al di la Trattoria

★★★★☆
  • 248 5th Ave

    Brooklyn, NY 11215

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  • 718-783-4565

About al di la Trattoria

Hours
Monday 12-3, 6-10:30 Tuesday 6-10:30 Wednesday 12-3, 6-10:30 Thursday 12-3, 6-10:30 Friday 12-3, 6-11 Saturday 10:30-3, 5:30-10:30 Sunday 10:30-3, 5-10:00

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Everything on the menu is great. This establishment is the real deal. Wish NY had more of these kind of places: intimate, superb food, homey, top notch all the way around, certainly worth the wait.

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★★★★★

Everything on the menu is great. This establishment is the real deal. Wish NY had more of these kind of places: intimate, superb food, homey, top notch all the way around, certainly worth the wait.

Pros: top notch all around

Cons: a long wait

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MMMMMMMMMmmmmmm so delicious

3
★★★★★

MMMMMMMMMmmmmmm so delicious

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I've lived in Park Slope for years, but haven't been to al di la because of the long waits. Recently, however, they started opening up for Tuesday nights. I guess most people don't know about it, because the wait for a table at 8 was

3
★★★★★

I've lived in Park Slope for years, but haven't been to al di la because of the long waits. Recently, however, they started opening up for Tuesday nights. I guess most people don't know about it, because the wait for a table at 8 was

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My family ate here last weekend. The food and service were fine, however the maitre-D was incredibly unwelcoming and arrogant. While finishing our meals which included a high-end bottle of wine, our son's fiance joined us for a glass of wine and dessert. This guy refused to seat her and she left, followed shortly by the four of us, but not before I told him that in my 40 years of world travel, including Paris, that I had never seen such a display of bad behavior by a frontman in a restaurant. His response was smug, arrogant, and condescending, totally consistent with his deportment on display all evening. A word to the wise: you can't dine here and disturb the maitre-D's sense of " table turnover", as whacked as it is, or else. If you go here, do it on his off-night.

1
★★☆☆☆

My family ate here last weekend. The food and service were fine, however the maitre-D was incredibly unwelcoming and arrogant. While finishing our meals which included a high-end bottle of wine, our son's fiance joined us for a glass of wine and dessert. This guy refused to seat her and she left, followed shortly by the four of us, but not before I told him that in my 40 years of world travel, including Paris, that I had never seen such a display of bad behavior by a frontman in a restaurant. His response was smug, arrogant, and condescending, totally consistent with his deportment on display all evening. A word to the wise: you can't dine here and disturb the maitre-D's sense of " table turnover", as whacked as it is, or else. If you go here, do it on his off-night.

Pros: food and service

Cons: Maitre-D-Host

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I've always had great experiences coming here. Although they don't take reservations and I've had to wait 30-60 min at times, it's been worth the wait. The food is very good. Almost everything is sure to be a good pick. I recommend the sepia risotto or the ribs if they're available. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive. Can't say that I've had a better staff wait on me in Brooklyn, with the exception of River Cafe. If you're is looking for great Italian cuisine, or great food in general, this is a sure bet.

2
★★★★★

I've always had great experiences coming here. Although they don't take reservations and I've had to wait 30-60 min at times, it's been worth the wait. The food is very good. Almost everything is sure to be a good pick. I recommend the sepia risotto or the ribs if they're available. The waitstaff is friendly and attentive. Can't say that I've had a better staff wait on me in Brooklyn, with the exception of River Cafe. If you're is looking for great Italian cuisine, or great food in general, this is a sure bet.

Pros: Food, Service, Wine Selection

Cons: No Reservations

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I recommend this place to everyone. Great food.

2
★★★★★

I recommend this place to everyone. Great food.

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Had a wonderful 40th birthday "date" with my husband here, at one of the most romantic restaurants in Brooklyn. We started at the Wine Bar next door, which was elegant and home to 100s of reasonably-priced bottles of Italian wine. Then, the great and gracious wait staff came ti the bar and brought us over to the restaurant--which had a rustic, Tuscan feel-- and we had a great meal. I remember having a paparedlla dish with rabbit that was superb.

5
★★★★★

Had a wonderful 40th birthday "date" with my husband here, at one of the most romantic restaurants in Brooklyn. We started at the Wine Bar next door, which was elegant and home to 100s of reasonably-priced bottles of Italian wine. Then, the great and gracious wait staff came ti the bar and brought us over to the restaurant--which had a rustic, Tuscan feel-- and we had a great meal. I remember having a paparedlla dish with rabbit that was superb.

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We've lived around the corner from this place for over a year and finally had dinner there. We've tried before but it always packed and doesn't take reservations. It was well worth the wait. The wife had the risotto which was amazing. It doesn't look appetizing as it's covered in squid ink and it turns your lips and teeth black, but the taste was phenomenal. The farro salad and the mashed yukon potatoes were also extremely tasty.

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★★★★★

We've lived around the corner from this place for over a year and finally had dinner there. We've tried before but it always packed and doesn't take reservations. It was well worth the wait. The wife had the risotto which was amazing. It doesn't look appetizing as it's covered in squid ink and it turns your lips and teeth black, but the taste was phenomenal. The farro salad and the mashed yukon potatoes were also extremely tasty.

Pros: Food, service

Cons: Hard to get a table

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This is the MOST wonderful restaurant in all of New York City, not just Brooklyn... for 7 years they have put out the most tasty, most delicious food and kept it that way... never swaying, never a bad meal, never bad service... I'm telling you... you should travel from the Bronx to try it... great food, great wine list, great service in a great neighborhood... so delicious!!!!!!

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★★★★★

This is the MOST wonderful restaurant in all of New York City, not just Brooklyn... for 7 years they have put out the most tasty, most delicious food and kept it that way... never swaying, never a bad meal, never bad service... I'm telling you... you should travel from the Bronx to try it... great food, great wine list, great service in a great neighborhood... so delicious!!!!!!

Pros: Yum Yum Yum

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we have eaten at the best restaurants in ny and al di la is one of our faves. reasonable, wonderful, consistent, dependable, always worth it, always romantic and fun, great service/staff, excellent wine choices, some of our favorite dishes (TRY the beet ravioli even though it sounds odd, it's fantastic, the cuddlefish risotto special is often on the menu and is amazing, the tripe app is awesome and the carpaccio is divine) -- it's just never a disappointment and always leaves you feeling like you just made all of the right decisions in life and didn't have to break the bank to feel like a million bucks.

