We had a nice tasty dinner at Tavolo last night.
Off the specials menu, we got a a very good fiddlehead appetizer, and a reasonably good artichoke appetizer (they called it confit, which maybe it was -- but maybe it was just roasted small artichokes, I'm not sure what the difference would be ). The specials menu was full of other options I wanted to try - last night also had an eggplant caponata pizza that we skipped, a braised short ribs dish, and a seafood ravioli with smoked scallops that sounded interesting but too heavy for me to want to try last night.
Then we had the asparagus salad off the main menu. Nicely grilled asparagus, topped w a poached egg, some goat cheese, arugula. It was quite tasty. The poached egg was hard rather than runny, which I thought odd, but my companion didn't care to ask if that was intentional, she was happy to have it.
And I finally tried the meatball panini, which I think is the last meatball prep on the menu that I hadn't tried. Quite tasty. I do like their meatballs.
The bar side looked like it was pretty busy; the tables side was nearly empty. We were admittedly eating on the early side of a Saturday night, but when we left around 8:15 there were just ~3 tables full on the dining side of the restaurant. Is this normal for Tavolo on a Saturday night? I haven't been in ~6 months but feel like it was busier last time I was there.