Why it’s worth it: L’Artusi has mastered the gnocchi dish! Italian cuisine that’s not afraid to go heavy on big flavors like garlic, lemon, olives and fat to win your favor.
Vibe/ Layout: The service is fantastic and the music get’s an A+. The downstairs is loud with a cheese bar and a long, polished, white chef’s counter overlooking the open kitchen. The upstairs dining room is quieter, but definitely doesn’t lack personality.
Ideal meal: Roasted mushrooms ($17) (roasted mushrooms with pancetta, a fried egg, and ricotta salata) and Potato Gnocchi ($20) (lamb shank, tomato, pecorino)
L’Artusi is the sister restaurant to Dell’anima, and it’s the larger, louder sister for sure.
Cheese snobs speak highly of the cheese bar.
Make a reservation very far in advance.
People behind L’Artusi: Gabe Thompson and Joe Campanale run L’Artusi, which is named after Pellegrino Artusi, the author of the classic Italian cookbook, “La Scienza in Cucina e L’Arte di Mangiar Bene” (The Science of Cookery and the Art of Eating Well).