2
★★★★★

we have eaten at the best restaurants in ny and al di la is one of our faves. reasonable, wonderful, consistent, dependable, always worth it, always romantic and fun, great service/staff, excellent wine choices, some of our favorite dishes (TRY the beet ravioli even though it sounds odd, it's fantastic, the cuddlefish risotto special is often on the menu and is amazing, the tripe app is awesome and the carpaccio is divine) -- it's just never a disappointment and always leaves you feeling like you just made all of the right decisions in life and didn't have to break the bank to feel like a million bucks.

Pros: consistent and wonderful

Cons: long, long waits and no reservations

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The food is very good, but not outstanding. There is no way it justifies the accolades it receives, the attitude of the staff or the wait for a table. On our last visit, they skipped over our name on the list, leaving us waiting an extra hour for a table. Mistakes happen, but they are usually accompanied by an apology, perhaps even a glass of wine...but not the grunt that we received from the Al Di La staff.

Without the wait or attitude, I would probably go back, but there are just too many other restaurants in Brooklyn that are as good or better and don't make me jump through hoops.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food is very good, but not outstanding. There is no way it justifies the accolades it receives, the attitude of the staff or the wait for a table. On our last visit, they skipped over our name on the list, leaving us waiting an extra hour for a table. Mistakes happen, but they are usually accompanied by an apology, perhaps even a glass of wine...but not the grunt that we received from the Al Di La staff.

Without the wait or attitude, I would probably go back, but there are just too many other restaurants in Brooklyn that are as good or better and don't make me jump through hoops.

Pros: Very good (but not great) food

Cons: Not worth the circus and attitude

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I've heard a lot about this place and tried to come a few times. Due to the wait (1+hr), I usually did not bother. This time I did. The wait was not an hour and more like 15 minutes. Definitely a good start.
Had to squeeeeeze between the tables and the chairs in a communal fashion to get to my tight seat.
And, unfortunately, the food. It seemed that the chef may have been out that day or there was a huge sale on pepper. My wife and I shared apetizer and had 2 mains. You could not taste anything in all three dishes due to the very heavy hand with the pepper.
At least we didn't have to wait long to get disappointed.

1
★★☆☆☆

I've heard a lot about this place and tried to come a few times. Due to the wait (1+hr), I usually did not bother. This time I did. The wait was not an hour and more like 15 minutes. Definitely a good start.
Had to squeeeeeze between the tables and the chairs in a communal fashion to get to my tight seat.
And, unfortunately, the food. It seemed that the chef may have been out that day or there was a huge sale on pepper. My wife and I shared apetizer and had 2 mains. You could not taste anything in all three dishes due to the very heavy hand with the pepper.
At least we didn't have to wait long to get disappointed.

Pros: bar to wait for your table

Cons: tight setting, loud, mediocre

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I gave this restaurant another chance, oh was I wrong. Extremely overrated. The service is so poor, they try to rush you in and rush you out as quickly as possible. After waiting an hour to be served you think they would let you enjoy your dinner. I was asked three times if I finished my appetizer than finally they just dropped my entree down. The whole experience lasted about 30 minutes. Beyond this the food is mediocre. Definitely not worth being treated like cattle. You want to feel satisfied after leaving a restaurant not stressed.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I gave this restaurant another chance, oh was I wrong. Extremely overrated. The service is so poor, they try to rush you in and rush you out as quickly as possible. After waiting an hour to be served you think they would let you enjoy your dinner. I was asked three times if I finished my appetizer than finally they just dropped my entree down. The whole experience lasted about 30 minutes. Beyond this the food is mediocre. Definitely not worth being treated like cattle. You want to feel satisfied after leaving a restaurant not stressed.

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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I don't agree with reviews.I had been to Al Di La Trattoria before and it was excellent. I knew it would be good again, so I chose it for a special occasion. I was not disappointed. The staff are extremely accomodating and pleasant, the atmosphere is calming, yet vibrant. The food had a couple of issues, but the staff absolutely made sure we were happy.

2
★★★★☆

I don't agree with reviews.I had been to Al Di La Trattoria before and it was excellent. I knew it would be good again, so I chose it for a special occasion. I was not disappointed. The staff are extremely accomodating and pleasant, the atmosphere is calming, yet vibrant. The food had a couple of issues, but the staff absolutely made sure we were happy.

Pros: food,staff

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Can't seem to understand why this place is so crowded all the time. I chose a slow night to dine there with about 6 or so friends so that we didn't have that long of a wait. Don't waste your time. It's not worth the time or wait. We all agreed this place is waaaayyyyy over rated. Horrible at best! The food is of poor quality. Way too many other places in the Slope that far exceed what this place can offer.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Can't seem to understand why this place is so crowded all the time. I chose a slow night to dine there with about 6 or so friends so that we didn't have that long of a wait. Don't waste your time. It's not worth the time or wait. We all agreed this place is waaaayyyyy over rated. Horrible at best! The food is of poor quality. Way too many other places in the Slope that far exceed what this place can offer.

Pros: No pros

Cons: Many cons

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the first 2 or 3 times I ate here I loved it. I live in the neighborhood, one block down in fact.

The past 2 times I have been have been lukewarm and downright cold respectively.

the front dining room you can have a great experience if you get a good server. we did not . they were snobby, inattentive and generally speaking unhelpful. the food was mediocre, I guess the acclaimed chef had taken the evening off the night before.

last night i went to the wine bar, and the bartender was horrible. the restaurant was not busy when we arrived but she kept on forgetting simple things , like, ummm.. drinks. water. and, oh yeah , food.

when I pointed out that a couple that got there 30 minutes after us, got their food before us, and asked to just cancel our order, she slammed down her tray on the surface, stormed out of the room and then we were told our meal was comped.

I just cant deal with attitude, especially drama when I go out to eat. I would rather go down the street to family run La Villa where they appreciate their customers.

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★☆☆☆☆

the first 2 or 3 times I ate here I loved it. I live in the neighborhood, one block down in fact.

