al di là

al di là

Italian Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant, and Wine Bar$$$$
North Slope, Brooklyn
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    Wendy Q.
    "Come during brunch - no wait tagliatelle al ragu is delicious."(9 Tips)
    Sarah F. P.
    "the best dish here is the Malfatti!"(8 Tips)
    Jill H.
    "white salad to start and then get the polenta with mushrooms..."(20 Tips)
    Michael V.
    "The best dish in this restaurant is the Saltimbocca."(6 Tips)
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  • Cole K.heart icon on user image
    Cole KennedyDecember 7, 2017
    All of the pastas are amazing, but they probably have a special that’s extra amazing, like paccheri with pork shoulder ragù. Hit the wine bar downstairs for a less crowded, more intimate experience.
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 19, 2011
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in all five boroughs. We’ve waxed poetic before, but forgot to mention the White Salad and the Faro Salad, both hidden gems.
  • Henry B.heart icon on user image
    Henry BridgeSeptember 30, 2015
    Great food and atmosphere, and relatively reasonable. Loved the malfatti and carpaccio. Didn't like the rabbit (it was super pungent/gamey) but maybe it's just not our thing.
  • Amruta B.heart icon on user image
    Amruta BugeDecember 16, 2021
    Ragu and Spaghetti Vongole were incredible. Appreciated the small details — bread served warm, food was on time, portions were just right, it was warm and cozy inside, and the service was great ☺️
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 8, 2014
    This husband and wife team - Emiliano Coppa and Chef Anna Klinger - knocks it out of the park with their little rustic Italian spot. We love the Carpaccio, Corn Tortelli, & the Braised Rabbit.
  • Jane K.
    Jane KatzAugust 4, 2017
    I am not someone who goes to restaurants 2x (it's nyc after all) but al di la is the best version of home.food is spot on, unfussy, perfectly seasoned, delicious. don't miss out. reco duck ragu pasta!
  • Deniseheart icon on user image
    DeniseOctober 12, 2018
    New al di là Cafe by al di là Trattoria! Al di là is now serving La Colombe coffee at their bar (separate entrance on Carroll Street). Great coffee and pastries and it's such a lovely space!
  • Andrea H.heart icon on user image
    Andrea HongSeptember 27, 2015
    Known as one of the best italian spots in the city, serves up dinner and weekend brunch. Can sometimes have a wait, or sometimes you get lucky and walk right in to delicious fresh pasta heaven.
  • Magdalena W.
    Magdalena WelczFebruary 7, 2018
    Food is delicious and the interior makes this space cozy and gives unique atmosphere. Try daily special with a bottle of Italian wine 😍 pear cake made the day.
  • Michelle A.heart icon on user image
    Michelle AuFebruary 16, 2017
    Everything I've had here is fresh and delicious. My favorite is the tripe, and the oxtail polenta for appetizer; and the scallop corn risotto for entree.
  • Kevin S.heart icon on user image
    Kevin SkobacJanuary 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The pastas live up to the hype; we tried the daily meat ragu, a vegetable cheesse tortellini, and the clam spaghetti, all delicious and perfectly cooked. The two homemade pasta were the best.
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine M.April 18, 2015
    "Show up early or expect to wait in line. One of the best spots in the country for Italian food. Braised rabbit with creamy polenta and black olives, saltimbocca alla Romana, or tagliatelle al ragu." Read more
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RenaudMay 10, 2016
    This is some of the very best rustic Italian food in all of New York, with a seriously charming environment to match. Pay attention to the specials and add the Tagliatelle al Ragu and a risotto.
  • Amanda R.heart icon on user image
    Amanda RellaJuly 30, 2018
    Small restaurant - put your name down and grab a drink at Blueprint while waiting. Food here is delicious! Listen to the specials as well.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Don't let the nightmarish black tangle of the black ink squid spaghetti turn you off—the noodles are dyed in the stuff of sea gods and tossed in chewy octopus confit, basil and fiery hot chili pepper. Read more
  • Ros O.heart icon on user image
    Ros O'FlynnDecember 27, 2014
    For starter, Carpaccio was delicious (with some ground black pepper). Had the spaghetti neri alla chitarra as a main - very very tasty!! Wish I had more time to try more, it all looked fantastic!
  • Lea C.heart icon on user image
    Lea CeasrineNovember 9, 2015
    Came here for my bday w/ my Italian Mom. Perfectly quiet and intimate. We shared an oozy, creamy risotto "of the day" and 2 salads. The risotto was, as we Italians say, bellisima!
  • Peterheart icon on user image
    PeterSeptember 27, 2019
    Loved the steak and both side dishes- the mushrooms and the escarole. It is a tiny space that got very crowded and VERY loud super quickly. Only serve wine and 2 types of bottled beer.
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertMarch 6, 2016
    farro salad: warm spelt salad, roasted squash and cauliflower, red onion, greens, hazelnuts, goat cheese, and brown butter sherry vinaigrette
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousNovember 21, 2014
    Over dinner in the Old World dining room, longtime customers have been known to get emotional about the beet-and-ricotta ravioli, and heated arguments about the best dishes. Read more
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupOctober 8, 2010
    Get here early to avoid a long wait for a table, no reservations! Start with the Trippa Alla Toscana, move on to the Tortelli Di Zucca Burro E Salvia, then the Braised Rabbit and finish with gelato.
  • Vahidheart icon on user image
    VahidJuly 5, 2016
    they have a #bar behind the main restaurant. If you need to wait for your a table you can have a glass of wine in the bar and they will let you know when your table is ready.
