So far I love living in Manhattan. My neighborhood is full of restaurants and I’m so excited to try all of them, eventually. My cousin took us to Travola to celebrate our recent move to NYC. He loves this restaurant, and now I know why.
Tavola means “table” in Italian. The cuisine here is based on regional Italian fare, mainly Puglian, Roman, and Sicilian. Inspired by owner Nick Accardi’s extensive travels to these regions, especially the town of Castelvetrano, the source of Nick’s family roots, Tavola offers quality Italian cuisine made with regional ingredients, including single estate castelvetrano olives and extra virgin olive oil, which he exclusively imports and can be purchased at Tavola.
The menu features a variety of gluten free options from salads, and appetizers, to pasta, fish and filet mignon.
Wood roasted Pimientos de Padrone ($8), a traditional Spanish tapa from the Galician region, is one of Jeremy and my favorite dishes. We just spent a week in Galicia and ate countless Padron Peppers, and we just had to order them.
This is a great dish for sharing. Although we enjoyed them, we’re not sure if these were not the “real” deal. In Spain, the peppers are drenched in olive oil then grilled. Here, it was very similar, but not nearly as blistered.
The Grilled Local Calamari ($14.50) was by far our favorite. Served on a bed of greens with lemon and capers, the dish was fresh and light.
For my entrée I tried the Vongole; Manila clams, roasted garlic, Italian parsley, pepperoncino, and olive oil.
Any pasta dish can be substituted with gluten free penne for an extra $2. While I enjoyed the dish very much, the pasta was great and cooked to perfection; the portion was a bit small for $19.50.
One thing to note, they will not substitute any sauce on any dish. So if you are like me and can also not eat dairy, most of the pasta dishes are off limits. This is too bad because I really wanted to try the wild salmon and pesto dish without the cream sauce.
Over all we all enjoyed our night at Tavola. We loved the ambiance. The vibe is welcoming and not too casual but not too over the top either. Jeremy and Rob loved the pizza (not gluten free L) and I would recommend you try it for brunch, lunch or dinner if you are looking for an authentic Italian meal with plenty of gluten free options.