Al Di Là
Founded by the husband and wife team of Emiliano Coppa and Anna Klinger (the two actually met while she was traveling abroad in Italy), this small trattoria was one of the original restaurants that helped Brooklyn emerge as a dining destination. The corner building, installed along one of the Park Slope neighborhood’s primary arteries, still possesses its original exposed pressed-tin ceilings, and its mustard awnings can be spotted from a block away. A glass candle chandelier casts a warm glow over the rustic wood tables below, and exposed sections of weathered brick give the walls a bit of character. Chef Klinger’s Venetian menu emphasizes simple, time-tested execution and a heavy reliance on fresh organic ingredients, with signatures including red beet and ricotta ravioli as well as braised rabbit with black olives and polenta.