Lilia

Lilia

Italian Restaurant and Café$$$$
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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    Alves P.
    "It started with delicious mozzarella, then the mafaldini."(21 Tips)
    Clarissa
    "Best pastas were the lamb ragu and malfadini"(15 Tips)
    Bin Y.
    "Cacio e Pepe fritelles are excellent to start."(9 Tips)
    Mark M.
    "Fantastic vibes and even better orange olive oil cake 🍰"(10 Tips)
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  • Lauren A.heart icon on user image
    Lauren AtkinsMay 26, 2018
    Must try the mouth-watering, house-made focaccia and ramp butter. The ricotta gnocchi were also perfect...little fluffy pillows of potato flour seasoned just right.
  • Chad H.heart icon on user image
    Chad HornerMarch 15, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    amazing pastas - agnolotti, mafaldini, and gnocchi are must orders - but don't ignore the rest of the menu, particularly the fish.
  • Michelleheart icon on user image
    MichelleAugust 16, 2017
    Beautiful Italian food. We had a booking but still had to wait 10-15 mins, so this wasn't pleasant. But the food was great
  • Kristina R.heart icon on user image
    Kristina RudicApril 11, 2017
    This place is divine. Share as much stuff as you can, especially the prosciutto or mozzarella! And definitely try these two dishes:
  • Rachel P.
    Rachel PortApril 5, 2019
    Mafaldini had too much peppercorn, though it certainly is instagrammable, the blowfish tails were good but tiny, artichoke was meh, mozzarella pretty good... the only thing I LOVED was the fritelle.
  • Nicky M.heart icon on user image
    Nicky MJune 22, 2017
    Get the amarone by the liter. Cacio e Pepe arancini, spicy rigatoni, and save room for dessert. The olive oil cake and crostini are always amazing.
  • İpek A.
    İpek A.July 29, 2016
    One of the best italian food in Williamsburg area. Good selection of wine, delicious pastas and appetizers.
  • Luke
    LukeMarch 25, 2016
    The cacio e pepe fritelle is amazing. Eat it with your hands. The starters generally overshadowed our mains, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
  • Ben G.heart icon on user image
    Ben GaspariniAugust 16, 2016
    Nice upscale spot with unique food and drink items alike. I want to try the swordfish next time.
  • Mehdi N.
    Mehdi NahroDecember 8, 2018
    Good ambiance. We sat at the bar and ordered: the clams, the sardines toast, the mozzarella toast, Mafaldini and the Agnoloti. The food was very average IMO and hyped up. I had higher expectations.
  • Iván C.heart icon on user image
    Iván Ciriaco-UsecheNovember 27, 2021
    I tried some mozzarella and prosciutto as a first course, then some fried squash and pastas a main course (they were just average). At the end we enjoyed some gelatto with olive oil and sea salt.
  • Kinjil M.heart icon on user image
    Kinjil MathurApril 26, 2016
    Chef Missy Robbins cooks in the open kitchen front and center. So Pro tip: do not get sat in the back room. It's cold and you miss all the action
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    katie 🍔September 21, 2019
    arrived at 4:55pm on a sunny saturday and there were already 40 people in line. plenty of space for walkins but go earlier on weekend or risk a 2h wait (wait it out at exley a couple blocks away).
  • Andrei K.heart icon on user image
    Andrei KryssovMay 31, 2017
    Bring a friend and share the Sardines, Agnolotti (photo), and the Malfadini. Cures all pasta cravings.
  • J F.heart icon on user image
    J FoxMay 7, 2016
    Highly recommend splitting a few pastas as they are so flavorful eating one yourself could be overkill. Cacio e Pepe balls FTW. Will be back
  • Rahil B.
    Rahil BeraniJune 10, 2016
    They do have seasonal dishes, but doesn't matter because all is amazing! Fresh Mozz garlic bread and Cacio e pepe are a must!
  • Melissa R.
    Order the clams, crispy fish, artichoke and basically every pasta. You can't go wrong here.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 28, 2016
    Obama's favorite Chef, Missy Robbins, is opening a fresh Italian restaurant in Brooklyn focusing on handmade pastas, seafood and meat. Read more
  • Samir M.heart icon on user image
    Samir MenonJuly 7, 2017
    Amazing food. Amongst the best in NYC. Highly recommend the Mafaldini, Rigatoni, and Fettucine. The Mafaldini is a must-try!
  • Shindy C.
    Shindy CDecember 9, 2016
    Beautiful décor, attentive and knowledgeable wait staff, decent food, but more importantly: Joy Division, Blur, The Breeders, Jane's Addiction on the playlist? What year is this OMFG ❤️😍
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    KatJanuary 30, 2019
    absolutely beautiful! everything we tried was amazing! especially blown away by the clams and ravioli! worth the money
  • Sydney M.heart icon on user image
    Sydney MJanuary 24, 2019
    Worth the wait and the insane reservations. The thing to get here is pasta and bread. Portions of pasta are larger than expected
  • Ronald C.
