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Dark bitter pistachio tart from Karen DeMasco

A few years ago I stopped into Craft and asked if I could sit at the bar and just have dessert.  ”Of course!” they said, and proceeded to treat me like I had just bought a $250 dinner.   I ordered the dark chocolate souffle and a “waffle with maple custard and huckleberry compote”.  At the time, I thought these were two of the most special desserts I had ever eaten in New York.  And now I’m a jaded dessert blogger so I didn’t know if DeMasco’s desserts would still be the standard.

Lemon Tart from Locanda Verde in New York City

Well, it’s been a few years since that experience but I finally got around to trying a few more desserts by Karen DeMasco who has since moved from Craft to Locanda Verde.

What makes her desserts so good?

When the lemon tart arrived it was almost glowing.  The lemon flavor was simply spectacular in that it struck the perfect balance of tart and sweet.   It comes with buttermilk gelato which was very subtle, I wouldn’t have know the flavor was buttermilk if it wasn’t on the menu.  Mrs. Dessertbuzz said it was the best fruit-based tart she had ever had and I couldn’t think of a better one either.

Nutella cookie from Locanda Verde

In a way, the chocolate Pistachio tart was similar to the lemon tart.  It’s much less sweet than you would expect it to be.  The pistachio flavor almost had a burnt quality to it.   This tart is for the lover of dark 70%+ chocolate.  It’s devoid of any sweetness.   You really need the pistachio ice cream to cut the  bitterness.

Recommended: Lemon Tart, pistachio chocolate tart, also any of the baked goods from the cafe counter during the day

Locanda Verde’s web site is here.

Locanda Verde is located at 377 Greenwich Street (off North Moore St.)

7 Responses to “Locanda Verde: Karen DeMasco’s masterful desserts”

i wondered about that–i’d like to just order dessert at a lot of the more upscale restaurants. any other recommendations for restaurants who are ok with this?

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