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Aita, Roman's, or Locanda Vini e Olli

jgbs Oct 23, 2012 10:52 AM

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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    MIMIBKLYN Nov 18, 2012 03:10 PM

    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.

    1. bobjbkln Oct 23, 2012 12:21 PM

      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
        jen kalb Oct 23, 2012 01:17 PM

        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
          jgbs Oct 23, 2012 01:41 PM

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

          1. re: jgbs
            Daniel76 Oct 25, 2012 09:20 AM

            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.

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