Tavolino Della Nonna (Coral Springs)

Posted on March 6th, 2013 · Coral Springs Italian


***** Tavolino Della Nonna, 10181 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, Florida 33065, (954) 509-0046.

Back on July 18, 2009 I told you guys about a terrific “semi-upscale” Italian joint Tavolino Della Nonna in Coral Springs. The original writeup is reprinted below.

Since that “story” appeared some- 4 years ago–Jeff Eats has eaten in Tavolino something like 4-5 times. In all honesty, until last Friday night, the last visit was probably well over a year ago.

Anyway- to make a long story short, last Friday night Jeff Eats, Mrs. Jeff Eats and another couple ate at Tavolino. The food was as good as the “first” outing and the owners and staff just as engaging and competent. The “update” here is–that Tavolino’s owners recently spent some-big bucks expanding the joint having added an entire “wing” dedicated to entertainment. The night Jeff Eats was there, a jazz group was entertaining a huge crowd.

Let me end this thing by saying, I highly recommend that you guys try this joint. It really has everything going for it…delicious food, terrific service, very reasonable prices–and now, a “night-club” atmosphere for those of you looking for something that you normally don’t find in an Italian joint in the heart of Coral Springs.

Posted on July 18th, 2009 · Coral Springs Italian
***** Tavolino Della Nonna, 10181 West Sample Road, Coral Springs, Florida 33065, (954) 509-0046.

Last night I ate in Tavolino Della Nonna…a terrific white tablecloth Italian joint located in Coral Springs. Just so you know…A couple of you guys wrote to me and told me that I had to try this joint…so, old Jeff gave Tavolino a shot.

Anyway…Tavolino has been in business for something like 2-years. For you GPS types out there, it is located on Sample Road, within short walking distance of both Pizza Time and DeSalvo’s the well known “red sauce” joints. Tavolino is-not a pizza joint…it’s a semi-upscale restaurant with both indoor and outdoor patio seating…but don’t worry your tee shirt-shorts ensemble will work. At this juncture take a look at Tavolina’s website for menu/prices/photos.

Like I said before, semi-upscale, but the guys running this joint make you feel like an old friend…when you eat there, you’ll see what I am talking about. The owners–shall we say, are very visible and make sure that everything is running just right. Last night, I watched as they made the rounds to each and every table, kibbitizing (in an Italian restaurant?) and making people “try” this and “that”…

Before I talk food, let me tell you about a cute “idea” that the joint has decor-wise…one little side room, is decorated Ralph & Alice Kramden, 328 Chauncey Street…there is a formica table circa 1955 that seats 6-maybe-8…so if this type of thing floats your boat, call ahead and reserve that “table.”

Onto the food…last night I “tried”– meatball appetizer ($11), tortellini appetizer ($13), veal parmigiana ($23), chicken scarpariello (on bone) ($21), snapper almondine ($23), grilled chicken/pasta ($17)…the food is absolutely delicious.

Just so you know…Tavolino isn’t a $13.95-$16.95 soup or salad-entree-pasta side-garlic rolls joint…there is no pizza, subs, calzones or stromboli. Figure on spending–something like 40-50 bucks a head for a great meal. Trust me on this one, the food runs absolute circles around most of the Italian joints down here. I know that the ala carte menu may “scare” some of you guys…the house salad is big enough to feed two as are the side pasta dishes, so if you order the “right way” you won’t have to get a second-job to pay the tab. Our waitress was super-helpful on “picks” etc…last night, they had a “strolling” magician who worked all the tables…how he changed those $1 bills into $100 bills is beyond me.

Since I am on the Hollywood Cookie Diet, I passed on dessert. I will tell you, that the dessert tray looked absolutely incredible and that everything including the joint’s bread are made in house.

You guys know that I eat in Italian joints all the time…I am telling you, that Tavolino is one of the better restaurants in South Florida. You definitely want to try this one.

Tavolino is open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-10pm, Friday 11am-11pm, Saturday 4pm-11pm and Sunday 4pm-10pm, the joint is closed on Monday.

25 Comments to “Tavolino Della Nonna (Coral Springs)”

  1. KN says...

    We first started going here after we read about it in Jeff Eats.
    We have been very steady customers ever since.
    Ed the owner does a great job in watching over aspect of the restaurant and always makes you feel very comfortable.
    The cabaret area that was recently added adds a whole new dimension to the restaurant.
    You can eat in the regular area or you can eat in the cabaret area.
    The restaurant looks great with the new addition and you really don’t have to go to South Beach to have a really great musical time.
    We love this restaurant.
    Hopefully more people will hear about it and get to enjoy a truly unique experience.


