Rick Lopez Brings Latest Version Of La Tavola To Grandview

| April 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
La Tavola's outstanding beef short rib ragu strozzapretti pasta with tomato, red wine, and juniper sauce. Photo: Steve Stover

La Tavola’s outstanding beef short rib ragu strozzapretti pasta with tomato, red wine, and juniper sauce. Photo: Steve Stover

One of the great joys of doing restaurant reviews over the last 28 years has been getting to know young chefs and following their careers through the years.

I have followed the career of Rick Lopez since he and his wife Krista first opened La Tavola in Powell. Later, they opened a larger, more upscale version of La Tavola on Riverside Drive in Dublin, followed by Knead downtown.

Now comes La Tavola in Grandview, and the best yet! Open since March 18, La Tavola features Rick’s house made pastas and Krista’s breads as part of a delightful menu of creative, locally sourced dishes that will make your tummy smile.

La Tavola, which seats 60, is cheerful, light, and airy, and feels homey; decorations include family photos. Rick and Krista and their two daughters, one of whom helps her dad make the pasta, live in the neighborhood. The place is busy with Grandview families and kids, as well as couples, young and older. La Tavola is green: wood from Franklinton houses was used for the booths and tables. There are two large tables for families, groups, or sharing.

We started with a small passing plate: sopressata and mortadella sausage, roasted pepper, three types of olives, and pistachios ($7). I had a very large “single portion” of the outstanding beef short rib ragu strozzapretti pasta with tomato, red wine, and juniper sauce ($14/26).

La Tavola's risotto primavera with fresh fava beans, fresh peas, proscuitto, and parmesan and taleggio cheeses. Photo: Steve Stover.

La Tavola’s risotto primavera with fresh fava beans, fresh peas, proscuitto, and parmesan and taleggio cheeses. Photo: Steve Stover.

My wife loved the special risotto primavera with fresh fava beans, fresh peas, proscuitto, and parmesan and taleggio cheeses ($17). We also shared the updated saltimbocca La Tavola: two large pork loin medallions, fontina Valle d’Aosta cheese, proscuitto, sage, marsala wine sauce, and polenta ($16/30).

The updated saltimbocca La Tavola: two large pork loin medallions, fontina Valle d'Aosta cheese, proscuitto, sage, marsala wine sauce, and polenta. Photo: Steve Stover

The updated saltimbocca La Tavola: two large pork loin medallions, fontina Valle d’Aosta cheese, proscuitto, sage, marsala wine sauce, and polenta. Photo: Steve Stover

The menu includes five antipasti, $3 to $12; six pastas, $10 to $28 for a large “sharing portion;” three entrees, $14 to $30 for a large “sharing portion;” four pizzas, $8 to $22; and four desserts, $5 and $6. A set menu family-style dinner will be offered on Sundays.

So run, don’t walk to La Tavola before it is “discovered,” for large portions of excellent made-from-scatch Italian food at great value prices. La Tavola does not take reservations.

La Tavola
1664 West First Avenue
Grandview Heights, OH 43212
614-914-5455
Closed Monday

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Steve Stover is passionate about food. He has taught cooking with Rich Terapak for more than 31 years, and has reviewed restaurants and judged cooking for more than 25 years. He currently teaches cooking at the Franklin Park Conservatory after stints at La Belle Pomme at Lazarus, Columbus State, Sur la Table, and Faire la Cuisine. In addition, he frequently cooks for charity events and speaks to community groups all over Central Ohio. Steve had a weekly restaurant and food commentary program 610 WTVN AM radio from 1996 to 2008. From 1992 to 2004, Steve was the Ohio editor for Zagat Survey, edited five Zagat Survey Ohio editions, and was a contributing editor for several editions of Zagat Survey America’s Top Restaurants. Steve is currently a contributor to Edible Columbus magazine, and a regular guest on WOSU’s Allsides with Ann Fisher. In "real life," Steve retired in January 2012 as the Legislative Counsel for the Ohio State Bar Association, and is involved in numerous community activities.