Kate Krader
January 26, 2010

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Locanda's Ahiram Malveau in His AC/BT Back in Black t-shirt.Let’s count the reasons why it was awesome to go to the black truffle dinner at Locanda Verde in downtown Manhattan last night (a.k.a. AC/BT, AC for chef Andrew Carmellini). 1) Carmellini's three-course dinner was just $50. 2) It featured black truffles from Primizie Foods’ John Magazino. 3) Reservations sold out within an hour (a haiku won an Eater reader a prime-time res). 4) Among the excellent first courses: oxtail minestrone with foie gras ravioli and truffles and three kinds of truffled crostini; the main course squab came with a terrific truffled duck meatball. 5) Even the desserts included black truffles, our favorite being the black-truffle-filled walnut tart. 6) You could still order off the regular menu. We had sheep’s milk ricotta with our truffled appetizers; the table next to ours had it as a cheese course. 7) The AC/BT Back in Black T-shirts worn by the staff were amazing. And in such high demand that I would suggest that management turn the restaurant's bakery counter into a T-shirt concession stand. 8) Twenty-five percent of the profits from AC/BT went to Doctors Without Borders for Haitian Relief. 9) The after-party was at Boom Boom Room.

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