Tavolo

★★★☆☆
  • 1918 Dorchester Ave

    Dorchester, MA 02124

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  • 617-822-1918

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Fri-Sat: 4pm-12am, Sun: 4pm-10pm, Mon-Thu: 5pm-11pm

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Being a die hard for Ashmont grille I was so excited to come to Tavolo and check it out. The space is gorgeous and decorated very well. The menu is very very small. I didn't find it to have too many options and was a tiny bit pricey for the limited options. I honestly don't even remember what i ordered but my guest ordered a delicious meal that we both loved. Although the space is nice and Ashmont is still on the rise, it was semi sketchy walking back to the car we passed two beggars and while i was eating I definitely did think; "oh, I hope my car is safe". the service was sub par.

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★★★☆☆

Being a die hard for Ashmont grille I was so excited to come to Tavolo and check it out. The space is gorgeous and decorated very well. The menu is very very small. I didn't find it to have too many options and was a tiny bit pricey for the limited options. I honestly don't even remember what i ordered but my guest ordered a delicious meal that we both loved. Although the space is nice and Ashmont is still on the rise, it was semi sketchy walking back to the car we passed two beggars and while i was eating I definitely did think; "oh, I hope my car is safe". the service was sub par.

Pros: the space

Cons: the menu/parking

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Underwhelming.

I had heard so much about the short-lived Icarus, so I was pretty anxious for Chris Douglass' take on Italian in my old stomping ground of Dorchester.

The ambiance is pretty minimalist but nice. The furniture is... awkward. It feels like Ikea home office furniture, to be honest. The beer and wine options are not tremendously plentiful, but they're thematic and satisfactory - they carry the standard selection of Italian beer imports that most nice Italian restaurants carry.

The food isn't tremendously pricey, but it certainly isn't cheap. And it truly tastes a bit over-frilled. That is, it's too much going on. His approach to classic Italian dishes with the twist of different cheeses, seasonings, or preparations... is a bit stressful to the diner wishing simply for high-quality Italian fare.

The pizza was pretty good, but then again so is Todd English's take on it at Olives (though even more olive oil-soaked at Olives). But nothing fantastic. The pizza wasn't as good as nice suburban Italian ristorante Orta... or even Doyle's (although to be fair, Doyle's has great pizza).

The staff are not particularly knowledgeable or gracious, but there was nothing to gripe over.

If I remember properly, there was table bread but with no oil or butter or spread of any kind. That's a pretty significant faux pas for a reputable Italian place.

Lastly, the restaurant is located in a gentrified building right at the end of the train line in a neighborhood that I probably still wouldn't want my girlfriend walking alone in. And with little to no parking other than on-street and adjacent streets... this really detracts.

Disappointment. I won't go back, to be honest, but maybe it's worth a shot.

3
★★★☆☆

Underwhelming.

I had heard so much about the short-lived Icarus, so I was pretty anxious for Chris Douglass' take on Italian in my old stomping ground of Dorchester.

The ambiance is pretty minimalist but nice. The furniture is... awkward. It feels like Ikea home office furniture, to be honest. The beer and wine options are not tremendously plentiful, but they're thematic and satisfactory - they carry the standard selection of Italian beer imports that most nice Italian restaurants carry.

The food isn't tremendously pricey, but it certainly isn't cheap. And it truly tastes a bit over-frilled. That is, it's too much going on. His approach to classic Italian dishes with the twist of different cheeses, seasonings, or preparations... is a bit stressful to the diner wishing simply for high-quality Italian fare.

The pizza was pretty good, but then again so is Todd English's take on it at Olives (though even more olive oil-soaked at Olives). But nothing fantastic. The pizza wasn't as good as nice suburban Italian ristorante Orta... or even Doyle's (although to be fair, Doyle's has great pizza).

The staff are not particularly knowledgeable or gracious, but there was nothing to gripe over.

If I remember properly, there was table bread but with no oil or butter or spread of any kind. That's a pretty significant faux pas for a reputable Italian place.

Lastly, the restaurant is located in a gentrified building right at the end of the train line in a neighborhood that I probably still wouldn't want my girlfriend walking alone in. And with little to no parking other than on-street and adjacent streets... this really detracts.

Disappointment. I won't go back, to be honest, but maybe it's worth a shot.

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Tavolo is located in a constant construction zone, but despite the chaos, they are building a reputation. I went a few months ago for a business meeting. To start, the bread and oil is good, but I wish they would have put some parmesean out with it. Their beer and wine list is pretty expansive, with some authentic Italian beer and some interesting microbrew choices. Their specialty is pasta, I got the shrimp scampi and was impressed by the portion, although it was heavy on the butter and light on the garlic (that is just my taste though). A nice cappucino capped off the meal well. Service was good, but nothing to write home about. Tavolo is a great little spot, but what sets it apart is it's realism, despite the fact that it presents as an upscale Italian eatery, they still have TV's in the bar to catch the game.

If you are looking for a deal here, try their Regional Pasta tours on Wednesday nights, every week is a different region of Italy.

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★★★★☆

Tavolo is located in a constant construction zone, but despite the chaos, they are building a reputation. I went a few months ago for a business meeting. To start, the bread and oil is good, but I wish they would have put some parmesean out with it. Their beer and wine list is pretty expansive, with some authentic Italian beer and some interesting microbrew choices. Their specialty is pasta, I got the shrimp scampi and was impressed by the portion, although it was heavy on the butter and light on the garlic (that is just my taste though). A nice cappucino capped off the meal well. Service was good, but nothing to write home about. Tavolo is a great little spot, but what sets it apart is it's realism, despite the fact that it presents as an upscale Italian eatery, they still have TV's in the bar to catch the game.

If you are looking for a deal here, try their Regional Pasta tours on Wednesday nights, every week is a different region of Italy.

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