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About A Tavola
A Tavola is an Italian restaurant and bistro located in Winchester, Mass. "A tavola" literally translates to "at the table," an expression that was meant to call everyone to gather around and enjoy a good meal, as well as each other's company. A Tavola aims to be the embodiment of this sentiment, being a place where guests can come and enjoy delicious, authentic Italian cuisine while feeling as if they are part of the family.
A Tavola has plenty of full dinners for those who want a full, hearty meal. However, the specialty of the house are piattini, small plates that are meant to be passed and shared. First-time guests should each order one or two, then pass them around the table so everyone gets a taste. Popular ones include Maple Brook Farm burrata, marinated olives and duck breast prosciutto with grated foie gras.
Winchester, MA 01890
Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
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.
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
Ample non-metered street parking in front of the restaurant as well as a public lot behind the building.
Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Available for Private Parties & Special Events 7 days per week
Contact Lynsey Pellerin at 781.729.1040 or Lynsey@atavolawinchester.com
A Tavola Ratings and Reviews
Utterly fabulous from the moment we arrived. Interior is beautifully rustic with rich wood and candlelight. Kitchen is open with bar seating. The food...oh boy the boy! Original, local, fresh. Waitstaff are friendly and knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back.
We moved from the Back Bay to Winchester a few months ago, and really missed the easy access to so many good restaurants. Then we found A Tavola, and couldn't believe our luck - it is the best restaurant that we've found within a half hour drive. Even if we still lived in Boston, it would be worth the trip. The food, the preparation, and the staff are outstanding. The braised rabbit is my personal favorite, but the specials are always inventive, creative, and well executed. Chef Neil Palmer is to applauded for running such a well oiled machine on a regular basis - we never wait long to be served, and the staff is attentive while we wait.
Restaurant was overbooked. Table with 7pm reservations that arrived after us (around 6:50) waited almost an hour to be seated. There's nowhere to wait and because we were seated almost in the doorway by the time we left the restaurant there were about 10 people hovering right behind our table waiting to be seated.
Food was very average. Crab/lobster ravioli tasted frozen and undercooked. Bland beet salad. This restaurant has not changed its menu in three years. (Other than a few items).
Really average experience but it is one of only a few restaurants in town so it's very busy on a Saturday night.
Our server was excellent.
After filling our water glasses the only time our waiter came to our table was when we called him over. We've always had fabulous experiences at A Tavola and it's my favorite but our waiter was so inattentive it took away from the entire evening. We waited so long for dessert that we cancelled it. Of course we'll be back but will be sure to sit at the bar as usual.
We had a wonderful meal here on a Tuesday night. Started with a generous and perfectly displayed board of prosciutto di Parma and some prosecco, followed by a few oysters- all delicious.
For dinner we each had wonderful plates of fresh pasta and a fantastic bottle of Sicilian red wine.
Service, chefs, and ambiance at the bar was great!
attended a four course wine dinner. each course was accompanied by a very nice wine, and all matched well except for the wine selected for the dessert. each course was interesting, flavorfull and presented in a very appealing way. service was very good. the only issue was the patron seated near us whose perfume was overwhelming. this restaurant really gets it in presenting creative dishes that never lack in flavor.
We booked in advance for Valentines Day. It was a fixed price menu with 3-4 choices for Appetizer and Entrée each. It was a very busy night in the restaurant. Staff service was great and very attentive to any needs. They came over several times to check on us but were not annoying. Food was great for a limited menu.
My wife & I came for Valentine's Day dinner on 2/13. In the wake of terrible Boston snow storms, her train to Winchester Center was canceled, then delayed and our 6PM reservation had to be moved to 7PM. The staff was understanding and accommodating (we weren't the only party to run into traffic/transit woes). Our server, Declan, was superb and the salmon on special was incredible. The rabbit w/pappardelle was good, not great. Dessert, also on special, phyllo dough w/ vanilla gelato, was also fantastic. Will go back for the atmosphere and food. We want to check out Tuesday & Wednesday night tastings for beer & wine respectively.
