Tavolata
Tavolata

Tavolata

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ethanstowellrestaurants.com/locations/tavolata/
  • Phone: 2068388008x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Daily 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Addam Buzzalini
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are happy to help you plan your private event at Tavolata. Semi-private mezzanine can accommodate up to 35 guests or reserve the entire restaurant for parties up to 90 guests. Please contact our administrative office at 206.588.0030 for more information.
  • Special Events: Join us for our monthly Sunday Feast, a four-course family meal served at the tavolàta (communal table) where seating is limited to 26 diners. Price will range from $45 - $60 per person depending on the featured ingredient.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Battery & Bell
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Tavolata
Chef Addam Buzzalini will dazzle guests using creative house-made pastas to create seasonal, Italian-inspired dishes.

Opened in January of 2007, Tavolàta is Chef Ethan Stowell's second restaurant, located at 2323 Second Avenue in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood. House-made pastas, simple Italian cuisine, and a 30-foot communal table (tavolàta) are the focal point of this urban Italian-inspired eatery. Tavolàta offers a full bar and a wine list featuring Italian and Pacific Northwest wines. Tavolàta serves dinner seven nights a week from 5pm to 11pm. Tavolàta has a semi-private mezzanine for up to 35 guests and a small patio for seasonal dining.
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Tavolata reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (63)neighborhood gem (55)good for groups (43)romantic (35)notable wine list (35)special occasion (28)hot spot (26)great for outdoor dining (13)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (7)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The only issue with Tavolata is the noise level. It is very difficult to have a conversation when dining with friends. It might possibly be helped by playing softer music. The food was very good and the service was good but the noise level was just too loud for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, too loud
    deleomeyer
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    In two days, we were lucky enough to have reservations at two Ethan Stowell restaurants. We celebrated a friend's birthday one night at Staple and Fancy and had a chance to go to Tavolata the next night. We love Mr. Stowell's food! However, we ended up leaving Tavolata after starters and a bottle of wine as we simply could not have a conversation that did not involve lip-reading. Some noise is to be expected: Tavolata's ceilings are tall, the walls are concrete, and there is always going to be kitchen and other noise. But adding loud music to the mix put the decibel level over the top. I look forward to returning to Tavolata for some fabulous food when the sound is more moderate.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent food!
    travelerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Visiting from Chicago and had dinner with a work colleague. It was a bit loud, but the food was unbelievably good. One of their signature pastas, the Rigatoni with spicy Italian sausage, marjoram, and tomato was precisely the dish I normally look for at Italian restaurants. It was the best I've ever had. The restaurant configuration is a bit odd, with booths along the wall (that's where you want to be if you want any privacy) and a very long, group, communal table in the middle (probably held at least thirty guests). Very trendy type place and the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pasta and Steak
    Nickame
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Fresh pasta, cooked perfectly (al dente, but cooked) with great sauces - pomodoro and red sauce/Italian sausage). Steak was excellent, also cooked just right. All reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ALWAYS A GREAT TIME
    RAZZMOVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This is one of our favorite spots in Seattle. We never miss a chance to come here. The food is great, the atmosphere is lively and fun. No matter how busy the place is, the service is always prompt and personable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ChrisZVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Home made pasta is greatly made and superbly (correctly) prepared!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cozy ambiance Great Food
    AlohaAnnieVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Lovely all the way around. We had a great dinner, super service. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    BelltowndinersVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    This was our best yet evening out of several dining experiences in the past few years. Friendly and efficient service and outstanding food. Pastas are made fresh in-house. All three of the different pasta dishes ordered by our table were delicious. The dessert of small, powdered donuts and amazing chocolate sauce was also outstanding. Our out-of-town visitors from the East Coast were most impressed. We are fortunate to live close to this Seattle gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • jayne
    jayne
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Wonderful service and very good food. They went over the top to help us celebrate our 25th anniversary - free glass of prosecco and a free dessert to share. Great homemade pasta.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Good, But Music too Loud!!
