A Tavola, which translates to ‘to the table’, is a sexy Italian bistro that’s been a firm favourite of ours for years. With good reason.
One of the main reasons we love A Tavola is that we are always assured of friendly, efficient service and consistently good, reasonably priced, quality Italian fare.
The entrance to the Darlinghurst restaurant is dominated by a long marble communal dining table, while the back room and the upstairs sections provide more intimate seating.
The restaurant’s main menu is printed on a small piece of paper tucked into your napkin. Take our advice and immediately put this to the side. Not that there aren’t some great options on this menu, but you’re after the sweet stuff. You want that Blackboard menu.
The Blackboard menu, scrawled in Italian, contains their ‘specials’, notably their homemade pasta selections for the evening. This is where you’ll find our attention every time. Don’t worry if your Italian is a little rusty, your friendly Italian waiter will happily explain the menu to you. Our usual order is the homemade Pappardelle con Ragu (their signature dish) and boy is it good!
Oh, it would be remiss of us to not let you know it would be a crime not to leave room for the Cremino al Cioccolato. A salted caramel ice-cream and Italian meringue dessert, which is served to look like a Cappuccino. This is the stuff dreams are made of.
Insider tip: If you’re looking for a pre-dinner tipple or nightcap, why not try Eau de Vie conveniently located within walking distance. Night sorted.
Oh, and good to know, A Tavola has now opened a location in Bondi.
If you’re looking for a more casual Italian option, you might like to try their sister restaurant, Besser.
Address: 348 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst
Phone: +61 2 9331 7871
Hours: Dinner – Mon – Sat – 6pm – late, Lunch – Fri – 12pm – 3pm
Address: Shop 2, 75-79 Hall Street, Bondi
Phone: +61 2 9130 1246
Hours: Dinner – 7 days – 5.30pm – late, Lunch – Sat – Sun – 12pm – 3pm
Website: A Tavola
Images courtesy of A Tavola.