BY CAROLYN ONOFREY
My new neighborhood of Clinton Hill, Brooklyn surprises me every day as I explore my new surroundings. Everywhere I happen upon great restaurants and smile to myself knowing that it’s not going to be so hard to get used to my new neighborhood, at least when deciding what to eat for dinner.
Most recently I checked out Anima, an Italian Bistro specializing in wood fired pizza. My roommate and I sat down in the charming dining room, alive with the character of rustic wood beams and exposed brick. Candle wax drips down the shelving on the walls to create a relaxed atmosphere with personality.
We started with a very healthy glass of the house merlot ($5) and decided to try out the Pappardelle with Rabbit Ragu on the specials menu ($15.95) and the Pizza Diavola, topped with hot sopressata, black olives, and red onion (personal size for $12.95).
The rabbit ragu was flavorful and slightly gamey with a subtle tomato base. It ate like a hearty rabbit stew; quite good but something I had not imagined I would see on the menu at a neighborhood Italian joint, as I rarely see rabbit on any menu.
The thin crust wood fired pizza was light and airy yet crispy. The homemade mozzarella cheese made by chef “Gigi” was flavorful and fresh, adding a slightly nutty taste to the delicate flavors of the pizza. It was easy to get lost in the pizza, easy to forget the stress of moving in to a new apartment, and easy to gobble it down without coming up for air. The pizza was a true delight to consume.
Tiramisu and Limoncello finished off the meal and I was left smiling from ear to ear. It could have been the serious glass of wine they served or more likely, the tasty food and comfortable atmosphere right down the block from my new home.