Sunday, September 4, 2011

Locanda Verde

We've been angling to eat at Locanda Verde for some months now, but have had difficulty getting reservations for dinner at the times (and for the party sizes) we want. Having heard that they have one of the best brunches in the city, we got up early and went into Manhattan this morning for brunch there with Adam & Adam, visiting from Canada. We arrived before 10 and the place was pretty empty--probably partially a function of the Labor Day weekend as much as the early hour.

Focaccia--pretty light, not dense and oily--with sweet caramelized onion:


Pastry mista del giorno: blackberry scone, brown butter cinnamon roll, zuccharino muffin (kind of like a sugar doughnut--the best thing there, I think, while Priya preferred the scone):


The pastry chef, Karen DeMasco, put out a book that we've read (The Craft of Baking), and there were tons of other delicious pastries we didn't get a chance to try (the blueberry doughnuts looked particular awesome to me).

Uovo Modense with cotechino hash, spinach, and tomato hollandaise:


Wood-fired uova al forno with corona beans, mozzarella, and black Tuscan kale:


Lemon ricotta pancakes with blueberry and Meyer lemon curd:


Zucchini Frittata
with roasted tomato, goat cheese, and basil:


Outstanding brunch; everything was great. We also got a side of bacon that everybody liked, though it was too smoky for me (probably just a passing thing, as I usually like smoky way more than Priya). Expensive, though, coming out to $35/person with tax, tip, coffee, etc. I am excited to return and try the dinner at some point in the future.







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