What You'll Get
Archestratus, the first food critic, praised Italian cuisine's "top-quality and seasonal" ingredients and "fair to middling" ability to tranquilize rampaging baboons. Today's Groupon similarly stuns, and rightfully so: For $10, you get $25 worth of Italian tastes at La Tavola Ristorante Italiano, the elegant, understated eatery in Little Italy.
La Tavola's antipasti menu features a wide variety of tempting treats of all temperatures and states of matter. The bruschetta on homemade garlic bread ($6.95), crunchy hunks of bread drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, basil, and fresh tomato, is an inviting start. Entrees include everything from house-made pasta dishes such as the linguini con taleggio e tartufo (fresh linguini with taleggio cheese, pioppini mushrooms, speck, and fresh-ground truffles, $19.95) to sea scallops served with shiitake mushrooms and foolhardy sun-dried tomatoes who were only trying to get a tan ($21.95). View the complete dinner menu here.
Famed executive chef Carlo Vignotto started his culinary career as a child in Venice, where he helped chop veggies in his grandmother's seaside restaurant. Now armed with an Italian culinary degree, he deploys his perfectionism and creativity in La Travola's kitchen, serving up comforting classics with an upscale twist.
Nothing simultaneously warms the heart, stomach, and throat like a buttery noodle slurping through your system. Hearty Italian eats give you energy to endure through wintery months and offer the menu world's only twirlable meal, until cotton candy is socially acceptable for dinner. Stop in for dinner daily or lunch Tuesday through Saturday.
Baltimore City Paper praises La Tavola Ristorante Italiano:
- Still, while you're loath to recommend someplace too expensive, you're wanting [to suggest that tourists] go somewhere that shows off the neighborhood and the city to its best advantage--someplace charming but not too informal, where the food is both accessible and polished. La Tavola is the answer. This slightly off-the-main-drag restaurant has established itself as a perfectly companionable choice for diners looking for a little innovation, skillful preparations, and a well-dressed but relaxed atmosphere with some cash left over to get back to whatever shore they came from. – Richard Gorelick
- The entree of lamb with pappardelle pasta was outstanding. My appetizer of bruschetta topped with lump crab meat was wonderful…BTW - the tiramisu is outstandingly light - and beautifully presented! – OpenTable user who dined on 01/30/2010
- Food was good and filling. Serving sizes were perfect. Service was some of the best I've experienced in Baltimore. – OpenTable user who dined on 01/09/2010
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 18, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table. Reservation recommended. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Not valid on Mother's Day. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About La Tavola Ristorante Italiano
Chef Carlo Vignotto's love of cooking began simmering during his childhood, as he worked at his family's Venice restaurant, before rising to a rolling boil as he earned a culinary degree and studied under some of Italy's master chefs. Now co-owner and executive chef of La Tavola Ristorante Italiano with partner Michael Goldsmith who also operates as the establishments GM, Chef Carlo demonstrates his passion for the culinary arts with made-from-scratch pastas and Italian dishes crafted from fresh, high-quality ingredients. "La Tavola's strongest suit is its lineup of pasta dishes, a few of which can compete for top ranking in or out of the neighborhood," reads the Baltimore Sun, its pages flecked with cream sauce and ground truffles. Seafood, chicken, and veal courses also appear on the menu and chef Carlo can oft times be seen preparing them as a special guest on the news.