Raleigh >Food & Dining > Tavola Rossa
5300 Homewood Banks Dr, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2761235.836707 -78.679876
Avoid at all costs – I went there a while ago, and the food was average, the service was ok, but overall i was not very happy. I also had the unfortunate experience of meeting the owner. He was a very unkind man, and did not take into effect anything that was being said. I had to hunt down my waitress multiple times just to get service, and when I was finally helped it was given to me with an attitude. I would recommend this place to no one, the ownership is awful and really does not know how to help anyone.
No Excuse for Cold Food – I went to this restaurant on Mother's Day, May 11, 2008 and was very unhappy with my experience. First of all the food was cold. It was the worst food I have ever tried to eat. I did not complain because I was with my family and I did not want to make anyone feel bad for choosing this restaurant. They also ran out of chocolate covered strawberries of which I had none. Several people had asked the waitstaff about them and they said they did not have anymore. I then decided to try an omelet which they cooked in front of you at the buffet table. The only good thing about the omelet was it was hot. The taste was awful. I took two bites and I had to stop. The price of the buffet was certainly not worth what we paid. I feel I was robbed. The next day I called to voice my disappointment to the manager. I actually talked to the owner, but he could not have cared less. He said that I was the only one that complained. If that is the case, there are a lot of people out there that do not know what good food is. I will never go back to this restaurant. It does not even deserve one star.
Tavola Rossa DOES NOT GET IT!! – I went to Tavola Rossa when it first opened with a group of women. The service was terrible and they were OUTof several of the pizzas/entrees my group tried to order. The waitstaff had to no concept of service and seemed more put out by us being there instead of happy to serve us. We chalked it up as being new. Giving it a second chance, I went there again the other day with a group and same story. I ordered pizza and they were OUT! How does an Italian place run out of pizza twice?? I mentioned that to the servers and they shrugged it off, offered no type of apology....they could have cared less. We had 2 servers because of our group and they both missed the boat of the concept of service. They were slow, they had to be flagged down, and they were visibly frustated with serving our large group. The fact that this has been my experience with the waitstaff and being out of food twice tells me the problem lies with management. No one is making sure that this place can follow through with good service and food choices. I would not recommend this place to anyone and will never return.
Delilcious food, great service – I took my father to Tavola Rossa today for his birthday lunch. I arrived a little early and was greeted courteously. While I waited for my dad I was offered something to drink. We were seated promptly and our server was very nice. The bread and sauce they serve while you wait is delicious. I ordered the Puttanesca (linguini with capers, olives, tomatoes and garlic) and my father had the Chipotle Chicken Panini. The portions were just right (although they gave my dad a TON of fries with his sandwich) and it was delicious. I think their red sauce is one of the best I've ever tasted.
The owner/manager was circulating around and was very friendly. While we were there we made reservations for Mother's Day brunch. I'm looking forward to going back!
Bad neighbor = bad restaurant – I recently moved into one of the apartments around the corner from Tavola Rossa, so my boyfriend and I were excited to try it out. The food was unexceptional, but we probably would have continued to eat there once in a while if it weren't for what I quickly discovered: they have loud parties there every weekend. When I say loud, I mean LOUD enough to literally shake the walls of my apartment. This goes on until well after 2am. On the nights when I'm at home during one of their parties, it's really unpleasant. So, if you don't want to give your money to rude selfish people who are bad neighbors to their community, I suggest you try another restaurant nearby - there are plenty at Crabtree Mall, or if you're looking for another Italian restaurant, Ragazzi's is down the street on Glenwood Ave., and I also recommend Bella Monica at Olde Raleigh Village shopping center. One of our favorite restaurants in the area, Taverna Agora, is also nearby on Glenwood, and they have delicious Greek food and great service!
Great food and warm atmosphere! – We have been going to Tavola Rossa as often as possible since discovering it about a year ago. The service, food, beverages, and decor are all excellent! We thoroughly enjoy the "experience" of visiting Tavola and have made friends with the Maitre d', Russ, owner Leslie, and many of the wait and bar staff. The food is very creative and satisfying. The layout of the wine list points you to wine characteristics that amateurs can understand and pros can appreciate. The selection and pricing of the wine is unique in the Raleigh area. We highly recommend this restaurant!
An absolute gem of great food, great service and great uptown jazz! – I had the opportunity recently to dine again at Tavola Rossa. If it were a bar only it would certainly be "Cheers". The food was excellent as was the service. Russ, the manager is the epitome of the polished manager. He is impeccably well-mannered and made us feel immediately welcome. Each time we visit we are greated by name and treated as royalty by the whole staff. Even the chef, Nick ,drops by for a visit. Though called an Italian restaurant , the fare is varied and the menu is always evolving. As a wonderful bonus we found a jazz guitar duo of extraordinary talent. Tavola Rossa is an absolute gem for Raleigh. No way to miss with great food, great service and great jazz
Perfect Wedding Rehersal Dinner – Tavola Rossa provided the perfect evening for our wedding rehersal dinner. We had about 25 guests on the outdoor patio. The staff reserved a section of the patio and guarenteed us a location inside in case of poor weather. The food was fantastic. We worked with Leslie Lewis (owner) who provided us with great selections, planning and service. We tasted and preordered the appetizers, wine and deserts the week before, which worked out very well. Our guests ordered from the menu, which made everyone happy, but put the kitchen staff a little behind, but not bad. But the highlight was the food. Everyone raved about the food. And the pricing was right!!!
Great Place for Lunch! – The lunch here is great, it's a hidden treasure in Raleigh. The restaurant is so pretty and the patio is a nice retreat. I have only been here once but my dish, the "Chicken Limone" was to die for. The service is friendly without being pretentious. It's a great find and I never knew it was here. We will totally be back.
You can get better food for the money – Tavola Rossa is definitely a nice looking restaurant, very modern looking decor with a cool bar. The food however is not really worth the price. The crab and artichoke dip appetizer was cold in the middle. The tomato and mozzarella pizza I ordered was not very good due to the ingredients, they just didn't taste fresh. The tomatoes were mushy and didn't have that wonderful full ripe flavor that they should have. The mozzarella was not fresh mozzarella. When you are creating a very simple pizza like that the ingredients have to be super fresh for it to work. The service was just OK, our server didn't seem to be very happy to be waiting on us. You can get much better Italian food at Bella Monica which is not far away.
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