Tavolo V Is an OpenTable Top 10!
St. Louis, MO/December 30, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Some neighborhoods are quietly idyllic, others buzz with energy. The Loop hums with excitement. The stretch of Delmar Blvd from between The University City lions at Trinity and the MetroLink Station at Des Peres is teaming with interesting shops and restaurants. That’s why it was named “One of the Ten Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association. Some of the businesses along Delmar are the cornerstones of the Loop. Others are relative newcomers that have enlivened and even extended the entertainment district eastward into the City of St. Louis. Tavolo V at 6118 Delmar Blvd, in St. Louis is one of the latter. It sits at the east end of the Loop, about a block off Skinker, near The Pageant.
Opened in March 2012, Tavolo V is one of several endeavors by restaurateur Michael Del Pietro. Others include Via Vino in Frontenac, Sugo’s Spaghetteria in Frontenac and Edwardsville, and Babbo’s Spaghetteria in Chesterfield and Columbia, Missouri. Tavolo V is Del Pietro’s fifth establishment, thus the “V” in the name.
The restaurant specializes in serving fresh pastas, pizza, salads, antipasti, and Italian entrees in a chic, industrial setting. The words that come to mind while perusing the Tavolo V menu are delicious and affordable. It’s an excellent choice for a real treat that won’t bust the budget. A meal at Tavolo V begins with a complimentary plate of bread served with olive oil and parmesan. The appetizer menu offers a varied list of delicious starters including salads, toasted ravioli and fried calamari, but the vegetable-based dishes steal the show. There’s an eggplant and tomato torta with Buffalo Mozzarella that makes an excellent lunch when paired with a salad. For even more appetizer veggie goodness, try the roasted cauliflower with lemon, garlic, and Parmigiano cheese or the Roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta and caramelized onions. These are what vegetables are supposed to taste like.
After the apps, you’ll find fresh Neapolitan-inspired pizza along with a nice variety of pastas and entrees. The pizzas are made with simple, fresh ingredients creatively layered on a tender and crispy crust. At 14-inches, these pies are a bit bigger than classic Neapolitan style. The best way to experience Tavolo V’s pizza is to grab four or five friends and order three or four different pizzas to share. That way, you get to experience a nice sampling of the flavors available. Just start at the top of the list and work your way down. That let’s you sample Tavolo V’s signature pizza with olive oil, spinach, artichokes, tomato, mushrooms, mozzarella, and goat cheese. Then sample a couple from Del Pietro’s other restaurants: Sugo’s, a meat-lover’s feast with tomato sauce, sausage, pepperoni, bacon, hamburger, and mozzarella; and Babbo’s simply delicious combination of tomato sauce, sausage, caramelized onions, and mozzarella, drizzled with balsamic. There are no wrong choices on the Tavolo V pizza menu.
One of the stars of the Tavolo V menu is the “Funghi” pasta dish—made with shiitake and crimini mushrooms, garlic, and spinach with a splash of truffle oil. There’s a pizza version, bearing the same name, that’s also quite delicious. The Bolognese with it’s tomato-beer sauce and pork ragu is highly regarded. As are the generously portioned Lasagna (with beef, pork and cheeses). On the white side of the sauce aisle, you’ll find a lovely Carbonara made with roasted chicken and pancetta, and a delectable Tutto Mare with shrimp, clams, crab, and bits of tomatoes. Both are served with a rich, flavorful garlic cream sauce.
The other thing customers rave about is the warm and welcoming vibe the restaurant gives off. The decor is inventive, but not intimidating. It’s industrial with rustic touches like the heavy, wooden tables and huge windows. The tables are comfortably spaced, so that even when it’s busy, diners don’t feel crowded in and wait staff have enough room to be attentive, but not intrusive. This is a comfortable place to enjoy a meal.
Tavolo V offers a fully stocked bar and several signature cocktails. They have a nice selection of beer on draft and in bottles, including several craft beers and a few locally brewed favorites. They have an even nicer wine list. The affordable, yet well-selected list of sparkling, red, and white wines is available by the glass or bottle. The wines represent a nice cross section of global vintages that pair especially well with Italian cuisine. You’ll find selections from the best wine regions of California and Oregon, along with those from Italy, France, Argentina, Germany, Spain and Australia.
Tavolo V was recently named to OpenTable’s Top 10 Neighborhood Restaurants in St. Louis (Tavolo V was #4). That’s an especially high honor given The Loop’s terrific restaurant offerings, and because the rankings were based on customer reviews posted to the San Francisco-based online, restaurant reservation service. OpenTable diners give this casual Italian eatery 4.5 stars for it’s terrific menu, affordable prices, and fun atmosphere. It’s positioned perfectly in the neighborhood, because it’s eastern location means there’s room for an adjacent parking lot (well lit and guarded), making it extra convenient for diners. Tavolo V is also a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. The award is given to establishments which consistently earn great reviews.
Tavolo V is open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They’re open for dinner Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, Friday – Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 .p.m, and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Reservations aren’t required, but can be helpful during busy times and are recommended for larger groups. They can be made by phone or online, and through the OpenTable app.
When the warmer weather reaches St. Louis, Tavolo V is an even bigger treat. That’s when they open up the big, glass, garage-style bay door and the dining room spills out onto the sidewalk, adding the natural ambiance of the Loop to your dining experience.
Picture courtesy of Tavolo V
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