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Oct 23, 2012 10:52 AM

Aita, Roman's, or Locanda Vini e Olli

My father is visiting from California and I wanted to go to a very good, and very Brooklyn-y restaurant with him- in the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area- I originally though Roman's- but recently Aita was recommended- has anyone been there? And I have never been to Locanda Vini e Olli which always is well reviewed- thoughts?

Thanks so much- we'll be 3- on a Thursday- but should be early enough to not have to wait I hope-


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  1. Never been to Aita, but IMO Loconda is miles above Roman's. And, in its own unique way, it is about as Brooklyn as you can get. It is in a converted old fashioned apothecary (the sign still says Lewis Drug Store). That, and its location on a residential block makes it seem like a secret find. Oh, and the Tuscan food is really good.

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    1. re: bobjbkln

      We hit Romans once with my daughter and my also not young friend , - it was young crowd, the music was very loud so loud we had a hard time talking, and also not a type. Id venture your dad would like or maybe hes a lot cooler than we are. Also, the food was expensive for what it was and not that great, Id think that Vini e Olli which is cool but not a loud scene would be a better choice.

      1. re: jen kalb

        Yes- that's true it does get loud there- good point! sounds like vini e olli may be the winner-

        1. re: jgbs

          I would definitely pass Aita for dinner and go there for lunch or breakfast.. I would say that Roman's is not a good place for parents..

          Though based on my experience, I could not recommend Queen but, people I know really enjoy it.. And it is a much more sophisticated experience.

          Locanda Vini e Olli would be my choice but, it does get boisterous at times as well.

    2. We loved Vini e Olli. I think it's a really unique, fun place to eat. I want to love Roman's because I miss Bonita SO BADLY, but I just think it's too crowded and too bland, with typical Brooklyn too-cool-for-school service. Last time we ate at Locanda, there were a couple of ancient looking guys in tweed jackets having dinner -- seems a pretty parent-friendly place to me.