It's nice when you find a good restaurant that has been around for a while, and that is the case with La Tavola in Virginia Highland, which is a section of Atlanta for those not familiar with the area. So if you're traveling into ATL and are looking for a place with great food, some character and situated in a small by lively section of the city, definitely give La Tavola a shot.
I'll cut to the chase -- the ambiance was very nice, yet a little tight at first which did not turn out to be an issue as the servers kept your table clear when we no longer needed something. It seats probably 40-50 inside with another similar amount out on their patio in the back, which I will experience in the near future. The server, Sarah, was terrific -- she was just one of those very pleasant, very authentic young people that adds to the evening experience, so she was a bonus. The apps and dinner were all very good to excellent. My wife particularly raved about her risotto with shredded beef, so I had a taste and it was delicious. My friends were not wild about the style of calamari, which was grilled and served with cauliflower pieces. It was not fried or breaded, so the texture of the calamari is what it really is -- not everyone likes that!
We shared a nice bottle of wine and had an overall really nice evening at La Tavola. The pricing is favorable, too. With wine and tip, we were in for about $100 per couple. I didn't pick the wine, so I don't recall what it cost, but I'm betting it drive up the price quite a bit. The main courses ranged from $16 - $23, so you can figure it out from there. I thought it was an appropriate deal.
I have not read any other reviews yet as I wanted to go in with my own experience, and I look forward to reading a few just to see what others say. I've added La Tavola to my recommended and revisit list -- I hope you experience the same.