Locanda Vini e Olii

★★★★☆
  • 129 Gates Ave

    Brooklyn, NY 11238

    Cross street: at Cambridge Pl.

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  • 718-622-9202

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Sunday - Thursday 5:30-10:30, Friday - Saturday 5:30-11:15

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Locanda has a speakeasy like quality. Fine northern Italian restaurant in created in what was an old pharmacy. Food is cooked behind the pharmacists counter. Neat place. Cool nabe

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★★★★☆

Locanda has a speakeasy like quality. Fine northern Italian restaurant in created in what was an old pharmacy. Food is cooked behind the pharmacists counter. Neat place. Cool nabe

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Highway robbery! I went with friends after reading good reviews, and was disappointed. The carpacio was bland and the portions small. The chestnut pasta and chickpeas was a tasty, but the portion way too small for an entree (but entree priced!). My friend's meal was not memorable. In addition, the staff was not very welcoming. Unfortunate, because I live nearby. But I will not be going back.

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★★☆☆☆

Highway robbery! I went with friends after reading good reviews, and was disappointed. The carpacio was bland and the portions small. The chestnut pasta and chickpeas was a tasty, but the portion way too small for an entree (but entree priced!). My friend's meal was not memorable. In addition, the staff was not very welcoming. Unfortunate, because I live nearby. But I will not be going back.

Pros: a few good entrees

Cons: too expensive

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I LOVE Italian food so I make it a point to try and visit new places to add to my arsenal of good eats. This place was totally not worth the train fare out there. The service was horrible and the manager was a bit of a snob. Honestly, her being there made everything worse. My friend said she felt a little nauseous after her seafood ravioli and I have to admit, I've had better chicken fettucine. If you want Italian in Brooklyn, go somplace else that has way better food and the staff is really sweet.

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★☆☆☆☆

I LOVE Italian food so I make it a point to try and visit new places to add to my arsenal of good eats. This place was totally not worth the train fare out there. The service was horrible and the manager was a bit of a snob. Honestly, her being there made everything worse. My friend said she felt a little nauseous after her seafood ravioli and I have to admit, I've had better chicken fettucine. If you want Italian in Brooklyn, go somplace else that has way better food and the staff is really sweet.

Pros: decor

Cons: service, food, manager rude

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After hearing some friends raving about this restaurant, my friend and I decided to give it a try. It was a definite disappoinment. First, on first impression, the decor and the ambience of the place is nice, in spite of the inappropriately bright lighting which suits a dental clinic better. Since neither of us has eaten for the whole day we ordered a lot of food, or so we thought. First, we had a 20-dollar sampling appetizer platter with prosecco. As soon as we finished them we understood the caliber of the chef and regretted that we listened to our friends. All the food on the plate were so mediocre; at best you can see them as the experimental work of untalented culinary school students. The portion is so ridiculously stingy - low quality, tiny portion, and they have the dasity to overcharge as if the food deserves it. This appetizer is a prelude to the trainwreck that ensued. 10-dollar Crostini, four little bite of bread with some lousy paste on them. We ordered a parsley fazzolettini to share, which was boasted by the waitress to be one ambrosia created by the chef- turned out to taste the same as chef-boy-R-dee microwave pasta. Each of us ordered a main course. I had a run-of-the-mill grilled beef course with arugala and salt randomly spread on the plate. 27 dollars, I cannot get over it. I could have a fabulous seafood paella for 2 in Boqueria or with 27, though comparing them is an unforgivable insult to boqueria. My friend had a lousy grilled chicken with roasted potato crusted within a layer of goo. We were still femished after all was served. All in all, this place has nothing special to offer. Splurge your money somewhere else. Nothing about this place is worth it. To look back, it's ironic how the host and bartender acted so proud and stuck-up as if they are entitled to it. Oh, and check out other reviews from the reviewers that gave this place a good review- there's none. Give you an idea how scammed those good reviews are.

