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Locanda Vini & Olii
Posted by Anonymous on 07/22/2013
My friends and I had a great time here on Saturday night. First off, the decor is awesome. It's a converted pharmacy and has a very welcoming vibe. The food is very good. Some dishes were better than other (duck pappardelle and chicken livers were the standouts) but each dish was enjoyable. The best part though was the service. They have a European attitude of not rushing their patrons, nor being overbearing. We were there for close to 3.5 hours and not once did we feel rushed to leave. At around hour 2.5 they even brought over complimentary glasses of limoncello. It probably helps that they serve wine on consumption, so the longer we stayed the more we drank! Nonetheless, a great find! I will be back
Posted by BrooklynDavid on 02/18/2012
I've eaten here a small handful of times over the years (I live around the corner from it) and I always put off going back for one simple reason which was glaringly confirmed for me this evening. The arrogance! This is not a restaurant to make a comment about the food (unless you're complimenting it). You will get an argument. You will always be told, "this is the way it's supposed to be!" The food is, on the whole, on the better side of dining. But can we dispense with "how is everything?" if you don't give a damn about a truthful answer?
Posted by Anonymous on 04/16/2011
Great atmosphere and food. Well with seeking out
Posted by anonymous on 10/24/2009
I brought my brother and boyfriend to this place, since I had fond memories of eating here about six months ago. I have no idea what must have happened, but the food was disappointing. We ordered the crostini platter to start and, even though we were starving, we couldn't eat more than two pieces because it was so poor. And none of us are food snobs. Then, my pasta with rabbit was subpar and my boyfriend's soup and pasta was too. My brother ordered the half chicken, which turned out to be a quarter chicken, and it was dry and so unimpressive. I was really embarrassed. We wasted so much money eating there and the atmosphere wasn't even as nice as I remembered. Really unhappy with the whole thing.
Posted by Utter on 10/24/2009
Professes to be an authentic Italian - Upper East Side Italian (in Clinton Hill) perhaps. Italians would choke on these prices, be unimpressed with the quality, unless perhaps it was a very simple eatery. The portions are so small that they seem to be a snobbish reaction against the American trend for big portions, rather than reflective of multiple course dining of Italy. It also reminded me why the Southern Italians are dismissive of Northern food - bland, and a sometime bad habit of confusing sophistication same. Unforgivably, the pasta was overcooked. Truely, the best on offer is the wine, cheese, olives - i.e. nothing needing the chef. Finally, the service took an age, and we were chastised for asking for parmesan on our pasta (meat, vegetable dishes)
Posted by anonymous on 10/10/2009
Very small portions, even for fine dining. We paid $26 for Branzino which would be fine if it was served like it is in most nice Italian restaurants, that is, the whole grilled fish. But Brazino here means a thin, limp, 6 inch fillet that's gone in 4 1/2 seconds. Also, when they say it comes with spinach, they mean 4-5 baby leaves placed on top for garnish. The pasta dishes are tasty but more the size of side dishes so don't think you can get away with a $16 butternut squash maltagiati as an entree. I realize pasta is served as more of an appetizer in Italy (which I think is cool), but you're aware of that when you order and are charged accordingly. To get filled up here you should count on spending what would be the equivalent of 2 entrees per person. I personally like the European 'small portion' philosophy but again, I expect to be charged accordingly unless the food is really really good. The food here is simple and good, but eat light and be prepared to go home and have dinner afterwards.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/27/2008
This restaurant is one of my favorites in Brooklyn. Very authentic Italian, with a wonderfully cozy atmosphere that is both lively and homey. Gorgeous Italian men make the service excellent and personal. The food is delicious - delicate yet not uptight. I had some italian beef that was the best beef I can ever remember eating. I wish I could afford to eat here every day! Perfect place for a date or a nice dinner with a few friends.