al di là

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80 Good

A beloved Park Slope mainstay with homey Italian cooking and plenty of old-world charm.

248 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY, 11215


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The lowdown

A friend who grew up in the area once said she could never quite figure out whether al di là was a great restaurant 15 years ago or whether it was still great according to the standards of 15 years ago. Regardless, this Park Slope mainstay, though beloved, doesn’t quite earn its estimable 90-minute wait times. The highlights here include the shaved-zucchini salad, topped with flakes of Pecorino and chile pepper, and the Swiss chard-and-ricotta malfatti. And it’s often easier to find a spot at the around-the-corner wine bar, which shares a kitchen with the main dining room.

What you need to know

Insider Tips Reservations are available, but only for large parties. Wait times for walk-ins can be intimidating.

Recommended DishesMalfatti; casunziei; braised rabbit.

DrinksBeer & Wine Only

Noise LevelCivilized