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Nov 25, 2008 02:54 PM

La Tavola Waterbury CT

Was the former Faces .Is this as good!

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  1. i don't know anything about la tavola but the late owner of faces sig other operates emmanuels in middlebury.

    1. We went to La Tavola with a group of 8 people on Sat. night. We had a reservation for 8:00 p.m. (which I had changed earlier in the week from a 7:30 p.m. reservation), but didn't get seated at our table until almost 9:00 p.m. We placed our orders and it took quite a while for our apps to come out (and I and my friends were starved by this time)! I ordered the Pane cotta because I had never had it (white beans, escarole, bread in buttery sauce) - it was tasty, but I had nothing to compare it to. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their lobster bisque and the calimari. I ordered the salmon for my entree. It was served over a bed of orzo. It was very good, but by the time I got it I had eaten so much bread/oil, pane cotta, antipasto, etc., I only finished half of it. But I did have room to split a terra misu with my friend. :) It was very good. It's a very nice restaurant. The only bad part is its location in a residential area of Waterbury. Parking was definitely an issue on Sat. night. One of the neighbors about 3 house in back of the restaurant was outside yelling at people when they tried to park on the street in front of his house. When we left the restaurant, the bar area was packed with 20-somethings. It must be a hang-out after the restaurant clears out. The glass floor over their wine cellar is very clever.

      1. The food is very, very good at La Tavola, but unfortunately it is upstaged by the noise of the people at the bar and sometimes in the dining room. We were seated at a tiny table in a row of tiny tables situated between two rows of booths. As we sat down a drunk leaned across our table to yell something at some people in a booth. He kept doing it until I pushed him away. No one on the staff attempted to clear him out. There is a large opening between the bar and the dining room so the noise comes straight out. But my God the food is wonderful, and I think the neighborhood scene is kind of charming.

        1. We were there, too, on Saturday night -- party of 4 -- and had a fantastic meal as well as great service. Our reservation was for 7 and we were promptly seated. With respect to the large party waiting for their table for an hour, it was probably due to people like us, sitting and enjoying our meal over time. (Sorry) Anyway, everyone's food was perfectly prepared, portions were more than ample, and our server was friendly AND available for anything we needed. When I make reservations, I always ask for a quiet or corner table to avoid additional noise problems. The bar was pretty noisy, but it seemed that most noise came from the large party tables. Parking in the neighborhood is a real problem. The other couple was told to move his car because he was "blocking" the sidewalk (HUH?) and apparently they were expecting people to come to the house. (Guess he could have put a garbage can in front of the house, like some of his neighbors!) So, big deal, we walked a little further. The restaurant is worth the walk, believe me. Oh, and be sure to order the nutella cake for dessert.

          1. More than good, I've been there 3 times for dinner, once for lunch. Service is excellent, but the food is divine, at least everything I've tried. Twice I had short ribs, and they were amazing both times. A veal chop with wild mushrooms demiglace was insanely flavorful of both the grill and subtler flavors of the veal. I always get a pasta course too and split it with someone. They have prepared and made pastas, left column, prepared, right column, made at the restaurant, and I always order from the right column. Twice I had gnocchi, the last time with a lamb and wild mushroom ragu that was incredible, the lamb falling apart into beautiful shreds The dry meat plate appetizer has the best dried meats (prosciutto, home made dry sausage, dry beef, with some candied fruit at the center that has a real bite), desserts - to tell the truth, I'm usually too full for deserts. This is now my favorite restaurant. If you go for lunch and they have the grilled cheese and lobster sandwich on the menu, you have to give it a try. Just be sure to get on the treadmill for at least an hour that night - it's a bit rich!