Piccoli cuscini di bontà. Google says this phrase means “little pillows of goodness,” which is how we’ve been describing the gnocchi at Al di La for years. Made with ricotta and mascarpone, the tender dumplings mix and mingle with small bites of shrimp and tomatoes, all tossed together in a light sauce with shreds of basil. This was the only thing we ordered for at least the first five years of Al di La’s existence. Nowadays, the equally delicious asparagus risotto with sea scallops rules our heart, but dining companions are always urged to order the gnocchi so we can steal a cheesy orb or two. Al di La remains a West Ashley favorite with a romantic patio strewn with twinkling lights, housemade pasta, and savory braised meats. Inside the bacaro, there’s a wood-burning pizza oven and plenty of campari, limoncello, and prosecco for mixing up everyone’s favorite Italian cocktails. —Stephanie Barna Dish (Winter 2013)
This Northern Italian trattoria is a staff and reader favorite, offering fresh pasta and a reasonable wine list. Voted Best West Ashley Restaurant and Best Italian by CP readers.
Features: Online Reservations, Lunch, Dinner, Best of Charleston winner, Non-Smoking
Hours: L, weekdays. D, Tues.-Sat. Sun. Supper. Closed Mon.