So I have had a crush on Andrew Carmellini's food since A Voce. And Locanda Verde just happens to be a block away from my place. Well, we ended up going three times in the first four days it was open. Clearly, this is a positive review!
Favorite appetizers include the shrimp with peppery tomato sauce (so big! so sweet! almost like langoustines!) and sheeps milk ricotta (smaller portion, but also cheaper than it was at A Voce). "Gabagoul" is super tender and addictive.
Of the pastas, the lamb amatriciana is amazing -- slightly spicy but very rich with a hint of mint. Malfatti with pesto is really good too and I don't even really love pesto. Robiola ravioli with mushroom is juicy and light. The only pasta which seemed a little bland was the fettucini verde, but we ordered that on the second night after opening. Pasta dishes were not huge, but all very tender and well sauced.
Of the secondi, the broccoli rabe sausage and porchetta are my current favorites. Chicken for two is lovely for Sunday night supper,, but we had leftovers when we ordered it for three people.
Finally, Karen Demasco's desserts are great end to the meal. The fantasia for two is really, again, portioned for three with lots of fruit but you have to dig to get to the super tender coconut cake. The lemon tart and chocolate tarte are good. Surprisingly, my favorite thing was the bing cherries soaked in syrup -- not too sweet or sugary, rather like biting into a perfect half cherry with every bite.
I was hesitant to post this rave review because I want to be able to walk into the restaurant. However, I'm due with our first baby in the next week and so am happy to share the love as I'll be in lockdown mode soon.