Al Di La

4.3
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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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JA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and easy access. Nice find in a quiet neighborhood.

AB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal in a beautiful space with e xcel lent service. A family favorite.

AR
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great anniversary dinner!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible since the ownership & chef changed. Same name but not the same restaurant.

FP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

while i don't know for sure, our experience at Al Di LA suggested they have new owners. I was told they have a new exec chef. I didn't inquire about the restaurants ownership. But overall the changes are not for the better.

The food is what alway brought us there, particularly the penne pasta with spicy italian sausage. It got removed from the menu with the change of chef I was told. The rigatoni i did have was rubbery, a bit too large, and the braised oxtail mixed wth it was soggy and lacking flavor.

I've taken this place off my short list of go-to restaurants for Italian

DA
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Expensive and unimpressive. Shrimp tagliatelle was dry and flavorless. Service is below par. Overpriced

OP
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and pasta was definitely made in-house, service was friendly and attentive even on a busy Saturday night. Atmosphere was decorated nicely and the noise level was high but was not interrupting of conversation. The dining space has enough room in-between tables to not hear the conversation next to you. Loved everything about the dining experience.

FP
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Overall good! To much pepper in the meal.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Service was really good - our server was very attentive and asked if we needed help with wine selections, etc. The food was good, but portions were on the smaller side. 2 of the 4 people in our party had chicken parmigiana (what Italian restaurant doesn’t have veal parmigiana?) and the pasta was dry - both had to ask for sauce to moisten it. One person had eggplant parmigiana and although tasty, it was literally ONE piece of eggplant. ONE. I have never had parmigiana that wasn’t layered. Good but not completely filling.

S
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Our first time there celebrating both our birthdays and our anniversary! We wanted something special. From out of state and relying on reviews and the internet menu, I had pre-chosen a particular dish, since I don't eat meat. We found the service to be slow and we were informed by the waitress (who was very pleasant), as we were about to order, that she had just found out that the gnocchi would not be available because the chef screwed up and it was not fit to serve. I have never heard of this happening, especially for an established restaurant.
We chose to leave but the waitress offered an alternative. Because of a miscommunication, I could not eat it. She offered something else but my husband was already eating and we had been waiting long enough. It was a nightmare! And, our dream of celebrating was over. They took it off our check and we left without any Birthday or Anniversary good wishes. I would not recommend this restaurant.

MS
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening at Al Di La this past weekend. Our server was attentive. The kitchen made sure we had delicious tasting dairy-free meals. They were especially accommodating. My pasta with mushrooms was excellent without any cheese mixed in. My husband had the oxtail and pasta with a tomato sauce, because the marinara had a bit of cream in it. And it was a perfect evening to sit outside and enjoy the quiet.

CD
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Not our first time here, so we already knew we liked the food. But we hadn’t been in a while, so we were reminded of the simple menu and focus on seasonal items, all in a relaxing/unrushed atmosphere. We especially enjoyed our server, Ricardo! Great service and so friendly! He really made our experience fabulous!

P
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We made a last minute reservation online after a long absence and was pleasantly impressed! The food was wonderful, service was good and we could hear each other! Under new ownership and looking forward to another visit soon!

JL
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waiter Daniel provided service and knew a lot about wine

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Al Di La has been a staple for us and a place we love to visit when in Charleston. However, our experience the other night was quite disappointing. We began with a bottle of wine and a couple of appetizers: the bruschetta and the burrata salad. Everything arrived promptly and was fantastic. After this, our table ordered two of the pappardelle bolognese and two of the gnocchi dishes. Service for this part of the meal was painfully slow and when the dishes arrived, they were disappointing. The pappardelle dishes came with two different types of pasta. While tasty, the two dishes were quite different. The gnocchi was the major let down. We have always LOVED the shrimp gnocchi with tomato sauce. The new dish is advertised as being served with shrimp, scallop, cherry tomato, and lemon cream sauce. Our dishes had no shrimp at all and the scallops were on the verge of being overlooked. The “sauce” was more of a lemon broth than a cream sauce - much too thin to stand up to the (slightly) undercooked gnocchi. They did comp our tiramisu (which was fantastic - the best part of our meal, by far). I’m not sure we will be returning any time soon, which is a real shame.

L
Charleston
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice meal at a quaint neighborhood restaurant. Service was exceptional.

d
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Limited menu but delicious!! We had no trouble making a reservation.

S
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing as was our waiter, Ricardo. Unfortunately, when the restaurant got busy it was obviously understaffed and the wait staff couldn’t keep up. The patio is delightful on a lovely evening.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I went for restaurant week. My appetizer, the bruschetta, was bland. I had the short rib for my entree and it was amazing. My boyfriend loved his meatball appetizer but thought his entree, the Bolognese, needed more sauce. We both loved our desserts!

S
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Restaurant recently had a change in chef and my meal this time was absolutely delicious and I will definitely go back again

l
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New executive chef and ownership-exciting changes! Best gnocchi I have ever had.

LE
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ricardo was awesome!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience3

The place was small, cozy and old! The service and was great. The place could use an update and definitely some parking.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience overall. Food was awesome and the service was on point.

OT
Nashville
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Overall good experience but food just didn’t stand out

l
Charleston
20 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Longtime favorite but recent concerns- no more! Chef Ryan is amazing...looking forward to more exciting options

MR
Charleston
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service & fantastic food

OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Great wine and amazing food. Service was on point. We will definitely be back!

M
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

I enjoyed my dinner except, it was very hot in the dining room

PT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We hadn’t been to Al Di La in several years but decided we didn’t want to deal with the downtown traffic, etc. It did not disappoint! Food was wonderful. Service was also. Will definitely be heading back soon.

t
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Excellent food and good waitstaff but the restaurant needs major facelift and cleaning and the air conditioning barely works.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Atmosphere is great and the food is delicious!

DB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My mother always told me if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all

SG
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food1service2ambience3

I have enjoyed Al Di La for many years and can always count on a good meal. However, the fish special was highly disappointing this time. It was a mahi mahi dish - the fish was very overcooked and dry and wasn't even tasty. I left a good bit and told our server, who is also the manager, apparently and he said he would mention it to the chef later as he was really busy! Not sure why as the restaurant wasn't particularly busy! He made no offer to make it right - ie a free dessert or by comping my entre. It was a $26 entre which was awful. Not sure I will go back anytime soon.

OT
Wilmington
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My fiancé and I took my parents here! It was amazing authentic Italian cuisine. Great wine, amazing bruschetta and risotto! All pasta tasted like it was from Italy! Sat outside and it was a beautiful evening, even brought our two pups who were given bowl of ice water!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

LA
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

KF
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

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.

MR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience5

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.

r
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

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!