“To gather around a table” could hold several meanings to some. But if you are from the Abaca Group and you have opened such legendary dining boutiques such as the A Café, Maya and suburban Abaca, this latest culinary offering, Tavolata, along AS Fortuna St, has kept them busy and smiling these days.
Tavolata Cebu is on the lower level of the newest arcade in AS Fortuna, the Design Center of Cebu and there is no bold signage at the front nor neon lights with arrows that point to the door. In fact, the restaurant is heavily tinted from the outside and you can only see the Tavolata name in the sides and if you squint more, you’d be lucky enough to see a silhouette of the dining patrons with their faces glowing from the candles on the tables.
Rustic wood floors, towering concrete walls, custom metal installations and creative lighting greet you as you enter the restaurant. The first thing you’ll notice when you get inside is their lack of inhibition with their open kitchen and that comfortable feeling when you are entering your friend’s house from the backdoor. It instantly wipes away the awkwardness in setting foot for the first time, yes? You’d be lucky if you see Jason Hyatt, owner, bustling inside the kitchen too!
Tavolata Cebu is less formal than a restaurant but more formal than an osteria. They serve their dishes in an energetic room where you can indulge in the art of sharing with portions that can feed two or three. (Menu is subject to change without notice.)
The menu reads like a classic trattoria with imported yet simple ingredients, masterfully combined, and served without a lot of fuss and bother. Our orders consisted of the following –
Tavolata Caesar Salad (P395)
Prosciutto Pizza (P455) – Arugula, tomato and mozarella
This Pepperoni Pizza was on the house. Delish! It has calabrian hot sausages, tomato, pepper, and mozzarella.
Squid Ink Fettuccine (495) – with sautéed shrimp, squid, octopus, tomato and chili – photo by Jem
Pork Belly (P795) – They now changed this to the slow roasted porchetta
Chicken Parmesan (P695)
“In tavolata, we have a gas fired stone deck oven,” says Jason Hyatt, of the Abaca Group. “We use what’s commonly referred to as a deck oven… it has a stone base to hold the heat much like a “brick oven.” Sample the Prosciutto Pizza in arugula, tomato and mozzarella and their bestselling Pepperoni pizza with calabrian hot sausage, tomato, peppers and mozzarella to bring you a true taste of La Dolce Vita.
With a handcrafted menu that used only the finest and imported ingredients and a chic and stylish room that can seat 65-75 inside and 16 outside, Tavolata is perfect for after work, a smart business lunch or a romantic first date experience that offer the ultimate in fresh Italian fare.
“Out of all the dinners in your life, you will remember Tavolata Cebu dinners.”
Design Center of Cebu | AS Fortuna at P. Remedio St.
Call +63-32-505-6211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soft opening hours – Monday through Sunday 6pm-1030pm last seating.
Wifi – Yes
Parking – Yes