The past 2 times I have been have been lukewarm and downright cold respectively.

the front dining room you can have a great experience if you get a good server. we did not . they were snobby, inattentive and generally speaking unhelpful. the food was mediocre, I guess the acclaimed chef had taken the evening off the night before.

last night i went to the wine bar, and the bartender was horrible. the restaurant was not busy when we arrived but she kept on forgetting simple things , like, ummm.. drinks. water. and, oh yeah , food.

when I pointed out that a couple that got there 30 minutes after us, got their food before us, and asked to just cancel our order, she slammed down her tray on the surface, stormed out of the room and then we were told our meal was comped.

I just cant deal with attitude, especially drama when I go out to eat. I would rather go down the street to family run La Villa where they appreciate their customers.

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Been there several times. I don't recall what I ate exactly (it's been a while...) but all I can say that everything on the menu is superb. This establishment is the real deal. Wish NY had more of these kind of places: intimate, superb food, homey, top notch all the way around. Everyone's complaining about the lines. In a sense I prefer that. If the place would take reservations, I would never make it there. I can't plan a meal three months in advance. I go out to eat spontaneously. If that means I have to while for 30-60min, that's life. Certainly worth the wait. Some people have been complaining about the service. I don't recall having bad service there, but next time I'm there I'll pay attention to that.

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★★★★★

Been there several times. I don't recall what I ate exactly (it's been a while...) but all I can say that everything on the menu is superb. This establishment is the real deal. Wish NY had more of these kind of places: intimate, superb food, homey, top notch all the way around. Everyone's complaining about the lines. In a sense I prefer that. If the place would take reservations, I would never make it there. I can't plan a meal three months in advance. I go out to eat spontaneously. If that means I have to while for 30-60min, that's life. Certainly worth the wait. Some people have been complaining about the service. I don't recall having bad service there, but next time I'm there I'll pay attention to that.

Pros: top notch all around

Cons: a long wait

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I was looking forward to dinner at Al Di La, but was greatly disappointed. We waited over an hour for a table after being told it would be 30 minutes. The tapas starter featured great shrimp, but the other tapas selections were nondescript. The orange salad was quite good with a dressing that enhanced, but did not overpower the salad. The rabbit that I ordered was tender, but too salty for my taste, and the pear cake with chocolate was really a chocolate infused cake with an almost complete absence of pear. On balance, my experience at Al Di La failed to live up to its reputation. As a new resident of Brooklyn, I find the Garden Cafe on Vanderbilt, Convivium Osteria in Park Slope, and The Grocery in Carroll Gardens to be superior to Al Di La in both food and ambiance.

1
★★★☆☆

I was looking forward to dinner at Al Di La, but was greatly disappointed. We waited over an hour for a table after being told it would be 30 minutes. The tapas starter featured great shrimp, but the other tapas selections were nondescript. The orange salad was quite good with a dressing that enhanced, but did not overpower the salad. The rabbit that I ordered was tender, but too salty for my taste, and the pear cake with chocolate was really a chocolate infused cake with an almost complete absence of pear. On balance, my experience at Al Di La failed to live up to its reputation. As a new resident of Brooklyn, I find the Garden Cafe on Vanderbilt, Convivium Osteria in Park Slope, and The Grocery in Carroll Gardens to be superior to Al Di La in both food and ambiance.

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My roommate and I took a couple of friends here tonight. We got there right at 700 PM and were told that we had an hour wait., which was what we expected. We took seats at the wine bar and ordered a bottle. We also got the awesome cheese plate. We got called to our table right on time and were immediately greeted by Kevin, who was a most attentive server. He rattled off the specials - all which sounded delightful. We got the tapas appetizer, and the squash and sage ravioli - FREAKING AMAZING. This was the best stuff I had ever put in my mouth. Our table ordered the rabbit, the pork tenderloin, the oxtail special, and the hangar steak. After that we got dessert and we also received a complimentary dessert from the chef, to accommodate all the other desserts that we bough :) I really recommend this place -= it was so nice and the atmosphere lovely. I have nothing bad to say. Amazing meal, and great job.

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★★★★★

My roommate and I took a couple of friends here tonight. We got there right at 700 PM and were told that we had an hour wait., which was what we expected. We took seats at the wine bar and ordered a bottle. We also got the awesome cheese plate. We got called to our table right on time and were immediately greeted by Kevin, who was a most attentive server. He rattled off the specials - all which sounded delightful. We got the tapas appetizer, and the squash and sage ravioli - FREAKING AMAZING. This was the best stuff I had ever put in my mouth. Our table ordered the rabbit, the pork tenderloin, the oxtail special, and the hangar steak. After that we got dessert and we also received a complimentary dessert from the chef, to accommodate all the other desserts that we bough :) I really recommend this place -= it was so nice and the atmosphere lovely. I have nothing bad to say. Amazing meal, and great job.

Pros: awesome food, great service

Cons: just the wait but you expect it here

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I'm Italian and tend to be picky about Italian restaurants, even in New York. But Al Di La` (despite the strange name, "The Great Beyond") is definitely the real thing. The only problem is that they don't take reservations, but you can put your name on the list and head for the nice wine bar around the corner from the restaurant. Sit down, sip your favorite, and wait to be called...

2
★★★★☆

I'm Italian and tend to be picky about Italian restaurants, even in New York. But Al Di La` (despite the strange name, "The Great Beyond") is definitely the real thing. The only problem is that they don't take reservations, but you can put your name on the list and head for the nice wine bar around the corner from the restaurant. Sit down, sip your favorite, and wait to be called...

Pros: real Italian food

Cons: no reservations accepted

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Hello,
I'm originally from Italy, I have been to Al Di La' quite a few times.
I have to say that this cozy, warm, welcoming, original restaurant is a real treat.
Enough with the so called "Real Italian Food", this is the place to go if you want to
taste the authentic Italian food. True, you might have to wait for a table but....
IT IS WORTH IT!! While you r waiting you can choose to taste some wine at the
" enoteca" just around the corner or JUST go across the street to this friendly Pub where drinks are excellent and CHEAP! In conclusion..they r doing a HELL OF A JOB, FOOD IS GREAT AND WELL PRICED!
Great place to take your Honey, she/he will be impressed!!!
Al Di La' guys... all I have to say is... : THANK YOU TO BRING THE REAL STUFF TO THIS WONDERFUL CITY!!
CIAO.
P.S. " TO THE OWNERS"
YOU HAVE MADE MY NIGHT NUMEROUS TIMES AND I AM THANKFUL, VIVA IL VENETO!!
Massimo

2
★★★★★

Hello,
I'm originally from Italy, I have been to Al Di La' quite a few times.
I have to say that this cozy, warm, welcoming, original restaurant is a real treat.
Enough with the so called "Real Italian Food", this is the place to go if you want to
taste the authentic Italian food. True, you might have to wait for a table but....
IT IS WORTH IT!! While you r waiting you can choose to taste some wine at the
" enoteca" just around the corner or JUST go across the street to this friendly Pub where drinks are excellent and CHEAP! In conclusion..they r doing a HELL OF A JOB, FOOD IS GREAT AND WELL PRICED!
Great place to take your Honey, she/he will be impressed!!!
Al Di La' guys... all I have to say is... : THANK YOU TO BRING THE REAL STUFF TO THIS WONDERFUL CITY!!
CIAO.
P.S. " TO THE OWNERS"
YOU HAVE MADE MY NIGHT NUMEROUS TIMES AND I AM THANKFUL, VIVA IL VENETO!!
Massimo

Pros: ALL PROS....

