NoHo Hospitality Group is the operator of New York City favorites Lafayette, The Dutch, and Locanda Verde, to name a few. I don’t usually go to TriBeCa, a geographic challenge for us in NoHo, but Locanda Verde has given me a reason to visit more often. Not only is Locanda Verde nobread friendly, but the food is delicious and its ambiance is incredibly cozy…
So far, I have only been to Locanda for brunch, but the dinner menu looks incredible and I’ve heard it is a New York City must. To start, the Insalata D’Andrea with apple, fennel, marcona almonds and asiago was awesome, and I saw the sheep’s milk ricotta with truffle honey on just about every table in the restaurant (notoast for all of you in the nobread crowd). These apps are offered on all menus and perfect for each time of day. At brunch, I HIGHLY recommend the “Scampi and Grits” with organic polenta, tomato, sausage and sunnyside eggs; it was delicious. The zuchinni frittata (nodairy for me) and wood-fired uovo modenese with cotechino hash, spinach and tomato hollandaise NOBREAD are also gluten free and excellent brunch picks. On the menu, it is noted that all eggs are organic eggs from Feather Ridge Farms in Elizaville, NY. You have to appreciate Locanda’s dedication to serving the highest quality food at their restaurant!!
At dinner, no gluten free pastas or bread are served, but the antipasta options as well as the meat and fish entrees look spectacular. I am told the fire-roasted garlic chicken for two is a top pick. Locanda Verde is big, too! Tables aren’t stacked on top of each other like other restaurants, the ambiance is cozy, and I could have happily spent my day posted up at the bar and watching the masses of people come in and out of the restaurant. I absolutely love Locanda… if only it was a little closer to my apartment… or maybe it’s better that it’s not.