It's nice to see something classic rejuvenated by fresh surroundings, whether it's storied works of art hanging in a shiny new museum, or Satan hanging in a shiny new Linda Blair. For old-school Italian in new-school digs, check out Tavolo.
From the Icarus/Ashmont Grill guy, Tavolo serves up Old World Pan-Italian in a sleek, high-ceiling'd, 120-seat space featuring two dining rooms, a 40-seat fire-slate bar, stained-blue concrete floors, Campari soda light fixtures, and a "crated" wall made by a local artist relying on nothing but empty wine bottles and substance abuse issues. Grub includes choose-your-own-adventure antipasto served on a wooden paddle (pick from 24 items like formaggi, crudo, fritto misto, salumi, etc), NY-style twelve-inch pizzas (Verde w/ arugula, ricotta, prosciutto; Alfredo w/ chicken, artichokes, garlic), paninis, pastas like lasagna del giorno and garganelli carbonara, and homemade gelato from "Eduardo", the "Fabio" of frozen desserts. The full bar keeps the classic vibe going, with tap Italian brews (Moretti, Peroni) and cocktails like the Campari Clare (Campari, grapefruit, Prosecco, orange twist), the Tavolo Highball (Raspicello, soda, fresh lime juice), and the Negroni -- a drink so venerable it once gave Mussolini a fist bump.
To document your experience, Tavolo will also offer a vintage-style, black-and-white photo booth, and is considering putting up pics from it on a "Wall of Fame" and "Wall of Shame" -- providing an old-school b&w medium to capture your new-school, possibly Satanically possessed shenanigans.