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
56 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)fit for foodies (42)special occasion (20)romantic (13)notable wine list (6)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (4)good for groups (4)late-night find (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Mangia Mangia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    We are big fans of both A Tavola and Bistro 5. The food is always delicious and without pretense. The atmosphere is comfortable and if you can, sit at the little bar by the kitchen so you can see the magic happen. I am a first generation Italian, so i know my way around real Italian food and these guys make me feel nostalgic for my nonna but also satisfy my foodie tastes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening at A Tavola
    LEFWinchester
    Dined on 1/15/2014
    I love this intimate restaurant in Winchester. It feels like a little neighborhood restaurant in the city. The food is great as is the service. I have eaten here twice. The first time I sat at the small bar that overlooks the kitchen - and that was great fun as we could interact with the chef. Most recently we sat at a table near the window. I had the salmon which was cooked perfectly and had a delicious winter vegetable hash with it. Also love that their glasses of wine are served in a small carafe and are actually a glass and a half, which is often what I want with dinner. I definitely recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute and cozy
    HockeyMom
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    We tried out this restaurant on a weeknight and it was fairly crowded (good thing we made a reservation!). Not too many tables. It is small and perfectly square-shaped, nice ambiance. The tables aren't very big so any appetizers and drinks need to be strategically placed so nothing falls over. We shared the antipasto plate which was more than ample. We were pleasantly surprised at how many it would serve...that along with oour wine and the bread could have easily been a meal. Service was ok. One waitress was a little unpolished but other than that....would return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • congratulaions to a chef/owner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    as usual, a tavola is very, very, good, and bisro 5 is superb
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We love A Tavola
    AliGVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    Every time my husband and I go here, we have a perfect experience. This time, we sat at the "bar" overlooking the kitchen and got to watch the chefs work their magic. We love the food and the service at A Tavola, can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still my favorite!!
    MarKevVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    As always, this was a great visit. It was a very quiet night, and the special was lobster!! My husband & I both ordered the special and we were not disappointed. The amount was just right, and the taste was tender & sweet. Our waitress was very friendly, but lacked an umph! Minor annoyance: We ordered a bottle of red wine. Waitress came back a few minutes later carrying 2 different bottles of wine because they ran out of the bottle we wanted. She said the 2 bottles she brought out were similar to our choice. She described each and we agreed to one of them. When the bill came, we were surprised that the bottle of wine was $20 more than our original choice. Perhaps our waitress should've also told us the price of the 2 substitutes.....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fabulous
    DoodaaJones
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    one of my very favorite restaurants in the area, and especially wonderful that it is in Winchester center
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first time
    bbee
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    Great for a birthday dinner. Nice presentation and friendly service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Excellent
    Rick
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    When a friend came into town, I wanted to find a special place to take her to dinner. I immediately thought of A Tavola. I've been several times, and never had anything but excellent experiences. Food is always superb, and interesting. Service top notch. They accomplish what many restaurants don't - they always feature interesting new items, concepts, seasonal specialties which make dining fun. But, they don't do it at the expense of keeping a nice selection of 'regulars' on the menu. This is very important to me as a diner - I want to KNOW they'll always have something I like, and can count on! Don't hesitate - make a reservation now through Open Table - it's easy, and you'll have a great meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Tavola is consistently superb!
