Owned by the same people that also operate L'Artusi and dell'anima, you'd think we'd be all about having another upscale pasta restaurant with an apostrophe in the name from these guys. But unfortunately, L'Apicio has become the afterthought of this group of restaurants.
First of all, being that it's the ground floor of a massive East Village luxury apartment complex, L'Apicio has a lot of sterile, Restoration Hardware vibes going on. It lacks the intimacy of a dell'anima and the Feel Good Factor™ of L'Artusi, but it also lacks the consistency of the food that those places demonstrate. Sometimes the pastas here are perfect, but other times they come out of the kitchen far too salty or sitting in a pool of oil. Beyond that, the service can be hit or miss too, and there are just too many other good places to eat pasta in this town to make L'Apicio worth your time. Hit up a different place with an apostrophe.
The Grilled Endive with lemon, radicchio and pecorino is light and tangy, and is definitely worth a look if you want a salad to share with the table. The Bosc Pear is another one to consider, although prepare for the saltiest salad you've probably ever had. Order if low blood pressure is something you battle with. Our pick of the salad litter is most definitely the Watercress. It comes with some tasty roasted carrots and pistachios in a cumin yogurt dressing.