Cons: THE WAIT IS WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!

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This place is really great--wonderful wine list, romantic ambiance, and best of all the food is amazing! I have been inspired to try to duplicate some of the dishes in my own kitchen. I've been going there for years and never have had a bad experience. It can take a long time to get seated, especially at "peak" times, so I generally go at off-times and have always had an incredible, memorable meal.

2
★★★★★

This place is really great--wonderful wine list, romantic ambiance, and best of all the food is amazing! I have been inspired to try to duplicate some of the dishes in my own kitchen. I've been going there for years and never have had a bad experience. It can take a long time to get seated, especially at "peak" times, so I generally go at off-times and have always had an incredible, memorable meal.

Pros: wonderful food, great wine list, romantic

Cons: can be a very long wait if you go at peak times

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We walked by and saw great menu and empty seats. Went in and had a fantastic meal! The wine list and service was OK. I would definitely go back and tell friends about so they can enjoy a great meal. Go early because when we left the place was packed and people waiting to be seated at this great trattoria. They have a cute wine bar right around the corner though so you can wait for your table.

2
★★★★☆

We walked by and saw great menu and empty seats. Went in and had a fantastic meal! The wine list and service was OK. I would definitely go back and tell friends about so they can enjoy a great meal. Go early because when we left the place was packed and people waiting to be seated at this great trattoria. They have a cute wine bar right around the corner though so you can wait for your table.

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I live in Park Slope and have been going to Al di la for years now. But on a recent Monday visit, while the food was fine as usual, the service was terrible. After waiting in the wine bar, we were seated in the restaurant. It was a busy Monday night, and everyone seemed to be running. We felt rushed, and while the food and wine was good, the service took away from the whole experience. Our waiter didnt make eye contact the entire time, and the specials were the same as the last time I ate there in March. In the past I've always thought the service there was personable and friendly, however this time it seemed like they were pushing us out to increase their numbers. I know that the restaurant is very popular especially after the Bruni review, but I used to consider it a neighborhood restaurant. AND as long as I've been eating there, no one seems to recognize me as a regular who used to eat there when it was cash only and didnt have stemware. I'll give it another chance but there are a lot of new Italian restaurants that are quite nice.

1
★★☆☆☆

I live in Park Slope and have been going to Al di la for years now. But on a recent Monday visit, while the food was fine as usual, the service was terrible. After waiting in the wine bar, we were seated in the restaurant. It was a busy Monday night, and everyone seemed to be running. We felt rushed, and while the food and wine was good, the service took away from the whole experience. Our waiter didnt make eye contact the entire time, and the specials were the same as the last time I ate there in March. In the past I've always thought the service there was personable and friendly, however this time it seemed like they were pushing us out to increase their numbers. I know that the restaurant is very popular especially after the Bruni review, but I used to consider it a neighborhood restaurant. AND as long as I've been eating there, no one seems to recognize me as a regular who used to eat there when it was cash only and didnt have stemware. I'll give it another chance but there are a lot of new Italian restaurants that are quite nice.

Pros: beet ravioli, ribs, bagna cauda

Cons: service, long waits, disinterested hostess

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Want to talk Over-Hyped??? Let's talk al di la. This restaurant has truly spot on Northern Italian fare, yet the menu NEVER changes. They've been running the same rotating list of specials for 2 years. This wine list is exceptional, but there are tons of great wine lists in Park Slope. My big beef is the atrocity they call service. Clearly, this restaurant is busy, and I don't expect great service at 8:30 on Saturday night. But, I do expect at least adequate service on monday at 6:30. Fat chance, it probably won't happen. The staff just isn't interested in the customer.

The wine service is where i get really upset. The owner Emiliano (who has a good palate, and knows proper service) has 2x tried to stick me with bad wine. The first time i was on a date with my girlfreind and i ordered an obscure bottle of red(obscure is the name of the game here). When the taste was poured, i questioned the bottle as it had a little bit of carbonation. I asked them to decant it to see if the Co2 would blow-off, which they did. Once the wine was in the decanter it became evident that the wine was refermenting and actually gaining steam. At this point i outright rejected the bottle. Emiliano then came over and said that was the way the wine was supposed to be. I was on fire. I mean really, in less than 5 minutes, the wine went from pettilant to full frizzante (we aren't talking about lambrusco here). So as to not make a scene, i ordered a second bottle of something else and paid for both.

On another occasion Emiliano refused to take back a corked bottle of amarone. Little did he know i had tasted at least 5 cases of the exact same wine. Its just rediculous.

Even with all these complaints, I still go at least 6 times a year. Its a strange irony, the Bacaloa is great, its the service that stinks!

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★★★☆☆

Want to talk Over-Hyped??? Let's talk al di la. This restaurant has truly spot on Northern Italian fare, yet the menu NEVER changes. They've been running the same rotating list of specials for 2 years. This wine list is exceptional, but there are tons of great wine lists in Park Slope. My big beef is the atrocity they call service. Clearly, this restaurant is busy, and I don't expect great service at 8:30 on Saturday night. But, I do expect at least adequate service on monday at 6:30. Fat chance, it probably won't happen. The staff just isn't interested in the customer.

