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“Awesome dining experience!”
Review of A Tavola

A Tavola
Ranked #37 of 1,961 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Pizza
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Grove City, OH
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Awesome dining experience!”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

My husband and I, during a weekend stay in Cincinnati August 10-12, dined at A Tavola on August 11th. A friend had mentioned her top-three restaurant choices, and we were in a pizza mood. We arrived around 7:30 and put our name in with the hostess. We expected to wait as we read some reviews, but no worries, as the hostess offered to phone my cell phone once a table became available. This freed us up to wander around the Over The Rhine neighborhood and we popped in and out of several shops over the next 30 minutes, until the call came.

It was a lovely evening, so given the option of dining al fresco, we chose it. The table was tiny and space was a bit cramped, but we still found the experience worth it. We were lucky enough to be assigned Heather as our server and she was incredible. Because it was our first time there, she went over the method of baking the pizza, the highlights on the menu, and her favorites. We decided to start with two of her favorites, the meatball slider trio (one of each: eggplant, beef, and chicken) and the heirloom tomato brushetta. She also suggested the Jaja Gabor for a cocktail, and it was a light and delicious wine spritzer sort of drink. I ended up ordering two.

Because her previous advice had been so delicious, we then asked Heather to recommend a pizza. We ordered the arugula, prisciutto, and fig jam pizza. It sounded a bit adventuresome for my husband, in particular, but it was absolutely delicious and we finished every morsel. At that point, we were quite satisfied, but decided we had room for a bit of a sweet ending, and Heather recommended the soft serve gelato. The salty caramel gelato was served with toasted mini marshmallows and caramel sauce AND a shot of bourbon. Absolutely divine and I didn't waste the shot of bourbon, either!

This restaurant will definitely be on our list to visit again.

  • Visited August 2012
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English first
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Best pizza in Cincinnati”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

This is the best pizza I've ha in Cincinnati. Thin dough, that bakes in a 1000 degree oven for 90 seconds. Very special combinations and fresh ingredients. Absolutely great.

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Cincinnati, ohio
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Arancini antipasti one of the winners here!”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

Just a couple of blocks from Cincinnati Music Hall in Over The Rhine is THE place to go before a concert or when you're looking for wood-fired imaginative pizza! The place is cozy and gets very busy after 5pm, so prepare to wait! We particularly enjoy the antipasti: Waygu beef meatball sliders, dates stuffed with house sausage wrapped in bacon and served with marinara sauce, our fav arancini - fried risotto balls stuffed with fontina cheese and served with pesto, and roasted cauliflower with vinaigrette. There are all kinds of exotic ingredients available on the pizza, but we prefer the House Margherita Pizza - delish!

  • Visited July 2012
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Cincinnati
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Food was too expensive and the server was not polite”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

We don't really like pizza but this place was too crowded and the food was ok. Server seemed a little stuck up. We went after going on the tour next door. They said lots of nice things about this place but we didn't see it.

Visited June 2012
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Ohio
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77 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Upscale pizza”
Reviewed June 29, 2012

We ate at A Tavola before attending the Cincinnati Opera. The restaurant is convenient to Music Hall. They do not take reservations and fill up fast, so we were advised to eat on the early side. They also do not seat partial groups, so we had to wait until our entire party arrived, which caused me some anxiety. However, it all worked out. The food and the service were both excellent. I found the restaurant to be noisy, but I find most restaurants to be noisy.

  • Visited June 2012
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