Aspiring restaurateurs in Park Slope should study this convivial Fifth Avenue pioneer. Though it opened in 1998, al di là remains unsurpassed in the neighborhood. Affable owner Emiliano Coppa handles the inevitable wait (due to the limited reservations policy) with panache. The wait is worth it for co-owner and chef Anna Klinger’s Northern Italian dishes. It would be hard to improve on her braised rabbit with black olives on steaming polenta; even simple pastas, such as the homemade tagliatelle al ragù, are superb.
|Venue name:||al di là||Contact:|
248 Fifth Ave
|Cross street:||at Carroll St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 6–10:30pm; Fri 6–11pm; Sat 5:30–11pm; Sun 5–10pm|
|Transport:||Subway: R to Union St|
|Price:||Average main course: $20. MC, V|
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