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A Tavola: Pizza Master, Furniture Maker

Posted on August 10th, by Andy Brownell in marketing & promotion. 2 comments

ATavola_CincinnatiFood critiques are not my area of expertise, but here’s why I’m writing one.

Last night, my wife suggested we check out A Tavola Pizza located in Over the Rhine Cincinnati. It was her birthday, and who am I to turn down pizza. They specialize in hand made, wood-fired Neapolitan pizza, great wines, craft beer, and craft cocktails. Our seats were right at the pizza bar so we had a view into the oven as the pizzas cooked for ~90 seconds in the 1,000+ degree oven. Hot out of the oven, their specialty artichoke pizza was delicious. The mix of fresh vegetables, mozzarella and goat cheese on the crisp crust was just right. I’d consider A Tavola to be at the top of my list for Pizza in town. Nothing I’ve had comes close.ATavola_table1

The other part of the restaurant that any woodworker will appreciate is not their craft beer selection, but the furniture. All of the tables: high tops, bars, and larger dining surfaces were built by the restaurant owner, Jared. I briefly spoke with him during dinner to learn that although recently shifting his career focus, he still builds. His preference towards large slab tops and clean bases is very much akin to the George Nakashima designs. He happened to follow my blog and knows a few other fellow woodworkers like Chris Schwarz (who I  know has mentioned A Tavolo in the past) and Jeff Miller. Small world.

For the best pizza and restaurant dining surfaces in town, go check out A Tavola in OTR. If you are unnecessarily afraid of going downtown, no worries, he’s building his second restaurant in Madeira where the old Amarin used to be. I can’t wait and neither should you.

You can check out Jared’s progress on building the new tables for the Madeira location here on his Tumblr account.

Like A Tavola Pizza on Facebook and be sure to check out his photos.

2 thoughts on “A Tavola: Pizza Master, Furniture Maker

  1. Reason #503 I miss Cincinnati. I took the hand plane class with Schwarz and Thomas Lie-Nielsen back in 2010 with Jared. He was just starting his restaurant at the time. We moved out about a year later but never got to eat at A Tavola.

    Jared’s old blog is here: http://atelierjww.blogspot.com/

    I’ll have to check this place out when I’m in town for WIA. Love the blog.

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