March 06, 2013
25 Magnolia Road (West Ashley)
Lunch on weekdays. Dinner Tues.-Sat., & Sun. Supper. Closed Mon.
This Northern Italian trattoria is a staff and reader favorite, offering fresh pasta and a reasonable wine list. Voted Best West Ashley Restaurant and Best Italian by CP readers.
Piccoli cuscini di bontà. Google says this phrase means “little pillows of goodness,” which is how we’ve been describing the gnocchi at Al di La for years. Made with ricotta and mascarpone, the tender dumplings mix and mingle with small bites of shrimp and tomatoes, all tossed together in a light sauce with shreds of basil. This was the only thing we ordered for at least the first five years of Al di La’s existence. Nowadays, the equally delicious asparagus risotto with sea scallops rules our heart, but dining companions are always urged to order the gnocchi so we can steal a cheesy orb or two. —Stephanie Barna Dish (Winter 2014)
parmapro says... I was visiting Charleston, SC for holiday and I asked around for the best Italian restaurant in town. I was pointed towards Al Di La in the West Ashley area of Charleston off of the Savannah Highway, My experience was excellent; the food was absolutely phenomenal and since I am from Alba, Italy I should know it was authentic and did I mention delicious! I was also very surprised to find some of the same cheeses and meats I get back home at my local trattoria (they must pay a lot in shipping). Although I can't say I would travel all the way from Italy to eat here, If I were in America it would definitely be worth the trip. ★★★★★
bropo says... Well made Italian food, nice atmosphere/location. Really nice wine selection. I'd say it lived up to our expectations, which were fairly high. We agreed that we've had better Italian, but this is a close second. There is room for improvement... our server rushed us and seemed disinterested in describing the dishes, for example. ★★★★★
Gingerman says... We went yesterday for the Halloween party and had a great time. The food and service were outstanding. The patio was very nice yesterday as well. Highly recommended. ★★★★★