A Tavola is consistently excellent. We found the menu balanced and the our meals were perfect. The Wait Staff is attentive and allows you to enjoy your meal without interruption. The antipasto selection were all house made and wonderful. Winchester is lucky to have such a high quality dining experience just an easy walk away.
I love the cozy atmosphere and chalk board specials. It is apparent that Vittorio takes great care in creating a delicious and often slightly adventurous experience. I'm impressed that both his restaurants have been able to maintain the specialness that they both have, very impressive!
I love that we can usually get a last minute reservation at one or the other.
This is a small restaurant and I was very grateful to the hostess who put our group of four at a table without another table nearby (based on a phone call I made after making the Open Table reservation.) The food was interesting, different, and distinctive. I would have appreciated just a few more entree choices on the menu, but I will definitely go back.
We always wanted to try A Tavola and finally had a chance. We ordered a few of the small bites-piattini and were super excited about everything. Especially liked the very light eggplant puree and melt in your mouth prosciutto di Parma. We had a mixed appetizer platter as well, which is a great way to try different items. Very nice chickpea puree and ricotta. Also had Sformationo, a delicious parmigiano custard, not to miss, and duck prosciutto. The only problem we had was, that there is no room on the tiny talbles. They brought out everything at once and could barely fit the plates anywhere. Next time we will order in different courses! (Staff should recommend as well...) Also, that table in front of the bar is right in the middle of traffic, choose one along the walls if you can for more romance!
The main courses were ok, we were more impressed with the appetizer section. The pumpkin gnocchi with rabbit was a bit on the heavy side, I would have appreciated something fresh with it. Rigatoni bolognese had a bit of an extra bite to it.
Desserts are definitely worth saving room for! Delicious ganache cake and salted caramel ice cream, yum! We thought the cheese plate was too strong for a dessert, a personal preference. Plus it was a huge piece of cheese and a smaller different one. Hard to cut with a regular dinner knife as well.
Overall we had a nice dinner and would come back again, maybe in the summer and just have a glass of wine and a whole bunch of appetizers!
A Tavola is a very small, farm-to-table restaurant. The menu is fairly small and I assume it changes frequently. The food and service were great. I don't believe they have a full bar, I think it's beer and wine only. Overall it was excellent and the food made for a unique dining experience. It's small and full, so maybe not the best place for a quiet romantic dinner, but definitely worth trying. It is the sister restaurant of Bistro 5 in Medford (same owner).
Their stated specialty of a whole roast pig deboned & put together as tiny bone in chop, homemade sausage & pork belly fat sounds like a good idea but appeared as small amount of meat for high cost---perhaps the labor cost was a factor…eggplant puree appetizer was tasty, though the big pieces of bare squid in tomato sauce was rubbery. Only 4 entree choices of rare tuna, the roasted pig, biftek, roast chicken. Pasta of rigatoni with bolognese sauce was just OK, nothing special. Desserts not appealing….We requested a business card from A Tavola and no one could find one…Does this mean they will not be in business that much longer? No 6:30 on Open Table so took 6:15, place was empty, 3 more tables only filled by time we left
Amazing food and aromas... all locally sourced... regular menu items would be specials anywhere else... specials are really unique and flavorful... we love to sit at the Chef's Counter and watch the kitchen... plus great service and staff. Definitely our "go to" restaurant when we need a fix of truly special and gourmet food... but in Winchester!
This is a lovely place to dine. Enjoy a small savory plate with good wine or a fine main dish. I order what I don't cook at home. The burrata salad with mushrooms was divine. It was followed with a rabbit dish beautifully prepared. Velvety chocolate dessert finished a fine special meal. We will return!
This is the Manhattan neighborhood secret restaurant that I only told goods friends about. It just happens to be in Winchester. You can sit at the bar and watch or at a table with friends enjoying what always seems to be something prepared for guests in the home of an Internationally trained chef.
