Locanda Verde

Restaurants, Italian Tribeca
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Grilled octopus with romesco and green-bean salad at Locanda Verde
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Photograph: Marlene Rounds
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Corn ravioli at Locanda Verde
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Fantasia di Nocciola at Locanda Verde

At this massive, brick-walled trattoria, the food is so flat-out seductive you understand quickly why so many diners are clamoring for a table by the front door. Andrew Carmellini’s (A Voce, Bar Primi) bold family-style fare—dinner dishes are all designed for sharing—is best enjoyed as part of a bacchanalian banquet. Sitting among wine-bottle-lined bookshelves, you might begin your feast with a snack—a simple plank of sliced capocollo and hunks of sharp grana padano—before moving on to heartier fare.

A single thick, meaty octopus tentacle that’s been slow-cooked until tender, charred on the grill, and served with tangy romesco won’t last long in the middle of the table. Nor, for that matter, will the chef’s seared-meatball sliders, ground lamb topped like burgers with sliced tomato and pickles, on goat-cheese-slathered Parmesan-onion buns.

The menu is big but not overwhelming; the family-style setup makes it easy to order from every section. After the antipasti, why not share a few middle-course pastas before moving on to some bountiful mains? Ravioli as delicate as silk handkerchiefs ooze pungent robiola, while frilly-edged malfadine noodles pick up a rib-sticking “Sunday Night” veal bolognese.

Carmellini cooks like an Italian grandmother—delivering simple food with so much heart, the recipe might’ve been passed down from a long line of great cooks. His thin-sliced fatty “the way I like it” porchetta, stuffed with fennel pollen and topped with crisp crackling nuggets, is a succulent triumph.

Locanda Verde is the rare Italian restaurant with desserts worth saving room for, like the “fantastia” goblet of strawberries, raspberries and rhubarb—a textural treasure hunt featuring layers of shortbread, gelato, meringue and sweet zabaglione that’s built to be shared, but so tasty you’ll wind up fighting your way to the bottom. That’s the thing about Locanda Verde. No matter how sated you are, as more food arrives you still end up finishing every last bite.

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Venue name: Locanda Verde
Contact:
Address: Greenwich Hotel
377 Greenwich St
New York
10013
Cross street: between Franklin and North Moore Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 7–11am, 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–11pm; Fri 7–11am, 11:30am–3pm, 5:30–11:30pm; Sat 8am-3pm, 5:30–11:30pm; Sun 8am–3pm, 5:30–11pm
Transport: Subway: 1 to Franklin St
Price: Average main course: $38.
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tastemaker

How have I NOT written a review about Locanda verde??!!!! I've been here at least twice so far and all of the food I've had has been DEEEEE-LICIOUS! The sheep's milk ricotta with sea salt and herbs is so creamy, smooth, and pair great with their fresh bread. So simple, only three ingredients! But soooo good. And I don't even like ricotta! I've also had the malfatti (slow cooked lamb) and the lamb sliders. As you can figure, I like lamb. Both preparations are done really well. The Malfatti I liked just a bit more because you can really tell that the lamb was cooked for a long time. It was so tender and moist and flavorful and filling. For dessert we had something called a maple budino which I think is seasonal but man do I want it to make a comeback. My sister and I check back every so often to see if it's back on the menu. It is a little pricey since you're gonna want to try everything, so be ready to spend a little. But oh so worth it!

tastemaker

My boyfriend took me here on one of our first dates, and I'm pretty sure that's how he won me over. I fell in love with the sheep's milk ricotta, and thus with him. All joking aside, this place knows how to do cheese. Like the reviewer before me however, I would agree this is quite a "treat." That $$$ rating does not lie. I haven't been back, but my boyfriend and I talk about it constantly, and will be back soon I am sure. We always recommend this to relatives and friends for a nice night out, date night, and certainly a place to suggest to/take someone that you are trying to impress. There is a large wine selection, but the waitress was very knowledgeable and helped us pick something good, that was still in our price range. I was very happy with the service and the fact that the waitress was not too pushy on pricier items. Definitely makes me respect the restaurant even more. If you arrive early for a reservation, or come and there is a wait, there is a full bar where you can sit and order a drink and even maybe some appetizers.


A great 'treat' restaurant for a special occasion as a little pricey but definitely worth it. Fantastic menu and huge wine list to choose from. In trendy Tribeca so you're likely to bump into a celebrity as well. Sit outside in the Summer if you can so you can watch the world go by and definitely order the lamb ragu. Amazing. Also, if you're looking for a large dining room to host a big group, they have a wonderful room at the back for corporate or private parties.