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Posted by BalkanMomma on 03/25/2012
I went with a friend during Dine in Bklyn week. Got the salad and tortelli. Was one of only two couples at Al Di La Vino at the time (right after 6 pm). The waitress and female bartender were so surprising loud. I heard all about the waitress's woes. It was just inappropriate. The tortelli was wonderful but I don't know if I would go back there when I can go to Piccoli Trattoria and have a nicer overall experience.
Posted by Charlene on 02/18/2012
I've been dying to try this resturant, so I went today for brunch. Wow, I wish I'd stayed away. I order the sautéed mushrooms with braised greens on a bed of polenta, in other words slop in a bowl. My mom a grilled fish sandwich which was sad as well. It was like eating staff meal, food that they could get rid of the night before. So disappointed!! I think I''ll walk on the opposite side the street, just not remember eating there.
Posted by Lauren on 10/06/2011
I really hate it when a fabulous, consistently packed restaurant skimps on the staff. Al di la's inventive, delicious cuisine, and charming authentic atmosphere would be worthy of 5 stars if it weren't for the lack of staff. Especially in the wine cellar. I would be happy to wait and hour waiting for table, putting extra money into the restaurant by ordering wine at the wine cellar, if it weren't for the fact that the service is so incredibly slow and distracted. I feel for the young woman who works the bar- it must be impossible to keep up with constant requests from the 50+ people waiting for table upstairs. HIRE MORE STAFF. Seriously. If you could be serving everyone more efficiently, we'd all be ordering more wine and adding that much more to your profits. An extra $20 an hour for two servers does not seem like a huge investment to make, considering the constant patronage this joint makes.
Posted by A Regular on 08/02/2011
Throughout NYC all restaurants have taken a slide in food quality as owners are squeezed by regulations, higher rents, higher food costs, etc.,, I have been going to Al Di La for 5 years, and yes it has succumbed, like all other NYC restaurants to above mentioned squeeze. But it is still the best restaurant in Park Slope by a wide margin. Hint to Al Di La...less Salt !!
Posted by memori42 on 06/02/2011
We've simply loved the presentation and the taste of the dishes. Usually the specials are amazing. The seating can be a bit cramped, but the food never disappoints.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/02/2011
I went to Al Di La a year or so ago and didn't write a review because I gave them the benefit of the doubt and thought maybe they just had an off night. I went back this weekend and can't really think of any excuse. They serve bad food. Between my two visits 3 out of the 7 dishes we tried were practically inedible. The calf liver ala venezia is delicious, but one good dish is not enough. The side of escarole we ordered was sitting in about a half an inch of oil. I had to squeeze each leaf out on my plate before I ate it. I also love salty food, and everything we ate was ridiculously salty, even for my tastes. To add insult to injury, our $45 bottle of wine was not even comparable to Trader Joe's three buck chuck and the description our waitress gave was completely inaccurate. It was an unacceptable dining experience, especially compared the must better better (and much cheaper) meal I recently had at Fornino's which is right down the block.
Posted by Dominic on 02/21/2011
Food-snob food without the snobbery. Artfully cooked meals, a wine you can trust, well chosen & looked after cheeses etc. Really excellent. No point in recommending a particular dish as it is all so good - just go for what sounds best to you. The service was pitch perfect - friendly without being obsequious, unobtrusive but efficient. I'm saddened that there are negative reviews here - perhaps ADL has off days; more likely some people prefer sugary artifice to the real thing.