al di la Trattoria

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When the husband and wife Emiliano Coppa (who is the host) and Anna Klinger (who is the chef) opened Al di La, in 1998, lines ran down the block. The restaurant has a very limited reservation policy, and I’m convinced that its spillover kept a number of nearby restaurants in business longer than they deserved. I know firsthand, for there were a number of pre-children nights when my wife and I and the in-laws set out to enjoy Al di La’s singular take on Venetian cuisine, and we ended up pushing a fork around a plate somewhere else. Al di La has since added a bar space, to accommodate more diners, and opened another restaurant, Bar Corvo, but it’s well worth getting to al di la early to dine in the main room, a high-ceilinged, wide-windowed, corner of rustic paradise. The food is off the hook. Don’t miss the Malfatti, a Swiss chard and ricotta gnocchi, wading in a brown butter sauce with sage, or the Casunziei, which are red beets and ricotta ravioli, served with melted butter and poppy seeds. And The Infatuation says pay attention to the specials. They are correct. (248 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11215. 718-783-4565.)


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