Looking for some delicious rustic Italian food in a beautiful space with great service and are willing to travel all the way to Williamsburg Brooklyn? Then Andrew Carmellini’s new restaurant Leuca may become your favorite new Italian joint.
The menu while not old school Italian giant sized has plenty to choose from. What I really liked about the menu is that you can go with appi’s and entrees per person or do it Tapas style like we did ordering a number of items from various sections of the menu, only one being from the entree selection.
Leuca has a very nice Wine selection but some of their cocktails caught my eye and I wanted to see what their Bar could do. I started with the La Bandiera a Gin based cocktail with Sambuca, Mint and Lime that was awesome Italian twist on a Mojito.
Drink in hand we started with the creamy Sheep’s Milk Ricotta with Hot Honey and Garlic with bread chips to dip it up with and a bowl of Olives stuffed with Almonds. While basic and simple, delicious and a taste of things to come.
From the Wood Fired Pizza selection we choose the OG topped with pepperoni, nujia and Fresno chilies. If you love pepperoni pizza this is for you. Just note, the Pizza here is very thin crusted so it’s not going to fill you up.
Though I loved the La Bandiera and wanted another I had to try the Mama Ricco that combined Vodka and Rum with Strega, Grapefruit and Bitters another winner. It would be well worth coming here just for the bar, but almost criminal to not eat while here.
Black Shells with Calamari and Rock Shrimp had my name all over it and tasted even better than its Instagram FoodPorn looks. From the Entree selection we shared the Whole Orata which was almost to beautiful to eat. Almost…but if I didn’t eat it a Shark would have.
Bombolini (Italian style fried Donuts) with a side of Cherry Stracciatella(means with chocolate flakes) Gelato and the Pistachio Cake with Olive Oil Gelato were too tough to decide between. So we ordered both:) To wash down the deserts, Coffee and Espresso.
Leuca from start to finish is a home run making this a worthy destination restaurant for a hot date, group of friends or business dinner.
Leuca is located at the William Vale Hotel at 111 North 12th Street