129 Gates Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11238
at Cambridge Pl.
By charles on 3/6/2003
I grew up in Italy, and lived in the US for the past 29 years. I believe this is the best Italian restaurant in the US. Sure, there are many Italian restaurants with comparable tasty food. Many restaurants will enhance the taste of their food with butter. Like a true Italian restaurant, Locanda does not use butter in any of their dishes. Try their beef. It's amazingly lean, but, again, tender and delicious. If you are vegetarian, you'll be able to get a nutricious and delicious meal as well. I talked to the owners. The pastas and the pastries are prepared daily by the chefs. Above all, Locanda a fun place.
By oliverm on 3/6/2003
While for many years I have raved about italian restaurants in New York, how they were so much better than anywhere else outside of Italy, I have now settled on a favorite. Going there is being back to Sienna, unpretentious, warm, and incredibly tasty. No heavy cream or overdose of parmigian, just hearty (and healthy) food not usually seen outside of their borders. Did I talk about the wine as well?
By Tom on 3/6/2003
Whether you live in the neighborhood or not, this is the neighborhood Italian spot you have been searching for. They serve delicious, comforting dishes with little effort. Francois and Catherine make you feel right at home. It is one of those rare spots with excellent food, great prices, and a gracious and welcoming atmosphere. Just be prepared to make some adjustments in your life because you will want to make it a part of your weekly routine.
By zita on 3/6/2003
delightful atmosphere .. very cool crowd but very down to earth at the same time..
By oenolog on 3/6/2003
From the cool decor of a converted 150 year old apothecary to the great homestyle cuisine to the interesting and well thought wine list Locanda Vini e Olii is a joy. It starts with the warm greeting from Francois, Catherine or their son and continues through the attentive service. Many of the dishes are tasty peasant-style recipes that make you think you are dining in somone's mother's kitchen in Italy.
By lattefresco on 3/6/2003
After spending 2 years living between Florence and Spoleto (Umbria) I can tell you that this is the best way to get the taste of Northern Italian/Tuscan cooking short of flying there. In terms of food, my must-have list includes but is definitely not limited to: The Charcuterie Plate, Goose Prociutto, Ribollita (rivals Florence's La Casalinga), Guitar String Pasta "Con Le Sarde" (dill, sardines, saffron and raisins!) and and the Braised Lamb baked in Bread. Also, their side of potatoes actually melts in your mouth. The list goes on. The converted Pharmacy atmosphere is unique and warm, not "themey" and rounded out by beautiful Italian ceramics and other eclectic do-dads. And the owners are great, especially because they all drive Italian scooters, don't break plates and yell "hohh", don't invite in rose peddlers and won't tell you stories about their uncle Vinnie from the "old country". Take a date, your best friend, or your mother but please be selective!
By claudiobx on 3/6/2003
When i'm in a restaurant what i desire is to be in some good friends' company and a good atmosphere to better enjoy food i'm eating.. Here i found that and nothing is expected.. I could feel the pursuit of excellence everywhere here.. I'm from Florence and i can say that even here in Tuscany is hard to find such a good restaurant. The dishes are created with cleverness and, obviously, an excellent taste. Artists of food i said because they have the technique and they know how to use it to be cleverly original.. Masterpieces to me are "lasagnette di castagne con ceci e salsiccia" e "agnello in umido in crosta"!
By the_fan on 3/6/2003
Owners are perfect hosts, the restaurant is nice and confortable; lighting and music help relaxing customers to better enjoy delicious dishes and choice wines. The chef is a good hand at cooking and he carried as gift from Tuscany experience and tradition. He melt ingredients creating a non-expected harmony so that each dish is such a little original work.
By mikka on 3/6/2003
Have you ever seen a waiter havin fun while serving you? Have you ever had tuscan (but not only) food just as it should taste? No!? So check this place out!
By francat on 3/5/2003
One of NY's best Italian restaurant with non-americanized dishes that are seasonal and earthy. Must go.