When is the last time you enjoyed a really authentic Italian meal? I am not talking about pizza you got from the local pizza parlor, but I am talking about the entire experience – from the specialties that only Italy can serve up (think brick oven pizzas, perfectly aromatic pastas, and chicken, veal, and seafood entrees meant for only the most appreciative Italian-loving palates) to the great environment where family and friends are priority, surrounded by beautiful and bold colors, artwork from beautiful and grand Italy, and beautiful Italian vases and décor. I would venture to guess it’s been a long time coming for you. But fret no more – I am dedicated to introducing your senses to Tavola Rossa, located at 5300 Homewood Banks Dr., in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Shall we start at the wine list first? There’s no better place to scroll your eyes to, because you know you will want to enjoy your authentic Italian meal along with an authentic Italian wine! Choose from delightful options such as from the red wine menu, a glass of Campobello Chianti – straight from Tuscany, or perhaps from the sparkling wine menu you could enjoy a Prosecco di Prosecco from Veneto. The wine list is huge, however, but if you need any help choosing then the waiter will be more than happy to assist you!
Yes, I know you want to look at the main menu . . . so here is what you can expect to enjoy from it, where selections change on a daily basis because only the freshest and seasonable local ingredients are used. For dinner, you could expect to enjoy an appetizer first of all, like the Proscutto Wrapped Shrimp for $11, or one of my favorites – the Spiedini for $10, which is grilled Italian sausage with fresh rosemary, on a skewer.
Or maybe to start off your night right you want to begin with a fresh salad, like a Warm Spinach Salad for $8, that includes pancetta, chevre, dried currants and roasted pine nuts with a great balsamic vinaigrette. The salad menu is really great, and it does change with each season as I mentioned.
But once you are ready to really chow down, choose from a pasta perhaps, like the delicious Creamy Pesto Chicken for $13, or the superb Orecchiette for $14 (it’s sooo good – Italian sausage, roasted cherry tomatoes, spinach, tossed with orecchiette). Or maybe you want something from among their many specialties, like the Veal Saltimbocca for $18, which is veal cutlets with sage and proscuitto, topped with a chianti pan sauce and comes with potato gratinate and whatever vegetables are in season. Or try an individual wood-fired honey crusted pizza (already sounds good, doesn’t it?) like the Margherita for $9 made with fresh mozzarella a fresh tomato slices with basil. Or maybe you could try another specialty like the Seafood Stew for $19, that includes everything from grouper, shrimp, scallops, lobster, mussels, and potatoes!
Have some dietary restrictions? What’s great about this place is that the chef is more than happy to cooperate with your needs if you explain them to your waiter. After all, everything is made fresh to order!
I don’t know about you, but I know where I’m going the next time I get a real hankering for some authentic, fresh Italian cuisine – Tavola Rossa!