Al Di La

4.3
1401 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Al Di La is a neighborhood restaurant serving simple, authentic Northern Italian cuisine. At Al Di La we strive to create a seasonally-inspired menu comprised of fresh, mainly local ingredients. We are an owner-operated establishment serving both lunch and dinner.


Some features of Al Di La: handmade pasta selections, fresh daily-baked focaccia bread, delicate desserts prepared on-site, an extensive Italian wine list, a wine bar, and two outdoor patios. Guests also have the choice of enjoying wood-fired pizzette, Italian cheeses, meats, and vegetables to name a few. Join us anytime and prepare to get away, or as 'al di la' translates to mean, prepare to go 'beyond the beyond.'
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our friends, my husband, and I celebrated our anniversaries together. So glad we chose to dine at Al Di La. The appetizers, specials, and desserts were all delicious. We also found another favorite wine. Our waiter was attentive and knowledgeable— helped us with our wine selection. We enjoyed our dining experience — reminded us of when we lived overseas, I.e., small but intimate, not a large menu, and only one restroom.

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LA
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Al di La was absolutely delicious! Our server was properly attentive, knowledgeable, and helpful. The food was fabulous and authentic!

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KF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The menu has changed significantly and not for the better. The food was very bland. I was with a party of 5 and none of us enjoyed our meal. Two of the guests had things floating in their wine. The options for salads were not good. At one time you offered a Shepards salad which was wonderful. It is gone. Italian food should be flavorful, and decedent. That is not what we experienced. It was also very dark in the restaurant. I could hardly see what I was eating. The vibe is not like it once was. There were very few people in what once was a vibrant restaurant. I am sure the above-mentioned items are the reason there were very few patrons in the restaurant.

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MR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Our first visit by a recommendation. Small, but very nice. After a while it got pretty noisy when all the tables were in use. All of our meals were good except for my wife's shrimp dinner. It had a total of one (1) shrimp. She did not tell me about the tasty shrimp meal until we were home or I would have sent it back. Overall we enjoyed our meal & would be willing to try again.

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r
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We came on a fairly calm evening but there only appeared to be 1-2 servers for the restaurant, which resulted in slow service. The menu is small, so I would suggest taking a look prior to dining. Mussels were average, gnocchi was very good. Caprese salad was delicious!

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CS
New England
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice evening here with friends (and kids). Our server was very accommodating, friendly and provided great service. Food was well seasoned and portions were perfect.
Would recommend and would visit again.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I haven’t been to this restaurant in years and back then I thought it was amazing. This time service was not very observant and it was hot inside. Waitress never asked if we needed anything. She would run by, drop something off and keep going. Risotto was so salty it almost wasn’t edible. Salad was great.

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IL
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We had a reservation for 8 PM and we decided at the last minute to dine inside instead of outside due to the extremely warm weather. Unfortunately, inside was just as warm as outside due to an A/C issue. The restaurant was understaffed and they where sold out two of their signature meals. My order of braised pork with mashed potatoes and sauteed broccoli was extremely salty. My wife's order of bolognese was delightful and she thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, everything was delicious.

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ST
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Great service. The food was mediocre. However, the Gnocchi was really good and I understand it is made in house. The other pasta dishes - meh. The bottles of wine were overpriced.

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m
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and very good service. Prices are reasonable so I will make it a regular spot

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Miami
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised . Very good food and great waitress I will definitely go back.

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B
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service are amazing here! Would recommend to anyone.

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VP
Western NC
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A nice place! Would have given the food a better rating, but it was not hot enough for 2 of the 4 in our party.
Will go back.

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KH
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

SO GLAD we gave this place another try. Went about a year prior and weren't too keen on the food, service or ambiance. This time - much better! It was nice enough to sit outside under the strung cafe lighting which provided an intimate setting - the inside's decor kind of strays from the italian feel.

Food was also great. I am an Italian aficionado and rarely am fully satisfied with my meal but all of us loved our entrees! The bruschetta is a must! Service is also spectacular and friendly from start to finish.

Excited to go back.

