Locanda Verde is an airy, bustling, neighborhood Italian restaurant in TriBeCa featuring chef Andrew Carmellini’s (who also brings New Yorkers The Dutch) Italian inspired tavern cooking.You will immediately feel at home once you step into the casually-chic, light-flooded space. The food is rustic, simple and hearty, and the wine list has a selection for every palate.
Last month, Locanda Verde participated in a special wine dinner series, Vini Toscana NYC, featuringVernaccia di San Gimignano and Chianti Colli Senesi, two of Tuscany’s most exciting exports. The wines were paired with seven delectable courses from Locanda Verda designed to highlight the wine.
“When it comes to Italian wines, take it easy,” said wine expert and luxury travel guide, Filippo Bartolotta. “Just as soon as you think you know the wine, you learn something new.”
Vernaccia di San Gimignano
Vernaccia di San Gimignano is one of Italy’s oldest wines, chronicled even by Dante Alighieri in the great poet’s writings of gluttony and bacchanalia. The grapes are grown from the sandstone vineyards of San Gimignano in the northwest of Siena, a neighboring DOCG to Chianti.
This wine –one of the very few produced as a reserve– is delicate and dry with a characteristic almond flavored finish. With age, it becomes mineral in its complexity and thusly is one of the few whites produced as a reserve. It was in perfect harmony with the tart Mediterranean Sardines with Saor cipollini agro dolce, fingerling potatoes, as well as the light Locanda Salad with bitter greens, dried cherries, hazelnuts & smoked speck.
The Riserva and the older vintages of this wine become more complex, making them the perfect match to heavier flavored food, like the herbaceous, and rich Sheep’s Milk Ricotta on grilled ciabatta crostinis.
Chianti Colli Senesi
Chianti brings to mind the single image of a tear drop-shaped jug with its bottom wrapped in straw – a flask or, in Italian fiasco. But as far back as 1932 the Chianti winemaking region of Tuscany was reprogrammed into eight different pieces and from the hills of Siena Colli Senesi emerged as one of the largest within the great Chianti DOCG.
Chianti Colli Senesi is mostly (75%) Sangiovese as any good Chianti should be. Other Tuscan varietals used in blending can be black Canaiolo, Colorino or Ciliegiolo. The flavors are reminiscent of cherry, licorice and violets with a very crunchy and juicy red fruit palate.
This wine paired beautifully with the homemade Trofie (liguarian pasta mixed with basil pesto, taggiasca olives and parmigiano-reggiano), one of Locanda Verde’s signature pasta dishes, as well as the delicate flavors of the Grilled Wild Branzino that came with market squash, giallo, and saffron. The Riserva, with its bigger structure, matched perfectly with the robust flavors of the Wood-Fired Hampshire Pork, served with cranberry beans and roasted onions.
Whether you are in the mood for an Italian wine and cuisine adventure, or simply cozy a night out with some traditional Italian comfort food, Locanda Verde will hit the spot.
377 Greenwich St. (corner of N. Moore and Greenwich)
New York, NY 10013
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