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.
Very pretty place – Really liked this restaurant. From our pasta dishes to our sea food dishes to the homemade desserts, Aliseo was spot on throughout. We liked the wine selections as well and the waitstaff was very helpful and attentive.DO NOT leave without trying the pecorino cheese panacota with red wine cured figs
Expensive for a neighborhood Italian – My boyfriend and I had dinner there one night last month and initially received a lot of attention from the waiter (too much, he didn't know when to stop talking and was slightly arrogant), until it got busier - then we were left alone for a very long time! The bread was delicious, the salads were very fresh, our pasta dishes were good and the tiramisu was excellent - but none of it was worth the prices. At the end of our meal, the waiter told us we must try a certain dessert wine and rushed off to get it for us, which normally indicates it's on the house. However, he charged us for one glass. Other tables were also getting the dessert wine offered and we wondered if they were also charged. Overall, if it were less expensive, we'd return, but there are other as good, cheaper Italian restaurants in Brooklyn.
Real Italian, Daily made Pasta – This little place is spectacular, not only for the delicious food, spectacular choices of wine, but for the neighborhoods atmosphere. everybody seems to know the owner, and although crowded [reservations required] the place feel like someones home. thumbs up!
great food, excellent and personable service – Delicious food, and a very nice atmosphere. The staff really take pride in their work, and recommended delicious wines. The waiter obviously knew a lot about wines and pairing, without being pretentious. A wonderful place to sit and stay for a while.
nice bites, lacking in service – This was a unique experience with some fresh, mouth-pleasing fare (savory flan, white anchovies, cheeses and breads), but we found the service neglectful and bordering on unfriendly. It's a mellow Italian-ish hang-out that's good for atmosphere, a few bites to eat, and a good wine list. The pasta dish we had was only average.
disgusting... – put it this way, while eating, a cockr@ach crawled on our table to join us. when we aleted the owner, he didnt apologize or anything just brushed it off and that was all. was pretty much in disbelief, not at the r@ach but the arrogance of the owner. no apolgy, no nothing. the owner is just like the restaurant a real loser!
-fyi citysearch does not allow, in your review, to type in r@ach!!
the perfect evening4 hours worth.... – first is the decor, perfectly simple and appropriate to the fare. second is the staff, Owner Albano was "into it" working on hosting the evening and setting the president and with the attentiveness of Andrea who really knows his wine and how to make a customer feel welcome they make a powerful pair. We visited during dine in Brooklyn week and now have another new favorite spot in the neighborhood. The fig roll, the grilled fennel, the pork shoulder, the artichoke/mushroom lasagna, the seafood soup, the BREAD!!!, the orange cured olivesall wonderful. rarely do you have a dining experience so complete. for dessert we had the cheese plate and the panna cotta accompanied by 2 select dessert wines that Andrea recommended and was spot on again. To wrap. go to italy, eat and drink. come back and go here. then you'll really "get it"
Time for a change – This is a nice small neighborhood restaurant that is stuck in its ways. What a pleasure it was when it first opened! Very cozy if almost but not quite cramped. Slightly overpriced but one was willing to pay for the ambiance and intersting tastes. However, the menu is very short and the choices have hardly changed since opening several years ago. The appetizers are generally overpriced as is much of the wine. Still it is a very pleasant place to drop in.
i wanted very much to like this neighborhood restaurant, but was extraordinarily disappointed. the food was rather uninspired, and the service, pushy. dishes were simply entirely too dull and questionably executed to justify the price.
Snack and sip wine at this casual sliver of Italy in Prospect Heights. – The Scene
With Victorian-chintz wallpaper, stained-glass windows and mix-and-match china, this osteria looks like countless other shabby-chic and cheap Italian joints--only this one's in Prospect Heights, and owner Albano Ballerini sure is glad you came. When he's not slicing prosciutto behind the food-draped service bar, he's making the rounds with gratis tastes of wine from his native Marche region.
The small menu is designed for sipping wine, socializing and heavy snacking, with excellent cured meat-and-cheese plates laced with wine-soaked figs. Make meals of well-crafted antipasti, like freshly marinated white anchovies, sweet-sour cipollini onions and spicy eggplant. The few entrees change daily, but they're pre-cooked and relatively pricey--stuffed chicken breast and simple stewed squid are on heavy rotation. Parmesan-crisped risotto casseroles are well-seasoned comforts--hope for the mortadella-studded variety.
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