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JE
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted in a friendly manner and seated right away. Our waiter Giovanni was so attentive, funny & knowledgeable. Everything was delicious and creatively prepared. My husband and I wondered how we hadn’t known about this outstanding restaurant before. I have no negative comments—just praise.

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Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

only thing we waited on was the check, lovely date experience

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food, service, and welcoming attitude at Al di La are exceptional. My one complaint is the level of noise once the restaurant begins to fill. When I can understand what someone is saying all the way across the room, there is a problem....not with the restaurant, but with the talker's manners. Although the restaurant doesn't cause such problems, the noise level makes one less inclined to eat there as often as they otherwise would.

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w
Western NC
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I used to love coming here. It was busy, vibrant and kinda the spot to be.
However this past visit it just seemed blah.
Very quiet, kinda run down, not as clean as usual.

Carpaccio was not exactly the freshest. I was disappointed.

Bread and olive oil was great, the duck pasta was very yummy.
Tiramisu was tasty but over loaded with chocolate powder as was my espresso martini.

Again it wasn't bad it just wasn't as wonderful as so many other visits in the past.

Service was outstanding per usual.
The girls working were positive, fun, and worked very hard.

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

The food was mediocre at best. The waitstaff was very attentive and the ambiance was fine, although a little loud.

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KD
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food! Everything a fun night out should be.

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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

FIrst time visit. Did not know what to expect. It was wonderful. The food was amazing and we sat outside amid fresh herbs, flowers, fans, music and lovely lighting.

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EH
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Forrest was inattentive. One example - he served bread to a table that was seated after us. He noticed and rushed bread over to us realizing his mistake. While there was an issue with the computer system, the computer system had nothing to do with the food quality. I’ve had better at this restaurant. This is one of my favorites in Avondale and overall I was disappointed with this visit.

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R
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved all aspects of this place!!

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OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was great & food was good.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was okay, service was okay. Nothing spectacular - the restaurant had a very retro vibe which fought with the Italian menu.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Gathering with friends

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HD
Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I have eaten here many times and will continue to do so. The reason for 4 stars in the food category is, The steak I ordered was a little fatty. It was perfectly cooked and had great flavor, just a little fattier than normal. The service was excellent as always, I look forward to my next visit.

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Staff courteous and professional, though slow. Food portions and meal quality not adequate for the price. Overall an okay spot, but expected more for the price.

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BP
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved the food, very tasty and satisfying.

We’re absolutely not impressed with reception: “over there is your table - with finger pointing “ was not appropriate and disappointing.
Serving staff was very friendly but not attentive.
No inquiry if everything was to our liking nor offering of dessert menu - had to ask for it .
Staff needs some more training.

When and If recommending the restaurant to friends would certainly make them aware of all that beforehand.

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MS
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and cooked well! The service was outstanding. We sat outside and I'd highly recommend doing so!

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s
Charleston
45 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Al Di La has been a favorite for years. The carpaccio is reliably good, the bruschetta very sharable and tasty. The gnocci is the lightest I have ever had, the tagliatelle with duck confit ethereal. And they really have a wonderful and fairly priced wine list. If the weather is nice do sit outside. In spite of the fact that Savannah Highway is 50 yards away it is still very intimate and enjoyable. One day I may actually save room for dessert!

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KP
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We truly enjoyed every aspect of our first visit to Al DI LA! We will definitely be returning!

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E
Cleveland
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

It was a very limited menu. Food was just average.

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JR
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a hidden gem we have with Al Di La! We walked past it several times but just now ventured in.
Quiet, intimate and warm it is a breath of fresh air compared to it's neighboring restaurants.
The staff was friendly and our server Daniel was great!
The food was well presented, properly portioned and delicious.
We each ordered a different special of the day and were very happy we did.
The was our first visit but definitely won't be our last.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attentive and made both the Birthday girl and graduate feel special.

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s
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 1

The restaurant decor looks very tired. It has not been updated for years. it really needs a makeover.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waiter Giovanni was very friendly and knowledgeable. He made our evening fun!

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!

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TL
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fantastic. We sat @ the bar. I cant recall her name, and I do apologize, but she was wonderful. Made great drinks and took very good care of us.

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