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your opinions of Tavola restaurant in West End?

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re: Tavola on Robson near Denman (Vanc West End) ... i've never been but friends have -- any opinions from ChowHounders?

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  1. What did yoir friends thik of it?

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    1. re: vandan

      i think they like it - i think they like italian food esp.
      But i don't know anyone else who's been - that's why i ask input here on CH.

    2. The food is solid at Tavola but it's not a wow and not a favourite in my circle. Strange because Nook is pretty great and, with the shared ownership, I expected Tavola to be similarly great but with a bigger menu. I miss Tapastree.

      1. We went Saturday night for the first time. It was ok, not great. Nook is still better. We shared an appetizer plate of buratta, grilled veggies and bread ($16) - we enjoyed this, but it's a pretty hard dish to screw up. My hubby had pork picatta - for $22 you get two pieces of butterfied pork loin and that's it - no veggies, no starch. Same for my brick chicken...just a large portion of meat...kind of bothers me when restaurants do this...I just don't get it, especially with saucy dishes. And then the ultimate sin - we love Nook's affogato (hot espresso poured over vanilla ice cream). They poured cold (old?) espresso over the cold ice cream....trust me - it didn't work.
        Try to go to Nook instead.

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        1. re: Quattrociocchi

          Does their menu offer a number of selections to accompany the meat if you so wish? What is the Italian term, contorni? Veggies, salads etc. like what Zambri's in Victoria does with their terrific cauliflower

          1. re: Bob Mac

            I seem to recall they did offer contorni - broccoli rabe, asparagus and one other item - nothing that stood out as interesting. That's all we can recall. Call me old fashioned - I like my entre dressed as I would at home...likely with a starch and at least one vegetable, although that doesn't seem the norm these days.

          2. re: Quattrociocchi

            In their defense, that's very Italian - the pasta, the meat, the contorni are all usually separate. But it's too bad that wasn't made really clear.

            1. re: NoMoreSnuggles

              He did make that clear - but it doesn't change my preference of something other than a slab o' meat on my plate. But that's just me....