Chef-owner Andrew Carmellini brings robust Italian cooking to Locanda Verde, located in TriBeCa. Like an Italian taverna, the décor is simple and energetic, with a granite-topped bar, cafe tables, large French windows, and accents of dark wood. A delicious beginning is the crostini—small bites of prosciutto bread, spicy corn, puréed chicken liver, and blue-crab flavored with jalapeño. For a taste of the Old Country, enjoy the aptly named My Grandmother's Ravioli dish. And this is one place to be sure to save room for dessert, as pastry queen Karen DeMasco serves up delicacies like the lemon tart with buttermilk gelato.