This bistro is a treasure in downtown Winchester. A group of five woman friends call ourselves the "A Tavola Club" for good reason. This place is a perfect choice for a paleo diet, and it also works well for vegetarians. Great oysters and other seafood. The house-smoked bluefish pate is to die for. You can take the option of just ordering off the appetizer list to make it a "Tappas" experience and get lots of variety. The Mafalde is a great main course option for vegetarians. The chef pays attention to presentation, and every day there are specials on the board. Waitresses are very friendly and accommodating. Prices are reasonable considering the quality of the food and dining experience.
Another great dining experience at A Tavola! The dining room was slightly warm when we first came in because of the open kitchen, but some time in the middle of dinner, the air kicked in. This restaurant is in my top 5 favorites, and it continues to do so. For appetizers, my husband & I shared squids & mussels, both were very good. Then I had pasta w/ various seafood which I enjoyed immensely! My husband decided to try pasta w/ braised rabbit. He loved it! He said it tasted better than chicken! I'll take his word for it. The wine list wasn't extensive, but I don't think you can go wrong with any of the bottles. Service was most excellent, as always. Thanks for another great dinner!
Love the menu and the service here. Great food in a quiet, casual, neighborhood restaurant. Fun to sit at the bar and watch all the food prep. Tiniest kitchen on the planet turns out spectacular food. Menu is high end comfort food with a twist. Specials nightly and excellent wines.
We ventured out in the storm to rendezvous with friends traveling a fair distance to meet us. The restaurant was a warm comfort against the torrents outside. Three diners enjoyed the salmon special, while one enjoyed the pappardelle dinner. All agreed that the evening was a terrific success. I can't wait to return!
Great energy, attentive but not intrusive service and a menu that refreshes enough to make return visits interesting. Very tight space and could use some acoustic work because it does get loud when the place is hopping. After the early crowd comes through things get a little more relaxed after 8:30 although specials sell out quickly. A seat at the bar gives a ringside seat to the kitchen. Great Friday night wind down or Saturday special occasion place. Great find.
This was my first time at this restaurant. It is SMALL...tables are close...chairs are not comfy...now the food was awesome. fresh!! They has a garden out back where they pick fresh veggies and greens for the dishes...smart....the service was rough...I had to ask for my water glass filled 3 times...small plates are full of flavor....Overall food was fabulous...service needs to be more polished....
Classy place, although a bit dark. The food options were good however the main issue is that the 5 of us had 4 different dishes and 3 required more salt. If it was only one, that would be one thing, but for multiple to be lacking in flavor than that's a bigger problem. Overall, for what they charge, the food should have been better.
Pros: A Tavola is a exquisite restaurant. It's small, but this makes it warm (for me); rustic-type tables. I would find it very romantic, with low light, intimate. I do not remember having trouble with the noise levels. Service is good. Wine selections are good. But the best ever is the food! Every dish has a many layered taste, developing in your mouth like a blooming flower. All essences mix beautifully together. If you want a dinner with special, high quality food, A Tavola is the place to go.
Cons: Be aware that it is a little bit pricey. This is not fit for young kids - I do not remember a kids menu (1st time I went, there was not, 2nd time I went without the kid). Not fit for big parties.
I had never been to A Tavola before and was pleasantly surprised! The food was delicious and their EVOO dessert is amazing! It is a very small restuarant and you do sit close to other tables so you almost feel as thought you're being watched and people are listening to your conversation but if you go on the later side the restaurant starts to clear out a bit. It is a great atmosphere and our waitress was great! I would definitely go back again, I had a lovely evening.
I would consider last night's dinner average though. The mussels were too small. The pasta dishes were both on the dry side. When I asked for a little extra dish of sauce, I was told there was an upcharge of $2.00. I believe that this dish was not meant to be swimming in bolognese sauce, however, it was too dry to eat as presented. I felt our waitress was average- she never came over during the meal to ask how things were, I had to seek her out. A different person dropped off the check and we never saw her again. The wine was very good- the Masi - I would highly recommend it.
Although it was somewhat disappointing as I had treated a client to dinner, I would go back because I am hoping it was just an "off" night.
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