38 8th Ave.

Italian $$$

Resy 27 days in advance

Walk-ins with texting

The sister of L’artusi, dell’anima is still a delicious Italian restaurant in West Village without all the hype and a slightly more laid back approach although still upscale. Plus, a name that no one really knows how to pronounce. In terms of menu: skip the bruschette, order the bone marrow, and ask what specials they have. If gnocchi’s on the menu, order it. I suggest going to Anfora if there’s a wait, not only because it’s next door but they also have great cocktails (and atmosphere).