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Posted by anonymous on 01/20/2010
There is always a lot of hype surrounding Al Di La but every time I try it I am disappointed. I have now given it 3 shots, and every time I leave not just unsatisfied, but actually disappointed that I spent so much money on a meal that was so so. Sadly, three times = a never again!
Posted by georgynyc on 12/28/2009
My girlfriend and I had dinner here last Sunday. We were surprised to see there was a wait around 6pm when every other restaurant in the area was empty so we decided to give it a try. We ordered an orange & grapefruit salad special and the oaxtail polenta apps to start and both of them were really good. I had a glass of a nice sangiovesse. My girlfriend ordered a pasta special that she said wasn't so special and I got the saltimbocca which was under seasoned and pretty much average. Service was a little messy and confusing: the busboy sold us bottled water, our server never came to check back on us, the runner spotted my empty glass of wine and asked me if I wanted another one, another server brought our entrees and finally we saw our waiter again for dessert. btw he ice creams & sorbets are homemade and great. Espresso was amazing though our server didn't offer any coffees at all. In the end our check was $120 with tip and I thought it was a little too high. We'll give it another try soon and see what happens.
Posted by anonymous on 12/05/2009
This is the best restaurant in Park Slope. It's that simple.
Posted by anonymous on 11/18/2009
Sitting in the dining room (once you make it through the wait) is a very tight fit - they have to move the table if you need to get up. Diners are on top of one another, but the food is fabulous. More space and better atmosphere (and the same food) in the wine bar around the corner
Posted by Anonymous on 10/16/2009
Al di La used to be a favorite of mine and my boyfriend who's Northern Italian. Two years ago it was the BEST in New York. The baccalao spread, the polenta, the bresaola, the octopus, the raviolis, the service, they were the best. I bragged abvout this restaurant to all my friends, that they should go to brooklyn and make sure to visit this restaurant. I live in London now, and last summer, we went back to New York, to Brooklyn, and took two friends of ours to Al di La. When our order arrived, everybody had a hard time figuring out which plate belonged to whom because the dishes werent prepared properly. I couldnt believe it. My clam pasta was too oily. I swear it tasted like olive oil pasta. The pork dish that my boyfriend ordered wasnt served properly. Instead of serving it in little pieces, it was served as a slab, slightly breaded and smothered in olive oil. The italian salad resembled a ceasar's salad. My god! Only the prosecco was good. I couldnt believe it. In a span of two years the quality went down drastically. Maybe they changed management. I do not know. It was just SAD. It was a sad day for me because I looked forward to going back there and having all my favorites.
Posted by not quite the same on 06/28/2009
have been several times, in the past, I guess with the economy it is certainly not the 1 hour wait thing. But with that in mind, the wait staff was snooty. The food was over salted, not quite the same as it used to be, portions were small to say the least, and very pricey for what was on the plate. I never really got the al di la thing in total. It was good food, but not over the top.
Posted by pine nut on 06/16/2009
The food we ate last night at Al di La is probably the best we've had in Park Slope, maybe in all of south Brooklyn. Tortelli piselli (brilliant pea ravioli in a buttery sauce), charcoal-grilled chicken with killer mashed potatoes, and tagliatelli with a creamy, meaty ragu. Service, while good-natured, was off-kilter at times - we stood at the doorway for about five minutes before a server so much as looked at us, and another three minutes before we were approached by a host. Once we were seated at a communal table, our server assumed we were a party of four with the couple next to us, and even after we clarified she continued to talk to all four of us at once about specials and drinks, which was a little TGI Friday's of her. One of the downsides of communal dining is that it was obvious that the folks to our left apparently didn't order as well as we did - while we loved everything we got, they appeared to really dislike a spinach-based pasta dish (it tasted like "spinach bathed in olive oil," one said). And the ladies to our right wouldn't stop talking about how expensive everything was vis-a-vis portion size, which is a fair point - it's quite pricey, at about $15 for a 2-oz pasta serving and $24 for entrees.