Like Howard said on his post about Al Di La, the entire dinner could be summed up as “good, not great.” I had high hopes for this place and that was probably what killed it. It was hard to not have high hopes when most of the reviews were positive.
Knowing its popularity we decided to go early and met up around 6:15pm. We walked into a dim lit tiny cozy space (well first we had to walk through these curtains after entering, gosh why do restaurants do that?), already about 85% filled with diners. We were seated and given the menu. Shortly after the waiter came and told us the special. I ended up ordering 2 of the specials, the spicy tomato fish soup and the gnocchi with ragu. I got the gnoochi with ragu because I was reading Heat by Bill Buford and just so happened I was in the ragu chapter! I don’t know why I ordered the spicy soup but I did and I regretted it. It was really spicy and really hot and being hot made the soup 10 times more spicy. I was really sweating and took me forever to finish.
Our entrees came and I was just staring at my plate. I was like “this is it? Man I can finish this in 2 bites!” I started eating my gnocchi. Can I use the term al dente with gnocchi also? Actually I don’t even know what is considered to be the perfect softness or hardness for gnocchi but I do know that I was not too thrilled about the ones I was eating. They were so soft it felt like I was chewing clouds. Marshmallows were tougher than those gnocchi! In the end the meal was just alright. Great flavors though. The soup was tasty and so was the gnocchi but didn’t WOW me like so many reviews on the internet said it would. I didn’t even bother getting a dessert because nothing sounded worth getting.
– Al Di La 248 5th Ave, Brooklyn