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72 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11217
at St. Marks Ave.

Avg. Rating

Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 8

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

80% would go back.

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Once upon a summer's eve..

By CaptainCook on 8/1/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Family get together, and wandering down 5th ave, we just stopped in. The wines (Vernaccia, Barbera) were very good, and reasonably priced. The pasta's were excellent, and not over-flavored. Mine was a mushroom pasta with truffle oil, and a delight. And the pizzas were also very good, maybe what you'd expect from a place that bills itself 'Neopolitan.'

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93 out of 175 people found this review helpful.

Great food and service...understated but fresh and "real"

By Classicsloper on 3/16/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went to this place with a good friend last night and we had a delightful evening. The food was absolutely delicious--a special salad with pears and dried cranberries was perfect and not over-dressed. We each had a fresh pasta with seafood entree--my friend had the "squid ink" pasta and I had one from the regular menu. The portions were perfect, and the food fresh, well-seasoned, and just delicious. The service was relaxed and yet attentive, the wine by the bottle is 30% off during the week (!), and the owner gave us an on-the-house Tiramisu when we ordered some dessert wine and cappucino. It was a lovely evening, and I highly recommend this place. I am a devotee of the Smith St. scene and love Al di La, but this is an easier place to fall in to, and I have a sense that pretty much anything on their menu is going to be simple and delicious, served with grace and understatement. This is the "real deal," Southern Italian to Al di La's Northern. Support them! And enjoy.

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80 out of 183 people found this review helpful.


By carson1915 on 2/22/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Enjoyed an early dinner there with the family last Sunday. The pasta we ordered - tortelloni special & seafood scialatelli were fresh & extremely tasty. The pizzas - marinara & ricotta & spinaci were definately the best we've ever had in NY. The servers were friendly, especially with the kids. Overall the place offered a very home-like feeling. Saw the rack of lamb special being served to another table, & was blown away by the aroma & presentation - a must have for the next time we go!

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119 out of 223 people found this review helpful.

high prices, low quality

By ooskral on 5/5/2007

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

A nice place to sit on a warm evening, with an an open floor plan and sidewalk seating. Our waiter made a good wine recommendation. My friend and I shared two specials: boar ragout and a smoked mozzarella and artichoke ravioli in gorgonzola cream sauce. Both dishes had the texture of a frozen meal, but they were each around $23. The gorgonzola was moldy-strong (and I normally like a pungent cheese); the boar was tough but passable. Pro: no wait. The place was half-empty on a Friday night. Con: not worth the money.

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289 out of 634 people found this review helpful.

Well-kept secret

By hautepanda on 3/12/2007

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love the way this place is always empty at brunch - shh, don't tell. Their French toast is decent - they have okay versions of the standards - but what I love is their pizza. Greasy, garlicky-oily, salty-delicious pizza served by dishy young Italians. Service is a little slow, but not as slow as you'd fear. The only place in the Slope I know of where you can really relax over brunch without the throngs breathing down your neck.

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