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Mar 8, 2007 12:26 PM

Locanda Vini e Olii: is it worth it?

I’ve been wanting to check out Locanda Vini e Olii for a long time after reading a few great reviews. Last Saturday I called at around 3 and was told by a very cold and dismissive woman that the only times they had available that night were 6:00 and 9:30! I took the 6:00 res and figured maybe it’s super busy because it’s good. Maybe I’d be seated at 6:30 so I’ll grab a cocktail at the bar first...or a nearby bar?

So my wife and I drive over there and find out that it’s in a real sketchy part of Clinton Hill. There’s NOTHING nearby. We walk up and see that the resto is completely EMPTY. It’s 6:00 and the door is still locked. Not a soul in the front. We gave up, went back to Park Slope, put our names down at Al Di La and, 45 minutes later, had a great meal.

Being forced to eat dinner at 6:00 is uncivilized but I’ll accept it if the place is fantastic. But being forced to eat at 6:00 and then showing up to an obviously empty resto is not excusable.

Is this place worth it or are they sliding into the doldrums of restaurant death? Anybody been recently? I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt. Should I?

Locanda Vini e Olii
129 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238

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  1. no excuses for the restaurant they acted badly- but its not a particularly sketchy neighborhood - just not commercial.

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      1. don't think this thread will stay as it's not about food, but you should call the restaurant again, ask to speak to the owner/manager and tell them what happened. taking a reservation for 6 pm and then not even being open then is totally and completely inexcusable!

        1. no, the food is not worth it. my one meal was disappointing - 4 people and nothing was very good, and some of it was barely mediocre.

          1. I went to L V&O a few years ago with some friends who live in the area. It's a good local restaurant -- I don't think it's a destination place, but it's certainly one of the best in the Ft Greene / Clinton Hill area.

            Taking a res and then not being open is kind of appalling though. Did you call the place back and see if they had any kind of excuse?