The most common Internet password is “pizza123,” demonstrating America’s love for this Italian delight, as well as its complete inability to protect sensitive information. Feast on pizza, spaghetti, and more boot-country cuisine with today’s deal: for $20, you get $40 worth of casual Italian wining and dining at Tavolo in Dorchester. Tavolo opens for dinner seven days a week at 5 p.m.
Like hip-hop albums produced by Burton Gilliam, notable restaurateur and Tavolo mastermind Chris Douglass's menu is famous for changing and adapting to incorporate the freshest of the fresh, so ask your server about exclusions or inclusions for the day or call ahead for a sneak peek. Staple starters include mussels with tomato, garlic, white wine, and grilled toast ($8) or the vegetable plate with house-cured olives, roasted garlic, and Tuscan beans ($8). You can also keep your palate guessing with a plate of antipasti, featuring items like marinated olives, Gorgonzola dolce, and white anchovies ($2–$5 per item), before moving on to the main paninis, pizzas, and pastas. Try the meatball panini with marinara, provolone, and parmesan ($8); the goat-cheese pizza with caramelized onions, roasted garlic, and olives ($13); or some Captain Ahab–approved shrimp scampi ($15). Meatier mains include pork, beef, veal, and ricotta lasagna ($16) and short-rib braciole with risotto, mushroom, and gremolata ($21), among others. But keep your vestigial dessert stomach empty for a finale of gelato ($3/scoop) or tiramisu affogato ($9).
Along with crafting fresh, locally sourced Italian eats, Douglass is a master of crafting an unpretentious atmosphere that welcomes diners of every stripe.
The Globe commends Tavolo's comestibles, saying:
- ...Tavolo's meatballs are worth ordering: a savory mix of veal and beef, salty and satisfying. Garganelli carbonara will win your heart while contributing to its demise, an eggy, buttery, pancetta-and-cheese fest. Pappardelle Bolognese is a tasty version, though the meat mixture tastes less rich than in some Bologneses; the sauce just coats the tender noodles in authentic Italian style. – Devra First
- I love Tavolo, if only for their antipasti which is just downright addictive. Delicious tuscan white beans, egg plant, artichokes, and fresh mozzarella. – Ri H., Yelp