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THE DISH: Sausage and Egg Sandwich From Al Di Là

The Park Slope favorite lives up to its name.

Finding a place to eat brunch is tough, the endless lines, the crowded tables and even worse, the impending hunger…

And the hunger gets all that more intense when the host tells you, “It’ll be 45 minutes.”

, on Fifth Avenue at the corner of Carroll Street, is usually packed. But on Sunday, after putting down my name at two other places, the Park Slope institution had two nice open tables.

We took the one in the back corner, which gave us a nice nook to talk amongst ourselves and have elbow room under the antique tin ceiling.

The dish that satisfied me the most this week was their sausage and egg sandwich ($10) on a soft roll. Now, being from New Jersey, I know breakfast sandwiches. They are part of my culture ( is my ultimate favorite). So, for a sandwich that doesn’t even have cheese, Al Di Là’s breakfast sandwich was truly delicious.

The two fried eggs (a sign that they know what they’re doing, one egg will simply not suffice) were runny and burst open with the first bite. At the end, I did not miss the cheese and enjoyed its simplicity and perfection. The sausage was a bit sweet and big enough that it hung over the edges of the roll.

Unfortunately, there’s no photographic evidence for it went down too fast for the flash to catch it.

As a Park Sloper, Al Di Là seeps its way into every conversation. Even on our way back, running into a friend, we talked about its rustic, yet elegant atmosphere—especially the Venetian crystal chandelier, which was brought here from Italy, by co-owner Emiliano Coppa’s grandmother.

Al Di Là may be hyped up, but it surely lives up to its reputation. 

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