Hg2 : The Hedonist

Al Di Là

There’s a pleasant slow-and-steady calm that manages to pervade the low-key dining room of Park Slope’s no-reservations Al Di Là, despite the hordes of impatient, salivating prospective diners lining up on Fifth Avenue each night. But once you’ve tasted chef/owner Anna Klinger’s addictive, mouthwatering malfatti – a pillowy little set of dumplings made from fresh Swiss chard and homemade ricotta, draped in a rich, rustic sage-butter sauce that you will crave forever afterward.

Klinger and her husband, Italian-born Emiliano Coppa, do Northern Italian so well, you won’t think twice about hopping on a Brooklyn-bound R train, which Anita Lo, Anne Burrell, and Marco Moreira all say is totally worth taking the time to do. Go there for the fork-tender braised rabbit nestled in a cushion of soft polenta, the tortelli de fave (ravioli with marscapone and pecorino cheese, mint, and fava beans) or “for the tripe!” says Lo.

Tip: If you don’t feel like waiting the standard hour or so for a table, walk around the corner to their lovely little wine bar, Al Di Là Vino, where the menu is the same.

248 Fifth Avenue (Carroll St),
Park Slope,
+1 718 783 4565
Opening Times
6pm (5.30pm Sat)-10.30pm (11pm Fri/Sat, 10pm Sun).Closed Tuesdays.
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