My friend, Drink Science (www.libationlaboratory.wordpress.com) and I had a tasty little outing last week! We went to check out Artusi (http://artusibar.com/) on Capital Hill for their Happy Hour, and had a wonderful evening.
Artusi is right next door to Spinasse and is the brainchild of Spinasse Chef Jason Stratton. The bar is named for the author Pellegrino Artusi who’s 1891 novel “La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangier bene” (“Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well”) has come to be recognized as the most significant Italian cookbook of modern times.
The ambiance and general vibe of the place was laid back and fun and the décor was cool and simple. Drink Science was going with a “Ladies’ Night” theme, and ordered “The Perils of Pauline” and the “Cindy Crawford”. I was lucky enough to have a sip and they were creative and very tasty. My personal favorite of hers was Cindy. It even had a peppercorn on the top like her mole! Genius!
I had one of the cocktails on the Happy Hour menu (I believe the Americano?) and had the “Fo Shizzle ma Swizzle”. I pretty much had to get it for the name (although I felt a little silly ordering it!). Yummy!
To soak up some of our liquid dinner, we just had a little snack and got the roasted baby carrot, pancetta, and asiago bruschetta. Let me just say this: these were not thin little tiny pieces of bread. They were huge, honkin’, THICK pieces of bread! Mmmmm mmm!
We enjoyed Artusi very much and look forward to our next venture there!