Locanda Vini & Olii
David and I went to visit my sister in NYC and had a delicious dinner with a few of our friends in Brooklyn at Locanda Vini e Olii. Like most places in Brooklyn, this one was not without its' hipster twist, menus made out of cardboard, literally just folded cardboard. The weird part was that there weren't enough menus in the restaurant for everyone to have one so they kept taking the drink menus away, which doesn't make any sense becuase there is basically an endless supply of cardboard to be had in the world. Other than that everything was great, its a bustling little neighborhood place, intimate with good servers and a very authentic homey feel. Jeremy and Alex (our friends) started with plum Negronis, now I am usually a gin hater, but these were delicious and not "ginny" tasting at all ! I had a Sicilian Old Fashioned, also really good! We started the meal off with pan seared chicken livers accompanied by risotto sartu. Now I am not a livers person but I tried it and it was really good, it had this rich buttery texture that the risotto really went perfectly with. My entree was the short rib with cannellini beans; the short rib had great taste and was quite tender, but perhaps a little too fatty, the beans were surprisingly amazing and had a ton of flavor. David had the sage pappardelle with wild boar; it was pretty good, the pasta was homemade and delicious but the pieces of meat were tiny and didn't contribute too much flavor. Jeremy had the duck in a fig and shallot marmalade accompanied by chickpeas; the duck was tender, sliced thin, set in a nice sauce, but had no crunch from the skin, which i found myself missing. Finally Alex had the tagliatelle ragu with orange zest, beef, and pork; this pasta dish was also good, I think better than Davids, but not overwhelmingly flavorful for a ragu. Overall it was a good meal, not badly priced for New York, I'm sure we will be back !