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“Wonderful new addition to Main St.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Taverna

121 Main St., Newark, DE
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Ranked #11 of 288 restaurants in Newark
Cuisines: American, Italian, Pizza
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Newark, Delaware
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56 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
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“Wonderful new addition to Main St.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

We stopped in to Taverna about one week after they opened. They did a great job remodeling the space with a welcoming bar up front nicely separated from a dining room in the back (featuring an open kitchen on the back wall). The short of it is that we all greatly enjoyed the food and the service was impeccable. We have been recommending it to several friends and are already planning on going back several times.
While it's not fine dining, the menu is definitely not a pizza joint or sub shop, which is a nice addition in a college town. At least one other restaurant on Main St. has similar fare but is definitely heading upscale. Taverna is definitely nice, but still casual. The waitstaff was very attentive, and the food was impressive.
We started with a couple of appetizers. There was a kind of mozzarella dish that had a wonderful crust on it and there was a polenta starter that was expertly prepared with a mushroom ragu. We got a variety of dishes for lunch, from their excellent pizza (coal fired oven) to some inspired sandwiches, like a muffaletta and an Italian pork sandwich. They aren't exactly the same as the originals (in New Orleans or Philly), instead they are tasty tributes that are equally as good. We finished with a kind of freshly made doughnut plate that was great for sharing and well done.
While we didn't partake, there are a host of beers and even wines on tap. Our waiter was very well informed about the menu and was attentive without hovering. The manager also stopped by and was very excited about finally being open. Both talked about the reclaimed wood and brick in the decor -- it was evident that everyone was well prepared, even for being open less than one week. It is definitely worth a visit.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Newark, Delaware USA
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“Off to a great start”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Taverna just opened the other week so this was our first opportunity to visit. We were not disappointed. Since they advertise coal fired oven pizza as their specialty. We kept it simple and both ordered pizza. It ranked with some of the best pizza I had in Italy; very thin crisp crust with good toppings. Maybe 10" in size, one made a good size portion.
They had a large wine selection, but again advertised wine of "tap". How could we resist trying it? Our waiter, who was really nice and knowledgeable about the menu and wines, explained that they have 1 red, 1 white, and 1 seasonal. My wife had the red; very good. I had the seasonal, which was also a red. It was also good, but just as our waiter predicted, based on our conversation about our likes, we both liked the house red better than the seasonal.
My only disappointment was with the appetizer. We ordered the calamari. While the calamari itself was "out of this world good", not rubbery, over cooked, or over breaded; the sauces were bland and added nothing to the dish.
Overall it was a very good experience and we will definitely return. This is a great addition to Main Street.
Also the decor is very well done, it is not a 5 or 4 star restaurant, but It is definitively not a pizza joint. Next time we'll try some of the pasta dishes.
Well done. Very impressed.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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