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Al Di La
Posted by ilovefood on 12/23/2008
My best friend and I always take each other out for our birthdays (Dec/Jan) we usually do Manhattan (Babbo, Nobu, Craft etc.) This year I decided to do something different (and since the economy was not so hot) I decided to try Al di La in brooklyn. It was FANTASTIC! she was soo happy it made her birthday. We had the carpaccio (yum) and the polenta (warm and rich)for appetizer, we both had pasta which was so fresh and cooked to perfection, it just had the perfect texture. We also shared the flank steak (even though we were stuffed) and ate every single bite it was soo good. Alas we had no room for desert..but we are definitely going back (our bill came to $100 with tax and tip and one glass of wine) Awesome. Highly recommended
Posted by Judi on 08/30/2008
My boyfriend took me here for my birthday and it was seriously the best thing ever. My expectations were low, I guess, since I thought the food would be too fancy schmancy for me. However, since everything's local, it was worth a shot. We got the heirloom tomato appetizer that included an array of different types and was so simply delicious. My boyfriend convinced me to try the carpaccio, even though I'm squeamish with anchovies, and again the flavors melted together so unexpectedly, I was blown away. My vinegar hanger steak was also surprisingly good since I would never think to combine the two ingredients. I guess that's just a testament to the chef's brilliance. The wine bar around the corner is a great place to chill if the wait is long (the birthday gods must have been out that Saturday night since our wait was only 15 min).
Posted by Anonymous on 07/16/2008
This is by far my favorite restaurant in all of Brooklyn. Whether I've gone with a group of friends, on a date or by myself, I have always had a fabulous time. The food is some of the best Northern Italian I have tasted, the atmosphere is relaxing, rustic and inviting. The staff is also welcoming and knowledgeable. Also, they have an outstanding wine list and a wine bar just around the corner for guests to enjoy while waiting for a table. I will continue to be a regular here as long as I live in the area.
Posted by Joan & Richard on 03/18/2008
My wife and I had a wonderful dinner recently at this neighborhood restaurant. The rest opens at 5:30 P.M. for dinner on Sataurday, We arrived at 5:35 P. M. to get the last two seats. Even with a full house, we were greeted with an attentive waiter who put fresh bread and a carafe of water on the table. Our order came to us in a timely manner.The food and service was great. We traveled from Westchester County to Park Slope. It was well worth the trip.
Posted by Ryan on 01/22/2008
The best part about this restaurant is the food. While they certainly aren't going to win awards for their low calorie or vegetarian offerings, this was simply some of the best Italian I've ever had. Along with its great service and low prices (relative to equal restaurants), al di la met and then exceeded my expectations. We had the risotto, tortelli (ravioli) with butternut squash and the mackerel. Without a doubt the mackerel was the best dish, you can tell it was cooked on an open flame. The desert is also delicious. We ate like kings and had a bottle of wine and our check with tip was only $120. Not too bad.
Posted by Excellent on 01/12/2008
After meaning to go to years, my husband and I finally went to al di la. We had to wait in the wine bar for about an hour, where we had some delicious, very well recommended wine and a superb cheese plate. The waitstaff was excellentknowledgeable but not remotely annoying, snotty or know-it-allish. While the tables upstrs are close together, you never feel like you're on top of people. You can easily hear the person you're talking to, but you would have to struggle to hear other people's conversations. Despite the long waits, we never felt rushed. Our waiter was one of the best waiters I've ever had. Oh, and our food was amazing. Definitely lives up to the reputation. We plan on going back many times. And to the guy below who says he didn't like al di la compared with "excellent" restaurants like Tao: Tao is an overcrowded pick up joint with mediocre people and mediocre food. Please.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/16/2007
I love going to This place. They change up their menu, and offer different things. The food is very good, Its one of my favorite Brooklyn restaurants. The seating is a little tight, but food worth the wait. On a side note, I was there on a night next to a group with children, Not to be a grouch, but don,t people get it!! I spend top dollar to relax and get away from my own brats, I don,t need to pay to see, or hear someone elses, while I,m trying to enjoy a good meal and a nice glass of wine. Take them to a fast food chain, and don,t burden people with your annoying kids, or toddlers!!! At any rate Al di la, still remains one of my favorites