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 this weekend. What was I thinking by not trekking over to Tribeca sooner? Clearly, I was not thinking at all. Lesson learned.
By noon on a Sunday the place was hopping. (Sidenote: Is everyone who lives in Tribeca really that good looking?) 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. And 100% worth the dairy consumption. (Turns out my stomach was in the mood to tolerate dairy on this particular Sunday Funday. Had I known this ahead of time, further gluttony certainly would have ensued.) As an aside, if any reader has figured out how to replicate elements of this dish, please do share!
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. I mean, look at that photo! (Embarrassingly, I’m salivating typing this. Macbook, meet drool. Drool, meet Macbook.)
Carnivorous Hubs got the breakfast stromboli with fennel sausage, spinach, strachiatelle, and a runny egg mixed in there. He reported that there was a little more bread in this dish than he had hoped for, but then realized that’s what a stromboli is supposed to be (second lesson of the day learned). Bread notwithstanding, Hubs 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; go to Locanda Verde at your earliest convenience. And please get the ricotta appetizer. It’s that incredible.
I think I need to go back immediately.
What was the last game-changing meal/dish you had- brunch or otherwise?