This is our new favorite local
This is our new favorite local italian restaurant. Our only complaint was that, although we had a long-held reservation, we were seated by the door and it was quite cold whenever the door opened, which was quite often.
Otherwise terrific food and pleasant service.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
We ate at Atavola during restaurant
We ate at Atavola during restaurant week. The food was really fresh and expertly prepared. The service was also very good. The fish of the day was fluke- not necessarilly one of my favorites but the preparation was flawless and I will definitely order it again. The roast pork was well prepared - the preparation was elevated by the presentation!
3/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Sunday brunch anyone?
We went for brunch and we discovered a nice menu! Plenty of options and we decide to try a little bit of everything. And the result was good! Every plate was done beautifully and we have a very kind waitress, that keep an eye on us without being intrusive.
Place was pack with families having a nice Sunday brunch together, like the ambiance.
3/30/2013 5:00:00 PM
Get the EVOO cake
This is our second time to A Travola - and it did not disappoint. We had the chicken dish (a staple on the menu) and Lamb. Both were terrific and the EVOO cake is to die for.
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
one of my "go to" places for
one of my "go to" places for special occasions. great food and friendly wait staff.
4/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome Irish waiter made
Awesome Irish waiter made our night ! Funny friendly knew everything excellent!
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great night out from the kids.
The food was great! We had the oysters fresh flavorful and the chic pea app was paired perfectly with the slightly slated toasts. The decor made the restaurant feel warm and inviting, we both enjoyed our main courses. The chocolate ganche was so dark and rich and went with the gelato perfectly. Great night out from the kids!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
My new favorite!!
I have been day dreaming about my pasta dish since Sat nite....it is now Tues. It was our first time visit to this fabulous local gem, and what a find! We shared an app of sauteed mussels that was cooked in a delicious broth of tomato, ginger, & sage. My husband devoured his rigatoni bolognese, while I savored each bite of my bucatini (hollow spaghetti w/ all sorts of seafood). I had never tasted a more delicious home-made pasta. We shared a bottle of Montepulciano & finished with chocolate ganache.
We sat at the chef's table & enjoyed the experience thoroughly. It was a lot of team work in the servicing department & very efficient. Staff was warm & friendly. Thanks so much!! We just loved our experience!
4/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was amazing. I'm
The food was amazing. I'm a fan of the owners other restaurant, Bistro 5, and A Tavola continues the allure. I do think the proscuitto tapas are too expensive for what you get but there are plenty of other items to select. The homemade ricotta was delicious. We smeared it on the bread given at each table. I could make a meal of that alone as it was so good. We ordered 2 half orders of pasta (malfalde with pesto and rigatoni with bolognese) along wih an order of the roasted chicken and we shared all the entrees. Everything was phenomenal, delectable, and scrumptious. I can't wait to go back again.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food -- service could
great food -- service could use some improvement ..
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
I'm a regular
As always, A Tavola delivered a perfectly prepared meal with good and friendly service.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed Mother's Day at A
Enjoyed Mother's Day at A Tavola. Got to relax and chat with friends through three tasty courses - I especially enjoyed the lamb ragu! We look forward to coming back when the restaurant is getting produce from their local garden.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best in the area -- any area
With the exception of the appetizers which can be skimpy and a bit overpriced, the food here is wonderful and the service great. We will go back whenever we are in the Boston area.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good home cooked Italian food. Great Pasta dishes.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Love of Food
Always have a good experiences at A Tavola. The chef-owner Vittorio's love of food, attention to detail shine. Staff reflects similar dedication, joy and pride. Pasta dishes span a variety of styles and ingredients. I prefer a quieter dining experience, so appreciate the sound-absorbing ceiling fixtures that blend in the decor. Window seats particularly charming, with views of the quaint brick building across street, and the calm street scene. Great selections of wines. Wines "by the glass" are served in small carafes, along with nice stemware. I don't know of another restaurant in the Winchester-Arlington area that comes close. Local ingredients, including produce from Wright-Locke farm.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
this chef knows how to cook and present. flawless food with a creative flair that just flat out works. you will not be disappointed with any of the entree selections. hidden gem for sure. all pasta made in house, how can you go wrong?
