I just finished reading Heat by Bill Buford and was craving some good Italian food. After much debate about where to go in the neighborhood and if we should try somewhere new, my boyfriend and I ended up at Dani, on Hudson and Charlton. I'm so glad that we did - the food was excellent!
We started off with a salad of endive, frisee, goat cheese, brie and duck prosuitto, which was delicious. For our second course, we each had a 1/2 order of the ricotta cavatelli, with zucchini blossoms, yellow squash and asparagus in a fresh pea puree. This dish was really the standout - so light and flavorful. The pasta was rich tasting but light - a perfect spring pasta. We shared the grilled branzino, which was served with a side of pesto sauce. This was perfectly prepared but for $27, we both thought it should have been a little bigger - this was the smallest branzino that I'd ever seen! We shared a bottle of Oriel Il Gattopardo, which was excellent. We each had a glass of desert wine, the specific name of which I can't seem to remember but we both enjoyed it.
All in all, this is a great neighborhood restaurant and we'll definitely be back. Don't let the west SoHo location deter you, it is worth trying.