We went to Il Cortile after the Mike Moran Furniture show at Rebekah Jacob Gallery. Wonderful little Italian place, Sicilian wine by the glass, nice salads, and stellar home-made gnocci. Service seemed a little in the weeds, but there were so many people we knew that kept showing up, we stayed. A great little place on lower King Street to chill and plan the next Italy trip.
The attitude alone in this place left a bad taste in my mouth. The very put-off "hostess" at the front door was lacking enough that I should have known better. we started with an extra salty excuse for bread that was inedible. Second red flag. Bad bread?!
I ordered Risotto with scallops, well done, as I like my seafood cooked thoroughly with charred peaks. I specifically told the waiter to tell the cook to burn them.
The scallops came lightly pan seared on one side and hardly cooked through. As I poked at the most done of the three scallops and the fair offering of rice and asparagus, I sent the other two back and told the waiter to tell the cook not be shy and cook them hard. The scallops returned just as they had left. As if the culinary school dropout in the back room protested that I don't know how I like to eat scallops. I left them in the small plate on which they had been sent back and complained to the waiter that they had not been cooked one second more. He argued that they had been cooked "5-10 minutes more in the pan." Impossible- 10 minutes?! An absolutely lie. They had not even been turned as one side was white and the insides still barley coagulated jelly. Thank God I had a decent glass of Cab to calm my nerves.
He then tried to offer a dessert in exchange for dinner! I went there for dinner. I still had not eaten dinner and was still hungry for dinner- not dessert!
I declined and he brought the check at full price (not that I am looking for free dinner, just to pay for a dinner that I actually ate!) and said that he hoped that we would be back soon. Seriously?
I told him I would never step foot in the door with so many nice restaurants in Charleston. Not another dime will be spent in that lame excuse for Italian food.
I was not looking for anything but dinner as I had ordered. Not an attitude or a disagreement about what I specifically ordered. What did that Eddie Munster of a waiter care if I had ordered scallops with ketchup and jelly??? For 20% he should serve them with a smile not a smug smirk.
Never again Eddie- you failed and so does La-Di-Da.
I get it now! Its all in the name. Al-di-la = La-di-dah, "Apathy, we don't care!"
Love it! Get a bunch of the smaller sized plates and share. Chocolate pistachio dessert is awesome.
My husband and I recently dined at Red Pepper. We both have backgrounds in the food & bev industry, so we are generally low maintenance diners and we understand that things can come up that are out of the control of the server, etc. However, I was very disappointed with our experience at the Red Pepper. The food was ok, but definitely not worth the price. The $8.95 Calamari was rubbery, obviously dropped from frozen into the fryer, and lacked flavor. I had the Chicken Parmigiana which was very good and the $13.95 price tag was reasonable. However, my husband ordered the Special - Grilled Pork Chop with Cremini and Porcini Cream Sauce and Spinach Pesto Pasta which the server told us was $17.95. When the bill came, they had charged us $22.95 and refused to adjust the price. It seems a bit underhanded to me to promote a product for a specific price and then once it is too late to send it back they just charge whatever they want. The Special wasn't even worth $17.95, let alone $22.95. The "foccacia" that came with our meal was a joke, it was basically greasy bread sticks. Although the restaurant wasn't busy at all we had to ask repeatedly for refills on our drinks. I was very disappointed in our experience there. They promote their restaurant as "authentic" Italian, but I lived in Italy for over a year, and authentic this is definitely not. Using italian words on the menu doesn't make you authentic. Save your money and eat somewhere else.
Absolutley wonderful service and food! Our waiter was knowledgable about the menu and very pleasant. The place is hopping!
I was visiting Charleston, SC for holiday and I asked around for the best Italian restaurant in town. I was pointed towards Al Di La in the West Ashley area of Charleston off of the Savannah Highway, My experience was excellent; the food was absolutely phenomenal and since I am from Alba, Italy I should know it was authentic and did I mention delicious! I was also very surprised to find some of the same cheeses and meats I get back home at my local trattoria (they must pay a lot in shipping). Although I can't say I would travel all the way from Italy to eat here, If I were in America it would definitely be worth the trip.
