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Aurora Ristorante

Michael L. Black | Nov 23, 2003 08:01 AM

A mild disclaimer: One of the owners of this new northern Italian restaurant is a student in one of my classes.

Not that easy to get to (Grand and Wythe in Williamsburgh), some 8 lonely blocks from the Bedford Ave. station on the L line, this place is starting to be noticed. That is, Friday night, when four of us arrived at 7 pm, it was quiet. But by nine, there was a queue, and one of the owners says that business is good on the weekends.

And small wonder, since the food is very good indeed. For instance, for the first time, at the urging of the rest of our group, I had pork belly at a mere $14.95, cooked for 10 hours, very rich, very good.

Everything else we've tried (we've been there three times) on the menu except one or two items (like the hand-cut pasta with Bolognese sauce) has been exceptional. The oohs and ahs were repeated for the gnocchi, the quail, the fish stew (very large), and the risotto (for only $9.95).

Desserts are ok too, although that night the kitchen was out of several things.

The wine list isn't bad either, presented as it is on a brown bag. And there's a full bar.

Service is good, although it does slow down a bit when the place is going full steam ahead.

The chef, I'm told, is from Piedmont, hence the regional dishes. He's creative and he's good.

This could be the new 360 in Brooklyn, but I'll let others decide.

70 Grand Street, at Wythe. Brooklyn, NY 1211

(718)-388-5100; fax: (718)-388-5300;

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