Alto Voce recently opened on Fifth Avenue in Park Slope is the latest from neighborhood restaurateur Mario DiBiase. Those who know Sotto Voce, DiBiase's 10-year success story in the Slope with reasonably priced, good food and drink, will welcome what promises to be a romantic hot spot with live entertainment and tasty dishes.
The bi-level restaurant with a sunny wine atrium had soft openings the first week of December. With a menu featuring Coniglio Stufato (braised rabbit served with polenta), Trota Grigliata (grilled butterfly trout with fresh tomato and onions served with sauteed vegetables, and Malfatti con Anatra e Funghi (house made short pasta with duck and mushrooms), I'm ready for my table for two right now.
DiBiase has an established reputation with Sotto Voce. Despite -- or perhaps in spite of -- the lukewarm response to the bright and airy less upscale Aperitivo just up the block which opened less than a year ago, it's likely Alto Voce will become as successful as the Seventh Avenue restaurant.
Sotto Voce is always on the mark; Aperitivo is pleasant, the staff is lovely and accommodating, and the food we had was sound Italian fare -- gnocchi, beet salad, and calamari.
I'm looking forward to the experience of Alto Voce.