hungering for pasta on a clammy & rainy evening, i had a very nice meal at DA ANDREA on hudson street in the west village. i ordered a carafe of house red, which was adequate but actually rather harsh. i drank about 3/4 of it during my meal. i didn't ask for the name, but it was the only disappointment. the bread basket foccacia bread stick things were not my taste, but the crusty italian bread in there was fresh and perfect for my meal. i'm not much of a bread person really.
my starter was a salad of spinach, fennel & sun-dried tomato in an orange reduction dressing. i was very happy with it, it was tasty and a nice blend of mildly sweet & spicy.
the pasta was excellent and was mixed with a light diced tomato/arugula/shrimp sauce. again, i missed catching the pasta style on ther menu -- it was gnocchi-like in appearance -- but was pasta. i was too busy reading the paper i guess.
i was initially eyeing the shell steak/balsalmic/arugula secondi plate as well, but i just couldn't do it. the pasta dish was too warm and filling for the whole nine yards italian meal. not even dessert or coffee tonight. however, from past experience i can say that desserts are standards, but well done.
the service was wonderful as always. so my dinner cost $25.00 w/o the tip. DA ANDREA is rightfully usually the busiest place on the hudson street strip and i highly recommend it to you all, especially on a crummy weather night like tonight.