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“La Tavola means The Table in Italian” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Tavola Ristorante Italiano

La Tavola Ristorante Italiano
Ranked #3 of 154 Restaurants in Smyrna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Smyrna, Tennessee, United States
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“La Tavola means The Table in Italian”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2014

Once you are seated in this little restaurant you feel like you are eating in some little romantic hideaway in New York. This restaurant is a cut above what you would expect in Smyrna. The cook is an Italian and he cooks from the heart. It is all good but his cheese cake is an old family recipe that is as fluffy and good as anything I have ever eaten. Expect to pay a little more, but the price is worth it if you want genuine Italian without taking a trip to get it.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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3 Thank Tim L
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
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English first
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Valentine's Day Awesomeness!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

We went to La Tavola-- after wanting to have an awesome, authentic, well balanced Italian dinner, we were so thrilled!
We had crostini for our appetizer, and it was well balanced; exactly to tempt our appetites without filling us, or leaving us feeling stuffed. Then our salads, again, perfectly sized to enhance and not overwhelm us.
Hubby had the veal Parm, with spaghetti, and I chose the 'special' of Oronchini with ham, red peppers, and an awesome Vodka sauce. Very good. Then we had some tiramisu and cannoli for dessert. OMG-- the tiramisu was well balaced, not cloyingly sweet, and extremely well balanced. The Cannoli was, hubby's word was perfect. It was slightly sweet, and the perfect end to our meal.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank vbowland
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Smyrna, Tennessee
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312 reviews
274 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Oh heck yeah!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

Birthday dinner for my son-in-law - eleven of us in attendance.

Of note - this is one of his and my daughter's favorite restaurants. Reservations are a must as I noticed walk-ins were turned away until after 8:00. Fortunately we had reservations. Because of the size of our party we had a dedicated waitress. PERFECT. Wish I could remember her name, but she was on point! The only issue was they were behind on bread baking and we got our salads before the bread had finished baking.

We were hungry. 9 out of 10 times you will need a to go box. Everyone cleaned their plates. I asked the server is it would be rude if I licked my plate. She shared that she has seen a customer use a straw to finish the sauce in their plate. Wasn't a to go box to be had at the entire table. Chef Massimo came out to thank us and to convince us to order dessert, but we already had cheesecake waiting back at home for all. Great night, great service, but more importantly GREAT FOOD!

Promise - you won't regret it!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank room121
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Springfield - Delaware County, Pennsylvania
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60 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“1st visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2014

First GPS Night visit to this restaurant, let me explain GPS Night. Myself and my wife wanted a way to experience different cuisines that were within an hour of our house so on Thursdays we look on TA for top reviews of an area restaurant and after reading reviews, we pick one to dine at. The reviews for La Tavola had it ranked #1 in the Smyrna,TN area. The reviews did not lie. This quain restaurant located across the street from the railroad line is definatley top notch and family driven. We met both Linda and Massimo the owners and shared some nice conversation regarding them and the restaurant. We started with the Trio appetizer, Meat balls and Rice, Flat Mozzerella and a version of Fried Mashed Potatoes, all were good. Salads were good as well and the bread that people had been commenting on in previous reviews hit the mark as well. Main courses were Veal Parmesan and Spaghetti with Sausage. The sausage was cut up vice in link form but was quite tasty. The portion of Veal was huge, covered about 3/4's of a large plate and i had Angel Hair pasta with sauce. The red sauce was very good. The Veal was very good as well with a healthy portion of Mozzerella on top. We took home a dessert sampler, the tiramisu was very good, the cheesecake was average, the chocolate mousse was relly good and the cannoli was very good as well. All totaled with a nice tip due to the server being exceptional was under $50.00, a very nice night out, we will be back!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Benny K
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Monteagle, Tennessee
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great Italian restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2014 via mobile

Massimo, from Naples, does a great job with basic Italian dishes and always has a special or two worth trying. I have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed. Try the chicken ripeno - my fav! He also has the absolute best tiramisu I have ever eaten - probably his Nonna's recipe. Reservations needed on weekends - small but pleasant restaurant. Worth the trip

Visited January 2014
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1 Thank Rich W
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