Tavola offers a sleek yet welcoming ambience in which to enjoy its modern, authentic Italian menu. It’s fun to watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen, and yet there’s very little noise to disturb conversation.
The menu changes every three months, rotating luxurious dishes like gnocchi with speck, Taleggio, and tomato cream (RMB 108) and smoked duck ham and pumpkin Carnaroli risotto with parmesan (RMB 138). Meat lovers will relish the Livornese-style Dalian red snapper with capers, anchovies, potato, and cherry tomato (RMB 198); or the classic Florentine steak for two (RMB 588). For pizza aficionados (or kids joining in on a date), there are classics like the Margherita with imported Buffalo cheese and basil (RMB 88), as well as gourmet pizzas. The Gustosa features pancetta, basil, potato, rosemary, and Buffalo cheese (RMB 108). All prices are subject to a 10 percent service charge, but you really do get what you pay for: service is prompt, attentive, and friendly.