All Reader Reviews of...
129 Gates Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238
at Cambridge Pl.
By petestein1 on 4/4/2003
I thought about giving this place a horrible review so people would stay away... I'm afraid if people catch on how good it is that I won't be able to get a table. Simply put, this is a very special place that could only exist in NYC. Go check it out. You won't be sorry.
Welcome to their humble abode.
By yummytummy on 3/27/2003
This is my new favorite restaurant. Who knew one could fine such delectable food tucked away in Clinton Hills, Brooklyn? The dining room is warm and welcoming, orignal wood and glass cabinets that once held perscriptions line the walls. And the owners and staff are too cute, announcing every arrival with a heartfelt "Buona Sera!" If you are lucky, and it seems almost every customer is, Francois will appear at your table with a wine recommendation or some friendly advice on their fabulous menu. The portions are just the right size, not too large, allowing for many options. Desserts are brought to the table along with a clever dessert wine list that is a bottle itself. Finish off with the best espresso you will ever have. Gracious goodbyes and Grazies follow you out the door.
By onamishen on 3/11/2003
I had the pleasure to stumble upon this incredible restaurant in Clinton Hill last week. I was served by a alumnus of Balthazar. The food is beyond what one finds at any Italian restaurant, true Tuscan food. One of my favorite dishes was the Braised piedmontese beef, my mouth still waters. Francois, the owner, recommended a fanstastic wine, under $35!! I can't wait to come back!
A gem in brooklyn
By mnm on 3/11/2003
I won't spoil the surprise. Incredible food, smooth service, honest winelist and warm atmosphere! The best italian in North America.
By torsola on 3/11/2003
This place is really great medicine for the soul. It is warm and inviting. The wine list is so yummy and the menu is endless perfection. I go to Italy often and this is better.
As good as it gets
By bambola on 3/10/2003
This place is proof that good food will make even the most hardened Manhatanite leave the city for a meal! You must indulge in their incredible selection of olives, let your imagination free by tasting originals such as ''charcuterie from the sea'' or ''Pumpkin Maltagliati with pesto sauce'' , and be assured that old favourites such basil & tomato-gnocchi or fresh tagliatelle with Porcini , will amaze you however much of a culinary snob you may think you are...
At home in Brooklyn, Italy
By mann on 3/8/2003
A trip to Italy can be taken on the "C" train. All you have to do is get off at Clinton Washington and walk 3 blocks to Locanda Vini & Olii. Enter this warm and friendly oasis for the best Italian food in the city. Authenticity reigns here, along with charm and energy. The energy comes in the person of Francois Luoy, from Milan. He can be a whirling dervish, as he guides you thru this menu and wine list, but, it's all in good fun and you will do well to take his advice. His charming wife and partner, Catherine puts it all together and makes it work. You'll fall for the food, AND the owners!
Original Tuscan Food
By bastiano on 3/7/2003
Really original, tasty good tuscan food. Friendly service.
Just like home...
By Meapale on 3/7/2003
If i were raised in Tucany! Great food, great atmosphere, amazing people. More than a restaurant, it's a home.
a perfect combination
By coppens on 3/7/2003
a perfect combination of feeling at home and being in a fancy NY restaurant! Food is delightful, wines a pleasure, decor, hosts and guests make the atmosphere exactly what one wants.
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