    Rudman
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Terrific fresh pasta, but the level of the music made me question going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Dinner
    New2Dis
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went here with my girlfriend for a much needed date night. our server was amazing and very helpful in convincing my girlfriend who is a bit timid with her food selection to try the bone marrow risotto as well as the squid ink pasta. I will definitely be going back. Cool little thing that did was when presenting our bill they gave us two small bags of freshly rolled pasta to take home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tavolata
    Amyy
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    One of the best places I've been to in Seattle. The quality price ratio is amazing and the service was excellent. I highly recommend this great restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Seattle Gem
    Michelley
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I fell in love with Tavolata. The ambiance, service and most importantly the food were all to die for. I can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Will not disappoint! :)
    Yumseeker
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was fantastic (spaghetti was divine). The atmosphere was great - good for couples or groups or even large parties. But, best of all is the service. Just like every Stowell restaurant, Tavolata's service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit
    CCseattle
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Will definitely be back! The food and service was wonderful. Nice touch was fresh pasta given to us by our waiter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice service, good food, noisy
    Cannolo
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The service staff were all very nice and efficient. The pasta was good. Mostly, though, I remember the noise. I sat under the kitchen exhaust duct and against the wall, which must have sent the sound straight down to me. It was very hard to hear what others were saying at my table. No one with ears older than about 40 should ever sit there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointing & overpriced.
    explorerdiner
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Went to use up a gift card. Decor was Warehouse chic. Concrete walls & dim light. Food was OK but overpriced. I had pan fried scallops for $29. Good but small quantity. Partner had ravioli which was very bland. (we shared). Service was rather slow (Wednesday night). Wouldn't go back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    2 of the entrees were not to our liking and the restauerant removed them from our bill. Other food was terrific. Would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ethan Stowell - Solid
    Footn
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Ethan Stowell continues to pull together amazing flavors and textures. The pasta is perfectly prepared and the appetizers are creative, without being overly complicated. The only way you will be disappointed is if you don;t eat at Tavolata.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great go to
    flannelator
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Tavolata is one of my go to restaurants due to the relaxed atmosphere, service and quality of food that has remnants of traditional Italian (my personal favorite) with a fusion of NW that make it exciting for appreciators of either.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A place that has it all in once!!!
    Valenruan14
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Simply out of ordinary food, carefully cook by perfection and delicious! Outstanding service and inviting comfy ambiance!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good service & Food, too hot inside
    celebrants
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    The service and food were great, but the temperature inside the restaurant was absurd. If you're not going to have air conditioning (which I admit is not needed half of the year), then at least install some ceiling or wall fans and include a pitcher of ice with the carafe of room temperature water from the tap! I'll be back, if I'm ever in the area when it's not summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Just ok, food was mild, not inspired. Service was ok but overall very expensive for the dinning experience not sure I would return.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Could be great
    SIPSandBITES
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We went here for dinner. The restaurant has a cool vibe, but is extremely loud. It seemed like there were not enough servers for the amount of diners there, so service was slow. It took awhile to order, took awhile to receive the food, and then when we were finished and waiting for the next plate, our food sat on the table forever waiting to be cleared. We were offered a complimentary dessert (probably b/c the server knew our experience was not stellar),which was nice, but not enough. We will not be going back. Although the food was pretty tasty, the experience wasn't stellar. It is not an inexpensive place, so in my opinion, if I am spending a decent amount on a date night out, I want to spend it on the best... Not just okay.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding!
    MWPapabear
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I personally thanked the new chef for the best octopus I have eaten over 4 continents. Perfectly cooked! The service was outstanding. My wait person Darcy was knowledgeable about the menu, seasonal foods, wine pairings, everything. Made for a very enjoyable experience. I even wrote Ethan Stowell to tell him!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is a wonderful spot, great ambiance with the modern décor and communal tables. Good food and wine selection.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food with depressing server
    Vancouver99
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    At first entering Tavolata, the ambience was great- upbeat, industrial with a modern italian twist. Great lighting, big communal tables but also some private seating. The food was overall good (pasta perfectly cooked, salumi platter was a great start, risotta a little bland) but our server R.L. unfortunately was not good. She seemed very put off if we asked for anything as simple as ice on this blistering hot beautiful summer day. It's unfortunate when good food is accompanied by less than enthusiastic service. A smile, introduction & some personality would have gone a long way.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice pasta - convenient location
    brunello
