I had the pleasure of dining at L’Apicio with a fellow food blogger, Mr. Eric Eats, and a couple of great friends. According to Mr. Eats, he discovered that he’s part of several “eat clubs” (which are like book clubs except there’s no reading required — well, just the menu :)), and our little group is one of them. We all enjoyed the delicious dishes at L’Apicio, including the housemade ricotta, winter citrus salad, hamachi tartare, octopus, roasted chicken, blackened tuna, garganelli verde with lamb bolognese, gnocchi with osso buco ragu, orange olive oil cake, and a little surprise from the kitchen — pineapple tiramisu. I wasn’t able to capture all of the dishes on film (too busy chowing down), but I did snap a few pics of the hamachi tartare with blood orange (light and fresh; loved the blood orange) and the gnocchi osso buco ragu (hearty and meaty; the homemade gnocchi was divine). I’m now on a mission to try the other restaurants by Executive Chef Gabe Thompson: ¬†Dell’Anima, L’Artusi, and Anfora. Tonight’s dinner exemplified Gastronami’s motto of “Food and Friends” — it’s a winning combination!

Check out Eric’s blog: ¬†ericeatsblahblahblog.blogspot.com

L’Apicio:¬†13 East 1st Street (between Bowery and Second Avenue)


Housemade ricotta with jam and crackers


Hamachi Tartare (blood orange, pink peppercorn, pistachios)


Gnocchi (osso bucco ragu)


Orange Olive Oil Cake (winter citrus, ricotta mousse)