The wine service is where i get really upset. The owner Emiliano (who has a good palate, and knows proper service) has 2x tried to stick me with bad wine. The first time i was on a date with my girlfreind and i ordered an obscure bottle of red(obscure is the name of the game here). When the taste was poured, i questioned the bottle as it had a little bit of carbonation. I asked them to decant it to see if the Co2 would blow-off, which they did. Once the wine was in the decanter it became evident that the wine was refermenting and actually gaining steam. At this point i outright rejected the bottle. Emiliano then came over and said that was the way the wine was supposed to be. I was on fire. I mean really, in less than 5 minutes, the wine went from pettilant to full frizzante (we aren't talking about lambrusco here). So as to not make a scene, i ordered a second bottle of something else and paid for both.

On another occasion Emiliano refused to take back a corked bottle of amarone. Little did he know i had tasted at least 5 cases of the exact same wine. Its just rediculous.

Even with all these complaints, I still go at least 6 times a year. Its a strange irony, the Bacaloa is great, its the service that stinks!

Pros: Good Wine List, Tasty Food, True Neighboorhood Vibe

Cons: Wine service as bad as I've encountered, Servers who coouldn't care less

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I have been to Al Di La a total of seven times now. As someone who tries not to repeat restaurants too often, that says a lot. Everytime, it has been an incredible dining experience, and always worth the wait which a lot of people complain about. There's a reason there's a wait, the food is phenomenal. Start off with the orange salad with fennel, pomegranete and a simple lemony dressing. The carpaccio has its days, sometime the anchovies can be a little over powering, sometimes the shavings of parmesan are a little excessive but often they get it just right. I am a pasta fiend so I go straight for the buttery and tender beet ravioli with poppy seeds, the light and flavorful swiss chard gnocchi and the garlicy, slippery, perfect spagetti with clams. I have tried many of their entrees, the rabbit on a bed of polenta was moist and succulent (i have a hard time looking past it being a bunny since i used to have rabbits as pets), the hangar steak with arugula is a tad too balsamicy but overall, quite delicious, the organic chicken is perfection and the duck leg (it was a special) was fantastic. To finish up, I love the ice cream in espresso with praline, the perfect finish to the meal. Al di la has adorable little touches like the hand made paper menus, attentive servers who are very familiar with ingredients and specials and my favorite, the mismatched crockery. The house red is also very drinkable.

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★★★★★

I have been to Al Di La a total of seven times now. As someone who tries not to repeat restaurants too often, that says a lot. Everytime, it has been an incredible dining experience, and always worth the wait which a lot of people complain about. There's a reason there's a wait, the food is phenomenal. Start off with the orange salad with fennel, pomegranete and a simple lemony dressing. The carpaccio has its days, sometime the anchovies can be a little over powering, sometimes the shavings of parmesan are a little excessive but often they get it just right. I am a pasta fiend so I go straight for the buttery and tender beet ravioli with poppy seeds, the light and flavorful swiss chard gnocchi and the garlicy, slippery, perfect spagetti with clams. I have tried many of their entrees, the rabbit on a bed of polenta was moist and succulent (i have a hard time looking past it being a bunny since i used to have rabbits as pets), the hangar steak with arugula is a tad too balsamicy but overall, quite delicious, the organic chicken is perfection and the duck leg (it was a special) was fantastic. To finish up, I love the ice cream in espresso with praline, the perfect finish to the meal. Al di la has adorable little touches like the hand made paper menus, attentive servers who are very familiar with ingredients and specials and my favorite, the mismatched crockery. The house red is also very drinkable.

Pros: Amazing food, excellent ambiance

Cons: A wait that you can spend at the wine bar next door.

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it was "ok", we sat and sat and sat then 15 minutes later our waiter finally came over to take our drink order. the service was really second rate, the food was pretty good. i wouldn't go back.

1
★★★☆☆

it was "ok", we sat and sat and sat then 15 minutes later our waiter finally came over to take our drink order. the service was really second rate, the food was pretty good. i wouldn't go back.

Pros: Pretty good food

Cons: really lousy service

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I have been a regular at Al Di La since it opened and keep waiting for the overwhelming buzz it gives me to subside and make room for new local favorites. Instead, like fine wine, it keeps getting better and better. The menu barely changes which allows you a chance to literally try everything once. The Market salads, ripe with fresh produce and seasonal hints, wows. The Malfatti redefines Gnocci using Spinach instead of Potato and rests happily in a mouthwatering browned butter sage. The poppyseeds which coat the Beet ravioli offset the dishes sweetness with crunch and an earthy, almost charred subtlety. The Vongole, perfectly all-dente, rich and spicy (beautifully paired with a light red wine). The Saltimbocca, pungent and browned to perfection. The Mussels swimming in garlic goodness. I choose one from each coarse to share with my guest and stay until they close. The House wine is the perfect balance of sweet fruit and luxurious tannins, just light enough to be palatable and to change with each coarse. I am an avid adorer and not other Italian restaurant (Brooklyn or Manhattan) comes close. I haven't event touched on the hospitality or desserts. I could go on and on...

2
★★★★★

I have been a regular at Al Di La since it opened and keep waiting for the overwhelming buzz it gives me to subside and make room for new local favorites. Instead, like fine wine, it keeps getting better and better. The menu barely changes which allows you a chance to literally try everything once. The Market salads, ripe with fresh produce and seasonal hints, wows. The Malfatti redefines Gnocci using Spinach instead of Potato and rests happily in a mouthwatering browned butter sage. The poppyseeds which coat the Beet ravioli offset the dishes sweetness with crunch and an earthy, almost charred subtlety. The Vongole, perfectly all-dente, rich and spicy (beautifully paired with a light red wine). The Saltimbocca, pungent and browned to perfection. The Mussels swimming in garlic goodness. I choose one from each coarse to share with my guest and stay until they close. The House wine is the perfect balance of sweet fruit and luxurious tannins, just light enough to be palatable and to change with each coarse. I am an avid adorer and not other Italian restaurant (Brooklyn or Manhattan) comes close. I haven't event touched on the hospitality or desserts. I could go on and on...

Pros: House Wine, Hospitality, cost and most importantly THE FOOD

Cons: long waits, but more than worth it

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"I've been to 75% of the top Zagat restaurants in New York." Good for you - what do you want, applause for being rich/a food snob? I've been to Al Di La five times now, had four great meals and one that wasn't quite so great, which is a pretty fair ratio. The food is generally delicious, without trying too hard. I've found the service to be friendly. The atmosphere is lovely, and yes, you have to wait for a table. That's because it's a good restaurant, people. Best of all is the smell of the place. I once went through the door, was told an hour wait, but couldn't bring myself to eat anywhere else after sniffing the air in there, it smelled so tasty.

