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.
This was our first visit and we were not disappointed! We'd requested thru our Open Table res if we could come a bit earlier than their 5:30 opening, as we were attending a local concert and wanted to have enough time to enjoy this venue. We received a personal call to assure us our 5PM request could be met. The wine offerings were plentiful and the "glass and a half" portions were appreciated. One can also request a smaller serving too. I had the savory arugula salad with warm figs which was excellent. Several in our group selected the Swordfish special with couscous and pesto. The portions were not large but the right size for us. Served hot, moist and flavorful, and totally delicious. Our server was present just the right amount of time and seemed to know exactly when to approach the table and not hover. We enjoyed our 1 1/2 hours in this special restaurant and will definitely return and share the experience with friends.
A small gem of a restaurant with delicious dishes, A Tavola is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed dinner for two in a casual, candlelit and elegant atmosphere. The servers are attentive and knowledgeable. The menu featured four main dishes. We enjoyed the salmon and chicken. With on street parking easy to find, it's always a pleasure to dine here.
This was our first visit to A Tavola and it was a great experience. The staff was very pleasant, knowledgeable and patient with all our questions. The food was delicious and fresh. We were pleasantly surprised at what a great place it was for our kids too. We have a child with peanut allergies and our server was very helpful. It is a small space but never once did I feel confined. The staff had an amazing rhythm that made you forget the size of the room and just relax and enjoy. We will be back.
On our first visit to A Tavola, our waitress spilled a glass of red wine on my wife, ruining her outfit as anyone should know with red wine. The restaurant offered to comp the wine and pay for dry cleaning which shows they have no idea what red wine does to clothing. No management person bothered to come and see what could be done so I assume that they were not really interested in our return business. They food was actually quite good and the menu was fairly short so that the kitchen was not burdened too much. The pace of the meal was fine. We will not be returning.
The food was so good, but after a while those wooden chairs just left me in agony. How about some little pads to help make guests more comfortable. The meal cost us $100 for two dinners and one was gluten-free pasta. Mom had a glass of wine.
Love this place. Brought an out of town guest who was wowed by the food (& he has dined all over the world). Also brought the kids for the 1st time- so impressed with the kids menu. One of my favorites, probably of all time :) Thanks, Vittorio
Between the two of us, we split the special appetizer (morel mushroom polenta and a soft shell crab with fava beans - both were excellent. We tend to eat too fast and as a consequence, the food is brought to us at the same pace. The pace of the meal was relaxed and not rushed. We will definitely be back.
While we have been to A Tavola many times before, we may not return again. The food was good, but the service was very slow and the server was very poorly trained. The fixed price menu limits choices and prep time, so the slow service was hard to understand. Needing to tell the server that we would like to order drinks, ask for bread and then needing to ask for drinks again while we cooled our heels for over an hour is not really acceptable. Sorry.
It was a genuine Italian resturant, similar to what you find in Italy. It had all the courses but each course is individually priced. The location is a small storefront on Winchester ' s main street.
A Tavola is a great spot, had the bolognese and LOVED it. I'd highly recommend this spot to anyone looking for a nice nice in Winchester.