Al Di La - What a great time.
My boyfriend and I went to Al Di La this New Years Eve and had dinner. We were greeted at the door by (what I later learned was) the owner of the restaurant, a very handsome dark haired man. Because we did not have reservations, were sat after waiting a few minutes at the bar for a table in the dining room. After being sat we were informed of all the specials of the night by our server, who seemed to really understand what he was talking about. I had the butternut squash ravioli with brown butter, pine nuts, and sage...by boyfriend had the strangozzi spolentina, I of course had a few bites myself it was this thick shoe string like pasta with sausage pancetta in a nutmeg, lemon, cream sauce. (the server said they make their pasta and sausage in house which was impressive to me). Wow, I could keep going but I hate reading long reviews (ironic I know)...To sum it all up I had a great experience at Al Di La...The service was great and the food even better!
Great experience all around; menu, service, quality, ambiance! The Wild Olive has made my "Charleston Favorites" list. Well worth the short drive to Johns Island.
We eat there regularly and believe that it is the best value downtown for exceptional food at reasonable prices. The antipasti are phenomenal, especially the vegetable one. The porkchop is unbelievable and all of the seafood specials are wonderful. For a real treat go on Sunday for a fixed menu at $34 per person.
I forgot to provide a star rating. I went there again last night, received terrific service and delectable fare once again... for the price you can't beat it. The prosciutto-wrapped quail, pork shoulder roast, fire-roasted olives, butternut squash soup, and a bottle of valpolicella for the win.
Love it! Get a bunch of the smaller sized plates and share. Chocolate pistachio dessert is awesome.
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.
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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