[Photo: Kathy YL Chan]

A blueberry pie craving is hard to kill, and we've made the rounds—finding ones at Pearl's Oyster Bar, Trois Pommes, and Blackhound in recent weeks. Add to this list the hand-held versions at Locanda Verde. Each petite pie ($2.75) makes for one tidy breakfast. A flaky, almost puff pastry-like shell is drizzled with icing, and filled with a citrus-kissed blueberry filling, whole berries sweet and popping in thick, but not gloppy jam. A blueberry pie you can easily eat on the run? Count me in.


While you're there, be sure to check out some of my newer favorites, including the Apricot-Chamomile Scone ($3.75). The chamomile notes are faint, almost undetectable, but you'll be pleased with the chubby apricot bits folded into the densely moist dough, the surface golden and sprinkled with just a bit of sugar. And for those with the eye on the Spiced Carrot Bread ($3.75), make sure to pick up a slice of that as well. If possible, it's even better than their pine nut-studded Zucchini Bread; this one comes rich with cinnamon and nutmeg, a consistent, tiny and melt-in-your-mouth crumb. The carrots are finely grated so they simply ease into each bite, the crust browned and nuttier but still tender to the touch.

Locanda Verde

379 Greenwich St, New York NY 10013 (map)
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond. She firmly believes that there is always room for dessert.


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