Three of us went to Locanda Verde last night and it was a very pleasant experience.
The service was excellent and professional and the chef was in the kitchen.
It seems that the restaurant is divided into two parts. The front is more bar-like and gets a younger crowd, the back has larger tables and is more family oriented. It also has the advantage of overlooking the open kitchen.
The bread was a pillowy light foccacia which was addictive.
The menu is divided up into 'Piccoloni', Antipasti, Pasta, Mains and Contorni.
We started with fried baby artichokes in a wonderful sauce, crostini with mozz and eggplant, wild 'shrooms agro dolce and I had Tripe Alla Parmigiana and fried duck egg.
All expertly done, all very savory and professionally plated.
Next was pasta pesto, Roasted Trout with new potatoes and giallo sauce, Organic Broccoli Modo Mio and Fettucine Verde with white bolognese. The pesto was very elegant and refined. Not the chunky, garlicky stuff that is often served. It was very, very good. The trout was excellent as well. My least favorite dish was my fettucine. The pasta was over cooked and the sauce became boring after a few bites. I missed the tang that the tomatoes impart.
A party at the next table had the Fire-roasted Garlic Chicken For Two. It looked fabulous.
Deserts were outstanding. We had Toasted Almond Semifreddo cherry sorbetto with fresh cherries, Raspberry-pistachio Cake raspberry stufato, fior di latte gelatto and malted milk and hazelnut gelattos. These were beautifully presented and just wonderful.
The wines by the glass were excellent and the bottles were gently priced and they had a very interesting selection.
Dinner at no time lagged, nor was it rushed. The vibe was warm, welcoming and professional with some hipness up front. The price range was excellent for the quality level of the food. I would go again any time again.
Locanda Verde. 379 Greenwich St., at N. Moore St.; 212-925-3797