Brownstoner reports that Park Slope’s Michelin/Zagat/Slow Food-approved Al Di La Trattoria is opening a second location on Washington Avenue. Argue all you want about whether that’s Prospect Heights or Crown Heights (Brownstoner anoints it ‘ProCro’)–either way, Al Di La’s leapfrogging of Vanderbilt Avenue’s burgeoning scene for the borderlands represents a significant boost to the nabe’s culinary cred.
According to Brownstoner, the Community Board approved a full liquor license for the restaurant, which will be taking over the current Teddy’s Restaurant space at 791 Washington. The restaurant won’t be called Al Di La, although they haven’t picked a new name yet, and they expect to open by December. They’ll have indoor and outdoor seating, counter service with soups and salads for lunch, and table service at dinner with “simple, affordable” pasta and salads made with fresh ingredients.
Although a number of new businesses have opened on Washington Avenue in the past few years (including Stumptown-approved Sit and Wonder, Dr. Who-approved The Way Station, and City Brewshop-approved Bitter and Esters), this will be the first eatery with this kind of pedigree. A couple years ago some might have questioned whether the neighborhood would support a more upscale joint like this, but the success of other new spots has shown that the denizens of Washington Ave. (ProCro-ians?) are ready and waiting…
Will the opening of Al Di La 2: Electric Boogaloo attract more big-name restauranteurs? The foodies of Washington Ave. wait with baited breath.