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Locanda Vini e Olii opened in 2001 and has been widely reviewed and visited by all manner of intrepid eaters. I am not exactly clearing away underbrush with my gastronomical machete here, but last night I visited the Clinton Hill Tuscan restaurant for the first time and I’ll be damned if I’m not going to tell you about it.

Locanda Vini e Olii

Locanda Vini e Olii

Without drawing out my own kidnapping plans I’ll just say that the restaurant is located in absurd proximity to my apartment. I could probably hear my dog barking from a seat on the sidewalk on a good/bad night. This is a plus for me, but not necessarily any credit to the restaurant, as my neighborhood – Clinton Hill verging on Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn – is no culinary mecca. Yet the dearth of Manhattanites is a comfort to a Brooklynite like me when coming upon a place like Locanda: tables are open for seating, the clientele as well as the service is unpretentious and there is no sense of urgency or sceney-ness to the experience. The focus is on the food, so the food had better be good.

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By Zeus!

“Open your mouth and shut your eyes and see what Zeus will send you.” – Aristophanes

Another weekend of thunderstorms is rolling in over the Eastern seaboard right now and the air is suddenly the ominous khaki green color of impending lightning. As a native West Coaster, I haven’t yet gotten over the thrill of a truly frightening New England summer storm. I love lightning with the feral passion that only a person who has never been struck by lightning can possess.

"But that's another story, nevermind, anyway..."

"But that's another story, nevermind, anyway..."

When I think of lightning strikes, it conjures images of electrocution and woodland blazes and animals with their fur standing comically on end. I hadn’t really thought of it so much as a life giving force before. But scientists think it may have played a crucial role in helping life spring forth from our planet. Let’s see if I can make any sense of this.

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