For a guy with four restaurants under his belt, Chef / partner Gabe Thompson still cooks almost every day. And, man, can he cook. We caught up with Thompson about how he landed in New York, why he was miserable at Le Bernardin, his company's tight partnership and why his floor at home is covered in milk.
'L'Apicio' on Serious Eats
Opened in November just off the Bowery, L'Apicio is not Gabriel Thompson and Joe Campanale's first foray into Italian—but it certainly is their biggest. They built their reputation on Dell'Anima, L'Artusi, and Anfora, restaurants (and a wine bar) of the no-reservation, close-quarters set. L'Apicio has left that Village, and that Village aesthetic: a Bowery restaurant on the scale of DBGB. Soaring ceilings, a separate front lounge, three folks at the hostess table: it's a sizable operation, as far away from their cozier early projects as it gets. But L'Apicio proves that they do, in fact, have the ability to scale, and scale successfully.
The mission behind Gabriel Thompson and Joe Campanale's new venture, L'Apicio, is refreshingly simple: continue to cook the same playful Italian food that's won such praise at Dell'Anima and L'Artusi, but in a larger space and with an eye towards new growth. That means a pull to the familiar, but with evolution, not repetition.
At Joe Campanale's just-opened East Village spot, the spirited selections are an exploration of both the Old and New World, just like the wine list. You'll find new twists on classic cocktails and a playful integration of Italian ingredients.