2
★★★★☆

"I've been to 75% of the top Zagat restaurants in New York." Good for you - what do you want, applause for being rich/a food snob? I've been to Al Di La five times now, had four great meals and one that wasn't quite so great, which is a pretty fair ratio. The food is generally delicious, without trying too hard. I've found the service to be friendly. The atmosphere is lovely, and yes, you have to wait for a table. That's because it's a good restaurant, people. Best of all is the smell of the place. I once went through the door, was told an hour wait, but couldn't bring myself to eat anywhere else after sniffing the air in there, it smelled so tasty.

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I have had several meals here, and none of them have been anything short of outstanding. It used to be a pain to have to wait for a table forever, but since they opened the wine bar next door, it's fun just to stand around! Great wine selection, top notch food.

2
★★★★★

I have had several meals here, and none of them have been anything short of outstanding. It used to be a pain to have to wait for a table forever, but since they opened the wine bar next door, it's fun just to stand around! Great wine selection, top notch food.

Pros: Food, Wine

Cons: Small

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You have to try the malfatti" (misshapen gnocchi with fried sage), it's to die for! Don't let anyone talk you into splitting an order, it's way too good to share!

2
★★★★★

You have to try the malfatti" (misshapen gnocchi with fried sage), it's to die for! Don't let anyone talk you into splitting an order, it's way too good to share!

Pros: great food, great service

Cons: no parking, no reservations

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Brooklyn has a plethora of Italian restaurants and I would say that the food here is above average but not phenomenal.
First - the service: My fiance and I went on a Sunday night because I have been longing to try this place. The dining room was full at the Trattoria so they actually sent us around the corner to the wine bar (Al di La Vino). Same menu but different food and ambiance. In retrospect, we should have waited for a table in the main dining room. The wine bar has much lower ceilings, it's darker and just all around less appealing aesthetically. Service is slow but we knew to expect that so we enjoyed the time just sitting and sipping our wine.
The waitress brought my fiance the wrong entree and promised to have the correct order out within 10 minutes. 20 minutes later I had finished my entree 10 minutes before his arrived. She would hardly look us in the eye and didn't even offer us a complimentary glass of wine. She offered us some dessert but we NEVER eat dessert. We left very disappointed.
Second - the food: The appetizers and pastas are far better than their meat entrees. The cuttlefish and oxtail appetizer we began with was absolutely delicious and not what we expected. The squash and beet ravioli was different than anything I had tasted before and equally delicious. The entrees went a bit downhill but not much. I've had better saltimbocca than what is served at Al di La. After my fiance's food finally arrived, the calf liver was just decent. Stick to what Italians do best here... appetizers and pasta.
Third - the wine: We are not wine experts but the wine seemed a bit lacking in quality. We figured a place that called itself a wine bar... would be better.

2
★★★★☆

Brooklyn has a plethora of Italian restaurants and I would say that the food here is above average but not phenomenal.
First - the service: My fiance and I went on a Sunday night because I have been longing to try this place. The dining room was full at the Trattoria so they actually sent us around the corner to the wine bar (Al di La Vino). Same menu but different food and ambiance. In retrospect, we should have waited for a table in the main dining room. The wine bar has much lower ceilings, it's darker and just all around less appealing aesthetically. Service is slow but we knew to expect that so we enjoyed the time just sitting and sipping our wine.
The waitress brought my fiance the wrong entree and promised to have the correct order out within 10 minutes. 20 minutes later I had finished my entree 10 minutes before his arrived. She would hardly look us in the eye and didn't even offer us a complimentary glass of wine. She offered us some dessert but we NEVER eat dessert. We left very disappointed.
Second - the food: The appetizers and pastas are far better than their meat entrees. The cuttlefish and oxtail appetizer we began with was absolutely delicious and not what we expected. The squash and beet ravioli was different than anything I had tasted before and equally delicious. The entrees went a bit downhill but not much. I've had better saltimbocca than what is served at Al di La. After my fiance's food finally arrived, the calf liver was just decent. Stick to what Italians do best here... appetizers and pasta.
Third - the wine: We are not wine experts but the wine seemed a bit lacking in quality. We figured a place that called itself a wine bar... would be better.

Pros: location, appetizers, pasta

Cons: meat, don't go to the wine bar

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I expected a bit more from this famous Italian trattoria since reputation proceeds this place. We did not have reservations but did not take more than 20 minutes to seat us on a Thursday night. I could see why there are typical long lines since the place is tiny! As far s ambiance, it is rustic homey and service was accomodating. The wine list was not varied and the food was average. One appetizer we ordered, the corn ravioli was original and was delicious. It was the best dish we ordered from Al di La. We also had the pork rib special and the calf liver and both were mediocre. Perhaps I expected too much since this place has become famous after all the publicity but for the price paid, the food could have been better.

1
★★★☆☆

I expected a bit more from this famous Italian trattoria since reputation proceeds this place. We did not have reservations but did not take more than 20 minutes to seat us on a Thursday night. I could see why there are typical long lines since the place is tiny! As far s ambiance, it is rustic homey and service was accomodating. The wine list was not varied and the food was average. One appetizer we ordered, the corn ravioli was original and was delicious. It was the best dish we ordered from Al di La. We also had the pork rib special and the calf liver and both were mediocre. Perhaps I expected too much since this place has become famous after all the publicity but for the price paid, the food could have been better.

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I have been there twice. Once with party of 2 and second with a aprty of 4. Seating is though since the whole party much be present and they wont fall for "he is around the corner" story. The food is amazing the Pasta's are alone organsmic enough to transport you to a small venetian street filled with italians eating their food, except in Italy the portions are bigger. Anyway, good food, good wine, good servers who take the time for you to enjoy your food. Go, Go soon.

2
★★★★★

I have been there twice. Once with party of 2 and second with a aprty of 4. Seating is though since the whole party much be present and they wont fall for "he is around the corner" story. The food is amazing the Pasta's are alone organsmic enough to transport you to a small venetian street filled with italians eating their food, except in Italy the portions are bigger. Anyway, good food, good wine, good servers who take the time for you to enjoy your food. Go, Go soon.

Pros: Food, Service

Cons: Wait for table during peak hours

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This is real Italian food. I just moved to Brooklyn and this place became a quick favorite. The specials are amazing, the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable, and the desserts are great too. Try the pasta w/ragu, the fresh tortelinni or the grilled calamari salad. Even the basic chicken is amazing.