  2. whisper says...

    Ate there about 6 months ago.
    Had veal parm and penne with marinara sauce.
    The veal parm was flavorless and the penne was cold with no taste. A waste of money.

  3. RRP says...

    Sorry Jeff you got this one all wrong. The food is fair at best, same for the service. As for the new nightclub environment way too noisy and confusing.

  4. Gregg L. Friedman MD says...

    I really enjoyed my Chicken Parm with pasta. The food and service were excellent. Overall a great meal at a fair price. I give them 5 Stars. By Gregg L. Friedman MD, Psychiatrist, Hallandale Beach, FL

  5. Laurie N says...

    I liked it better before the expansion.
    Food is good.
    On a Friday or Saturday night the restaurant is now too busy and noisy for my crowd.

  6. Cindy arce says...

    To Pat , Ed , Trisha, and that cute boy and your staff

    I just want to say Thank You again for the wonderful dinner you guys did for the Zappoli & Arce family as a memorial to my dad( Efrain Arce)  who passed . Words can not express our heartfelt thanks for all you guys did. It was wonderful and a great pick me up (Cindy) for me. The way you guys did the all the food with all my favorites (Pear Pasta) That was all I saw I had tunnel vision lol Again thank you so much Love you guys & miss you all see you soon 

    Sent from my iPad

  7. Food is excellent.
    The live music makes it all the more fun.
    Highly recommend that you try it.

  8. Don Cramer says...

    I have lived in s Florida for over 30 years. Ive been to a ton of Italian restaurants in the area. This one isnt that good. The food is mediocre. The service not very professional. Cant see where you are coming from on this one.

  9. RonW213 says...

    Jeff, surprised at you old boy. The food isn’t very good there . Same for the service.

    • BABS says...

      There is no way that we are talking about the same restaurant.
      My husband and I have eaten there at least 10 times and the food and service have always been excellent. Any chance that you are with a competitor in the area?

  10. Hal D. says...

    Went there.
    Food was good.
    Very busy.
    Not your typical Coral Springs restaurant.
    Good find.

  11. Gary says...

    Love the food, service and Ed the owner. Never had a bad meal and a good laugh or three with Ed.

  12. Bob Tenzer says...

    Nice article in today’s Sun Sentinel.
    I’ve been there a couple of times since the night club was added and the food and service are excellent.

    • John Ace says...

      Like you I read that Sun Sentinel piece.
      I have been eating there since Ed opened and watched as he refined his business and expanded its offerings.
      For the record the food and service are very good. Are there better Italian restaurants foodwise in the area? Sure there are, but I can’t think of even one who has an owner/ operator like Ed who greets you at the door, makes you feel like you are family, checks on you during your meal, and chats with you at the door before you head home for the night. The guy must go home every night totally exhausted but content knowing that he did his best to give you a memorable outing.
      Tavolino is a very very special place.
      If you want to have a wonderful dining experience this place is a must for you..

      • JeffEats says...

        John Ace:

        Just had a chance to read your comments.

        Over the years, Jeff Eats has read as you can well imagine many comments…

        Just wanted you to know, that your post perfectly describes why Tavolino is a very special restaurant.

        Thanks for reading…

      • Marty says...

        I love the food and the live music.
        You are so right about Ed and his staff.
        From the moment you walk in to the moment you are at the door to leave, they bend over backwards to make everything just right for you.

  13. Elaine says...

    A very unique restaurant.
    Food is very good.

  14. Karps says...

    Been reading the negative and positive comments. Seems split down the middle.
    My wife and I have eaten there 4 times and we love it.
    Try it for yourselves.

  15. This one is very good. Not your standard red sauce joint. Try it. You won’t be disappointed.

  16. Ann K says...

    love the food and service. ed makes you feel like family.

  17. Roman says...

    They treat you right here.
    I will say that the food is good but not great.

  18. Jeff,
    Definitely one of your best finds. Great food and a wonderful staff.
    The new nightclub area has some great jazz groups playing.
    A pleasant change from the same old same old Italian places that dot the Coral Springs landscape.

  19. B. Edelman says...

    Good food. Good service. Reasonable prices.

  20. Barry T says...

    Ate there last night. Delicious food and the band that was there was terrific.

  21. SidRidesABike says...

    Ed and his staff do a great job.
    Food and service are always just right.

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