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Al Di La
Italian Restaurant$$$
Today 12–2:30PM, 4:30–10PM
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Ashley Shoppes 25 Magnolia Rd Charleston, SC 29407
25 Magnolia RoadUSSouth CarolinaCharleston29407
$$$Italian Restaurant, Bar
Italian Restaurant
Today 12–2:30PM, 4:30–10PM
Friday 12–2:30PM, 4:30–10PMSaturday 12–2:30PM, 4:30–10PMSunday ClosedMonday 12–2:30PM, 4:30–10PMTuesday 12–2:30PM, 4:30–10PMWednesday 12–2:30PM, 4:30–10PMThursday 12–2:30PM, 4:30–10PM
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Intimate retro trattoria for simple Northern Italian fare & wood-fired pizza, plus craft cocktails.- Google
"Excellent meats and cheese, handmade pasta dishes and array of exquisite entrees."
"The gnocchi and shrimp tasted like Campbell's tomato soup."
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Shannon Stamper
a week ago
It is a sad when the poor service outweighs the quality of the food. We were there for restaurant week when EVERY aspect of an establishment should be en point. Best time of year for a restaurant to shine in Charleston. The food was done well with the exception of my salad having not been dressed at all (bone dry) and to have had 2 small cubes of beets... to be called "Roasted Beet Salad" is a stretch at best. The Gnocchi was divine, truly heavenly and rare for ricotta based gnocchi. My companion's seafood "stew" was exceptional. A hearty grilled flavor of broth while maintaining fresh seafood flavor. Desserts were perfectly sized after heavy meals. However, the gnocchi comes with shrimp which I don't eat. I asked if it could be done without and replaced with mushrooms or a vegetable of the chef's choosing and was coldly told, "it's restaurant week, no substitutions allowed, we were instructed to not even ask". I politely pressed as I was not asking for something that would affect food cost (I have years of restaurant management experience and understand some changes are not feasible) but in fact was saving them money by not having shrimp and asked to speak to a manager, I was told that would not be possible. My jaw dropped. Then our wine came, without a wine bucket which had to be asked for, and no bread while tables around us were being given bread. So finally after 2 requests we were each given a single 3 in slice of bread. Our apps came out, no spoon for date's soup, no pepper on table and no ground pepper offered. After repeated attempts to get ANYONE'S attention to get a spoon and pepper, which were finally brought, the soup was tepid and only then did I realize my salad had but 2 beets and wasn't dressed at all. Rather than continue to wait I ate it anyway. As we dined we noticed the dish of grated parmesean cheese being taken to each table and anxiously awaited our entries and our turn as we both love fresh parm (is there a comparison?). Entrees delievered, again, no spoons, oh nor did I have a salad fork earlier, I had a saucy dish and date's was essentially seafood in a broth, and AGAIN NO PEPPER. My date was eternally ignored but I finally got the owner/manager's attention to the items so hat we could, at the least, have utensils to eat with. He arrived without parm, placed spoons on table and walked away wth pepper. Finally I walked up to him and asked to return the pepper , parm, and if we could please get more bread. He returned, apologized, gave me pepper, gave us each another single slice of bread and said they were running was 7:30...not a good time to be running low on bread, during restaurant week on a saturday, at dinnertime. Parmesean never arrived. We gave up on that. We enjoyed our meals. As our plates were being cleared another server arrived with dessert. It would have been nice to allow to food settle a bit. I had also wanted a prosecco with dessert. I ordered then but it did not arrive until I was done with my tiramisu and it was brought with the check when we had not asked for it. We had planned on coffee and perhaps another prosecco. At point we felt too unwelcome as the table was obviously needed (we had not even been there an hour). We were never once checked on, we were never thanked for joining them, and when I asked that my leftover dinner be packaged I was looked at like I requested a goat head. Extremely miserable service, was worse than poor. If you are going to participate in restaurant week, you better be able to keep up with the big boys. Forgotten utensils, lack of dressing, seasoning, being ignored, and the diner repeatedly needing to request basics, will not result in high marks. Food, 4 of 5 stars. Service, negative 2 stars. After spending nearly $175 i think one can expect a bit more. Extremely disappointed.
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Alessandro Guarino
2 months ago
Very nice place with great food and wines!
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Matthew Tinlsley
a year ago
OK, first of all, our server, Brie, was wonderful, caring, excellent. She gets 5 stars. The food was good but not great. We spent $95.00 for two people to have a very nice (not memorable, but no complaints - excellent) dinner and two glasses of wine each. OK, we sat outside because the evening was lovely, the location spot on, and the outdoor seating really pleasant. Then comes the music! In my whole life on this planet I have never heard a worse! awful! no good! very bad! choice of music for an Italian (or ANY) restaurant that could possibly be in this galaxy or in galaxies as yet undiscovered. A couple of examples: we were treated to disco music from Saturday Night Fever, some quasi-rap "music" and a variety of other puerile non-songs that the most modest musical intellect would find annoying - the kind of music a thirteen year old would choose. You wouldn't even find this playlist in a sports bar, let alone a restaurant that serves a high end menu. This alone (music) is reason enough not to come back to the restaurant. Honestly, I realize I am going on about this; but truly, the music was so present, and unavoidable, that you couldn't just enjoy the otherwise lovely ambiance and enjoyable evening. I am given to understand that the manager/owner likes that music and chooses the playlist each night. While he is entitled to his musical choices, that is no reason to thrust it upon unsuspecting patrons who would like to enjoy their dinner in peace with - perhaps Italian!!! (DUH!!) music given the theme of the restaurant - maybe light jazz, maybe do a survey...find out what your patrons may want as a backdrop to their dining experience. just sayin'...
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Alex Morales
4 months ago
Hard to find good Italian
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ans ans
4 weeks ago
This was the best dining experience my wife and I have enjoyed in too long. Both the food and the service was exceptional, I wish I remembered names. The intuition of the server was far above par and parodied traditional French service, but provided by one man. similar to the service, though possibly exceeding was the cuisine. The menu is well written as are most upper end charlstonian stops but so often they fall short. It is far rarer to be impressed, than disappointed, let alone satisfied. While the aroma was enticing the display was both delicate and original. The taste and feel of the food was uncomparable. It was a well balanced sensation that was fulfilyng but left more to be desired. The ratio of bang per buck in the charleston area is simply unbeatable.
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Allison Griffith Sims
11 months ago
We have visited 3 possibly times using Groupon vouchers. Today upon passing the check we were informed that they no longer accepted Groupon and we would have to call Groupon for a refund. I had the seafood stew, the tuna was drastically over cooked and the shrimp was very fishy. We we'll probably never visit again. The quality of the food is not worth the price.
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Caroline Shuman
a year ago
Really enjoyed the gnocchi and the saltimbocca dish was quite good. Service was fantastic as they gave us free glasses of prosecco by saying it was our anniversary. They use fresh veggies locally and have several herbs right outside their door. The caprese appetizer was incredible and I enjoyed the shepherd salad too.
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Liam Bulkley
2 years ago
One of two or the best Italian restaurants in the area. I've been here many times over the last several years and it is pretty consistent (the last time my tried and true ricotta gnocchi and shrimp wasn't up their normal standards with the gnocchi being a bit under done... but they made a new one which was far better). Try the gnocchi. It's the best I've had anywhere.


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