As Tom and I took a seat at a table outside Tavolo V, our server apologized. He pointed directly across the street and shook his head. Construction of the Loop’s massive, new apartment complex was in full swing.
I smiled, waved off the annoyance, and suggested it was the sound of progress.
The influx of foot, trolley and car traffic will greatly benefit Loop-area businesses. Perhaps Tavolo can run a pizza service to cars waiting in traffic. Or maybe provide overhead cable delivery to the high-rise Delmar Apartments when completed. Whatever unfolds, they’ve got the pizza and the pizzazz.
The spacious trattoria opens onto the sidewalk, when the wide, garage doors are lifted, making a perfect spot for enjoying one of the many pizzas, pastas and salads. The pizzas are 14″ in size, but they can be scaled back if you get the Salad and Pizza, half n’ half. That sounded perfect for me. Even so, I couldn’t finish it all. (I speak for my age group here, when I say that seniors love it when meals are ample enough to allow for leftovers to take home.) The classic salad was reminiscent of the old Pasta House recipe, that housewives tried to emulate in the 60s.
After work hours, when the construction site goes quiet, Tavolo transforms into a great spot for dining, drinking and people watching. The restaurant has a bonus feature that makes it even more attractive anytime of the day. They have a large park lot to the east of the building! That’s a good piece of information to have the next time you’re looking for a place to relax over a well-styled, authentic Italian pizza.
Tavolo V, 6118 Delmar Blvd. Open: Sun 4p-9p; Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30p (lunch); Mon-Thu 5p-9p (dinner); Fri-Sat 5p-10p (dinner). Closed Monday thru Friday between 2:30p-5p.