Jan 2022
Rustic Meets Refined at L’Ardente, a New Italian Eatery Near Flats 130

L’Ardente captures the magic of Italy in its rustic-chic space, with weathered exposed wood beams overhead hung with opulent chandeliers. That juxtaposition of opulence and simplicity is mirrored in the cuisine, which combines elements of traditional Italian food with contemporary flair. Since the eatery opened its doors recently, the chef has been impressing customers with his unique brand of Italian fare.

Stop in for dinner or order takeout if you want to enjoy that experience for yourself. Start with the cavolfiore fritti—AKA fried cauliflower with salsa verde—or the prosciutto di Parma paired with fig preserves and grilled focaccia bread. Then share a wood-fired pizza topped simply with mozzarella, pomodoro sauce, and basil (the margherita) or smothered with onion cream, Brussels sprouts, gorgonzola cheese, and pomegranate seeds (the verdure). For the main course, indulge in a plate of fresh pasta like the bucatini alla carbonara with confit egg yolk or the 40-layer lasagna with short rib sugo. You can also savor a large plate such as the whole barbecue chicken with agrodolce glaze or the whole grilled branzino with salmoriglio sauce.