Locanda Vini & Olii

Locanda Vini & Olii

Italian Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Café$$$$
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
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    karen b.
    "Maybe the best traditional, rustic Italian food I've had in NYC."(8 Tips)
    Jarel H.
    "Wild boar pappardelle was one of the best pastas I’ve ever had."(6 Tips)
    GourmetLive
    "When Ted Allen sat down with Gourmet Live"(3 Tips)
    Argelys O.
    "... sage pappardelle and olive oil cake were all incredibly delicious."(4 Tips)
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  • Joanna F.heart icon on user image
    Joanna FlammMay 25, 2014
    Really lovely, perfect for a romantic date. Order the quartino of prosecco--it comes in a ceramic jug. One salad, one pasta, one entree, and a cheese plate was the perfect amount of food for two.
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonJuly 22, 2015
    Romantic and adorable Italian resto in a converted old pharmacy. Feels like you stepped straight into Tuscany. The sliced steak with arugula is always delish.
  • Nicole C.heart icon on user image
    Nicole CloutierOctober 3, 2015
    Italian vermouths made in house, a list of 8 negroni variations, rustic braised chicken livers and a super foxxy maitre' who reminded me of Adriana La Cerva from The Sopranos! Like!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.July 12, 2015
    the taglierini al tartufo (five words: shaved black truffle, white asparagus) is just delightful. sit outside on a beautiful summer night
  • Vianney B.heart icon on user image
    Vianney BrandicourtNovember 10, 2014
    Beautiful restaurant. Wood paneling evokes an old Italian library or pharmacy. Recs: Thyme maltagliati w/ roasted mushrooms. Pignoli cookies for dessert. Service isn't in-your-face. Great vibe overall
  • Leah M.
    Leah Mollin-KlingApril 21, 2019
    I’m not sure why this place gets such good reviews. The homemade bread was bland as was the beet salad. The house red and the wild boar were tasty, though the pici was too sweet. I mean, it was ok.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 7, 2014
    Splurge on the secondi at this century-old pharmacy-turned-Tuscan gem, or (wisely) build a meal around the antipasti and excellent homemade pastas.
  • Stefano B.
    Stefano BiaggioniApril 11, 2013
    Great decor, lovely vintage furnitures and boiserie of a old pharmacy drug store... The menu is complete and the food is great, but the distinction is in the bar... Genius inventions!! You find out :)
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 10, 2011
    Ted Allen hungers for the Italian cuisine at Locanda Vini & Olli in Brooklyn, NY on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. We recommend the Duck Breast w/Fruit Compote. Find more tips at FN Local. Read more
  • Ethanheart icon on user image
    EthanMarch 7, 2015
    Great service, could spend hours looking at all the old pharmacy stuff that's all throughout the space. And yes, very tasty Tuscan Italian food, too. I'll be back like Arnold.
  • Justin W.
    Justin WelshFebruary 2, 2014
    Wow...where to start. Great service, awesome atmosphere. I absolutely loved the chicken livers. Some of the best I've had. Pappardelle? Yes please. An overall amazing experience.
  • Calvin T.heart icon on user image
    Calvin TeohNovember 24, 2014
    So rustic. Feels so authentically Italian too. Not American-Italian but Italian-Italian. Also inside a cute old drug store. Perfect for a date or at least a friend your mildly attracted to.
  • Kyle T.heart icon on user image
    Kyle TurmanDecember 23, 2014
    Superb wine selection with authentic and unique Italian food. If you have 4 people, definitely try the tasting menu.
  • Matthew S.heart icon on user image
    Matthew SchmohlJanuary 29, 2017
    Come here to understand life and Italy. The cod with leaks is like being in Vernazza. Salt when salt is needed and no salt when no salt is needed. Necessities from tripe and liver up to duck and pate.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Ensconced in a former pharmacy, Locanda is an expanded wine bar, with deep bows to Lupa and Pepolino, featuring semi-wild notions like seafood charcuterie and a reconfigured lasagna called lasagnette. Read more
  • Julie F.heart icon on user image
    Julie FApril 28, 2013
    This is one of the best meals I've ever eaten. Go with friends and do the tasting menu. Get house wine for your second round -- they measure the bottle with a ruler: you only pay for what you drank!
  • Natalia K.heart icon on user image
    Natalia KhilchevskaJanuary 26, 2017
    Great place for romantic date...house wine and duck highly recommended..it is better to make reservation..too popular place
  • Justine L.heart icon on user image
    Justine LamJanuary 23, 2015
    Omg, everything was so delicious. Authentic Tuscan style cuisine, freshly made pastas-- try the mushroom and chestnut one, the tripe dish, and their Rhubarb spritz.
  • Sarah S.heart icon on user image
    Sarah SpagnoloMay 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Always an excellent choice but especially on a Sunday afternoon when the tables are outside and the house wine is flowing
  • Dustin L.heart icon on user image
    Dustin LeeAugust 7, 2017
    Anchovies, Pappardelle, and the Duck Breast makes for a perfect meal for 2. Inside is lovely but if it's the summer, try to get a table outside.
