Taking Notes

It’s Like Having Dinner With Robert De Niro

Listed first on the Eater NY 38 List, TriBeCa’s Locanda Verde is tall/dark/handsome Italian plates at its most classically modern. It’s not a new concept whatsoever, nor is it abnormal to have De Niro owning a piece of it, but L.A. just doesn’t have a lot of spots like this. We ordered seven(+) things:

1. Crostini Sheeps’ Milk Ricotta With Sea Salt and Herbs
2. Lamb Meatball Sliders With Caprino and Cucumber
3. Steak Tartara Piedmontese With Walnuts, Truffles and Crispy Guanciale
4. Gigantone With Sunday Night Ragu and Provolone Picante
5. Roasted Sea Scallops With Sicilian Cauliflower and Citrus
6. Roasted Brussel Sprouts With Pancetta
7. Fire-Roasted Chicken for Two
BONUS: Four Desserts — free

Now, the only person to visit Locanda Verde with is @jasminemoy — as Justin, @bigtallted, and I quickly learned. Jasmine is an LV regular, and the very sight of her unassuming entrance presents a dish of ricotta at her heels. Michelin-starry Chef Andrew Carmellini — formerly of A Voce, La Cirque, Cafe Boulud and Craft — is simply “AC” in Jasmine’s presence. (“… Slater?” @bigtallted and I guessed/joked.) He sent over those desserts, “compliments of,” and sure, we didn’t eat the entire Chicken for Two, but yeah, did we gobble up all FOUR of those sweet things.

Locanda Verde
Art: Locanda Verde