2
★★★★★

This is real Italian food. I just moved to Brooklyn and this place became a quick favorite. The specials are amazing, the staff is super friendly and knowledgeable, and the desserts are great too. Try the pasta w/ragu, the fresh tortelinni or the grilled calamari salad. Even the basic chicken is amazing.

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Why does Frank Bruni laud this completely mediocre establishment? The menu is quite limited and everything I ordered was bland and blah. Overcooked pasta. A totally blah saltimbocca. When I went to the bathroom I overheard the hostess talking trash to a waiter about some customers, completely catty and unprofessional. Our waiter was a young brooklyn hipster who rolled his eyes when the two 7 year olds in our party had drawn on the menu/laser-printed sheets of paper. How pathetic for a Brooklyn restaurant to exude lower Manhattan attitude. I'd have to say that this is one of the least satisfying dining experiences I've had in NYC - and I've probably been to 75% of the restaurants listed in the Top Food section of Zagat. Deplorable service and underwhelming food plus completely unwarranted critic's praise conspire to make this a place definitely worth avoiding.

1
★★★☆☆

Why does Frank Bruni laud this completely mediocre establishment? The menu is quite limited and everything I ordered was bland and blah. Overcooked pasta. A totally blah saltimbocca. When I went to the bathroom I overheard the hostess talking trash to a waiter about some customers, completely catty and unprofessional. Our waiter was a young brooklyn hipster who rolled his eyes when the two 7 year olds in our party had drawn on the menu/laser-printed sheets of paper. How pathetic for a Brooklyn restaurant to exude lower Manhattan attitude. I'd have to say that this is one of the least satisfying dining experiences I've had in NYC - and I've probably been to 75% of the restaurants listed in the Top Food section of Zagat. Deplorable service and underwhelming food plus completely unwarranted critic's praise conspire to make this a place definitely worth avoiding.

Pros: Bland food, bad service

Cons: Charming room

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i've read so much about this place, i expected to be utterly blown away by the food. maybe we ordered the wrong items because the food was not spectacular, with the exception of the poppy-seeded sweet beet ravioli appetizer. this dish IS amazing and i would have loved to have it be a main dish. the grain salad was ok, the calf liver was stringy and the roast onions that came with it too heavy. my boyfriend's fish was overwhelmed by the sauce. and we did have to wait for at least half an hour to get a table. also, the interior is VERY loud, you have to almost shout to be heard by the person in front of you and end up hearing everyone else's conversations. not a romantic restaurant by any stretch. our waiter WAS wonderful and very helpful w/ the wine selection. i would try this place again but with lowered expectations.

1
★★★☆☆

i've read so much about this place, i expected to be utterly blown away by the food. maybe we ordered the wrong items because the food was not spectacular, with the exception of the poppy-seeded sweet beet ravioli appetizer. this dish IS amazing and i would have loved to have it be a main dish. the grain salad was ok, the calf liver was stringy and the roast onions that came with it too heavy. my boyfriend's fish was overwhelmed by the sauce. and we did have to wait for at least half an hour to get a table. also, the interior is VERY loud, you have to almost shout to be heard by the person in front of you and end up hearing everyone else's conversations. not a romantic restaurant by any stretch. our waiter WAS wonderful and very helpful w/ the wine selection. i would try this place again but with lowered expectations.

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Service is excellent. ALL of the staff make you feel so welcome. I waited over 45 mins for my friend and never felt uncomfortable. As for the food FANTASTIC. My guest said the ribs was the best she ever had. My fish was delightful. Great Restaurant.
Junie

2
★★★★★

Service is excellent. ALL of the staff make you feel so welcome. I waited over 45 mins for my friend and never felt uncomfortable. As for the food FANTASTIC. My guest said the ribs was the best she ever had. My fish was delightful. Great Restaurant.
Junie

Pros: Food, service

Cons: small

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I go here whenever take out or my own cooking doesnt cut it. The food is hearty and worth the cost. The wait is a little long, but once seated there is nothing you have to worry about except eating too much.
Great food that leaves you satisfied. What more could you ask for?

2
★★★★☆

I go here whenever take out or my own cooking doesnt cut it. The food is hearty and worth the cost. The wait is a little long, but once seated there is nothing you have to worry about except eating too much.
Great food that leaves you satisfied. What more could you ask for?

Pros: great meals, Not snooty

Cons: wait is long

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Absolutely lives up to the hype. I went here with high expectaions and they were met and surpassed. The service and food was wonderful. Arrive early to avoid the crowds; we got there not long after 6 on a Thursday and were seated right away.

2
★★★★★

Absolutely lives up to the hype. I went here with high expectaions and they were met and surpassed. The service and food was wonderful. Arrive early to avoid the crowds; we got there not long after 6 on a Thursday and were seated right away.

Pros: food, service

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Finally in Park Slope, a place to eat that is actually a very fine restaurant. If you cant handle the wait, go to McDonalds. If you like complaining about the cost, go to Plains, Georgia, or Hope, Arkansas.If you want great Italian food, fairly price, good service, in Brooklyn, a couple of subway stops from Union Square,(where you should complain about the prices) go to Al Di La.

2
★★★★★

Finally in Park Slope, a place to eat that is actually a very fine restaurant. If you cant handle the wait, go to McDonalds. If you like complaining about the cost, go to Plains, Georgia, or Hope, Arkansas.If you want great Italian food, fairly price, good service, in Brooklyn, a couple of subway stops from Union Square,(where you should complain about the prices) go to Al Di La.

Pros: food, food, food

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We went ot Al di La a bit earlier than we usually go to dinner, mainly due to the fact that reservations are not accepted. We still ended up spending a good hour in the wine bar next door, but it was completely tolerable, and actually a very nice way to start the night. The food was very good, the appetizers worth sampling, and the specials were great too. I would definitely go back. Its a great place to bring a friend or date if you want to impress.

2
★★★★★

We went ot Al di La a bit earlier than we usually go to dinner, mainly due to the fact that reservations are not accepted. We still ended up spending a good hour in the wine bar next door, but it was completely tolerable, and actually a very nice way to start the night. The food was very good, the appetizers worth sampling, and the specials were great too. I would definitely go back. Its a great place to bring a friend or date if you want to impress.

