A Tavola
A Tavola

A Tavola

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.atavolawinchester.com/
  • Phone: 7817291040
  • 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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A Tavola reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (35)fit for foodies (31)special occasion (18)romantic (12)notable wine list (6)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Service Training needed
    gr13VIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Had dinner here the other night, I knew it was a small place going in. We were seated in the middle of the room, very close to a couple on our left and 4 on our right and a party behind us. Being a tall person, I was very uncomfortable in this setting and couldn't relax all night. And it was hard to hear my wife speaking with all the conversations going on. An off menu vegetarian dish was prepared for my wife, and I had the fish/shellfish over pasta. Both were excellent. The biggest complaint I had was the service. I had to flag down the waiter on two occasions to refill my water. I had to ask twice for bread before the meal. And I had to ask twice for an orange slice for my beer. And the place wasn't totally full either.
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  • A Tavola
    RolandVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Very good home cooked Italian food. Great Pasta dishes.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Authentic Love of Food
    SeattleVisitorVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • The food is consistently good.
    Hate2cookVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    The food is consistently good. I was there last week and had a great experience. Service was not what I have come to expect but the food is so good that I was able to overlook the atypical service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Mother's Day at A
    Nemo
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best in the area -- any area
    Dotingfather
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'm a regular
    MahLundyLou
    Dined on 5/15/2013
    As always, A Tavola delivered a perfectly prepared meal with good and friendly service.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food -- service could
    DianeTravelVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    great food -- service could use some improvement ..
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat first, you'll need it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Some things defy logic like going out of your way to highlight "local fresh produce" but serving every veggie pickled or roasted to within an inch of their lives. The Profit plates- I mean "Tasting Plates" are no benefit to the diner, but must be a real boost to the bottom line when you serve 5 razor thin (no wait- that's too thick) slices of prosciutto for $7. You won't need to be reminded that clams are dug out of the sand. Bertucci's preps shellfish better.. There were moments of brilliant taste, but it was greatly diminished by miniscule portions. I counted 6 cavatelli placed in the bottom of a bowl big enough for 600. Do you think I was fooled into believing I has a a bigger portion? Back Bay prices with room-service execution.
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  • The food was amazing. I'm
    Carla
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta but not Piattini
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    A decent place with solid entrees and dessert options. We were a bit disappointed by what we thought was going to be the evening's highlight...the piattini. We ordered five selections and sadly found none to be very interesting. In fact, they were all a little bland. A note about service: While it wasn't awful, it also did nothing to elevate the experience. Halfway through our meal we heard another waiter telling some diners about the specials. This was news to us. And then there was the lost 20 mins where we sat without food and without drink while our waiter stood by the host stand. On the whole I would say this place is good for a glass of wine and some pasta, but I wouldn't treat it as a spot for a special occasion.
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  • My new favorite!!
    MarKevVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great night out from the kids.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mediocre at best. The staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Mediocre at best. The staff are pleasant, but the food just doesn't work; it is boring, and the room is crowded and uncomfortable. There are so many better choices, don;t waste your time here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Irish waiter made
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    Awesome Irish waiter made our night ! Funny friendly knew everything excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was a little expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Food was a little expensive for the amount of food we got but very tasty. The waitress was helpful in recommending dishes and was very knowledgable of her wines.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • one of my "go to" places for
    Tony
    Dined on 4/11/2013
    one of my "go to" places for special occasions. great food and friendly wait staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Get the EVOO cake
    FoodNeedsWorkVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Sunday brunch anyone?
    Gatuna
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Small portions, expensive,
    HdhejVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    Small portions, expensive, very hard seats but good food! They are also accommodating to special diets.
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  • Definitely was not as good
    cook62
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Definitely was not as good as the last time! The menu was too limited....
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  • Not as good as Bistro 5?
    Rangreen
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    No where near as good as Bistro 5, their sister restaurant, which has been consistently good. The mussels were NOT completely cleaned in both the mussel appetizer AND in the seafood pasta main course. Several mussels retained their "beards" and some were unopened. This is, in my opinion, sloppy. They were cooked well however. Sadly, the clams in the pasta dish were extremely chewy, the pasta lacked flavor and was overcooked. The pressed chicken dish was good and plentiful, the pudding dessert was very good, but too tiny. So I give it a mixed review, maybe the chef was "off" that night.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We ate at Atavola during restaurant
    Gardenia
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    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!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • This is our new favorite local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • It has grown on us since we
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    It has grown on us since we first tried it a year ago. The food is even better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • The wine parings for the Prix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    The wine parings for the Prix Fixe menu were great.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Bistro 5's sister restaurant
    BostonDiner
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Bistro 5's sister restaurant has done a great job! The food, service and overall experience were wonderful. Great appetizer and entree choices with a well thought-out Italian-only wine list. Fresh pasta made in-house along with local ingredients. Friendly experience from the moment we walked in to the moment we left. Will return soon for the delicious Rigatoni and Bigoli dishes. We were very happy to see a Brachetto choice on the menu to enjoy with dessert!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Glad we went during restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/22/2013
    Glad we went during restaurant week. The food was good but not worth the price on the regular menu. The service was horrible. It looked like other servers were fine but ours simply dropped things on the table without any description. When you order an appetizer sampler it would be nice to know what is what on the plate, though we were able to figure it out. The worst part was that we ordered a wine pairing and had to ask the server what the wine was as he was leaving the table - he poured our glasses without saying a word. The second glasses were brought over with a low mumble of what they were. Maybe he realized we actually cared to know what we were being served. Wanted to like A Tavola but probably wont be in a hurry to go back.
