Then, after a long day, he can return to his artistic and intellectual pursuits.

At Malaparte, a budding, Italian neighborhood restaurant in the heart of the west village, co-owner and general manager Sebastian Widmann stumbled upon the life of a restaurateur after a meandering path.

As we listened to him tell his tale through the world of international relations, journalism, documentary film, philosophy and his peripheral forays into the restaurant world, we asked Sebastian, “At any point in your life did you imagine opening a restaurant in New York City?

He almost completed a one-year master’s program in Philosophy at Columbia.

He worked as a bartender at a Mexican restaurant in Germany. So where does his interest in food and cooking come from?

After eating at Malaparte many times, we know that he has succeeded in that goal.

Malaparte is a quintessential West Village restaurant — homely, inviting, with wide-open windows, wooden benches, a fourteen seat communal table, a semi-see through kitchen, and full of good-looking people.Wanting to find a name that was congruous in some way to its sister restaurant, “Malatesta,” Sebastian named his restaurant after the German journalist Curzio Malaparte, a lavish and mysterious character described by Milan Kundera in . Malaparte’s intrigue, Sebastian’s father made his living as a journalist, just like Curzio.Having grown up in India and Rome, and spent his adult life in Boston for college, Brooklyn, and Berlin for a change of pace, Sebastian wanted a place he and his neighbors could call home.Most of the carpentry and design was done by Sebastian and his business partner, Emanuele Attala, including the upholstery on the green and white striped chairs and the installation of the benches.Due to a constant battle between Sebastian and his business partner, antique pieces come on and off the walls, but the overall ambiance remains the same.You would never guess that Sebastian is in his late thirties or owns a restaurant: he is effortlessly handsome, tall, and looks like a scruffy actor or a European philosopher.