ESQUIRE MAGAZINE

“A PLACE WHOSE NIGHTLY BUZZ IS DUE TO PEOPLE HAVING A WONDERFUL TIME EATING THE HEARTIEST ITALIAN FOOD AND DRINKING HANDPICKED ITALIAN WINES – INCLUDING A LOT OF GOOD ONES FOR LESS THAN FIFTY DOLLARS A BOTTLE…”

NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“THE 2009 BLUE RIBBON GOES TO ANDREW CARMELLINI, WHO, AFTER MONTHS OF WANDERING IN THE WILDERNESS, HAS RETURNED, IN IMPRESSIVE FASHION, TO ROBERT DE NIRO’S RAUCOUS NEW TRATTORIA, LOCANDA VERDE…”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

ANDREW CARMELLINI, THE CHEF AND OWNER OF LOCANDA VERDE , STUDIED COOKING IN ITALY BUT HAS GONE HIS OWN WAY, WHILE KEEPING TRUE TO THE DISH’S NATURE. IN HIS VERSION, WHICH HE CALLS SPAGHETTI FRIULIANO, AFTER THE REGION IN ITALY WHERE PART OF HIS FAMILY COMES FROM, HE USES SPECK, WHICH IS LIKE PROSCIUTTO, AS WELL AS ONIONS, CABBAGE, EGGS, SMOKED PECORINO FROM SARDINIA AND, YES, CREAM.

TRAVEL + LEISURE

“THIS RESTAURANT IN TRIBECA’S GREENWICH HOTEL HAS ALL THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR GENERATING BUZZ: A STAR CHEF (ANDREW CARMELLINI), A CELEBRITY BACKER (ROBERT DE NIRO), AND AN UPSCALE-MEETS-CASUAL DESIGN (EXPOSED-BRICK WALLS, CHALKBOARD MENUS, STUDDED LEATHER BAR SEATS). BUT IT’S THE INSPIRED SEASONAL ITALIAN MENU THAT KEEPS LOCALS COMING BACK FOR SECONDS.”

PAPER MAGAZINE

“FOOD PORN COMES TO MIND WHEN DISHES ARE DELIVERED TO THE TABLE AT LOCANDA VERDE.”

TIME OUT NY

“CARMELLINI COOKS LIKE AN ITALIAN GRANDMOTHER-DELIVERING SIMPLE FOOD WITH SO MUCH HEART, THE RECIPE MIGHT’VE BEEN PASSED DOWN FROM A LONG LINE OF GREAT COOKS.”

NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“FOR YEARS, CHEFS HAVE TRIED TO COMBINE THE STYLE OF A FRENCH BRASSERIE WITH ITALIAN HOME COOKING. ANDREW CARMELLINI CRACKED THE CODE.”

FOOD & WINE

ANDREW CARMELLINI (A F&W BEST NEW CHEF 2000) PREPARES AWESOME LAMB MEATBALL SLIDERS. EXCEPT FOR THE ITALIAN GOAT CHEESE, EVERY PART OF THE DISH IS MADE IN-HOUSE: CARMELLINI GRINDS THE LAMB WITH ONION, SIMMERS THE MEATBALLS IN TOMATO SAUCE, THEN SERVES THEM ON PARMESAN-ONION BUNS WITH CUCUMBER PICKLES.

James Beard Foundation

THE NOMINEES FOR BEST NEW RESTAURANT TO OPEN IN 2010 ARE: BIBOU (PHILADELPHIA), FLOUR + WATER (SF), FRANCES (SF), LOCANDA VERDE (NYC), MAREA (NYC),AND RN74 (SF).