This small restaurant is an amazing gem in an unlikely place. It is located on a quiet, non-descript, narrow street, behind the sex shops and mid-range hotels that front on the main street paralleling the train tracks, near the train station. Few other restaurants are nearby. The creation of Didier, it is a small place with umbrellas and a few tables and bushes outside, and a modest-sized interior. We tried it early in our stay, and went back twice more for dinner. (It has recently started serving lunch, we were told.) A modest selection of first plates (for 9 euros each) is patiently explained by Didier, then a modest selection of main courses (14 euros each). Although Didier is French, he has Italian relatives and offers beautifully prepared, authentic Italian dishes. He has a small selection of well-chosen Italian wines. The meal is preceded with an aperitif and is followed by another small drink on-the-house. The over-all price for dinner is about the same you would pay at any of the numerous small restaurants in old town, a remarkable value.
I had a Sicilian dish of stuffed sardines that was amazingly wonderful. I much enjoyed the tomato-five-ways appetizer. My wife raved about the squash carpaccio with goat cheese ice cream. Best of all was the tiramisu. We have graded a couple hundred tirimisus (in Italy and throughout the world), since having an excellent one in Chicago about two decades ago, and La Tavola’s is our new standard. We invited some friends to join us on our last two evenings at La Tavola and they were equally impressed.
As another review mentions, Didier says he is moving to Ontario next year, which will surely be a gain for Canada.
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