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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 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.
waited long for the beef entree with no attention / apology from servers. kitchen error. they rushed it out to us cold bloody rare. we didnt eat it. there was no extended hospitality, no apologies, and it stayed on the bill. floor manager was stomping around frantically all night with no tableside manor. clearing glasses with no offer for more.
black truffle pasta was good and the wine selection was good. i could imagine possibly having a nice experience there but i wont be going back.
Very fresh food, high quality preparation and service. It took some time to get the check, but the place got crowded after we ate. I'd been to the restaurant when it first opened 17 years ago. This was my first time back. Time flies and the restaurant has really thrived. Would recommend to all!! One thing: pop music could be toned down a bit.
I love this restaurant. It is a place for ultra-authentic Italian food that never fails to please. The tasting menu is pure joy. There are no set choices for the tasting menu- dishes are "chef's choice" and delivered to the table family style. A great way to sample all the incredibly wonderful dishes this restaurant has to offer. I highly recommend it!
Food was simple and delicious. The duck dish is extraordinary. (I'll definitely go back for that!) Service was impeccable: friendly and personable, while utterly professional. When the kitchen was (very) slightly behind, our waiter generously filled our wine glasses, on the house.
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