Gabe Thompson, Chef/Owner
Chef Gabe Thompson, a Texas born native, is the responsible for the cravable Italian food found here, as well as at L'Artusi, dell'anima, and Anfora.
Returning to the United States after several travels, he
career cooking at the five diamond awarded Little Nell in Aspen Colorado and then at Clarke Lewis in Portland.
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
, 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
developed at dell'anima.
And at the newly opened 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.
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.
Cardona opened dell'anima, in October of 2007 with partners Joe Campanale and Gabe and Katherine Thompson.