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Eater Inside: Locanda Verde

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[Krieger, 05/20/09]

Above, a look at the eagerly anticipated re-do of Robert De Niro's failed Ago space, Locanda Verde, opening in mere moments. As you maaaaybe could have heard by now, A Voce's Andrew Carmellini is the master at the stoves, while Ken Friedman gets credit for the shiny (literally shiny), new design. The menu focus here: affordable (the obligatory buzz word), rustic Italian with items like lamb meatball sliders, gigantoni with shrimp meatballs, gabagool with broccoli rabe bread, and fire-roasted garlic chicken for two.

So far, the early word from friends and family tweets and a few Eater spies has skewed incredibly positive. But you can never trust preview diners (a free meal is almost always a win), so we await the reports from the 'Hounders, Yelpers, and pro reviewers that are sure to swarm the place over the holiday weekend. More reading here, here, and here.

Locanda Verde

377 Greenwich Street, Manhattan, NY 10013 (212) 925-3797 Visit Website

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