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Mar 12, 2009 08:22 AM

Tavolo, 3 course Wed dinner for $18

I had dinner for the 1st time at Tavolo last night (previously had take out pizza ). Sat at the bar and had friendly, if a bit slow service. The bar was full and the bartender was doing his best. We had mixed greens to start, which were very fresh and dressed perfectly. I had the meatball panini ( very good) and my husband had the half order of beef short ribs which were out of this world. He could have eaten several more if they were in front of him because they were so good, but this half portion really was a sufficient serving.

As we were leaving , the very friendly hostess told us about their Wednesday night dinner series: each week is a different region of Italy, 3 courses for $18 , with Chris Douglas in the kitchen. Wine parings can be added . It sounded like a great deal and I was wondering if anyone has attended any of these dinners?

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  1. If you like the menu (you can ask to be added to their email list), you should go try it! It is scheduled to start at 6:30pm, but lasts till 8:30pm+ because the service is a bit slow so only go if you're not in a hurry. You sit at communal tables to the left of the entrance, so it is a bit noisy, and not the place/time for a private conversation, but the food was great, and the chef starts off the night with a personal verbal presentation of the night's menu.

    Oh, about portions, if you're an average eater, you'll be fine with the meal and a slice or two from the bread basket. If you are a heavier eater though, you might want the rest of the bread basket...

    1. I think Chris Douglass does a great job, and he seems to be fired up about Tavolo. That deal sounds like a steal. If you go, can you report back on the experience?

      1. How's Tavalo doing?

        I know the building it's in has supposedly not done very well

        10 Replies
        1. re: C. Hamster

          Where do you park around Tavolo? we drove there a few weeks ago, thinking that we might check it out, but we couldn't find any street parking at all around there. Heh, we somehow ended up eating in Winthrop that night (we took the roundabout route, I guess).

          1. re: hiddenboston

            You just keep driving around til you find a spot. When we go to Ashmont, their tiny parking lot is always full so we just drive up Talbot or Dot Ave till we find something.

            1. re: hiddenboston

              You can park at Ashmont tire or the day care place accross the st.

              1. re: Smokee

                Neither of them will tow?

                C. Hamster, I couldn't find anything on either street when we went. Maybe it was just that night, but it was crazy around there!

                1. re: hiddenboston

                  Yeah, it can be crazy. We did actually give up once or twice and have had to hoof it several blocks other times.

                  1. re: hiddenboston

                    No towing. I believe the info is on the tavolo website:

                    I'm glad to hear they are busier, I was in on a Sat night about a month ago and things were slowww.

                    1. re: Smokee

                      I was there last Friday night and my sister got a $40 parking ticket, (resident parking until 6:00 pm)....she parked at 5:55pm........ochhh....

                      1. re: lbucket

                        We went by T and had a very good first experience. We're planning to return, with a group of Italians. So far, what we had was above average to excellent, especially if you consider the price.

                        1. re: mojomo

                          Which T stop and how long a walk?