this is a nice bustle-y nouveau italian in the industria space in the west village. jonathan waxman formerly of WASHINGTON PARK is the chef. we had a nice time overall for an 800pm dinner on a beautiful saturday night.
to start she had butternut squash soup and i had a contorni side of cooked greens and onions as an app. both were very tasty. i debated about cod croquettes as a primi app but was very happy with my greens. we got a bottle of '03 barbera d'alba ($35). smooth and good.
for mains she had sausage cheese pasta called strangled priest in english. i forget the italian name. no its not about murder, it means its so rich the priest's would choke. i believe i've had this dish in italy in the past its very rich we couldnt finish it. i had a roasted yellowtail filet with olive tapanade (smashed green olives --- not diced or food processor). perfectly done roast fish. it was a lovely dish. i was also interested in a shrimp risotto--maybe next time or when it gets cooler outside.
total cost was $110 with tip. no dish is over $20 and not only that the wine list is very interesting and reasonable, lots of choices across all price ranges. a lot of care went into that list. the garage space is totally open to the street, this is a perfect place to eat on a nice warm evening--truthfully as it also was in past incarnations--haha!
only downside i found is that we were seated next to where they stack silverware---tho the staff was careful there was some inevitable annoying clagging in my ear. they need to move that stuff away from seating! great staff--i say go give BARBUTO a try.
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