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Feb 9, 2010 03:55 PM

What to order at Locanda Verde?

Hi going to LV for the first time this weekend and wondering if there were any not-to-miss items. Also wine suggestions would be appreciated as well. Love pinot noirs that are spicy and light.


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  1. Don't get the duck terrine. Poorly executed and uninteresting. I have been generally quite underwhelmed with this place both in terms of food and service.

    1. Tripe, sliders, chicken, pastas.

      1. i believe ive read the ricotta cheese appetizer is good

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        1. re: daffyduck

          The ricotta appetizer is good...but come on now, tney got good ricotta (so can you) and put a little olive oil on it and serve it with crusty bread. For this I really don't need to go to a restaurant.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            In many areas of the country supermarket Sorrento ricotta is the best available. Sometimes I think in major metropolitan areas we take widely available artisanal products for granted. Like comparing a supermarket peach to one from Frog Hollow it depends on the quality of ricotta one has tried.

            1. re: oysterspearls

              I realize that, but this is a restaurant in a city where excellent ricotta is ready available. I think it's a little ridiculous to offer an appetizer which is essentially ricotta on a plate, at a restaurant in Manhattan, that is allegedly "cooking."

              This restaurant is an emperor without clothes, based on 3 visits so far.

              Last time I had the Spaghetti Friuliano with cabbage, smoked bacon and pecorino sardo - it was utterly uninteresting, waaaaay too salty, and the pasta was so al dente I had to pick it out of my teeth. And the toffee date cake - was something anybody could throw together in their kitchen, and it was dry too.

            2. re: gutsofsteel

              cool, ive never been to locanda verde, but i believe i've read on nyseriouseats that the dish was fantastic.
              im a complete newb with cheese, i was wondering if i went to cheese shop, what kind of cheese should I look or ask for if I want something similiar to the cheese at locanda verde?

              1. re: daffyduck

                Write down the cheeses you are served at the restaurant - the ones you like - then go to Murray's and ask for them.

                1. re: daffyduck

                  It's similar to the sheep's milk ricotta that 3-Corner Field farm sells at the Union Square Greenmarket- which, to my taste, is quite different from ricotta made from cows milk- which is the ricotta sold in most places.

                  1. re: Ann900

                    The best ricotta I've had in this country is sold on Fridays at the USGM by Dancing Ewe. But the cow's milk ricotta from them, which also has sheep's milk mixed in. It is very good. (I like it much better than their 100% sheeps milk ricotta).

            3. I'm particularly fond of the fish and pasta dishes at Locanda Verde. If the gnocchi is on the menu- they sometimes have it ass a special, get it. It's without a doubt, the best gnocchi I've ever had.

              1. The grandmother's ravioli is super light and totally delicious.