    Ronald CattrysseJune 11, 2017
    This is hands down the best Italian in New York. They add a twist to Italian food and the result is astonishing.
  • Anna B.heart icon on user image
    Anna BoffettaFebruary 5, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Incredible food, especially the homemade pastas. Loved the vibe and the energy. Super fresh, super cool.
  • Rock Rainesheart icon on user image
    Rock RainesSeptember 8, 2019
    Pastas and fish are the move here. The agnolotti is incredible but was disappointed in gnocchi. Blowfish tails were delightful but lamb steak was nothing special. Great wine list
  • Eater
    EaterJuly 18, 2017
    Cacio e pepe frittelle, grilled clams, and malfadini are all wins. Note: Over one year in and Lilia is still one of the hardest Brooklyn tables to snag.
  • Marcie T.heart icon on user image
    Marcie TranAugust 5, 2019
    Tough to get a reservation, but if you show up when they open it's not hard to get a couple seats at the bar or on the patio
  • Brittany L.
    Brittany L.February 7, 2016
    Delicious! Not to miss: scallops, cacio e pepe frittelle, & hazelnut chocolate soft served gelato
  • Lee H.
    Lee HoffmanJanuary 26, 2020
    Malfadini, agnolotti and focaccia are incredible. Olive oil cake is amazing as well.
  • Gregory F.heart icon on user image
    Gregory FisherMay 13, 2019
    Focaccia special is a must order (as are the grilled ramps if they’re in season).
  • Seth P.heart icon on user image
    Seth PolenSeptember 2, 2016
    Great space! Loved the house made Mozzarella, Frittelle & Mafaldini.
  • Adam R.heart icon on user image
    Adam RiceApril 10, 2016
    Food was amazing, service was below average. Highly recommend the pastas and olive oil cake.
  • Leah H.
    Leah HammerschlagFebruary 19, 2016
    The broccoli pesto gnocchi is wonderful. Pass on the diavola. Definitely get the Cacio E Pepe fritelle.
  • Cadie T.heart icon on user image
    Cadie ThompsonMarch 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The sea bass or pappardelle for main. Cauliflower and mozzarella bread to start. Gamay for everything.
  • Tal A.heart icon on user image
    Tal AtlasSeptember 5, 2016
    Had Clams, Rigatoni Davola, and the black bass. All were delicious. Unfortunately the service wasn't great and the cocktails weren't very good either. Every piece of food was very tasty though.
  • Sung C.heart icon on user image
    Sung CNovember 18, 2016
    Pastas!!! Definitely the real thing. Also, a killer wine selection. Can't go wrong.
  • Rem K.heart icon on user image
    Rem KoningApril 19, 2018
    Set menu is amazing. Greens. Pasta. Meat. Antipasti. Get a group not 10 and have at it.
  • Rodolphe K.heart icon on user image
    Best spot for a spritz, some olives and prosciutto outside, restaurant food is 👌
  • P. D.heart icon on user image
    P. D.February 9, 2018
    Delivers on most of the hype. And the good and friendly service does the rest. Easy to over eat here on so much deliciousness.
  • Jared R.heart icon on user image
    Jared ReynoldsApril 30, 2022
    Cacio e Pepe fried creation and scallops were great - gnocchi was an iconic fail 😫
  • inna k.
    inna katsSeptember 27, 2017
    Get the Agnolotti (sp?). Menu changes a lot but that's always on it. - waitress
  • Andie H.
    Andie HuberMay 19, 2018
    Food is incredible. If you like pasta like I do, this is the place for you.
  • Shahheart icon on user image
    ShahNovember 13, 2016
    The spicy lamb sausage fettuccine is legitimately one of the best plates of food I've ever had.
  • Carpsheart icon on user image
    CarpsJune 6, 2016
    I'm obsessed with the lemon granita dessert. It's like a grown up creamsicle.
  • Nina H.heart icon on user image
    Nina HarcusDecember 18, 2017
    Sheeps milk cheese filled agnolotti, saffron, dried tomato, honey. Just do it. I think I died and went to heaven eating this dish.
  • suneelheart icon on user image
    suneelFebruary 25, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    Chili basil veal and mafaldini are ridiculously good.
  • Elizabeth M.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth MitchellFebruary 17, 2017
    Everything was amazing-food, service, drinks, decor.
  • Debby B.heart icon on user image
    Debby ButlienJanuary 15, 2019
    Artichoke, olive oil cake, pasta pasta pasta
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanJanuary 11, 2018
    Baked clams, Sheeps Milk Cheese Filled Agnolotti, Mafaldini are musts!
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonJuly 10, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    Literally any pasta will be stellar, as will be any sort of seasonal focaccia or toast. Grilled clams, veal with hot peppers and basilsoft serve gelato, I could go on...
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