A Tavola: Pizza Master, Furniture Maker
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.
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.
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