Are you ready to read all about my experience at Tavolàta in Seattle? This is the very first blog to hit my website featuring a restaurant outside of the San Diego area. A goal of mine has been to include more variety in the locations I feature on my blog. To kick things off, I wanted to make sure I started with Seattle since that’s where I lived for many years before moving to San Diego.
Did you know that I was raised in Washington state and all of my family still lives there? In fact, my brother John, actually works at Tavolàta as a server! So the launch of the Seattle section on my website is an exciting moment for me, and I hope you enjoy the very first in my Seattle series of dining recommendations.
First off, I have to warn you. The foods I’m featuring here are from their winter menu. I have been meaning to write this blog for months now and I’m aware that they have many seasonal offerings that you might not find in the summer. However, I wanted to feature Tavolàta no matter how late to the game I was because I can guarantee you that the food is excellent regardless of the season.
Now let’s get started, shall we? Tavolàta, owned by Ethan Stowell, is located in the BellTown neighborhood of Seattle just a short walk away from the Space Needle. The word Tavolàta means table and they bring that word to life through their giant communal table where they host quarterly Sunday feasts. It was fitting that for our evening here we had a group of 5 of us to share this epic meal together. Plus everyone came to my rescue when I realized the lighting was super dark and my camera was struggling to capture anything. They all pulled out their cell phones and turned on their flashlights for me to capture these beautiful dishes for you! Now that’s friendship!
Like any good meal shared with friends and family, we had to start off with an appetizer. Much to our surprise my brother had informed the kitchen staff that we were there so our single appetizer turned into several! We had the Salumi Board, Carpaccio, Burrata, and The Gem Salad. I loved them all but I think my favorite was the Carpaccio. It was so light and fresh with tons of flavor.
After destroying every single appetizer that graced our table we moved on to the main event! Since most of us were indecisive about what we wanted to try we all decided to split things family style! It was the best way to go so we could all try a little bit of everything.
We had 3 different pasta dishes and the pork chop. One thing I’ve learned I will need to do in the future is to write down notes when I document a restaurant. I wish I could remember the names of all these pasta dishes but after a few drinks and fun conversation I don’t recall all of them. Don’t judge me!
The ravioli I believe was a special that evening my brother recommended we try and it was spectacular! I do remember it had a fresh lemon sauce on top that complimented the dish perfectly.
The pork chop was also another standout entree. In theme for the winter season it had fresh cider apples, was wrapped in prosciutto, and a hazelnut pangrattato. Which if you’re like me and wondering what the heck pangrattato is, it’s basically bread crumbs!
Another favorite among the table was the simple yet flavorful Bucatini Carbonara. Something about a single egg yolk plopped on top can really bring out the other flavors in a dish.
Lastly, we were blessed with one last gift for the table. Two different desserts! At this point, I’ll be honest, I had enjoyed a couple drinks and was feeling good. So good I don’t remember the names of either one. But I do remember that they were equally enjoyable. My favorite was the ice cream. They make it fresh in house and serve it with a fresh sugar cookie on top.
I’m happy to report that we destroyed pretty much everything during our dining experience at Tavolàta. It’s the type of meal that’s so good you would feel guilty if you didn’t eat it all. Aside from all the amazing food I got to share with my family and friends my favorite part was getting to visit my brother where he works. Living in San Diego I sadly don’t get to see him as often as I would like so I appreciated being able to take a peek into this part of his life and merge it with my passion for food blogging. Thank you John and the chefs at Tavolàta for a wonderful dining experience I won’t soon forget …no matter how many drinks I might of had. 😉
PS- My brother John Englehardt is an amazingly talented author with his very first novel coming out in September. (Yes, we both love to write. But his skills are way beyond mine.) Give him a follow on Instagram so you can be the first to know when his new book is out!