    MagsVIP
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    There are few restaurants that are consistent - in food, in service, in quality. A Tavola continues to delight and amaze visit after visit. The attention to detail, to keeping it local and preparing food to highlight each flavor is fantastic. Bravo Chef Neal, wonderful crew, the BEST servers anywhere, and owner Vittorio Ettore!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A shopping night delight
    foodfriend
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    We booked a 5:30 reservation as we were off to do holiday shopping, and enjoyed the quiet before the restaurant filled up around 6:30. The waitress was friendly and knowledgeable and the food delicious. The autumn salad with root vegetables was beautifully presented and very tasty. The shrimp dish, the evening special, was perfectly cooked and had a subtle saffron flavor. We love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • astonishing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/26/2013
    It was our first visit to A Tabula and we were totally pleased with the quality of the food and the friendly service. And this at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Winchester Gem
    KamisFamily
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    great food and service, good prices, portion size okay (not big enough to share), locally sourced, sustainable, creative menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Night
    drich2013
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    My husband and I had a gift certificate to A Tavola and we were more than excited to cash it in. Thank goodness the food was incredible because our service was terrible! Our server split our bottle of wine all over me and barely apologized and couldn't wait for us to leave. Luckily, we loved the ambiance and the food and will give it another shot- but you can believe me we will be sure not to get the same server again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Neighborhood Restaurant
    CooksnightoutVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Great local restaurant- excellent food and service- friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience!
    Pamela
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We are not. Familiar with Winchester and were pleasantly surprised by this lovely little restaurant with wonderful food ! The bents part was there were not overwhelming portions.....just enough....we will be going again:)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better than expected
    DannyVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I arrived there with my party of four and from the outside it looked incredibly small so I wasn't too thrilled walking in. They called me prior saying there will be a wait for my reservation I made earlier that night which I found quite weird so when we arrived we had to wait about 10 minutes before being sat. The menu is quite limited and the food is sub par for the price of it. The ambiance reminds me of a restaurant right out of the North End in Boston. Small, loud, many people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our First Visit
    JoanieCVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    My husband and I are big fans of Bistro Five, A Tavola's sister restaurant, but this was our first visit here. We really enjoyed it and will definitely plan to return. As advertised, the food and the ambiance are a little more casual than Bistro Five, and the prices are appropriately a little less expensive. Everything we had to eat was great. We shared a couple of the small plates (eggplant dip and duck prosciutto) and a simple green salad. We each had our own pasta. I had the mushroom one and my husband had the pumpkin gnocchi with braised rabbit. Both were delicious. Our waitress was fabulous. We asked her a few questions about the wine, and she offered to bring us three different samples.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food in a nice location
    luv2dineVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    Was pleasantly surprised by A Tavola - food was very good, although rather pricey. Would recommend for folks looking for a place to go for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Exotic Food
    Arthur
    Dined on 10/15/2013
    The food was excellent, but not your ordinary fare. The seats are hard, and the service was mixed.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great gluten free options!
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Lots of gluten free options!! The gluten free pasta w spinach -basil pesto was amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be excellent
    RiccardoVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    We decided to try A Tavola on a Saturday night @ 7 PM. Cozy & loud dining space. The table to my right was so close I could hear their conversation better than my conversation with my wife. The wait staff were warm & friendly. Menu selection was good and varied. Wine suggestion was right on. My Bolognese ragu w/ home made pasta was excellent as was the carrot soup appetizer. My wife's appetizer was an Autumn selection of fruits & veggies which she liked. Her main course was the "lightly smoked" pork. She loves pork but unfortunately, it was somewhat dry & flavorless. Too bad. When I asked her if she would be willing to try them again she said maybe midweek when it might not be so crowded and noisy. Try midweek.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small and enjoyable
    HdhejVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The place is very small and thus the selection list is equally small. The food is fresh and they try to do a little culinary spin. The vegetables were very nice along with a unique rabbit dish. They try to make it very nice, but then again it is a small 20 x 20 size room or so it seems. Usually this is a couples place or to meet an associate/friend. The only regrets is those really hard chairs. They really could use some type of padding, but a long walk after helps.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service doesn't match the food
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Great good, but in our past two visits the service has left a lot yo be desired. I realize it gets busy, but shouldn't have to wait as long as we did to order, get a check, etc. there are restaurants at are equally good in this price range with service that reflects the higher prices and, where we don't live in Winchester, we won't be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Sandarina
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    My husband and I have been to many fine restaurants but this was outstanding! The owner grew up in Florence, Italy. Some of the menu items are his mother's recipe. We felt like we were judges on the Iron Chef of the Food Channel.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first visit but won't be the last
    happycamper
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    We had not even heard of A Tavola till we had an unexpected free evening and I look on Open Table to find a good place to try. It was a terrific meal. My wife had the trout special which she was a little disappointed by, but the appetizers, my entrée (the chicken), and the dessert were all marvelous. It's a small space and feels a little crowded, but that's the only thing I could criticize. The service was friendly, the atmosphere nice, and the food excellent. I'm sure we'll be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a wonderful experience
    AndiC
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    A Tavola is one of my favorite restaurants and we've always had great dinners there. We love sitting at the bar and watching the kitchen staff prepare the innovative dishes. This was our first weeknight visit and the restaurant's wine consultant introduced me to a wonderful Italian sparkling wine which I'll definitely buy for home. They make the best carbonara I've ever had and my only disappointment is that it's only been a special...it should be permanently added to the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small plates were excellent.