Also not so impressed with Mercato! Romantic setting, YES...It's got great ambiance! I was not impressed with the food. I ordered the spaghetti and meatballs as I had been told they were great, but I thought the meatballs tasted a bit like sausage and were too spicy for my liking. I will say that it was a large portion, so if you're hungry this item is a goos option. My husband really enjoyed his dinner, but was left hungry and started in on my leftover spaghetti. The portion on the Potato Gnocchi is very small! They have a large wine selection so my husband asked the waiter to help in pairing our meals with a wine and I am convinced he gave us both the exact same wine even though he said they were different (neither of us could taste the difference!). All in all I was unimpressed with Mercato...for that price I would expect better!
I first went to Pane e Vino last week for the $5 apps/wine and to check it out. The food was delicious and so was the atmosphere. The only issue was that I got there too late for the Wednesday deal because it ends at 8pm now (according to our waiter). I'm sure glad I stuck around though as I'm thinking about heading out there today. Its a must try in my book.
AWESOME! I have never had a bad experience at Pane and will continue to go back as long as possible. The service is great and so is the food and atmosphere.
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The location is excellent, the atmosphere very pleasant, and the service OK. But the food...you've got to be kidding me. My wife had the chicken parm and I had the veal parm. The chicken breast was tough with a heavy, overcooked tasteless breading. The veal was not meat, but just a processed veal patty..unacceptable for $18..this meal can be purchased for much less in the frozen food section at Harris Teeter. Suggest leaving this one for the tourists.
Al Di LA!!! Best mascarpone/ricotti gnocchi with basil, grape tomatoes and shrimp. Wonderful summer appetizer of figs stuffed with gorgonzolla and wrapped in panchetta ! If you're lucky enough to catch them in the fall when they serve the butternut squash ravoli in the butter sage sauce, you're in for a treat!
Great flavor bursts from these classic Southern Italian dishes. Why not, the cooks are from Bella Napoli! I used to live there, and this is the closest thing to those savory Neapolitan tastes I've come across in years.
We dined at Al Di La tonight, for the first time in several years. While the food continues to be good, the noise level is just unbearable and one of us has a significant hearing deficit. We asked the waitress to please see about turning the music down. When we were nearly through dining, it came down a bit, but not much. My spouse spoke with the hostess about it when we were leaving and she basically blew him off, shrugging her shoulders and saying that was part of the 'ambiance.' There are too many good places to eat in Charleston where you don't end up with a headache afterwards. We will not be back, and we will certainly not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Go early. Have a great meal. Leave. Go back again and again.
Pretty good food, but the Pizza Hut atmosphere leaves a bit to be desired. Leave this place for the tourists with lots of kids.
Pretty good food, but the Pizza Hut atmosphere leaves a little to be desired.
This is my new favorite in West Ashley. My boyfriend and I each got an entree, an appetizer and shared dessert for under $25.00. The best part? Everything was delicious. I had lasagna (meatless!!!!) and it was fantastic. I really like their sauce. My boyfriend had their baked ziti and it was wonderful. For dessert we shared a HUGE slice of chocolate mousse cake and it was fabulous. I highly recommend Michaelangelo's Kitchen.
I had dinner here on new year's eve and there is only one word to describe my experience: TERRIBLE. The prix fixe menu (amuse, soup, pasta, entree, dessert) ran $60/person... which seemed reasonable, based on the good things I'd heard about the place. I was completely wrong. The amuse was half a slice of tomato, slice of scallop, basil... nothing special. The soup, a chunky sausage and lentil, was tepid and very one-note. The pasta was a penne alla vodka with salmon... and the salmon had the consistency of canned tuna. All but one of us were appalled by it. The entree was basically a surf & turf, with a decent but not-special steak and cold, off-textured prawns (most of us couldn't even eat them... they were almost custardy in texture). the dessert was a molten chocolate souffle cake that tasted like it was made from a mix.
and the worst part... at $60 a head... we were only visited by our server once or twice. we ran out of water and went half an hour without. factor in a couple of $50 bottles of wine, and we ended up paying an arm and a leg for the WORST food we've had dining out in charleston. I would not recommend this restaurant AT ALL, especially not for a special occasion with an expensive prix fixe menu.
Stay home and open a $1.50 can of Ravioli. You will be saving $23.45 and actually feel as though you had something to eat. Open a $10.00 bottle of Chianti from the local Piggly Wiggly and you will save at least another $26.00. Enjoy your meal next to a window overlooking your neighbor's backyard and you will be just as close to Italy as the dining experience at Il Cortile Del Re.
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