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  • Pleasant dinner
    Rosa
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Creative menu. Seafood pasta dish needs less mussels and more seafood. Good portions.
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  • excellent tuscan food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    This was our second time here and this time we brought our 8 and 5yo kids. We booked an early table so we weren't too disruptive of later diners. The food was wonderful, in particular the piattini- we loved the eggplant puree, anchovies and house made ricotta. We had the 2 pastas- bugatoni and the mushroom pasta- both excellent, although I think the mushroom one was my favorite. The kids had the children's meals: pasta and steak- they seemed to really enjoy them. Service was excellent..will definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was our first time at A
    asimina10
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    It was our first time at A Tavola and we absolutley loved it from start to finish! We will be coming back soon.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Both A Tavalo and Bistro 5, Chef Vittorio's original restaurant, are consistently outstanding! I highly recommend either one.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Our server did an outstanding
    CaraMiaVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Our server did an outstanding job. It was unfortunate that the restaurant had run out of one of the pre-fixe entrees early in the evening.(Valentine's Day) A substitution was offered but it did not meet my expectations based on the description for the sold-out item. The pre-fixe price of $85 per person did not represent quality or value.
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  • It was a so-so experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    It was a so-so experience. For an pricey limited pris fixe menu the food preparation should have been a lot better. Our two entrees themselves were either too dry or way too salty. However, the seasoning was interesting but overwhelmed by dryness or saltiness. I was rooting for a great local restaurant experience and do genuinely hope it was just one bad night we just happen to hit.
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  • Appetizers and dessert were
    diner
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Appetizers and dessert were excellent. However, we felt that the entrees were lacking. Both my husband and I enjoyed the side dishes that came with our entrees more than the actual entrees. I'm not sure whether this is typical of the restaurant, as this was our first visit.
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  • Went for a special Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Went for a special Valentine's dinner and was not disappointed. The prix-fixe menu was outstanding and the wine parings were spot on. The veal breast was tender, delicious, and had a wonderful sauce that had obviously been cooking all day. Deep rich flavor and the meat was incredibly tender. The desert combo plate was also outstanding. This is the second time I have gone here for a special occasion and the service has been absolutely perfect. Wonderfully attentive, great knowledge of the menu and super friendly. Just great! I guess it's time to try this on a non-special occasion. Our server mentioned homemade porchetta. That's sounds too good to miss.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Rich, Rustic, and Charming
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    My husband and I are big fans of A Tavola's sister restaurant, Bistro 5, in Medford, so we decided to give A Tavola a try for Valentine's day. We weren't disappointed. We found the warm, wooden, and metal decor of the restaurant very charming. The food was outstanding, from the Salumi and cheese plates at the start of the meal, to the rich, rustic rabbit and pasta entrees. Our service was fantastic. Our server made an excellent wine suggestion and offered a sample of it to me before I purchased the full quartino pitcher. She also offered to freshen the ice in my husband's Italian soda, which I thought was unusually thoughtful. The EVOO dessert was inventive and fresh. We can't wait to return!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • I met a friend for dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    I met a friend for dinner on a quiet Tuesday night. Local farm to table is the theme and the atmosphere is small, quiet and country. I had the braised veal stuffed with prunes and arugula and it was excellent. My friend loved the cocoa pasta and rabbit; even the bread was superb. On a weeknight we never felt rushed but the weekends must be crowded given the small number of tables. The staff were all friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely like to return and try other dishes.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • This was my third time dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    This was my third time dining at ATavola and I was disappointed with the food quality. The toast points that came with the eggplant puree were burnt to a crisp and my main entrée the cocoa pappardelle with rabbit was fair at best. This was a disappointment.
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  • Great concept poor execution
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    Honestly it was not a one but maybe a 1.5 star place. This was my second visit to this place and I really wanted and needed to like it since there are so few places in Winchester center to eat in. The wait staff was not very knowledgeable about the menu or wines. The farm to table concept is AWESOME but the food on most of our plates was either under or over cooked or poorly cleaned. I had mussels and the beard was left on more than one, lemon seeds in my main course which was also doused with more olive oil than needed. There was 2 tablespoons at least at the bottom of my bowl which is a portion I would use for 1 pound of pasta. I so wanted to love this place !
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