0
★☆☆☆☆

After hearing some friends raving about this restaurant, my friend and I decided to give it a try. It was a definite disappoinment. First, on first impression, the decor and the ambience of the place is nice, in spite of the inappropriately bright lighting which suits a dental clinic better. Since neither of us has eaten for the whole day we ordered a lot of food, or so we thought. First, we had a 20-dollar sampling appetizer platter with prosecco. As soon as we finished them we understood the caliber of the chef and regretted that we listened to our friends. All the food on the plate were so mediocre; at best you can see them as the experimental work of untalented culinary school students. The portion is so ridiculously stingy - low quality, tiny portion, and they have the dasity to overcharge as if the food deserves it. This appetizer is a prelude to the trainwreck that ensued. 10-dollar Crostini, four little bite of bread with some lousy paste on them. We ordered a parsley fazzolettini to share, which was boasted by the waitress to be one ambrosia created by the chef- turned out to taste the same as chef-boy-R-dee microwave pasta. Each of us ordered a main course. I had a run-of-the-mill grilled beef course with arugala and salt randomly spread on the plate. 27 dollars, I cannot get over it. I could have a fabulous seafood paella for 2 in Boqueria or with 27, though comparing them is an unforgivable insult to boqueria. My friend had a lousy grilled chicken with roasted potato crusted within a layer of goo. We were still femished after all was served. All in all, this place has nothing special to offer. Splurge your money somewhere else. Nothing about this place is worth it. To look back, it's ironic how the host and bartender acted so proud and stuck-up as if they are entitled to it. Oh, and check out other reviews from the reviewers that gave this place a good review- there's none. Give you an idea how scammed those good reviews are.

Pros: the menu design

Cons: overpriced. Tiny teeny portion. microwave quality food.

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I love this place. I have been a regular customer for years and Catherine and Francois are some of the most lovely, authentic people I have ever met. They both are highly skilled at what they do and it comes through in both the food and service. Great, true to its roots Northern Italian in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I have celebrated many a milestone here and look forward to many more. Highly recommended.

2
★★★★★

I love this place. I have been a regular customer for years and Catherine and Francois are some of the most lovely, authentic people I have ever met. They both are highly skilled at what they do and it comes through in both the food and service. Great, true to its roots Northern Italian in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. I have celebrated many a milestone here and look forward to many more. Highly recommended.

Pros: Ambience, Attentive Service, Excellent Food

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Even though we had reservations, and there were few others in there at that hour, it took lots of prodding to even get a basket of bread with our wine. Then my friend asked if she could switch pastas with sauces - my friend is Italian, and a foodie herself - and was told (loudly) by a 20-something with an attitude the standard "our chef selects the sauces to go with the pastas and won't substitute" speech. Then when the food FINALLY arrived it was in tiny portions. This is one of those places where the food on the menu looks relatively inexpensive but they expect you to order one of each course to feel full, and then you can fall over from sticker shock when you get the bill. I've eaten there in the past and have to say that when it first opened the food was more abundant and tastier, and the service was better. The owner really tries, but it seems he's getting ahead of himself here and should remember he's in Brooklyn.

1
★★☆☆☆

Even though we had reservations, and there were few others in there at that hour, it took lots of prodding to even get a basket of bread with our wine. Then my friend asked if she could switch pastas with sauces - my friend is Italian, and a foodie herself - and was told (loudly) by a 20-something with an attitude the standard "our chef selects the sauces to go with the pastas and won't substitute" speech. Then when the food FINALLY arrived it was in tiny portions. This is one of those places where the food on the menu looks relatively inexpensive but they expect you to order one of each course to feel full, and then you can fall over from sticker shock when you get the bill. I've eaten there in the past and have to say that when it first opened the food was more abundant and tastier, and the service was better. The owner really tries, but it seems he's getting ahead of himself here and should remember he's in Brooklyn.

Pros: Lovely, historic ambience

Cons: Manhattan attitude, not appreciated in Brooklyn

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Bland, below average food in a very nice atmosphere.
When we told the owner that a wine glass was dirty he picked it up and stared at it for over a minute instead of replacing the glass immediately. 3 people ordered a variety of appetizers and entrees - everything was forgettable. There is a big difference between subtle and bland - this food was bland. Nice wait staff but they fish for compliments on food that again is below average.
The experience was much ado about nothing special.
Fairly good wine selection.
Word to owner and chef - using fresh, local ingredients does not guarantee tasty food unless you know how to prepare the ingredients.
Much better places in the neighborhood - Olea and Chez Lola - both have great food, low key atmosphere and excellent service.

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★★☆☆☆

Bland, below average food in a very nice atmosphere.
When we told the owner that a wine glass was dirty he picked it up and stared at it for over a minute instead of replacing the glass immediately. 3 people ordered a variety of appetizers and entrees - everything was forgettable. There is a big difference between subtle and bland - this food was bland. Nice wait staff but they fish for compliments on food that again is below average.
The experience was much ado about nothing special.
Fairly good wine selection.
Word to owner and chef - using fresh, local ingredients does not guarantee tasty food unless you know how to prepare the ingredients.
Much better places in the neighborhood - Olea and Chez Lola - both have great food, low key atmosphere and excellent service.

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We went recently and had the tasting menu, it was amazing. The food is fresh and the menu changes daily. My parents truly had a blast. It is as good as the food in Tuscany, we will be back!! The service was very good too and we enjoyed the space as well...it is nicely done.

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★★★★★

We went recently and had the tasting menu, it was amazing. The food is fresh and the menu changes daily. My parents truly had a blast. It is as good as the food in Tuscany, we will be back!! The service was very good too and we enjoyed the space as well...it is nicely done.

Pros: The food, wine and staff are all wonderful

Cons: not much

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From the moment I arrived I knew this was not going to be a good experience. Instead of a "hello" or "good evening" I was brusquely greeted by the owner with "Do you have a reservation". I replied "no" and was ignored for 5 minutes. Finally I was told, "outdoor seating only". The owner then simply nodded his head in the direction of the outdoor table and went back to ignoring me.
Although our waitress was friendly enough, the entire experience was lackluster. From the overpriced tiny chicken thigh (6 bites, maybe) with greasy french fries (not the roasted potatoes listed on the menu) to the $25 seafood "stew" that wouldn't have filled up a 5 year old, and was fairly bland, the entire culinary experience was subpar. The $75 bill (we had no appetizer or salad!) was shocking. We had some okay wine, but it was served in small orange juice glasses...seriously.
There are so few decent places to go out to eat in Clinton Hill, this was really disappointing. The decor is nice, but that's about it.

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★☆☆☆☆

From the moment I arrived I knew this was not going to be a good experience. Instead of a "hello" or "good evening" I was brusquely greeted by the owner with "Do you have a reservation". I replied "no" and was ignored for 5 minutes. Finally I was told, "outdoor seating only". The owner then simply nodded his head in the direction of the outdoor table and went back to ignoring me.
Although our waitress was friendly enough, the entire experience was lackluster. From the overpriced tiny chicken thigh (6 bites, maybe) with greasy french fries (not the roasted potatoes listed on the menu) to the $25 seafood "stew" that wouldn't have filled up a 5 year old, and was fairly bland, the entire culinary experience was subpar. The $75 bill (we had no appetizer or salad!) was shocking. We had some okay wine, but it was served in small orange juice glasses...seriously.
There are so few decent places to go out to eat in Clinton Hill, this was really disappointing. The decor is nice, but that's about it.

Pros: Ambience; outdoor seating

Cons: Overpriced; bland food; wine served in juice glasses; rude owner

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This is a restaurant that has become too popular on Saturday night. Also the menu is not the typical red sauce variety and will not please everyone. But if you are looking for a tasty dining experience paired with a well planned wine list - come with a group to share the courses. The food is fresh and the menu changes daily.

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★★★★★

This is a restaurant that has become too popular on Saturday night. Also the menu is not the typical red sauce variety and will not please everyone. But if you are looking for a tasty dining experience paired with a well planned wine list - come with a group to share the courses. The food is fresh and the menu changes daily.

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This restaurant has a couple of things going for it: beautiful interior and a captive audience. I was invited to a friend's birthday dinner and, despite having made reservations, we had to wait while the hostess and the manager argued about where to seat us. It seemed like the manager won out and the six of us were crammed onto a small table, while a larger table in the back remained empty. When we asked if we could move, we were told that the other table was also reserved. It turns out it was... by 3 of the manager's friends. Dinner was uncomfortable. Not only were we elbowing each other when we lifted our forks, but the food was nearly inedible because it was so salty. Instead of staying for dessert, we got the check and went to a bakery on 7th Ave.

1
★★★☆☆

This restaurant has a couple of things going for it: beautiful interior and a captive audience. I was invited to a friend's birthday dinner and, despite having made reservations, we had to wait while the hostess and the manager argued about where to seat us. It seemed like the manager won out and the six of us were crammed onto a small table, while a larger table in the back remained empty. When we asked if we could move, we were told that the other table was also reserved. It turns out it was... by 3 of the manager's friends. Dinner was uncomfortable. Not only were we elbowing each other when we lifted our forks, but the food was nearly inedible because it was so salty. Instead of staying for dessert, we got the check and went to a bakery on 7th Ave.

Pros: Romantic Setting

Cons: Inedible Food, Lack of Service

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I'd heard great things, and at first glance it didn't disappoint, as the space is absolutely charming, and the staff very friendly and authentically Italian. But the food was not great. You feel obligated to order several dishes, causing the bill to skyrocket. My gnocci (sp?) was completely average, and my boyfriend didn't like his main dish at all. However, I'd be willing to give this place another try, because it's so popular I feel as though perhaps we just ordered the wrong dishes, or caught the kitchen on an off night. however, I do feel as though $25 are inappropriate for a restaurant off the beaten track in Clinton Hill.

