Tavola, the latest Belmont restaurant in the former Crush Wine Shop space, has been open for less than two weeks and I’ve already heard stellar reviews from three people. After dinner last night, I’ll add my stellar review to the chorus.
The owners did a great job transforming the space: it’s cozy without feeling cramped, specials are on the chalkboard, and the kitchen is open (which foodies always love).
The menu is classic Italian flavors with fresh local ingredients. We started with a chilled melon soup with crispy prosciutto. I wish we hadn’t shared it. Delicious… a perfect summer soup. I’m a big believer in perfect bite combos, and slightly sweet, smooth melon with a crunch of salty prosciutto is hard to beat.
For a main, we shared bucatini with spicy marinara sauce. The pasta was incredible, with perfectly fatty bites of flavorful sausage sprinkled throughout. I wished our side of zucchini was a little more thinly cut to enjoy more of the mint and grill char flavor, but that’s the only thing I found less than heavenly in this meal. A good wine list with reasonably priced options added to my food bliss. Finally, excellent Italian in this town!
Jed says: “Easily the best Italian I’ve had in C-ville, though too snazzy if you just want some good meatballs and a jug of chianti.”
Rating: Erin: Jed:
Pros: Delicious food, cozy ambience, great friendly service.
Cons: That we shared stuff.
Price: Apps $6-9, Pasta $12-14, Meat $16-20.
Parking: Belmont usually has plenty of street parking.