    pc221VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Small plates were excellent. Had the roast pig -served in a dramatic fashion. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I had the trout special which
    luckyrock
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    I had the trout special which I enjoyed and we both thought it was better than the signature dish, porchetta. Good advice was given by the waiter regarding wine and the olives and gelatto were very good. Not that impressed by the pork loin prosciutto.
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  • Still my favorite!!
    MarKevVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    A Tavola.....your consistency keeps bringing us back 8-) The excellent knowledgable service, the delicious & well prepared dishes, and the variety of your wine list make you our go-to restaurant each & every time. Our evenings with you always put a big, satisfying smile on our faces. Thanks again for a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sit At The Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    We had a great meal with wonderful wines and a bit of conversation with the chefs. The guy working garde mangier was nice enough to tell us about the cure for the duck breast while he was working hard to get his beautiful plates out. My husband's pasta was perfectly cooked, and my only regret is not being able to finish my porchetta or leave room for dessert. Love this place, especially when the bar seats are available. It's like a chef's table without the price tag.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    I love coming here. It gets really busy so if we are going last minute, we just go right when we get home from work @6:30. I love that they take open table reservations 15 mins before! While everythig on the regular menu is great, I really like testig the specials which are invariably awesome as are the in season desserts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All perfect !
    Vb13VIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    We choose Tavola to spend a week night dinner with my husband once in a while. They accept late reservation, it is a good atmosphere with a nice view into the kitchen. The food is delicious with a very delicate presentation. The service is irreproachable. Would highly recommend this place. Conveniently located in the Center of Winchester as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On this visit it was not at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    On this visit it was not at all crowded so it was pleasant enough. On previous visits it was crowded and noisy. The food is good but over priced and portions were on the smaller side. Our server was very efficient, helpful and friendly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great experience, as usual!
    SandarellaVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Glad that A Tavola made the regular menu available as well as the Restaurant week menu. Everything was fabulous, from start to finish. We can always depend on good food, service and ambiance at A Tavola. Glad to see some new options on the menu. LOVE the oysters!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Boston Restaurant Week!
    Sevarn
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Went with my boyfriend during Restaurant Week and they did a great job. The server was very accommodating to our needs as I had called up before my reservation saying we had to be on time for my boyfriend's surprise party. The food was absolutely EXCELLENT, although the beer pairings were a bit overpowering with the main course and the dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food--very noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    The food was definitely one of the best meals I've had in a while. excellent!! it was very noisy, however. especially the children at the table right next to us whose parents kept them entertained playing a video on their smartphone. what is wrong with parents? not sure the restaurant could have done much but, it was distracting and annoying.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The service was great, always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2013
    The service was great, always with a small. The waitress understood the menu very well and made great suggestions. The food is the real gem and has been great every time I have been there. My guest from out of town want to return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out of a possible 10 I'd rate
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Out of a possible 10 I'd rate it a 10. Steak was fabulous. Took 2 out of town visitors who also loved it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I got the chicken dish and
    Cathy5983VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    I got the chicken dish and it was prepared very well. Good selection of beer and wine. Great service and love the ambience. Parked on street in front of restaurant. I will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet