Celebrity Hotel Chefs
by Julie Besonen, 05/11/2011
Photo: Malcolm Brown
Andrew Carmellini: Locanda Verde at The Greenwich Hotel
377 Greenwich St., 212-925-3797, TriBeCa, Manhattan
Robert De Niro's attachment (as an owner) to TriBeCa's brick-and-glass Greenwich Hotel hasn't hurt. Then there's the marquee name in the kitchen, Andrew Carmellini (ex–Café Boulud, A Voce), whose amazing Italian food draws people to Locanda Verde morning, noon and night. There is a convivial hubbub in the handsome space, no matter what time you go. The crowd is smartly turned out, even though the dress code is decidedly relaxed: ("A shirt and maybe something on your bottom" is suggested on Locanda Verde's website.) Carmellini's blue crab crostini, lamb meatball sliders and "grandmother's" ravioli are all memorable. Karen DeMasco, the pastry chef, is a celebrity in her own right, making rapturous lemon tarts with buttermilk gelato and ricotta panna cotta with huckleberries.
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