va beh', new Italian in Park Slope
I guess va beh' is counting on discerning types frequenting the new Nets stadium--it is a stone's throw away (Dean and Flatbush) and has big glass shutters it can throw open for a glorious stadiumside view. Anyway, discerning b-ball fans will indeed get simple but well-executed Italian food if they venture there. It's tiny but adorable--house wine taps set into the marble wall, wooden tables, lovely Italian staff in flannel shirts. The food was very good. Artichoke crostini was to die for, and the rotating special pastas were fresh and delicious (pappardelle with rabbit was particularly good). The menu is limited, the wine choices less so, and it wasn't too expensive (though the sides and apps can add up quickly). Service was eagerly attentive. Overall, a very enjoyable new addition to the 'hood. (Side note: my husband thought from the outside it was soul food, thinking the name meant "Virginia Beach"! but it's the Italian expression for "It's all good.")
446 Dean St, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Went there today. Great casual place. Nice small plates, pasta, and wonderful tiramisu. The staff is also friendly and sincere. If you live in the area, definitely go.
I went a few weeks back after opening. The staff was very friendly and attentive, but not overly so. Bathroom situation is a little weird with sink outside but that is minor. Olives were tasty as was our pastas - fusilli with meat sauce and one with arrabiata. The sauces were very good and tasted housemade. I thought the pasta slightly overcooked and probably out of a box. Either way, the bang for the buck was certainly there and I would go back.