Locanda Vini & Olii

Locanda Vini & Olii

Italian Restaurant, Wine Bar, and Café$$$$
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
100 Tips and reviews
  • romantic
  • authentic
  • pasta
  • cozy
  • wine
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  • Emily W.
    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.
    Upvoted Jul 21
  • Nicole C.
    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!
  • Joanna F.
    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.
  • Vianney B.
    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
  • 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 :)
  • 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.
  • Julie F.
    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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Ethan
    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.
  • Calvin T.
    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.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SchmohlJanuary 29
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Justine L.
    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.
  • Natalia K.
    Great place for romantic date...house wine and duck highly recommended..it is better to make reservation..too popular place
  • Luke
    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
  • Sarah S.
    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
  • 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.
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LeeAugust 7
    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.
  • Mia A.
    Mia AriFebruary 10
    Great interior with old-fashioned drugstore vibe; not very large portions but delicious and pasta perfectly al dente. Get the black pepper pici pasta!
  • Asia L.
    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.
  • Sam O.
    Sam OriachOctober 10, 2016
    The fettunta, fig salad, sage pappardelle and olive oil cake were all incredibly delicious.
    Upvoted Jul 21
  • Leigh Ann B.
    Leigh Ann BoatmanOctober 28, 2016
    Gorgeous, cozy spot. Great service, Matthew is an awesome bartender. Great food, great drinks.
  • Kwame T.
    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.
  • 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!
  • Michael T.
    Michael TyznikMay 17, 2015
    Super cute, delicious food, and surprisingly reasonable prices. They just started doing brunch and it's not too busy yet.
  • 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
  • Zachary
    ZacharySeptember 16, 2016
    the grilled duck breast was excellent, as was the pasta with black truffles.
  • Kyle T.
    Kyle TurmanDecember 23, 2014
    Superb wine selection with authentic and unique Italian food. If you have 4 people, definitely try the tasting menu.
  • Guan L.
    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.
  • Amanda K.
    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.
  • Liz T.
    Liz TanJuly 14, 2016
    Make a reservation ahead of time, this place fills up quickly. Then, order anything. You won't go wrong.
  • Kirill K.
    Kirill KukuruzaNovember 22, 2016
    Wonderful romantic place with a tasty food
    Upvoted Jul 4
  • 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.
  • Debbie
    DebbieApril 11, 2015
    This place has the best olives and olive oil. The best cheese plate!!! And the pasta dishes!!!
  • Michelle L.
    Michelle LeedsFebruary 12
    Cod with potatoes and leeks dish was delicious! And the olive oil cake for dessert was spectacular.
  • Sam J.
    Sam JacobsMay 5, 2013
    Some of the best pasta in Brooklyn! Great wine and cocktails too. Try the Rosa Americano!
  • kat.mckork
    Properly cooked Italian, fresh and colourful, great wine recommendations, quick and polite stuff.
  • Jon h.
    Jon hoffmanSeptember 2, 2016
    Get some olives for the table and order the steak as your Secondi
  • Liz S.
    Liz SchutteFebruary 1
    The pesto gnocchi and sample of olives were really good. The seabass with leeks was pretty good. The burrata was disappointing.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IMay 10, 2016
    Lovely ambience and authentic food. Save room for the almond cookies at dessert.
  • Beatriz L.
    Desserts were amazing! Pasta and wine delicious. I'll definitely come again. Highly recommended.
  • Noelle S.
    Noelle SadlerSeptember 22, 2011
    Amazing location in a former pharmacy, delicious fresh pastas, and such a friendly staff. Love this place!
  • Michaël J.
    Michaël JarjourDecember 15, 2013
    delicious and authentic Italian food, amazing staff, intimate athmosphere. all thumbs up!
  • Chris H.
    Chris HFebruary 29, 2012
    Great wine and teriffic service. Take a chance on the chicken livers if they're on the menu
  • Mark H.
    Mark HimmelsbachJuly 20, 2013
    Come for fantastic drink menu, stay for the charcuterie and homemade pasta.
  • Will M.
    Will MahonyDecember 21, 2015
    OUT OF BOUNDS!!! One of the top Italian restaurants in NYC. You can ball and not break the bank.
  • Carlotta d.
    Carlotta deVApril 29, 2011
    The place is well worth a visit even if just to see the location. Great wine expertise and good food.
  • Samantha M.
    Samantha MushnickNovember 24, 2013
    Went here because of Ted Allen's best thing I ever are recommendation from the food network. Didn't disappoint!
  • Shiv S.
    Shiv ShankarJune 18, 2016
    If you love truffles Taglierini al Tartufo is a must try.
  • Sam G.
    Sam Gil3 weeks ago
    Tagliatelle is great. Truffle pasta is unreal if you like truffle.
  • Erika R.
    Erika RenaeDecember 31, 2015
    Romantic and delicious Tuscan fare. Try a flight of Amari.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveJanuary 20, 2011
    When Ted Allen sat down with Gourmet Live he said,“they do serious, delicious, well-informed Italian cooking”.
