Hours & Location

Sunday-Wednesday, 5:30pm – 11:00pm,
Thursday-Saturday, 5:30pm-12:00am

Saturday and Sunday, 11:00am-3:00pm

13 East First Street
(between Second & Bowery)
East Village


L'Apicio, an Italian-inspired restaurant from Executive Chef Gabe Thompson, Beverage Director Joe Campanale, and Managing Partner August Cardona (of dell'anima, L'Artusi, and Anfora), brings modern Italian food to the East Village. L'Apicio, which gets its name from the celebrated 18th Century Italian cookbook, offers a deep cocktail and wine program and pastries from Executive Pastry Chef Katherine Thompson.


Gabe Thompson

Executive Chef

Chef Gabe Thompson, a Texas born native, is responsible for the Italian food found here, as well as at L'Artusi, dell'anima, and Anfora. Returning to the United States after several travels, he began his career cooking at the five diamond awarded Little Nell in Aspen Colorado and then at Clarklewis in Portland. Gabe ultimately returned to Austin, Texas, accepting a Sous Chef position with mentor Chris Lanier at Emilia's. Three years later, Mr. Thompson moved to NYC to accept the ultimate personal challenge, a position at Eric Ripert's NY Times 4-Star seafood temple, Le Bernardin, where he learned all he could about fine dining in New York City. From there he went to cook at Del Posto, exploring refined Italian cuisine with same sort of devotion he showed throughout his years in kitchens around the world. When West Village darling dell'anima opened in October 2007, Thompson took the reigns as executive chef for the first time. Here, on a much more intimate scale, he took a lifetime of lessons in the kitchen – from selecting vegetables in his grandfather's garden to making bucatini with Mario – and re-imagined them at this contemporary neighborhood Italian restaurant and wine bar. In December 2008, Thompson opened L'Artusi, which features a larger space and kitchen for him to offer a deeper and more expansive menu, and has helped create the same loyal following at L'Artusi that he developed at dell'anima. And at Anfora, a wine bar just two doors down from dell'anima, Thompson offers guests a diverse selection of small snacks to pair with business partner Joe Campanale's wine selections, furthering his accomplishments in the kitchen. Thompson's food has been featured in publications like Food & Wine, Condé Nast Traveler, Daily Candy, New York Magazine, Bon Appetit, and the New York Times. Thompson was a Food and Wine People's Best New Chef nominee in 2011 and 2012 and has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show and VH1 Big Morning Buzz.

Joe Campanale

Executive Beverage Director

Joe Campanale is beverage director and co-owner of dell'anima, L'Artusi, and Anfora in New York's West Village and of L'Apicio in the East Village. Campanale launched his career while still a student at New York University, earning school credit in the kitchen at Union Square Cafe and gaining deep wine knowledge at Italian Wine Merchants, the International Wine Center, and Vinifera Imports. He holds a master's degree in Food Studies from NYU. Campanale served as sommelier at Mario Batali's Babbo before opening dell'anima with the Thompsons and partner August Cardona. Campanale has received Certified Sommelier distinction from the Court of Master Sommeliers and was named one of the Top Sommeliers of 2013 by Food & Wine. He has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Rachael Ray and Martha Stewart, and hosts "In the Drink" on Heritage Radio Network.

August Cardona

Managing Partner

Mr. Cardona began his career in the Finance sector with Zacks Investment Research in Chicago. After 16-months, Mr. Cardona was made Associate Vice President. Having an undeniable connection to the hospitality industry and a passion for food and wine, Mr. Cardona decided to leave his career in Finance early and return home to Albany, NY to assist his father and two brothers with the expansion of Cardona's Market, his family's Italian specialty store that was founded in 1945.

After leading a successful re-branding and expansion of the family business, Mr. Cardona moved to New York City to pursue a career in wine, first landing at Italian Wine Merchants ("IWM") where he spent four years working closely with IWM founding partner Sergio Esposito. Mr. Cardona held a number of different positions with IWM including Sales Manager, Director of Operations and Director of International Sales. Mr. Cardona spearheaded several Marketing and Business Development initiatives at IWM, most notably the build-out of IWM's Bottle Asset Fund and the opening IWM's first international office in Hong Kong.

While working in full time capacity at IWM, Mr. Cardona opened his first restaurant, dell'anima, in October of 2007 with partners Joe Campanale and Gabe and Katherine Thompson. Following the immediate success of dell'anima, the team decided to open their second restaurant, L'Artusi, in December of 2008. It was shortly after the opening of L'Artusi that August left Italian Wine Merchants to focus solely on the development of his own company with a focus on the Food, Beverage & Hospitality industry. With the formation of Epicurean Capital and Epicurean Management Company ("EMCo."), Mr. Cardona was able to solidify both a flexible pool of dedicated capital for new business initiatives and the foundation of an experienced management team to successfully operate and brand existing and future businesses.

Mr. Cardona has since partnered with long time industry veteran Ron Levine (President of EMCo.) in September of 2009, adding invaluable experience to the organization. In May 2010, together with partners Campanale, the Thompsons, and Director of Operations Kevin Garry, the team opened Anfora, a wine bar specialized in natural and amphora-aged wines.

Mr. Cardona holds a B.S. in Business Management from Cornell University, with a concentration in Food Marketing. Mr. Cardona sits on the board of Wellness In The Schools, and is actively committed to an initiative to develop a curriculum focused on expanding the perspective of the world's children, not the least of which is his 10-year-old daughter, Kailey.

Private Dining

L'Apicio can accommodate private dining events for groups of up to 180 people, making us the perfect location for business dinners, social gatherings, celebrations and many other events. Our Private Dining Room can accommodate up to 35 people for a seated dinner. The entire restaurant is available for full buy-outs. Please inquire using the form.

Want to bring L'Apicio to your home or venue? Check out our events and catering options at epicurean-events.com.

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