Before we knew anything about crudo and sformatino, Italian food meant piccata, marsala, and saltimbocca, and that's the kind of classic Italian-American fare that La Tabella specializes in. The menu is stocked with the aforementioned standards, which are done well, but there's still enough creativity in the preparations to satisfy the family food snob. While the kids slurp down spaghetti and meatballs, you can fork into a tender pork osso bucco, which is actually the whole shank, gently braised, slathered in sauce, and served atop a beautifully prepared mushroom risotto. Or you can opt for a fresh version of seafood fra diavalo or linguine and clams and be just as satisfied. —Jeff Allen , Dish (Summer 2012)
Italian eatery with menu of classics — focaccia, mussels, and pasta.