2
★★★★☆

I'd heard great things, and at first glance it didn't disappoint, as the space is absolutely charming, and the staff very friendly and authentically Italian. But the food was not great. You feel obligated to order several dishes, causing the bill to skyrocket. My gnocci (sp?) was completely average, and my boyfriend didn't like his main dish at all. However, I'd be willing to give this place another try, because it's so popular I feel as though perhaps we just ordered the wrong dishes, or caught the kitchen on an off night. however, I do feel as though $25 are inappropriate for a restaurant off the beaten track in Clinton Hill.

Pros: ambience, waitstaff

Cons: average food, overpriced for area

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Never have I been to a more authentic Italian eatery. The atmosphere is truly amazing. The service and owners are so welcoming but you will come back again and again for the food.

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★★★★★

Never have I been to a more authentic Italian eatery. The atmosphere is truly amazing. The service and owners are so welcoming but you will come back again and again for the food.

Pros: great food, great service, fresh

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This little place is wonderfully warm & welcoming. The host (owner) and servers are personable and caring. And the food, well the food will keep you coming back. They have homemade pastas of all kinds -- I recommend the gnocchi -- yum! Also, the chick peas with shrimp (appetizer) is divine. The wine list is lovely.

If you eat here it will definitely spoil you for other Italien places!

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★★★★★

This little place is wonderfully warm & welcoming. The host (owner) and servers are personable and caring. And the food, well the food will keep you coming back. They have homemade pastas of all kinds -- I recommend the gnocchi -- yum! Also, the chick peas with shrimp (appetizer) is divine. The wine list is lovely.

If you eat here it will definitely spoil you for other Italien places!

Pros: delicious food, wonderful service, small & romantic

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Secretively tucked away in Brooklyn (near the C stop on Washington/Clinton), this small restaurant (seats about 60) serves great home-style Italian food. Simply delicious: very simple food but so good and filling. The relaxed atmosphere is set by the owner/maitre'd's joyful attitude.

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★★★★☆

Secretively tucked away in Brooklyn (near the C stop on Washington/Clinton), this small restaurant (seats about 60) serves great home-style Italian food. Simply delicious: very simple food but so good and filling. The relaxed atmosphere is set by the owner/maitre'd's joyful attitude.

Pros: Food, Price

Cons: Brooklyn

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The last time I went I decided was my last. The portions were kid sized and we spent about $100 a person in cluding wine (4 of us). It was someone's birthday and they didn't so much as give the person a free cookie. None of the dishes were delicious and one was not good at all.

1
★★★☆☆

The last time I went I decided was my last. The portions were kid sized and we spent about $100 a person in cluding wine (4 of us). It was someone's birthday and they didn't so much as give the person a free cookie. None of the dishes were delicious and one was not good at all.

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This place was incredible. The food was fantastic..
The homemade Gnocchi was even better than mine (and I make good gnocchi) Very intimate and romantic.. I enjoyed every detail, from the old "drug store" aesthetic and the antique medicine bottles to the simple but beautiful menus.

Vini & Olii should not be missed.

2
★★★★★

This place was incredible. The food was fantastic..
The homemade Gnocchi was even better than mine (and I make good gnocchi) Very intimate and romantic.. I enjoyed every detail, from the old "drug store" aesthetic and the antique medicine bottles to the simple but beautiful menus.

Vini & Olii should not be missed.

Pros: the entire place.

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The portions at Locanda are miniscule. Unless you have unlimited funds to order plate after plate of food skip it,or you'll leave hungry.

2
★★★★☆

The portions at Locanda are miniscule. Unless you have unlimited funds to order plate after plate of food skip it,or you'll leave hungry.

Pros: cozy atmosphere

Cons: tiny portions, overpriced, understaffed

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We love L V&O for it's simple hearty food, great atmosphere and fun staff. It's right around the corner but if it wasn't we would travel to it anyway. No one in NY compares.
Thank you!
Your next door friends

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★★★★★

We love L V&O for it's simple hearty food, great atmosphere and fun staff. It's right around the corner but if it wasn't we would travel to it anyway. No one in NY compares.
Thank you!
Your next door friends

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Brief but authentic menu. Owners have succumbed to fame and adoped an "eat it 'n' beat it" attitude. In winter lines extend inside dining area. Good saladas and chicken "al mattone." Honest desserts. To avoid being jostled while threading pasta onto your fork, sit along walls. Good? Yes. VERY good? Not really. Value for money? Hmmm. If you like being treated more as a passer-by than a would-be customer: go!

