts!) In honor of the first Mangia Monday, I want to highlight the most authentic Italian food I’ve had since returning from Italy: Abbottega, the real Italian deal in the West Village.
- Why it’s worth it: Three descriptors: authentic, homey, 100% carbs. Walking into Abbottega is like being transported from the busy streets of NYC into a quaint Italian ‘straunt. The waiters speak Italian to one another and hustle around.
- Vibe: Abbottega is a lovely and charming spot, providing an intimate setting with exposed white brick walls and charming old-world Italy feel. The front windows open in the spring/summer and give it a welcoming feel.
- Layout: A counter at the entrance features Italian wines, cured meats and cheeses, as well as an area for the chef to make fresh pastas!
- Ideal meal: Risotto with parmesan cheese and artichoke hearts… literally to die for!
- F.Y.I.: Before you even get your food, you will be handed a bowl of breads accompanied by a unique spread made up of arugula, potatoes and parmesan cheese… stuff your face, but save room for your meal.
- People behind Abbottega: The owner, David Ranucci, has a number of ‘straunts to his name, mostly in Milan, as well as in NYC and Miami. The history of Abbottega dates back to 1913 and is a living tribute to Ranucci’s grandmother (whose photo is on the website and in the back of the ‘straunt), who spent her days in the kitchen. Ranucci says that it all began when his grandfather opened his “Osteria” in Montefiascone, a small town just 60 miles from Rome.
- Address: West Village, 14 Bedford Street (between Downing St & Houston St)
- Prices: $10-$24. Not bad for an amazing carbo-loading dinner!