Free Eats: 3 plates of braised fennel in orange, chili, and mint; marinated olives with bay leaf, black pepper and olive oil; 3 heaping plates of ceci (chickpeas) seasoned with preserved lemon and parsley and a dozen crostini
Normal Price: Dell'anima appetizers range from $5 for one bruschetta to $17 for the Fregula Sarda (gulf prawns, tomato, mint, urchin, jalapeños).
Method: Order one drink to qualify for free eats. I opted for the cheaper of the reds, Sicilian '06 Nero d'Avola at $13. Treated myself to seconds, thirds and loaded up my Ziploc with crostini for dinner. Clinton, 24-year-old bartender, threw me a sturdy take-away Tupperware for the fennel and chickpeas. Score!
Food Groups: Fruit, vegetables, Bread
Free Thoughts: I want the braised fennel recipe. Outstanding! Staff was very friendly, or was that the vino going straight to my head? Aperitivo happens Friday-Sunday from 4pm-6pm. According to Clinton, Friday is the least crowded, i.e., more food to go around. When asked what happens to the food if no one eats it, Clinton responded, "it gets put to use." As an ex-waitress, that's code for, "the staff snacks on it in the kitchen."
Saar (finance guy with an affinity for Magnums and European business trips):
Grillachef.com not only gives free cooking advice and recipe handouts outside the 10th ave entrance of Chelsea Market, but free samples to too. Friday's special: Mediterranean tuna salad. Check them out from Thurs-Sat.
Clinton (Dell'Anima bartender):