Thursday, February 2, 2012

Restaurant Review - A Tavola

Yes! We finally got the opportunity to go to A Tavola (every other time we tried to go they were on a 2+ hour wait), so Saturday night when our group was hungry for dinner early, we headed that way for some of this pizza we have heard so much about... There was still a 45 minute wait at 5:30, but no one complained about going across the street to Taste of Belgium for some pre-dinner beers and pomme frites with aoili.

We were out celebrating THIS!!!!

They called us when our table was ready and we headed over to try the pizza.

We started off with some sliders and risotto balls.....

Wagyu Beef Meatball Slider & Eggplant Slider..both served on a Blue Oven  mini english muffin
Arancini- Fried Risotto balls served with pesto

At $5 a pop, the sliders are a little pricey but absolutely delicious. The beef meatball was extremely flavorful and I loved the pesto that was on both the eggplant slider and the arancini. The arancini was crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside....I would definitely get these again...
So bring on the pizza....for 5 hungry people we got 3 pizzas and ate every last bite...

Sausage & Panna: house sausage, panna, red onion, mozzarella, fennel pollen
I wasn't sure what Panna was, but I knew that this pizza was one of the creamiest pizzas I had ever had, if that makes any sense, and sure enough after looking it up, Panna is an Italian cream. A lot like heavy cream but thicker and less sweet. Whatever it is it needs to be on way more pizzas from here on out...

Fig & Prosciutto: fig jam, prosciutto, fontina, arugula salad
Claire suggested we get this pizza and I wasn't too sure about it as I am not a "sweet on savory" kind of person much. I don't particularly want jam on my pizza, but she said it was good and prosciutto would win a "what's the best meat ever" competition if I was the judge, so I agreed. I'm also just a little obsessed with arugula on everything, so that made the decision easy. It was just the right amount of sweet and salty with the fig jam and the prosciutto and in my humble opinion every pizza should be topped with an arugula salad, so this was a definite winner in my book.
Sweet Pea & Bacon: sweet peas, house bacon, fontina
This pizza was also good, but all 5 of us rated our pizzas in order and this came at the bottom of everyone's list (even mine and I picked it)- so this is probably the one that I wouldn't order again if I went back. But it was still really good..the peas were firm and still had some bite to them and the bacon was thick cut and you could really taste it in every bite....just couldn't quite compete with the first two.

salted caramel ice cream. mmmmmm
The five of us split this bowl of salted caramel ice cream to finish the night. It was no Jeni's Salty Caramel,but it was still pretty good. Ironically while I don't like sweet on my savory I love savory on my sweet.....if that makes any sense?

All in all this place really lived up to the hype. The service was great and the pizza was we're already looking forward to going back..

A Tavola on Urbanspoon

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