Locanda Vini e Olii is not the easiest place to get to...it's in an up and coming Brooklyn neighborhood called Clinton Hill. Still, Locanda Vini e Olii could easily be called the best and most authentic Italian restaurant in New York.
Upon entering, the staff welcomes you in Italian. The decor is old world eclectic in a space that used to be a pharmacy, so there's a whole wall of glass cabinets filled with old apothecary jars. The tables are rustic wood and the colors are muted.
If NYC didn't have a non-smoking law, and if there were tons of German tourists, you'd swear you just stepped off Santa Croce in Florence!
(The restaurant's only sign is the old 'Lewis Drug Store' so you won't see the name on a sign.)
Favorite Dish: From the bread (as close to authentic Tuscan bread this side of the Ponte Vecchio) to the espresso, it's all wonderful. The salads are amazing, primi (pastas) are great and the secondi (meats, seafood) are unbelievable, but save some room for dessert.