The Epicurean Management team does it again and strikes gold with L’Apicio, an Italian restaurant located in NoHo. When I heard that L’Artusi had a ‘sister’ restaurant right in my neighborhood, I knew it was only a matter of days before I would go. However, reservations at L’Apicio are hard to get and for a month or two L’Apicio has been at the top of my ‘Restaurants I Need To Try’ list! So is L’Apicio deserving of its hype? YES…
What stands out most about L’Apicio is their allergy conscious staff. When I asked if the restaurant served gluten free pasta, not only did my waitress respond yes and that gluten free pasta is made in-house, but she went as far as to tell me WHICH pastas can be done with the noodle (all pastas except for those that were stuffed). Also, when I asked for nocheese on my brussels sprouts, my waitress took it upon herself to ask if this was due to preference or allergy. When I commented that it was an intolerance, she informed me the delicata squash had butter and she suggested I avoid it (thankfully I can tolerate a little butter).
So other than the gluten free pastas, what else should you order? To start, I recommend the octopus, fluke crudo, watercress salad with grilled fruit, and beet salad (nocheese), and for the mains, the arctic char was amazing. The branzino also looked delicious and although I didn’t try the pork chop, I’ve heard it’s another fan favorite. As you may have caught on to by now, I can’t finish a review without highlighting the side orders at a restaurant. The brussels sprouts nocheese were shaved and sauteed perfectly in olive oil and lemon, and the delicata squash with maple syrup might have been the best squash I’ve ever had at a restaurant.
L’Apicio has officially joined the ABC restaurants and is added to my list of favorite restaurants in NYC. The quality of the food is amazing, the staff is incredibly nobread friendly and knowledgable, and shockingly, most of the menu is or can be done gluten free! Whether you are here for a date or a night out with friends, you won’t leave disappointed.