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About Locanda Vini e Olii
Serving traditional Tuscan cuisine in a renovated 19th century pharmacy since 2001. Homemade pasta, grass-fed Piedmontese beef, and some of Italy's best wines.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:15pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Clinton/Washington stop on the C or G trains.
Private Party Facilities:
We don't have a private room, but we do occasionally rent out the restaurant for private events.
Private Party Contact:
Michael: (718) 622-9202
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
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Locanda Vini e Olii Ratings and Reviews
I wanted to order appetizers and a main meal, but the waiter said that the appetizer was only a small bite and he advised me to order a primi as well. The appetizer was a plate full and it contained ‘risotto’, which was no risotto but ordinary rice. All in all the meal was way too big and not extremely Italian. When I left a small tip I got a lecture from the waiter that it was not enough, very annoying.
I really wanted to love this place. It's a beautiful setting, a cosy and convivial atmosphere. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed in the food. The starters were nice, but my pasta dish didn't deliver. My friends' were also a little bland - with the exception of the rabbit which I would eat again. I will probably give it another go sometime in the future and try something different.
We went to Locanda for my birthday. The meal was beyond amazing......the ambiance is beautiful and the staff was very knowledgeable and authentic. I had the duck, which they are known for and it was delicious. Everyone at my table was pleased beyond belief....we will definitely be back!!!!
New York is a city in which you can eat both Italian and Italian-American food. This is true Italian. Probably one of only ones in New York. It is a true Italian restaurant, with no pretensions. You are in Milano or Bologna or Pavia or better yet Clinton Hill. Great regional dishes, great wines, and the intimacy of the trattoria so germaine to Italy. Incantevole!
Locanda Vini e Olii is a wonderful restaurant serving truly authentic Italian cuisine. After spending 2 weeks in Sicily recently, it brought back memories of several wonderful meals that we enjoyed there. It was our 47th anniversary and this was a good place to have a special meal together. We shared the Buffala appetizer which was delicious. The we shared a pasta dish, also prepared al dente with a sumptuous ragu. I had the grilled duck breast with fig marmalade - outstanding. I had asked for it to be cooked to medium - it was still quite pink inside, but tasted wonderful (see photo). My husband loved the lamb dish he ordered. We were surprised when our waiter treated us to dessert for our anniversary: a pistachio olive-oil limoncello cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. We were pleased they had decaf espresso to accompany the dessert. Certainly quite a pricey dinner out (especially when their least expensive bottles of wine are $40 +), but well worth it once in a while.
The food and service were excellent. Except I saw an owner ask an employee if we were finished. We were 'quickly' dropped the check. This is my only service issue. The restaurant increasingly became louder louder and less enjoyable. The food compensated for this - outstanding!
I have been coming to this restaurant for the seasonal dinners and they NEVER disappoint! They have a great way of pairing their creative delicious dishes with different Italian regional wines. The overall experience is amazing - from the tasting palette to teh ambiance. They are also wet transparent with where they source their ingredients. Bravo!!
This is a truly wonderful restaurant hidden away in the Clinton Hill neighborhood in Brooklyn. My date told me that when she'd first come to dine there, she drove past it several times because the sign out front suggested it was a drugstore. The sign remains, and to add to the quirkiness (and charm), there are still indoor vestiges of the former apothecary who did business there, before the space was repurposed.
We shared two appetizers: Venetian fresh marinated sardines, whose flesh came off the bone with little effort, and a lightly dressed salad of baby lettuce,romaine, dried figs, walnuts and Gorgonzola. I am not a great fan of fruit in salad and normally lean toward one that features greens of some sort and other vegetable trappings, but this one worked well.
For the main course, we both chose pasta dishes, she the Thyme Maltagliati al Funghi, redolent with the woodsy character of mushrooms, and I a pasta with a light ragout of rabbit cooked in white wine. Both were exemplary and, needless to say, the pasta is freshly made.
As for wine, I chose a full-bodied Nebbiolo that perfectly complemented the pasta dishes. I was told by the waiter has a relationship with the Italian vintner, which the waiter stated was true of of almost all of the restaurant's suppliers. The wine was extraordinary and I highly recommend it, though it was rather expensive. That's not to say the price is unfair, but there are usually less costly options available, which was not true here, except for a Montepulciano, whose lighter body would not have suited our menu selections. But for a restaurant like this one that seeks to elevate the dining experience in every way possible, it may be that they do not wish to serve lesser wines, for which management may be forgiven.
We did not have dessert, so I cannot weigh in on the offerings, but the meal was extraordinary and memorable and the service impeccable. You cannot go wrong here.
Ambience is great. Very authentic look for an Italian restaurant. Our server was very sweet and accommodating, but they seemed a bit under-staffed for a Sunday night, so we ended up waiting quite a while during our visit. I LOVED the house red wine, but I wish it was priced more like $26 a bottle. That would keep me coming back weekly! We shared one salad, one pasta. Both were simple but tasty. Total bill with about 4 1/2 drinks, one salad, one pasta was $63. I would definitely go back.
I have very mixed feelings about this place based on my recent dinner experience. I'll start with the food. My husband and I shared the Tagilerini al Tartufo, which was, quite honestly, one of the most delicious pasta dishes I've ever experienced. So flavorful and such a generous layer of shaved truffle. If I could rate this place based on that dish alone, I would easily give it five stars with no hesitation. We then had the duck and another pasta dish with hen of the woods and lobster mushrooms. Both were okay but not amazing. The duck was perfectly cooked, but the fig and shallot marmalade was way too sweet, even as an accompaniment. I avoided it entirely. The mushrooms in the pasta dish were so undercooked that they were pretty much raw. In addition, the dish was bland, yet it was also very oily.
On to the service. Our main server literally went MIA after we rejected his $120 wine bottle suggestion and went with a $58 bottle instead. We did solicit his opinion on the wine list, but it seemed as though he immediately went for the most expensive bottle without even knowing anything about it. We weren't expecting him to be a sommelier, but when a server begins his wine description with "I think it's..." it pretty much discredits the rest of his statement! He did the same with the party next to us, but they fell for it.
After that, our only interactions were with the runner, who was a lot more attentive and interactive.
I would consider giving this place another chance based on Tagilerini al Tartufo alone, but I do think there is a lot of room for improvement, especially with the service.
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