  • Lukeheart icon on user image
    LukeFebruary 21, 2016
    Ordering the steak at an Italian place is usually a mistake, here it's a requirement. Amazing pastas, too. Fresh and rustic take on Italian that never misses
  • Mia A.heart icon on user image
    Mia AFebruary 10, 2017
    Great interior with old-fashioned drugstore vibe; not very large portions but delicious and pasta perfectly al dente. Get the black pepper pici pasta!
  • Jordan M.
    Jordan MJanuary 7, 2013
    This place is such a gem. Romantical [sic] vibe and insanely good handmade pasta. Last time I had the thyme maltagliati, yum!
  • Argelys O.heart icon on user image
    Argelys OriachOctober 10, 2016
    The fettunta, fig salad, sage pappardelle and olive oil cake were all incredibly delicious.
  • Asia L.heart icon on user image
    Asia LindsayNovember 10, 2014
    Beeeeeeautiful venue. Just gorgeous. Yummy food and wine too. The limoncello was a bit too sweet for my liking but the espressos made up for it.
  • karen b.
    This place is so delicious. Maybe the best traditional, rustic Italian food I've had in NYC. The baccala and leeks over chick peas is wonderful. For wine, you can't go wrong with Rosso di Montalcino.
  • Kwame T.heart icon on user image
    Kwame Taylor-HayfordAugust 25, 2015
    love this spot. try the tasting for parties of 4 or more. the duck and steak are epic. pastas are great too.
  • Claudia F.heart icon on user image
    Claudia FilthAugust 28, 2020
    Everything is amazing. Amazing rustic cooking. Veg lasagne is the incredible, as is the the green salad. Heaven.
  • Guan L.heart icon on user image
    Guan LiFebruary 16, 2015
    Great ambience, delicious pasta, a bit pricey if just for a "imtoolazytocook" sort of meal, but definitely a great place for family and dates.
  • Kirill K.heart icon on user image
    Kirill KukuruzaNovember 22, 2016
    Wonderful romantic place with a tasty food
  • Manisha S.
    Manisha ShahJuly 15, 2012
    Delicious everything. Had a great salad with sliced peaches and almonds. Bread soup was delicious. Good wine selection and really nice service. Great local spot.
  • Leigh Annheart icon on user image
    Leigh AnnOctober 28, 2016
    Gorgeous, cozy spot. Great service, Matthew is an awesome bartender. Great food, great drinks.
  • Jarel H.heart icon on user image
    Jarel HillMay 4, 2019
    Wild boar pappardelle was one of the best pastas I’ve ever had. The duck was amazing too. Top notch spot
  • Michael T.heart icon on user image
    Michael TyznikMay 17, 2015
    Super cute, delicious food, and surprisingly reasonable prices. They just started doing brunch and it's not too busy yet.
  • Zachary
    ZacharySeptember 16, 2016
    the grilled duck breast was excellent, as was the pasta with black truffles.
  • Amanda K.heart icon on user image
    Amanda KingMay 27, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of great choices but my favorites: any of the negronis, chicken livers, sage pappardelle, olive oil cake.
  • Sandro L.heart icon on user image
    Sandro LipariJune 3, 2018
    Get the Campagna board, tripe and wild boar pappardelle. Finish with the pistachio olive oil cake. Locanda forever 🙅🏻‍♂️
  • kat.mckorkheart icon on user image
    kat.mckorkMay 12, 2017
    Properly cooked Italian, fresh and colourful, great wine recommendations, quick and polite stuff.
  • Liz T.heart icon on user image
    Liz TanJuly 14, 2016
    Make a reservation ahead of time, this place fills up quickly. Then, order anything. You won't go wrong.
  • Michelle L.heart icon on user image
    Michelle LeedsFebruary 12, 2017
    Cod with potatoes and leeks dish was delicious! And the olive oil cake for dessert was spectacular.
  • Shiv S.
    Shiv ShankarJune 18, 2016
    If you love truffles Taglierini al Tartufo is a must try.
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanSeptember 2, 2016
    Get some olives for the table and order the steak as your Secondi
  • Beatriz L.heart icon on user image
    Desserts were amazing! Pasta and wine delicious. I'll definitely come again. Highly recommended.
  • Lizheart icon on user image
    LizFebruary 1, 2017
    The pesto gnocchi and sample of olives were really good. The seabass with leeks was pretty good. The burrata was disappointing.
  • Debbie
    DebbieApril 11, 2015
    This place has the best olives and olive oil. The best cheese plate!!! And the pasta dishes!!!
  • Kathryn D.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn DMay 10, 2016
    Lovely ambience and authentic food. Save room for the almond cookies at dessert.
  • Sukiheart icon on user image
    SukiSeptember 27, 2020
    Italian staples, fantastic pasta and cheap wine. Good for a group.
  • Ksensei K.
    Ksensei KJune 22, 2012
    One of the few and best legit Italian places in NYC, even thought vitello tonnato is with pork for some obscure reason.
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayAugust 23, 2012
    Sign up for the tasting menu. Too bad they only hold these once per season – but well worth it! The Tagliatelle al Ragu is delicious!
  • Michaël J.
    Michaël JarjourDecember 15, 2013
    delicious and authentic Italian food, amazing staff, intimate athmosphere. all thumbs up!
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