  • Stevenheart icon on user image
    StevenDecember 23, 2016
    Had the malfatti and tagliatelle al ragu. Butter sauce of the malfatti is super tasty and great flavours for the ragu. Going to try the rabbit next time and risotto!
  • Taiowa W.heart icon on user image
    Taiowa WanerJanuary 1, 2021
    Great pastas and ravioli dishes. Get the beet ravioli if available. The rabbit or chicken are my favorite main courses and their desserts are always great
  • Jane K.
    Jane KatzFebruary 22, 2016
    funghi e polenta may be my favorite brunch dish, ever. Make sure to get it with a poached egg. Also reco the carbonara b/c well, guanciale + spaghetti= heaven on earth
  • Adam H.heart icon on user image
    Adam HillNovember 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you want to try it without the wait show up for the brunch between 11 and 12, there should be a table for you. Carbonara was good, cauliflower ragu was great, and the fungi e polenta even better
  • Rachel P.heart icon on user image
    Rachel PortOctober 14, 2016
    Got a farro salad with beats and goat cheese, and an amazing special pasta dish with some kind of stewed beef and goat cheese as well, so so good.
  • Megan G.heart icon on user image
    Megan GilbrideMay 10, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great! Friendly service, intimate setting. handmade tasty food. Went with my fiance and sister, we shared the Kale salad, smashed beets, black spaghetti with lemon and crab, & special A+
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsJanuary 28, 2014
    Classic Northern Italian dishes like braised rabbit, squid-ink risotto, and calf's liver fill the menu of this cozy Brooklyn spot.
  • Halstead Property
    Halstead PropertyOctober 7, 2013
    You can’t go wrong with the Casunziel, a dish filled with silky ravioli and sweet red beets bathed in buttery goodness. The simple concoction still captures the essence of a perfect Italian meal.
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertMarch 6, 2016
    paccheri with pork shoulder ragu, creamy goat cheese, parmagiano, and chives
  • Auzzie Y.heart icon on user image
    Auzzie YazdJuly 22, 2014
    The rose from Tuscany (by the glass) was fantastic. Had the pasta with ragu sauce, and it was great. Looks like a fairytale storybook inside. I'm excited I found this!
  • Adam W.heart icon on user image
    Adam WishneuskyNovember 22, 2014
    The brisket hash is the best meal I've had in weeks. PERFECT poached eggs and so many flavorful vegetables!
  • goop
    goopAugust 5, 2014
    The menu hasn’t changed much since opening in 1998, because it’s pretty much perfect Venetian fare, with particularly excellent pastas. Read more
  • Leah I.heart icon on user image
    Leah IvesDecember 4, 2016
    Everything was tasty but much more expensive than the menu listed here. Dinner was all around $25 per plate. So I was not happy about that. However, the service was great, the food was delicious.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 24, 2011
    #6 - IWalked NYC's Top 10 Italian Restaurants. Our top Brooklyn pick! Does not accept reservations but it is worth the wait. Kill your time at the wine bar & be sure to sample the beet ravioli.<LINK> Read more
  • NY Waterway
    NY WaterwayAugust 23, 2012
    You can’t make reservations here but once you DO get in, the food is pretty good. They have some really unique items on the menu (Braised Rabbit). Be daring. Try something different!
  • Craig A.heart icon on user image
    Craig AustinSeptember 3, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Just a classic. Always a good pork ragu option. If it's crowded, you can order the same menu at the bar next door (behind the restaurant).
  • Leo K.heart icon on user image
    Leo KimMay 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Not only a good dinner spot, but fantastic lunch spot too. Not crowded during the week, can bring the kids.
  • Time Out New York
    Time Out New YorkFebruary 1, 2012
    Be prepared to queue up for a table: al di là is one of the most popular spots on Park Slope’s restaurant-packed Fifth Avenue. Chef Anna Klinger's fresh take on Italian fare is worth the wait. Read more
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertMarch 6, 2016
    torta di pere e cioccolato: pear cake with bitter chocolate chunks served warm with whipped cream
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongFebruary 25, 2013
    Come for a late brunch/lunch on Sunday afternoon and walk right in. Be sure to try the Insalata di Farro!
  • Fodor's Travel
    Fodor's TravelSeptember 9, 2015
    The warm farro salad with seasonal ingredients and goat cheese is perfectly al dente and the hand-pinched ravioli are deliciously homemade. Read more
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinApril 28, 2015
    "Strap in for hits like the braised rabbit with creamy polenta and black olives, saltimbocca alla Romana, or tagliatelle al ragu."
  • miles l.heart icon on user image
    miles lennonJune 14, 2015
    Hands down my favorite Italian good in New York. Don't leave without the roast chicken and the cuttlefish and polenta
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListMarch 11, 2012
    Take Note: If you manage to fight your way through the door, pay special attention to dishes like...Malfatti(Swiss-chard gnudi); casonziei; braised rabbit(with black olives and polenta) Read more
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah B.June 30, 2011
    A BK legend! Must try Al Di La...if you can wait get in. Some of the best, freshest, most creative Italian cuisine in the borough. FYI- they take reservations for parties over 6.
  • Eater
    EaterSeptember 18, 2010
    No resy, total mob scene, noisy, and absolutely delicious describe the decade-plus-old Brooklyn Italian. Be aware that there's a more accessible wine bar attached. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • Adam M.heart icon on user image
    Adam MayJune 3, 2016
    Amazing northern Italian food, consistently surprised with a unique variety of amazing dishes, a real NYC gem
  • Melissa
    MelissaAugust 7, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Casunziei. Fat half-moons filled with roasted beets and ricotta, sautéed in brown butter and sprinkled with pastry seeds
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