I've noticed a lot of enthusism and discussion on this board about Al Di La but very little for Locanda Vini and I'm always puzzled by this. I like Al Di very much. The draw backs are the no reservation policy and relatively small menu which doesn't change much (so if I eat there too frequently I get tired of it) and my husband does'nt find the place, physically, that comfortable (I'm ok with it). The up side is always the very well prepared meals and it is not the same old southern or northern Italian style food. That said, I'm surprised there is not as much enthusiasm for Locanda Vini. The food is very, very origional, always fresh and just so good. My only real problem used to be the portions were a little small but over the past year that has changed (for the better). I love the decor and feel of Locanda and the fact no one rushes you and they take reservations. This feeling was reinforced when I had a great meal there last night. We had wonderful olives, crostini (a fava bean paste, a fresh tomatoe and a wonderful liver mixture), bison carpaccio appetizer, two mains: one piedmontese beef and arugula and the other sliced duck breast with a roasted onion pureed sauce. A great and very different bottle of red (LaGreine) 1 torta della Nonna and two coffees. Everything so good and high quality. Also the menu changes often while retaining core favorites and has so many different and intersting slelctions -something I would think most Hounds would appreciate. So, why don't more Brooklyn Hounds love this place??? Is it that it is in Clinton Hill and a bit out of the way for most (I get the sense many -obviously not all- of you live in the Slope)? As I said I like Al Di La, but I really love Locanda Vini!!!