al di la al di la
248 Fifth Ave. (Carroll St.)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Cuisine: Italian
Casually chic Venetian trattoria offering northern Italian meals.
Openings: Dinner Wed.-Mon.


  • Dress code: Casual
al di la, Brooklyn, NY

al di la Restaurant Review:

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 next door. Homemade pastas include tortelli di fave (ravioli filled with fava beans, mascarpone, pecorino and fresh mint). Risotto varies nightly, but it's always soul-satisfying and generously portioned. Entrées, like hanger steak “tagliata” with arugula and pork loin scaloppine with sage leaves and prosciutto served with sautéed potatoes, are just like your Italian mamma used to make. For dessert, there's pear cake with bitter chocolate chunks, and ricotta fritters served with warm chocolate sauce and vanilla whipped cream. The wine list offers some affordable choices, mostly from Italian winemakers. Best of all, service is caring and prices are gentle.