Monday, April 25, 2011

A Review: Locanda Verde

Listed as Number One of the “38 Essential New York Restaurants” on Eater this month, I just had to see what the buzz was about at Locanda Verde.  After making reservations almost three weeks in advance (and having to dine at 6pm - extremely early by New York standards) I must admit the delicious dinner and quality service made the wait and the less-than-cool early dinner arrival all worthwhile.  Although this Italian restaurant has been open for almost two years, it’s packed with foodies, men in suits, pretty fashionistas, and chic young families each and every night of the week.  As described by UrbanDaddy, Locanda Verde is “brought to you by little-known thespian Robert De Niro and his crack team of vets: Ken Friedman (the Spotted Pig, John Dory), chef Andrew Carmellini (A Voce) and pastry chef Karen DeMasco (Craft)”, so you know they’ve brought in the big guns for success.  If you didn’t make a reservation, it may be hard to sneak in, but if you want to give your luck a try, spend your time Tribeca people watching by the bustling bar with a strong martini or glass of wine.
As a cheese lover, I can’t give the Sheep’s Milk Ricotta appetizer enough praise.   Seasoned with only sea salt and olive oil, served with crispy rustic bread, I could have indulged in this creamy spread all night.   But, I had to share with my girlfriends (and save room for my main course).  With a variety of crostinis offered, we enjoyed the Fava Bean Crostini (with prosciutto and shaved parmesan).  The salty cheese and thinly sliced buttery prosciutto balanced the smooth bean and made a perfect pairing to our (many) glasses of red wine.
If you’re looking for a comforting meal, you must order the Pappardelle (with lamb bolognese, ricotta and mint).  This meaty and creamy dish is now one of my favorite pasta dishes in New York.
For those trying to stay on their diet, the Roasted Sea Scallops (with Sicilian cauliflower and citrus) or the Salmon special, are perfect flavorful options that will keep your calories in check.
As our table was filled with dessert loving ladies, we opted to share the La Fantasia di Cioccolato for Two (chocolate gelato, marsala gelato, caramel tartufo, cacao croccante) and were not disappointed.  The sweet layers of creamy gelatos and chewy chocolate bites were the perfect way to end our dinner.

Call now for a reservation to enjoy Locanda Verde with your crew or for a date with your lover.  You may have to dine early or wait a couple weeks, but remember that good things are always worth the wait.
Locanda Verde. 377 Greenwich St.

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1 comment:

  1. wow! that cheese. just wow.
    i would go for the pasta- oh yea. thats how i roll.


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