  • Karl H.
    Karl HobartAugust 25, 2010
    Get a 1/2 liter of Prosecco...they serve it in a stone jug! I also recommend their pappa al pomodoro soup!
  • Aleah N.
    Aleah Nichole5 days ago
    Wonderful atmosphere and everything was spot on, delicious!! 🍷🍝
  • Consuelo R.
    I enjoyed the food, but it was so loud, so hot and the staff was overwhelmed. Avoid the weekends.
  • Jess M.
    Jess McGowanNovember 24, 2014
    authentic delicious pasta, the seafood gnocchi 👌
  • Holley A.
    Holley AtkinsonFebruary 9, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything housemade, rustic, delicious
  • Edu P.
    Edu PouMay 31, 2015
    Everything, but their tripe is off the charts.
  • Dahlia
    Dahlia3 weeks ago
    It's terrible don't go... hopefully this keeps some people away and makes it easier to get in. Honestly my first time and I felt like I finally had pasta. I can't wait to go back. No words.
  • Gideon O.
    Great vibes. Get the beef tagliata.
  • Tatiana K.
    Tatiana KukuruzaNovember 22, 2016
    Great atmosphere and beef!)
    Upvoted Jul 5
  • Kirk L.
    Kirk LoveJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Let them just bring out the goodness! They know what they are doing.
  • Elizabeth W.
    Elizabeth WeinbergJuly 6, 2011
    Having your entire menu Italian with no translations: ordering panic attack and googling frenzy
  • Brette C.
    Brette C. 😎🎶June 16, 2011
    Amazing Italian food. Best I've had outside of Italy & great service.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AnthonyOctober 10, 2016
    Like an elevated Walters for Italian food
  • David B.
    David BrahlerFebruary 25, 2016
    Get the duck or monkfish ragu
  • Sam F.
    Sam FelderApril 21, 2013
    Go with a group of four or more and get the tasting menu.
  • Christina X.
    Christina XuOctober 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I could eat the saffron guitar strings with sardines every day.
  • Saarim Z.
    Get the steak and the house red!
  • Josh E.
    Josh Eagle6 days ago
    Finest rustic Italian experience I've had in BK
  • Carolyn M.
    Carolyn M.August 7, 2014
    Papa al pomodoro is the best in the city
  • Terra B.
    Terra BellJanuary 20, 2013
    Order anything and you won't be disappointed.
  • Hiroki M.
    Hiroki MurakamiAugust 10, 2015
    Get the Amari if you're feeling adventurous
  • Ramez K.
    Ramez KMarch 17
    Great ambience, service and food!
  • Clarissa V.
    The duck breast is delicious I
  • Wesley V.
    Wesley VerhoeveMarch 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Tell them I sent ya
  • Milos P.
    Milos PeluffoNovember 23, 2014
    Wild boar casserole was amazing.
  • Duece
    DueceMarch 28, 2012
    Great place .... Best authentic Italian in BK
  • Hilary C.
    I like this place ok... But I continue to be surprised by the super high ratings. The pastas are decent but don't blow me away, I like the duck and steak, and the atmosphere is definitely great.
  • Sabine A.
    Sabine AcklinDecember 31, 2015
    Smooth service, very good food, great ambience,
  • NeroDoro Cafe'
    NeroDoro Cafe'June 17, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Bacala' & cheek peas is a MUST
  • Emily C.
    Emily CharltonJune 3, 2016
    The duck is delicious!
  • Jennifer W.
    Jennifer WelshFebruary 1, 2014
    The rabbit!! Get the rabbit🐇
  • Zach K.
    Zach KubinFebruary 3, 2015
    Can't recommend this place enough!
  • Tanya R.
    Tanya RojasMay 15, 2015
    Gnocchi was undercooked and the potatoes were super greasy. Good service though.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RainertMay 18, 2011
    The best rustic Italian food we've had in NYC. The octopus and baccala appetizers are winners and the beef tagliata entree slayed. Also, great atmosphere and super friendly service.
  • Lauren G.
    Lauren GardnerMarch 30, 2009
    best romantic date spot for ft. greener's and clinton hillers, just try to guess what the green spread is made out of!
  • Jon C.
    Jon ChenMarch 31
    The duck is amazing...
  • Brian C.
    Brian CJuly 23, 2011
    Great pastas and tripe
  • Alejandra R.
    Alejandra RojasMay 15, 2015
    The service is great, but the food leaves something to be desired.
  • NeroDoro Cafe'
    NeroDoro Cafe'April 26, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The tagliata is out of this world!!!
  • max l.
    max linskyFebruary 21, 2010
    tappeto volante: highly recommended. also: friendliness.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
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  • Kwame T.
    Kwame Taylor-HayfordSeptember 4, 2015
    tasting menu.
  • robin m.
    robin medinaAugust 27, 2010
    fresh pasta made everyday
  • Brady F.
    Brady ForrestJanuary 20, 2013
    Decent but a bit overrated
  • Kelly D.
    Kelly DMay 10, 2013
    Che bello...
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