Cons: Long Wait, No Reservations

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Just go. We usually hope that there is a wait so we can sit at the bar in back and have a glass of wine with an appetizer. Great service, knowledgeable staff, delicious food at a great value.

2
★★★★★

Just go. We usually hope that there is a wait so we can sit at the bar in back and have a glass of wine with an appetizer. Great service, knowledgeable staff, delicious food at a great value.

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Glad I got the good stuff, seems others weren't so lucky. Did have to wait, but it was quite bearable at wine bar next door; they even had perseco.... Tagliatelle with meat ragu was delicious, I'd go back just for that. Similar to, but maybe a little better, than Il Bagato in East Village. Looking forward to trying it again.

2
★★★★☆

Glad I got the good stuff, seems others weren't so lucky. Did have to wait, but it was quite bearable at wine bar next door; they even had perseco.... Tagliatelle with meat ragu was delicious, I'd go back just for that. Similar to, but maybe a little better, than Il Bagato in East Village. Looking forward to trying it again.

Pros: food, nice waiting area

Cons: wait, some "bad" tables

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Yes, the hour wait was a bummer in the pretty crowded bar around the corner. But the place was worth it--delicious food (I got rabbit for the first time) and wonderful wine --I took the waitresses suggestion and couldn't be more pleased. Service was attentive but not overbearing. I plan to go back for the desserts!

2
★★★★☆

Yes, the hour wait was a bummer in the pretty crowded bar around the corner. But the place was worth it--delicious food (I got rabbit for the first time) and wonderful wine --I took the waitresses suggestion and couldn't be more pleased. Service was attentive but not overbearing. I plan to go back for the desserts!

Pros: casual but festive, attentive staff

Cons: long wait, no reservations

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Strictly an average neighborhood place. The Times has lost its mind; shouldn't even review the restaurant, much less give it two stars. Bacala had the texture and taste of whitefish salad; the famous tripe was disappointing, about as oily and chewy as ever (and we left plenty of the famous sauce in the bowl, uneaten); pastas was fine (beet ravioli is quite nice, bolognese ragu is poor at best); liver was praised by the Times and was no better than anything we can all do at home; steak had so much balsamic sauce, you had to eat around it. If you live there, go; if not, stay closer to home, definitely not worth the trip. Oh, and the wine is ridiculously overpriced.

1
★★★☆☆

Strictly an average neighborhood place. The Times has lost its mind; shouldn't even review the restaurant, much less give it two stars. Bacala had the texture and taste of whitefish salad; the famous tripe was disappointing, about as oily and chewy as ever (and we left plenty of the famous sauce in the bowl, uneaten); pastas was fine (beet ravioli is quite nice, bolognese ragu is poor at best); liver was praised by the Times and was no better than anything we can all do at home; steak had so much balsamic sauce, you had to eat around it. If you live there, go; if not, stay closer to home, definitely not worth the trip. Oh, and the wine is ridiculously overpriced.

Pros: ambience, wine bar, beet ravioli

Cons: pastas, tripe, steak

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when the wine is the best thing at dinner, its not a good thing. polenta with cod was literally unedible. the "saltimbocca" a roman dish (strange for venetian kitchen anyway) was bastardized using pork not veal and turned out very bland, ok at best. i started out with the tauted malfatti were bland too..anyway ill try it again maybe it was an anomoly?!?

1
★★☆☆☆

when the wine is the best thing at dinner, its not a good thing. polenta with cod was literally unedible. the "saltimbocca" a roman dish (strange for venetian kitchen anyway) was bastardized using pork not veal and turned out very bland, ok at best. i started out with the tauted malfatti were bland too..anyway ill try it again maybe it was an anomoly?!?

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This place is overrated. I had a very good carpaccio and a good salad. Don't know why that day they had so many pork dishes (some were specials). Ended up trying the one on the menu and it was tasteless it was kind of like pork parmessiana, not good. Everything else is o.k. Place is a little small for me. Service was good. Still look for the ultimate italian.

1
★★★☆☆

This place is overrated. I had a very good carpaccio and a good salad. Don't know why that day they had so many pork dishes (some were specials). Ended up trying the one on the menu and it was tasteless it was kind of like pork parmessiana, not good. Everything else is o.k. Place is a little small for me. Service was good. Still look for the ultimate italian.

Pros: apps. were good

Cons: crowded, small

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I have been to Al Di La 3 times now and each time, I have had an incredibly memorable, wonderful, unique experience. The beet ravioli and swiss chard ravioli completely redefine ravioli - not some chewy dough with stuff inside it, but delicately-wrapped flavor packets with lively flavor. Everything from the pastas to the meats and fish are excellent here. I recommend sharing dishes so you can sample more stuff. The rustic atmosphere is convivial without being too loud or boisterous. The staff is knowledgeable and patient.

2
★★★★★

I have been to Al Di La 3 times now and each time, I have had an incredibly memorable, wonderful, unique experience. The beet ravioli and swiss chard ravioli completely redefine ravioli - not some chewy dough with stuff inside it, but delicately-wrapped flavor packets with lively flavor. Everything from the pastas to the meats and fish are excellent here. I recommend sharing dishes so you can sample more stuff. The rustic atmosphere is convivial without being too loud or boisterous. The staff is knowledgeable and patient.

Pros: Delicious food, Reasonable prices, Wine bar waiting

Cons: Waiting

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I have been to this restaurant more than a dozen times. Yes, the wait is long and annoying, yes the service is a little bit limp, and yes, it can sometimes take a WHILE to get your food, but that could just be part of the charm. There is always a wait because people always want to dine there. The food IS that good. Its all about the food and sharing it with someone you dont mind talking to for an hour or so....to me that sounds like a perfect evening.

2
★★★★★

I have been to this restaurant more than a dozen times. Yes, the wait is long and annoying, yes the service is a little bit limp, and yes, it can sometimes take a WHILE to get your food, but that could just be part of the charm. There is always a wait because people always want to dine there. The food IS that good. Its all about the food and sharing it with someone you dont mind talking to for an hour or so....to me that sounds like a perfect evening.

Pros: food is excellent , fresh sardines , mussels

Cons: looong wait

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The great beyond? Al di la (an Italian idiom and restaurant) is far beyond a local secret, as crowds mill about patiently on the corner for a seat at this husband-and-wife-operated establishment. Some manage to score space at the wine bar…

 

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