After dining and Ethan Stowell’s Staple & Fancy, I was eager to try his pasta-focused restaurant, Tavolata. Thankfully, a few days after our dinner at S&F, we were going to a Devo (!) concert at the Moore Theater, with Tavolata was just a few blocks away. How convenient!

The interior reminded me a bit of S&F, kind of industrial, and quite an open space. I saw a few familiar items on the menu, but, we were here for the pasta. We went with two that sounded more simple than a few of the others:

Spaghetti with anchovies, garlic, and chili:

This was Adam’s pick, and it was quite good. Warning, though… if you don’t like anchovies, this is definitely not the pasta for you! It is quite prominently flavored by anchovies, with a bit of heat. The pasta, of course, was cooked perfectly.

Rigatoni with spicy Italian sausage, marjoram, and tomatoes:

My choice was a bit spicier.. with the combined punch of spice from the sausage and added chiles. The dish had just a tad too much heat for me, but I was able to tough it out and finish it! The pasta was delicious, and the flavors were quite wonderful.

Although we were both quite full, I needed something sweet to cool my mouth off a bit. We went with the vanilla pear sorbetto, which was really good! Not only did it have a nice, subtle pear flavor to it, it had the sugary-sandy texture of a pear.

Overall, another great restaurant by Chef Stowell, and another one that I’d very much like to return to to try some different items! Once again, great service, great atmosphere, and exceptional food.

Cost: $$$
2323 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 838-8008

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