Everyone knows Brooklyn is a culinary destination, but Lilia has taken the borough, and Italian food, to a whole new level. It deserves all the critical acclaim it has received with incredible pastas and delicious small dishes of antipasti and fish. Although be warned, once you or your child tries the ruffled mafaldini pasta with pink peppercorn and Parmigiano cheese, you’ll dismissively throw any other pasta on the floor and demand to eat only Lilia’s.
Pipsqueak tip: If you go early, or reserve in advance, try to snag the dining alcove to the left of the entrance to reduce the chance of disturbing other diners. Or better yet, when it’s nice out, eat al fresco and move around and squeak until bedtime approaches!