Ethan Stowell’s Tavolàta is a home for Italian food, if home were a cavernous loft with scarred and shined wood floors, exposed joists high above, perfect lighting, and an open kitchen and full bar staffed with handsome people. The all-house-made pasta (even the usually factory-made shapes—there’s an extruder in the basement) possesses a fresh, springy, bouncy quality and a texture that’s less slick, more sauce-sticky and absorptive of flavor.
2323 Second Ave,
Bar/Happy Hour, Late-Night Dining, Romantic
Italian, Local/Organic/Sustainable Focus, New American
Daily 5-7 pm ($1 off drafts, $5 wine and wells, $6–$7 drink specials, $5–$11 food specials [bar only]).