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Posted by Lindsay on 11/05/2010
I went to Locanda Verde for my birthday dinner last night and was absolutely blown away. I am an aspiring foodie, so I had read a lot about the restaurant on blogs and heard a lot of great reviews from friends. I am also a very big Andrew Carmellini fan, and have read his cook book cover-to-cover. Needless to say, my expectations were extremely high. And I tell you, I was still blown away by the meal! We started off with the Sheeps’ Milk Ricotta and grilled bread and the blue crab crostini – both great. Next time I would probably skip the crab, because the ricotta is so good you don’t need anything else. Then we had the Pumpkin Agnolotti (insanely good – I could eat it as dessert!) and the Mezze Rigatoni ( It was fantastic, never knew I liked lamb). We shared the Spice-Glazed Duck with pomegranate, and it was ridiculous. Amazing doesn’t even begin to describe it. We finished off our night with the pumpkin cake and Chocolate-Pistachio Tart (with a candle!). I was so full, but I just couldn’t stop eating the pumpkin cake. It was amazing!! All in all, if that was my last meal on earth, I would have been very happy with it. It was probably top 3 meals I have ever had in my life (and I have had a lot of good meals). I can’t wait to go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/31/2010
My husband and I went to Locanda Verde last night after making a reservation one month in advance......it definitely was not worth the wait. Although the food was generally very good, the service was terrible. We started out with the lamb meatballs and the warm mushroom salad, which we enjoyed. After the appetizers, they kept us waiting 40 minutes before bringing our next course. During this time, the waiter did not come over to ask if we wanted another glass of wine or bread, or to tell us how long it would be. When our next course was finally brought out, it was cold. The busboy took it away (because we again could not find the waiter), and when he brought it back, it was half the size of the original. We think that they just stuck it in the microwave. While the pastas were good, they weren't great (especially cold!). Overall, the food at Locanda Verde was good but the service was so terrible that we wouldn't consider going back.
Posted by Chris on 10/31/2010
3 friends and were really looking forward to this dining experience but all of us were quite disappointed in the food. Presentation was good but the food not so good. Apps that were ordered were the garlic shrimp and several different salads. The garlic shrimp was lacking quality and substance. Entrees were also unremarkable.
Posted by themost on 06/10/2010
This place is amazing! Food is off the charts, and we had great service! I look forward to being back...already told two of my friends to go check it out and they had same response. It is true that waits can be pretty long, but I guess you cant blame them for being busy. Lets be thankful for a great restaurant in Tribeca
Posted by fg on 06/07/2010
The pasta and veggies are superb. The cheeses and focaccia are terrific. The service is good, but not great and only because you feel that everyone is doing YOU a favor waiting on you. The waiter takes your order and returns to ask if you want dessert, but you never see him otherwise. When asked where the chef is, "Well he's opening another restaurant" It's Saturday night & his new restaurant will not be built out for another four to five months, so my guess he's not there...A chef should be in the kitchen and in the past you always saw Mr. Carmilini look at every dish that went out of HIS kitchen. Very few chefs have earned the right to NOT be in the kitchen. Of course if you own several places or it is a slow Tueday night, but you are in a restaurant that is tourist driven, reputation driven and a Saturday is usually a visible night. The food is very, very good, but the hospitality needs a BIG boost and the FOH needs to take a little more care of their guests then just showing them the table and writing the order.
Posted by East Side Transplant - and proud. on 04/17/2010
Went here with a group of 6 on the recommendation that tables are available after 9:30pm on a Friday night without reservation. Wrong. Waited for 2 hours because a friend was dying to dine here. The service was poor. The only male in the group had to get the servers attention at the bar while we waited for a table - apparently none of the bar staff was interested in paying attention to the female clientele. We were seated and the host asked us what we expected on a Friday night. This would be a fair comment had we not been told we would be seated before 10pm. Will happily steer clear of this Tribeca tourist trap. Bobby would do well hiring an experienced staff, not sassy college students living downtown on their parent's dime.
Posted by miss mouse on 04/12/2010
I loved pretty much all of my dinner at Locanda Verde - the ricotta crostini is heavenly (it could almost double as a dessert if you added some honey) and I was blown out of the water by the rock shrimp and clam fritto misto, possibly the best fritto misto I've ever had, and the walnut-studded steak tartare. Even though the "My Grandma's Ravioli" was delicious, it was a teensy-weensy portion (maybe a dozen little ravioli with a pea-sized amount of meat filling) which at $18 stood out as not being worth more than a dollar a bite. Service was top-tier, incredibly friendly and knowledgeable (being seated surrounded by celebrities was pretty darn cool too). The room is gorgeous, totally relaxed. I was worried I'd be underdressed in jeans and a sweater and it was completely appropriate.