Carmellini Is Getting His Chickens in a Row

Photo: Hannah Whitaker/New York Magazine

We already told you about Locanda Verde’s Fried Chicken Live dinner series beginning on Monday night, but little did we know that Andrew “the Colonel” Carmellini was fixing to turn the thing into a veritable hoedown. Although the chef will probably not be cooking barefoot or wearing overalls (or even a white suit and a bolo tie), he’s hired the alt-country–blues band the Woes to serenade diners while they tuck into their house-smoked bacon and buttermilk fried chicken. As for the unjustly maligned Old Bay seasoning that’s stirred up a bit of controversy on the food blogs, Carmellini says he’ll be damned if he won’t judiciously season his chickens with that storied spice mix. “Not sure what the fuss about Old Bay being used is anyway,” he says. “My father used to put in on everything, including steak, eggs, and corn on the cob.” Good enough for us. Here’s a look at the menu.


Welcome to Locanda Verde’s back room for 2 things we love: American food and music. We asked 2 friends to join us tonight: The Woes from Brooklyn will play some great American tunes and chef Matt Grecco from Char No. 4 in Carrol Gardens will make some of his Texas roots cooking as a first course

The Menu
House-Smoked Thick Cut Bacon
with local beans and mustard

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
fresh local corn
butter biscuits
collards with honey and pepper vinegar
Anthony’s slaw with pickled jalepeno
tomato-cucumber-red onion

Karen Demasco Fruit Pies

Today’s flavors:
Blueberry crumble

$3 cover for the band

Carmellini Is Getting His Chickens in a Row