1
★★★☆☆

Brief but authentic menu. Owners have succumbed to fame and adoped an "eat it 'n' beat it" attitude. In winter lines extend inside dining area. Good saladas and chicken "al mattone." Honest desserts. To avoid being jostled while threading pasta onto your fork, sit along walls. Good? Yes. VERY good? Not really. Value for money? Hmmm. If you like being treated more as a passer-by than a would-be customer: go!

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Atmosphere and service is informal, but unique. Portions were perfect. Food exquisite. We took the waiter's recommendation on wine and apertifs...Awesome. Two of us spent $80 for the best overall dining experience I've had in the 5 boroughs. (Daniel and River Cafe were great, too, yet with Locanda Vini and Olii there was no guilt and buyers remorse from the cost). It was empty on a Saturday night at 7:30, then packed out at 9:00.

2
★★★★★

Atmosphere and service is informal, but unique. Portions were perfect. Food exquisite. We took the waiter's recommendation on wine and apertifs...Awesome. Two of us spent $80 for the best overall dining experience I've had in the 5 boroughs. (Daniel and River Cafe were great, too, yet with Locanda Vini and Olii there was no guilt and buyers remorse from the cost). It was empty on a Saturday night at 7:30, then packed out at 9:00.

Pros: best value, best food, unpretentious

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I come here again and again because, hands down, Locanda never fails to impress me, or those I bring here. This is absolutely my favorite restaurant! The food is fresh and inspired, the wine tastings from heaven, and the staff treats you like family.

2
★★★★★

I come here again and again because, hands down, Locanda never fails to impress me, or those I bring here. This is absolutely my favorite restaurant! The food is fresh and inspired, the wine tastings from heaven, and the staff treats you like family.

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While the atmosphere is slightly quaint, the food was not good at all. The tomato sauce on the gnocchi tasted like it came from a can--without a single embellishment. I love Italian desserts, but of the 2 we tried both were dreadfully bland. The pasta with anchovies amazingly needed salt, and when a busboy was adding the grated cheese I requested to it the waited had a fit. He told me that they did things the traditional way and cheese on seafood was not recommended. Wow. And I thought my food was MY food! Overall, service was slow, seating crampped & prices were high for the area. I'll never go back.

1
★★☆☆☆

While the atmosphere is slightly quaint, the food was not good at all. The tomato sauce on the gnocchi tasted like it came from a can--without a single embellishment. I love Italian desserts, but of the 2 we tried both were dreadfully bland. The pasta with anchovies amazingly needed salt, and when a busboy was adding the grated cheese I requested to it the waited had a fit. He told me that they did things the traditional way and cheese on seafood was not recommended. Wow. And I thought my food was MY food! Overall, service was slow, seating crampped & prices were high for the area. I'll never go back.

Pros: Quaint atmosphere

Cons: Service, Cramped seating, Food not good

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The reason to come to Locanda is not the food, although it is the best Tuscan Italian "peasant cuisine" in the borough of Brooklyn. The real draw is the service--the servers remember your name visit to visit, even your favorite Sicilian wine or whether you generally start with mixed olives. Fast for a day before you go so you can sample a little bit of everything.

2
★★★★★

The reason to come to Locanda is not the food, although it is the best Tuscan Italian "peasant cuisine" in the borough of Brooklyn. The real draw is the service--the servers remember your name visit to visit, even your favorite Sicilian wine or whether you generally start with mixed olives. Fast for a day before you go so you can sample a little bit of everything.

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This is real Italian food like you get in the old country (or so I'm told). And it's good, if a little heavy at times. The menu is nice and varied--the appetizers are great for sharing, so you can order a few for a group and pass around. And the design is cool--it's an old pharmacy with lots of antiques and kitsch objects on display behind the medicine cabinets. The family who run it make the place what it is--they certainly have an original style of service, even if it can get a little overbearing at times. Watch out for the owner, he's a character.

2
★★★★☆

This is real Italian food like you get in the old country (or so I'm told). And it's good, if a little heavy at times. The menu is nice and varied--the appetizers are great for sharing, so you can order a few for a group and pass around. And the design is cool--it's an old pharmacy with lots of antiques and kitsch objects on display behind the medicine cabinets. The family who run it make the place what it is--they certainly have an original style of service, even if it can get a little overbearing at times. Watch out for the owner, he's a character.

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This old drugstore turned Italian eatery finds Catherine de Zagon Louy and her husband, Francois, serving Tuscan fare from an open kitchen. Wine bottles from small vineyards line the pharmacy's shelves. With the selection of olives…

 

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