A Tavola means ‘To the table’, which is what Italian mammas shout to their family when dinner is ready. This is without doubt one of my favourite Italian restaurants in Sydney and luckily enough I live about 30 seconds around the corner from it.
From outside it looks like an inconspicuous venue, with its simple white façade and wide windows. Inside you are welcomed by a cool and refined ambience.
There are two main spaces: the downstairs, with its open kitchen and the imposing marble table (which acts as a communal table at night and knitting surface for pasta making during the day), and a more quaint and private room upstairs – which makes you almost feel like you are dining is somebody’s home. Wherever you are sitting, the atmosphere is intimate and relaxed, the service courteous and attentive.
But the real star is the food: I challenge anybody to find elsewhere such exquisite handmade pappardelle pasta with slowly-cooked ragu, it is out of this world – it would be a crime not to try it! Burrata (melt in the mouth buffalo mozzarella style cheese), delicious prosciutto and other clever takes on traditional Italian flavours also feature in the menu .The wine list is satisfying – covering renown vintages from a number of Italian regions. Try the Cannonau (red wine) if you want to check out what my native Sardinia has to offer. This is a great place and fantastic for a romantic night out or special occasion. Pappardelle addiction is included.
Another great nearby Italian option is Popolo.
A Tavola has also opened a restaurant in Bondi (as of yet, I haven’t tried but I’ve heard good things!).by