Locanda Verde

August 11th, 2009

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The night before leaving for LA, Tammi and I had dinner at Locanda Verde, the great new restaurant in the Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca. It was our second time there, after a birthday meal there in June.
The restaurant has gotten a huge amount of press on the blogs since it opened in late May and I have to say it’s pretty well deserved.
I don’t really know where to start describing the highlights of the meal without just listing everything.
The blue crab crostino was nicely spiced with black pepper to enhance the flavor of the crab.
The Lamb Meatball sliders are amazing. We had that the last time and had to have it again. The meat was richly flavored without any powerful gaminess to it was topped with a cheesy tomato sauce and pickle. I could eat them all night.
The grilled octopus was tender, but still had just the right firmness. The fish flavor was clearly present without being overpowering. And it had just the right amount of char to counter the other tastes.
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The winner of the night was Tammi’s linguine with shellfish. Its sauce was sweet and creamy with flavors of herbs, garlic, lemon battling out with chunks of lobster, shrimp and clams tossed in. It was amazing.
There was plenty more, but I’m trying to keep it brief. Just thinking about it is making me hungry.
Locanda Verde
377 Greenwich Street
New York NY 10013

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