488 9th Ave (at W 38th St)
New York, NY 10018
Tavola does Italian food the old-school way in a rustic and charmingly down-trodden dining room that wouldn't look out of place on a Roman side street. The transportive aesthetics -- with a wall of canned tomatoes fit for a mom-and-pop store -- make it easy to forget you're just a stone's throw from Port Authority. Here, wood-fired pizzas are reliable and topped with Little Neck clams, hot capicola, and imported buffalo mozzarella. Antipasti, pasta, and protein entrées take their inspiration from across Italy, as does the wine list.