In the last month, I’ve been to Locanda Verde three times. When you can choose to eat at a new restaurant every night, and my list of restaurants is long enough to fill a book, that’s saying something. It helps that Andrew Carmellini’s simple Italian food is delicious and crowd-pleasing, and I’ve loved it since his days at A Voce. It helps that they mix an excellent Aperol spritz, that they serve perfectly roasted chicken for two, that their ricotta with grilled bread is lip-smackingly, groan-inducingly wonderful. And it’s a nice suprise that after you eat dinner, you’re not going to be disappointed with some afterthought dessert menu (important for a sweet toother like me). I dream of the gelato, it’s creamier and more pure in flavor than anything- even Ciao Bella or Labratorio- I’ve had in the city. The huge, rustic space is comfortable and conducive for group dinners, as I had one night, but the bar is great for drinks and a bite (if a little crowded with the afterwork banker scene and the women who love them). Also, they serve a reputedly awesome, totally peaceful brunch on weekends!!! Imagine, a cool brunch spot that hasn’t yet been attacked by brunch hordes.
Locanda Verde: To read the menu, visit their website.
377 Greenwich St, at N. Moore. It’s attached to the Greenwich Hotel.