Chef Gabe Thompson, a Texas 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.