A Tavola
A Tavola

A Tavola

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.atavolawinchester.com/
  • Phone: (781) 729-1040
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner, Tuesday Through Saturday 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
    Unique Catering Options
    Available to rent for Private Parties 7 days per week.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Vittorio Ettore
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Have a custom board filled with house-cured meats artisan cheeses, pickled vegetables and marinated olives delivered to your event or packaged on attractive trays for pick up.

    Elegant Pig Roast stuffed with house made pork sausage will make a unique centerpiece for any event. Our chefs deliver the Porchetta on a custom wooden board, surrounded with seasonal roasted vegetables & accompanied by our mixed greens salad.
  • Private Party Facilities: The restaurant is available for private functions up to 48 people. Available any day of the week.
  • Private Party Contact: Lynsey Pellerin 7817291040
  • Special Events: Available for Private Parties & Special Events 7 days per week
    Contact Lynsey Pellerin at 781.729.1040 or Lynsey@atavolawinchester.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Waterfield Rd.
  • Public Transit: Winchester Center
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Ample non-metered street parking in front of the restaurant as well as a public lot behind the building.
A word from A Tavola
Farm to Table, Eclectic Italian
Chef Vittorio Ettore, owner of Bistro 5 has opened a new Restaurant in Winchester. A Tavola, literally translates to “at the table”, an expression used in Italy as a dinner calling to gather everyone around the table to enjoy delicious food, and each other. Born to be the more casual sister restaurant to Bistro 5, A Tavola will be serving an eclectic Italian menu featuring “Piattini”. These small plates will be used to showcase an array of charcuterie, artisan cheeses, fish and vegetables, to pair perfectly with an exclusively Italian wine list. Additionally Chef will be offering unique catering options.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
A Tavola reviews from OpenTable diners
54 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (41)special occasion (20)romantic (14)notable wine list (7)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (4)good for groups (3)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Nice spot
    lbjay
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    My wife and I, thanks to some kind friends who offered a combo babysit + playdate, escaped our three young children for a nice dinner out. We were looking for cozy and relaxed, and A Tavola turned out to be a good pick. The food, service and atmosphere was all very good, and everything we ate was of excellent quality. You pay for what you get though; I think my only knock would be that it suffers a bit from the usual price inflation that seems to be common in these upscale, suburban eateries
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • probably better as a lunch place
    liv2eat
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    We had a great meal but the price and atmosphere combined with a very overcrowded dinning area would take this off the list for going again. That said, the service was terrific and may be a better lunch place than a late day or eve dinner place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bar Scene
    JenFromBurbsVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Love to sit at the bar and watch this expert team put fabulous meals together. Everything they make is great. I am gluten free and its the best pasta in town, including Boston. It's cozy and friendly atmosphere is ideal for dates and yet family friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food, Very slow service
    BostonBean
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Mother's Day Brunch. 4 adults, 2 children (ages 8 and 10). Food was very tasty but it took too long for the entrees to be served. Appetizers came without too much delay. Then we waited a long time for the entrees. Kids' menu did not offer an appetizer so they were ravenous by the time their meals were served. The bread was delicious, but we didn't want to fill up on it while we were waiting. We had to ask the waitress when our meals would be coming. She was apologetic. Prix Fix was 49.00 per person for 3 courses (app, entree, dessert), children 10.00 for entree+dessert, not including tax and gratuity. If not for the uncomfortably long delay to serve the entrees, I would have rated this restaurant higher.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A faithful friend...
    SandarellaVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    A Tavola is our go-to local restaurant which always guarantees a fresh, cooked-to-order meal; a cozy, rustic ambiance; and attentive, friendly, and informed servers. As regulars, we have our menu faves, such as the rosemary pressed chicken with broccoli rabe and grilled polenta. We also enjoy many of the wonderfully fresh appetizers. We're very familiar with the menu and would love to see some new offerings, apart from the nightly specials, but we can always find something yummy, and it's great to check in periodically with our friends, too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Splendid Surprise
    lillibetVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I had missed that Parson's Table was replaced by A Tavola, but after one visit, I can't be sad about the change. The decor is exactly the same--wonderful, welcoming wood with interesting details. The food is spectacular--I had the rabbit wrapped in bacon over goat cheese mashed potatoes and every bite was wonderful. Our service was generally good, although our server walked away without explaining the meats on our antipasto platter, both of which were marvelous. The desserts deserve a special mention, since they're rarely an Italian restaurant's strength--both of ours were inventive and delicious. I will definitely return next time I'm in Winchester--might even make a special trip!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • VERY nice Easter Brunch
    Eclectus
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    This was our first visit (but not our last!) and we were very very happy with everything. The special prix fixe brunch menu was a bit light on vegetarian fare (one of our party is vegetarian) but the carnivores all said the lamb with fingerling potatoes was outstanding. In fact, everything we tried was outstanding. The open kitchen was busy but never hectic and presentation was impeccable. Great place for date night or girl's night out.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Prix Fixe Easter Lunch
    Notafoodie
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The food was unusual, tasty, and beautifully presented. The table was too narrow: everyone kept stepping on the feet of the person across from them. The waitstaff got one order wrong, and two others were not cooked as clearly ordered. Once corrected, the food was stellar.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just delicious
    SaritaVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This was our second time at A Tavola and we were very impressed both times. The food is inventive and and the flavors are wonderful. The entree portions are substantial. I like the wine list and the "quartino" servings, and when I was trying to decide between two wines, let let me have a taste of each. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Notable Chef's bistro in Winchester
    sachemslax
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    The food was excellent, a fun choice reflecting the chef's creative touches, not just a standard menu. It's not inexpensive, and not staged for a quick family dinner. Instead, it's an excellent choice for entertaining guests or a night out for two, not only for food, but conversation. Efficient and helpful, but unrushed service. Perfect when one wants a bistro-restaurant, not a loud sports-bar environment. The wine list reflects quality over a wide selection. A nice alternative in a town center, not requiring a trip into the city, or worse, to a suburban strip-mall. We will try their set-menu options on select evenings, since a la carte portions still make it difficult to manage a multi-course dinner from all parts of the menu.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday dinner
    ShelTVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Hostess & server friendly but not as polished as prices would suggest--had to ask 2xs for wine chiller, had to ask for water to be refilled, no follow-up on quality of dinner & ignored Open Table reference to birthday dinner celebration. Appetizers, especially spicy chickpea dip, were very good. Dinners--pasta was homemade and tasty--were delicious, though portions were on the small side.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual
    HappyinTeton
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is becomming one of our go-to favorites. Interesting menu, attentive service, excellent food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Aa1234
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Small, intimate location. The food is incredible. Cured meats and pastas are made in house. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner was excellent. Fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Dinner was excellent. Fun wait staff. Good wine. Nice hot pasta!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would definitely recommend
    kgedt
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    This restaurant was exactly what we wanted on a rainy night. The prix fixe was especially fine and the highlight was the wine pairings: 3 outstanding wine choices we would certainly not have found on our own. My choices off the menu were less successful, esp the rabbit and cocoa pasta (bland), but the EVOO cake with basil gelato was wonderful. There were many other interesting choices I saw around me that I would try on another occasion. The atmosphere was pleasant, the presentation very nice, and the overall experience excellent. It is small and a bit too noisy for intimate conversation, but a busy restaurant is always a good sign. We would be happy to return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We live nearby, and wanted
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We live nearby, and wanted to give something local a shot. I think it's safe to say we have found a place for a nicer evening out, without having to hike a distance! The food was outstanding, and the wine list was impressive. Couldn't afford to visit here often, but certainly wish we could. For the quality and size of the dishes you get, it is very reasonably priced. Try the Bistecca. They know how to do steak right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Buccatini was very well
    picky
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    The Buccatini was very well presented. The pasta was home made, very firm, just on the right side of al dente. The dish itself was possibly a tiny bit salty. The appetizers were the sampler: eggplant. puree, pig roast and grilled squid. Very delicately put together. I am biased in favor of eggplant; this one was very nicely done, with its sweetness just offset by the pig roast. I had to think about what the squid was doing there, although it was excellent on it own. My partner had the Vongole al Forno. It was just right.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very tasty
    SaritaVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We decided it wa time to try A Tavola, and we're glad we did. Delicious pasta, excellent service... A real treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    Amiel
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The meals were wonderfully prepared. The pasta is consistently al dente with very fresh seafood and garnished well. The entree salmon was flaky with a crisp skin. The entree porchetta got tastier as you work to the center. The EVOO cake dessert was sweeter than I remembered, but balanced well with the basil gelatto. I have always loved the food whenever I go. Thank you for preparing such a great meal.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A True Local Gem
    Anthony
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    A taste of rustic Italy in Winchester. This is true Italian food from the countryside. Forget about the Americanized chicken parm and spaghetti and meatballs. At A Tavola, you will eat like the Italians eat - flavorful, healthful and pleasing to the eye. The service here is outstanding and with about 10 tables, the ambience is romantic and cozy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointingly bland
    judygbVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    You'd think a dish on the Restaurant Menu would be memorable enough to lure a new diner back. The bucatini dish was nice but lacked any zing. Disappointing, coming from a chef known for creative "wow" inducing dishes. Also, the beet salad special listed grapefruit as one of its ingredients but it was nowhere to be found. On the other hand, my dining companion's ribollita soup and ribbon pasta with pork (both specials) were excellent. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent little find
    Jewel
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    A Tavola is a little Italian bistro that's easy to miss. But once found, it will become one of your favorites. The food is very good and features lots of locally grown produce. The appetizers are very small -- if ordering to share, double or triple up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    Lucia
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    A Tavola has the complete package. If you haven't been yet you must make a reservation. The food, service and ambiance are amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Food and Lovely Ambiance
    Dirck
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    This is a great place to go for a lively evening. The food was great and the ambiance superb. We easily struck up an interesting conversation with an Italian couple next to us. The only problem was that we had to wait awhile for our table despite advance reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At the Table
    Anth
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We don't go to Winchester often, but we have gone 3 times now in order to dine at A Tavola. We liked the food, drinks and wine so much Friday evening, the sweetness and knowledge of the wait staff, and the warmth of the ambiance, that on the way home my wife and I began to sing a song we'd all but forgotten from our youth: Winchester Cathedral. I don't know what that means, but we felt young and happy and had a very, very enjoyable time. Especially liked the drink starter of current infused grappa with prosecco. Delish.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprising find
    ItalianVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Loved the intimacy, the unique selection of items and wine and beer and personal service. I had 2 appetizers and a salad and all were terrific. Definitely aprepeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A neighborhood favorite
    CooksnightoutVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    We have eaten at ATavola several times and have always had a great meal. We like sitting at the "chef's table" where you can see the excellent quality of the food and the careful preparation. The antipasto for 2 was wonderful and the rigatoni bolognese is consistently excellent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing Restaurant.....
    LynneBVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I've been looking forward to trying A Tavola for a long time and was very disappointed. I've been to their Sister Restaurant, Bistro 5 many times and didn't like the atmosphere, food or service. I noted an allergy on reservation and never addressed as I had to bring it up. Didn't like having to ask for ground pepper, cheese, etc., No offer of such and had to request table be wiped down prior to ordering dessert. Skip this restaurant and head to their other location - much more atmosphere at Bistro 5 and better food and service.
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  • Outstanding!
    food4thought
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    My husband and I went there to celebrate our anniversary the other night. I have to admit that we were a little skeptical after viewing the reviews, but decided that we would give it a try. We were not disappointed. The food was outstanding; perfectly balanced flavors amongst the freshest ingredients. Not heavy or laden with garlic. Normal portions. My husband asked for a slight adjustment to his meal to which the chef substituted an ingredient to make the dish delectable! Service was just what we love; attentive, available and knowledgable. Very quaint and cozy as one would find in Italy. We tend to dine at Sorrelinas, Davios, and Grill 23 and Mooo, but decided to try local. Our new favorite place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Cozy place
    Winelover
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Plenty of parkings in front. Very small one room place with old old decor. Small but decent dishes. Service was very pleasant.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creativity in the kitchen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Clearly, there is a real chef with a real vision at A Tavola. It wasn't enjoyable merely for the delicious food but for the choices of ingredients, textures, and flavor profiles that informed each dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choices all courses
    Billy
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Antipasto for two/risotto with mussels and clams/EVOO cake - all really good. The rabbit pasta dish and the fluke special were also appreciated by my companions. And the wine choices were good value.,
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    HP112
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The food here is wonderful. Every course was unique and delicious. The only drawback is the restaurant is quite small and you end up very close to those sitting next to you. It is sometimes easier to hear the person next to you over the one sitting across the table. Overall the food is definately worth the cramped quarters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Love the all inclusive 3 course with wine special great price and meal and wine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The restaurant is great - highly recommend! Food is fantastic & waitstaff knows their wine. Definitely fit for foodies!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall bad experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Had reservations; hostess seemed bewildered that there were no open tables and offered bar seats (which we declined). Received wine about 15 minutes after we were seated and then didn't get to order for over 45 min. Dinner not served for another 45 min. All people who came in after us were paying their checks and leaving before we received our entrees! Some food was good, some really prepared badly. My husband, who never once has complained about a restaurant meal actually couldn't eat his. The restaurant did comp him his entree. The waitress had never checked in with us once she served dinner. It was one of those rare nights when everything went wrong! But we wouldn't go there again
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  • Neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/29/2014
    First time here. Needed convenient to town hall but not a lot of time to linger as we were going to a show. Everything was perfect Great ambience and service and food delicious. They also contributed to charity event we were attending!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly good
    SlipperyslopeVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This small and unpretentious restaurant is surprisingly good. The menu is not huge but offers plenty of choices. The rabbit pappardelle was hearty although the cocoa pappardelle tasted like regular pappardelle The scallops were perfectly done. The bread was nicely rustic. The wines suggested by the waitress were excellent.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Review
    Bobbymagee
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    We visit A Tavola regularly for the delicious and varied foods. Service is Always very prompt and thorough. Great wine list focused on Italian wines. Best restaraunt in winchester!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    rosie
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    This was our first time at A Tavola and it won't be the last. The menu was original and interesting without being pretentious, the presentation was beautiful, the service was excellent, the ambiance was lively and the small size of the restaurant gave the experience a feeling of intimacy. To get the most out of the menu, we shared several piattini and appetizers, one main course and a dessert. It was all perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic