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Jun 22, 2012 12:08 PM

Any been to A Tavola (Cincy, OH) b/ Good Falafel?

How is A Tavola? I'm really familiar with the NYC/Naples style, which I believe is shooting for the Naples style. I'm looking for some CHAR on the crust, not a wimpy and flavorless "golden brown".

Aside from Donato's, LaRosa's, and Dewey's are there any Pizza recommendations?

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Where do I find some good falafel?

thanks in advance,

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  1. I ate at A Tavola for the first time about two weeks ago. It is Neapolitan style wood-fired pizza (the oven is beautiful). We ate two pizzas, the sausage and panna and also the artichoke pizza. We had the roasted cauliflower as well (excellent). The pizzas were very good, although I don't know if they will meet your "CHAR" requirement. They were certainly not wimpy or limp. The service was friendly and we sat on the small patio, which was very nice. I would say that A Tavola offered excellent pizza and lived up to the hype.

    I do not love Donato's but that's just a personal preference. I grew up in Cincinnati and my childhood pizza was LaRosa's, so that is what I like. I get the thin crust and tell them to cook it well done. I have never tried Dewey's so can't help you there.

    Alas, I have no falafel information for you. I hope someone else can help.

    1. A Tavola is the ONLY neopolitan pizza in Cincinnati. They had very good intentions from the beginning, and the pizza is very good, but far less good than it could be, and customers are starting to lose interest. They put oregano on margherita pizzas (when they remember to put it on) in place of proper basil leaves, and have claimed variously "basil is out of season (while using basil in other dishes) or "thats how they do it in Italy" (when clearly, no, thats not the way it is done there). They charge for two toppings for a half and half pizza. They are losing their way, and their customer base is dwindling.

      The best pizza in town at the moment is at Cosmic in Hartwell and Brooklyn Pizza on Montgomery Road. Both are typical NY style, not neopolitan.

      For falafel - Raya's on Court Street or Baba's on Harrison

      1. Fratelli's pizza in West Chester fulfills my NY style pizza craving, although I don't remember any black char on the crust, it is thin - but not too thin - and has a nice chew to it. I'm from Connecticut, and this is the closest I have found in my area. Let us know what you try and what you think. I'm always on the pizza quest.