6/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a great dinner here!
I was craving pasta Saturday afternoon & was pleased to see there were time slots available for dinner. My husband & I started by sharing a bowl of sauteed mussels. They were delicious, but tiny in size. For dinner, we both ordered the bucatini (hollow spaghetti w/ all sorts of seafood) because they simply know how to make this dish just right, & they never disappoint. For dessert we ventured out of our comfort zone & ordered an EVOO cake to share. That's an extra virgin olive oil cake. Although my husband hesitated for a second, he eventually came around. It was interesting. Had a lemon taste to it. Surprised to see one of our favorite wine on the list, '08 Masi Campofiorin. Service was outstanding! Our waitress was friendly & attentive.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
very nice and honest find
While the wine list is modest the food is really well prepared and of quality. The prices are very reasonable for such an experience. Pasta were outstanding and so was the EVO cake. Not so sure about the oysters with tomato ice shavings.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Let me say that I am not a foodie. Nor do I have a refined taste. So, please treat this review with a grain of salt:
I recommend the restaurant. The food and service were good. I would rank it as a good restaurant but nothing extraordinary.
6/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
A Gem in Winchester
Delightful small, initimate restaurant ... the food was great. I'm a vegetarian so I had a pasta dish that was loaded with flavor. Fresh pasta with a basil spinach pesto with just a bit of goat cheese that made it more flavorful Also had a nice crisp light Pinot Grigio.
I plan to go back and I would think anyone in the neighborhood would also want to try it. They have a night for Beer tasting and another night they pair wine with food.
6/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have yet to be disappointed here. Friendly, casual service in a comfortable and energetic space. The star is the good though. They always have fresh, delicious meals and the best homemade pasta we've found.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Homemade Pasta is great
Small place. Great pasta that I am still craving. Little too hot in the restaurant on the night we went,but overall food was excellent. Took a lil bit to get apps though. I'll be back shortly.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our waitress was so accommodating!
Our waitress was so accommodating!
She helped make our visit PERFECT!
Will attend forever!
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great!
I had dinner here on a Saturday night to celebrate a birthday. Party of 6 with a reservation. We were seated promptly and the service was good. We were disappointed that there was not a full bar, just wine and beer. (The birthday girl doesn't prefer wine or beer!) We ended up ordering three different wines and didn't really like any of them - maybe we're just not fans of Italian vineyards?
All the meals were excellent. My husband and I had gluten free pasta dishes which were good and we appreciated the availability of gluten free options. Others had beef, chicken, and fluke. Everyone enjoyed their meals. Salads were fresh and good. Desserts were great - except the panacotta - no one preferred it.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
I got the chicken dish and
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.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Out of a possible 10 I'd rate
Out of a possible 10 I'd rate it a 10. Steak was fabulous. Took 2 out of town visitors who also loved it.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
delicious food--very noisy
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.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was great, always
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.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great for Boston Restaurant Week!
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.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience, as usual!
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!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
All perfect !
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.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service
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.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Sit At The Bar
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.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Still my favorite!!
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.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
Small plates were excellent.
Small plates were excellent. Had the roast pig -served in a dramatic fashion. Excellent!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a wonderful experience
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.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
first visit but won't be the last
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.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small and enjoyable
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.
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great gluten free options!
Lots of gluten free options!! The gluten free pasta w spinach -basil pesto was amazing!!
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Exotic Food
The food was excellent, but not your ordinary fare. The seats are hard, and the service was mixed.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food in a nice location
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.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our First Visit
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.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Better than expected
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.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent Neighborhood Restaurant
Great local restaurant- excellent food and service- friendly staff.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
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:)
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
great food and service, good prices, portion size okay (not big enough to share), locally sourced, sustainable, creative menu
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
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.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
A shopping night delight
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.
12/1/2013 4:00:00 PM