As a New Yorker who claims that brunch is her favorite meal, I’m embarrassed to admit that my first visit to Locanda Verde was only this past weekend. What was I thinking by not trekking over to Tribeca sooner? Clearly, I was not thinking at all. Lesson learned. The following is a run-down of what we had. More details + photos of each of the dishes can be found on my blog: http://healthypantz.com/2012/06/05/br...
By noon on a Sunday the place was hopping. Despite all the tables being occupied and wait lines being formed at the bar, I found the service to be wonderful. Our waitress even took the time to run down the entire menu and detail which dishes could and could not be made vegetarian. It seemed like she’d gotten that question once or twice before. The menu appeared pretty pork-heavy at first glance, but it turns out that many of the dishes can be made veg with 1 or 2 easy tweaks.
We immediately ordered the item I was most excited to try, the sheep's milk ricotta with truffle honey and burnt orange toast, as an appetizer for the table to share. It was as glorious as I’d hoped it would be. Maybe even better.
For my main, I had the zucchini frittata with roasted tomato, goat cheese and basil, made with egg whites. Nothing to complain about here. Light, fluffy, super fresh. This was pretty much the egg dish you always hope will be presented to you at brunch and seldom is. I was a happy camper, though the frittata was so big I actually couldn’t finish it on my own.
Also ordered at our table was the hazelnut-crusted french toast with sour cherries and mint. Hello, decadence! I only sampled a couple of bites of this, but whoa- such an awesome flavor and texture combo with the soft bread, crunchy hazelnuts, sweet syrup, and sour cherries.
My husband got the breakfast stromboli with fennel sausage, spinach, strachiatelle, and a runny egg mixed in there. He found the dish to be great comfort food, and the innards to be warm, tasty and indulgent.
Final thoughts: Don’t be a silly person like me; If you have not done to already, I highly recommend that you go to Locanda Verde at your earliest convenience. And please get the ricotta appetizer. It’s that good. I think I need to go back immediately to sample more of the menu.