Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Aliseo Osteria Del Borgo
665 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1123840.676919 -73.968728
Tue - Thu, 6pm - 10pm; Fri - Sat, 6pm - 11pm; Sun, 5pm-10pm; Mon, closed
Neighborhoods: Prospect Heights
The cuisine of Marche is among the most obscure of Italian regions -- which is a shame, because this seafood rich, heavily wooded area bordering the Adriatic Sea has some of the most singular food in Italy. Look for olives, figs, artichokes, mushrooms, and rosemary -- these are rustic flavors, made well, on a small menu. Really a special restaurant.
Bleh – I had been to this place before and was SO excited to go back. It turned out to be completely underwhelming. Three of us had to send our main courses back because they were cold. Another sent it back again because it was tough. I was really disappointed, the last meal I had there was AMAZING! But this one really fell short.
Wonderful wait staff, great wine. But I won't take a chance on this place again, not after paying a lot of money for not very good food.
Fabulous As Ever. A gem! – We've enjoyed the wonderful and excellent Aliseo's for years but hadn't been there for awhile, so I was a little worried when I invited some friends and then saw the recent reviews here. My fears were unfounded though as the food, atmosphere, and service were all just as fabulous as ever! My out-of-town friends (one of whom had gone to a culinary arts school and was celebrating her birthday that night) could not have been more pleased and impressed. The food was absolutely amazing and the owners and staff were very friendly and gracious--and not expensive at all. A gem. Highly recommended!!
Mediocre food, Arrogant Host – My wife and I loved this restaurant a few years back, but wow has it gone downhill- The waitstaff are pleasant and jovial, but the owner seemed a bit full of himself, as though he were doing us a favor for being there. The food was a disappointing mediocre at best (especially for the price), not at all authentic Italian cuisine that I know well, and certainly not the type of fare that we enjoyed there before. The wine list is an interesting showing of Marche wines amongst others, but we had longed for the type of gastronomic experience we had before and were disappointed. We live in the neighborhood, and we will not be returning to this "neighborhood osteria".
Poor Food, Poor Service – This restaurant used to be excellent, but something has happened. Last night the wife and I went for our anniversary. Despite us being the only customers in the place the service was slow, as the staff were hanging out and drinking. The food was poor to average, which is not good enough considering the price. Formerly we loved this restaurant but we won't be going again.
What would the dining room at home feel like if you what wou – When my wife, who is Italian is feeling homesick this where we head. Until the kitchen opened here going out to dinner for Italian food was not an option. Home cooking was available only in our own kitchen. Thanks to the staff here, and especially Albano, we can satify our spirits and our love of food at "Aliseo." You must try it, if only to satisfy your longing for authentic Italian food
i love this place! – This place is so romantic. A true gem. the lighting and decor is charming, the food is wonderful. great recommendations and friendly waiter. i love the little grotto in the back.
'special treat' dinner – We love good food and cook very well and elaborate ourselves, but this is where we go for that special dinner every now and then. We love the atmosphere (like sitting in someones livingroom), always enjoy the service and expert advice on what to eat and drink with it and always leave feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
The food is exceptional in taste and very well executed (love all those different vegetable flans). The wine selection is great, we have always relied on the suggestions and we have never once had a bad one.
The squid dishes are all lovely and you have to try the stinky cheese plate, if as appetizer or as desert.
Highly recommended. We'll keep on coming back.
Oh, and we came once without a reservation, were asked to return in 20 minutes and when we did, they served us prosecco on the house to make up for the inconvenience.
Lovely, one of a kind.
you'll swear you were in italy! – My boyfriend and I had been meaning to try this restaurant for some time because we now live in the neighborhood. When I walk down Vanderbilt Ave in the day, I'll peer through the window, and I regularly see the chef rolling fresh pasta. We'll, we went to dinner last week and I can say that it was the best italian food we've ever had in NY. We have traveled in Italy a couple of times, and have tried many of the italian restaurants in our neighborhood. We can confidently say that it is better than Al Di La, Franny's or Locanda. This restaurant is not just authetic, it is exceptional!
We started with a delicious parsnip soup with pancetta, as well as the freshest arugula and endive salad. We then shared a lasagna with duck ragu which was one of the most delicious dishes I've ever had. As our main courses, we had a roasted pork shank with rosemary potatoes, and Branzino with roasted fennel- both perfection. If you go, make sure to try the Zuppa Inglese for dessert and have your waitress recommend a dessert wine.
In addition, the service was warm and knowledgeable. Our waitress recommended a bottle of Rosso Conero (a region we weren't familiar with) that was perfect for our food and a good value too. (The wine list is extensive and is specific to the Marche region, so ask your server for recommendations)
The room is intimate and romantic, a perfect spot to take your date. There are eclectic lighting fixtures, lots of wine bottles and candles, and beautiful wall treatments and family heirlooms dotting the room. It is all complimented by italian music and a bilingual (english and italian) staff.
Many thanks to the owner for offering a culinary gem to the neighborhood!
overrated food, arrogant "chef" – we had reservations for 8 pm. showed up at 7:50, waited until 9 PM for our table, with NO apologies. we stood outside in the cold, and for compensation we were given wine in DIXIE CUPS. nothing was comped for our troubles, and to top it off, the owner insulted me when he found out my relatives were from southern italy, a standard "no no" for the northern italian snobs. shockingly bad, all around. the average food didn't make it any better.
Prospect Heights' Best Kept Secret – I'm a little hesitant to write this review, because by nature it reveals my best kept Prospect Heights secret; Aliseo. But alas, my commitment to its success trumps my urge to keep it mine forever. So without further ado, here is my review:
Aliseo for me resides on the same playing field as the revolutionary Chez Panisse and the attentive Per Se. Yet, what makes this restaurant special are two particular details: its prices and its size.
As a graduate student, I am able to experience royalty once per week without feeling as though I have just committed another year of my life to loans.
Aliseo also sits about 25 human beings at once, which means that intimacy comes with the territory.
The bottom line is that if you are looking for spectacular food, wine that tastes as though it were crafted for your plate specifically, while feeling as though you were at home at the same time, take a night out and dine at Aliseo.
Just don't tell anyone else!
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