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Eating outside in Seattle seems an oxymoron, but we went on a good weather weekend (hot, actually) and were thrilled to find that we could sit outside for an early dinner and relax. The service was excellent; pleasant, informed, helpful. The food was really delicious, we enjoyed everything we had. We're red wine drinkers for the most part; the white wines we started with for appetizers were fine, and cold - but the red wine was too warm and not up to par. Otherwise, a very pleasant experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great housemade pasta, serves late
    DentalMattVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had the spaghetti with the anchovie and chili which I thought was excellent. The anchovie was not overpowering which was great. My wife had the tagliatelle with octopus. It did come in a red sauce which wasn't noted on the menu and had some spicy kick to it. Overall this was also delicious with the octopus adding some additional texture. The meat crudo was what can be expected of steak tartar. Went well with garlic toast points it came with. Service was friendly and fast. We dined late and they were seating people after us. Walkable from Pikes market. Noise level was a little loud
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnifico
    tpolovesfood
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Dinning at Tavolata is always a treat. Their house-made pastas are wonderful. My favorite being gnocchi, has just the right texture with that soft, silky, pillowy dough that has just enough bite. The Grilled squid on their appetizer is a must. We played it safe and ordered the rigatoni (with sausage in tomato sauce) and I requested the Telefono be made with butter sauce rather than tomato since we didn't want 2 tomato dishes. The chef was happy to oblige and it was amazingly velvety smooth/rich dish that we couldn't finish it. First time trying lobster mushroom (w/ asparagus) and reminds me of oyster mushrooms, but these might have been dried and reconstituted which gave it a more pronounce woody/earthy flavor and hardier bite. Amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, don't go on a hot day
    TheaterGoer
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We tried Tavolata for the first time because it is very close to the theater where we attended a play on a recent Friday evening. The food was great! I had the rigatoni and it was delicious. Tavolata would probably have earned more stars for food and ambience, except on the day we ate there the weather was quite warm, and the restaurant has no cooling system to speak of. Our server told us that the group/special events area, upstairs from the main dining room, is especially brutal on hot summer days. So just sitting there was not the most comfortable. The heat also got to the wines; we had a red that would have been especially tasty had it been 15 degrees cooler, but alas, it was well above "cellar" temperature.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not the best
    tavalastime
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Who doesn't serve water with ice. I ordered a coke and they brought it out in a warm can. the menu was less than desirable, not very many choices.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    EdmondsKen
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Great assortment of small plates as well entree sized steaks and pastas. Very trendy feel and good ambience, with some outdoor seating and open seating facing the sidewalk. Reasonable given the high quality of food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great, as always.
    Henrysmom1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is my favorite restaurant in Seattle. The food is always fresh and delicious. Fantastic homemade pasta, terrific, interesting appetizers. I almost always order the rigatoni with spicy sausage. We also had the sunchokes and heirloom tomatoes which were great. Can't miss with this place. You will have a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We loved this restaurant!So much so that we have booked again for next week.Happy hour is really a good deal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Laurie
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The flavors of the food were perfect! Each dish was very nicely prepared. I dine at alot of resturants and cook myself and I can honestly say the food was perfect. I ordered the Salmon Bruchetta, Burrata, and Rigatoni.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Had a fantastic dining experience here this weekend! Staff was friendly and we were sat right away in a nice intimate table. Prices were very reasonable making the night even better. Started with the Salumi Board , its rare that we love all the selections on the board and we were delighted this was the case! Request the Baguette to go with it, really good bread & balsamic. For entrees we had the Bigoli and Rigatoni. Both were outstanding. The flavor of the rigatoni was perfect. We both know we are ruined when ordering pasta anywhere else because it was that good. A perfect date night in Belltown!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good concept, okay execution
    ItalianFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    I hadn't been to Tavolata for a year or more and tried it again recently. I had three courses: panzanella salad, pappardelle with pancetta, garlic, and chili, and olive oil cake with sorbetto. The Panzanella salad had crunchy croutons and very good heirloom tomatoes, but too much dressing which was very heavy on the balsamic vinegar (making it very sour). The Pappardelle was good, but very, very spicy (quite a bit too spicy for my taste--and I like Thai food that brings a sweat to your forehead). The olive oil cake and sobetto was a solid offering. The server was excellent, and the manager stopped by a couple of time to ensure things were right. The place is very, very loud (hard surfaces, no sound proofing) that detracts from dining.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One unfortunate incident
    OdfgwtfVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    My wife and I have been to Tavolata 65% of the Sunday nights of this past year. We knew one wait person in particular. loved her service, and would ask for her section. We were always granted that for which we are very grateful. She has since moved on but we decided to keep going there. On this first night back we asked about sitting outside. We were told they do not reserve the outside tables, they are first come first served, which I completely understand. So, when we arrived no one, not one person was sitting outside. We asked to sit, two of us, at a four top, closer to the bar and were told NO, we had to sit at a two top. Not another soul was outside with us in the time we sat there. Darcy redeemed the night.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tremendous experience!
    aridog
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Every course was perfection. Simply an outstanding experience from start to finish. Our server (I believe David was his name?) was top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 614 reviews are from the Tavolata reviews archive.