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Tavola Rossa - 49 Reviews - 5300 Homewood Banks Dr, Raleigh, NC - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (919) 787-4015

Tavola Rossa

5300 Homewood Banks Dr
Raleigh, NC 27612
(919) 787-4015
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My office has their Christmas party here every year. We usually have random appetizers and an open bar. The food is always unique and delicious! This past Christmas, we had d...


Nice location, nice atmosphere, but I won't be back because they automatically put in their tip (at 18%, mind you). I refuse to give business to restaurants who assume tips are a...

Karma Was Hungry Too! 12/14/2009

I had dined there once before after they had first opened and had an excellent time. I walked in and was seated during a weekend with no reservations. My date and I enjoyed ourselves, and I also ordered a very expensive bottle of wine which was absolutely divine. A couple of years later, I take my girlfriend there, only to be met by a very snobby and rude receptionist who literally turned up his nose at us when I stated we did not have reservations. There seemed to be plenty of seating there, yet the male receptionist made such a big deal about not having reservations that we never went back. I hear that Tavola Rossa is now closed. Things like this happen when you are rude to the people responsible for your paycheck. Pros: The food was good Cons: Snobby male receptionist more

Great Food but it took forever to get it. 9/16/2009

This was our first time there. We went on a Tuesday night for my birthday dinner- total of 6 in our party. We were seated promptly. We only saw 2 other couples and 1 private party there the entire night. Our server was very nice and refreshed our drinks continually during the dinner. However we were never offered in bread and after asking twice in a period of 15-20 minutes they did bring us some bread with hummus. It took 1 hour from the time we sat down until we received our food. I think that is a long time. We did not order anything complicated.. 2 people ordered fettucini alfredo and 1 child ordered cheese pizza and the other 3 ordered pasta. I personally think 30 minutes is okay to wait on food but I think 1 hour is extreme (especially when it was not busy). I would not recommend it to anyone that has small children, is in a hurry or is very hungry. I expect more from an upper scale restaurant when I spend that kind of money- I expect a better experience. It was so slow that we ended up taking our dessert home with us because we were afraid of how long it would take to actually get it. Food is excellent but the cooks need to do better or they need more help! Pros: Great food Cons: It took a really long time to get our food. more

The Chocolate Bomb is THE Bomb! 8/7/2009

My office has their Christmas party here every year. We usually have random appetizers and an open bar. The food is always unique and delicious! This past Christmas, we had duck confit and tuna tartar in what looks like a little ice cream cone. The prosciutto wrapped shrimp ($11 appetizer...JUMBO shrimp) is also a great choice! The chocolate martinis are done very well! Daryl and I decided to eat dinner here after going the mall tonight. I had a $25 off coupon, so I figured what the heck! Daryl had the shrimp and grits (of course) - $15. He said it was good and he liked the big pieces of andouille sausage. I ordered the Grilled Veggie Plate with Fresh Fish (Grouper) - $25. The grilled veggies were awesome! It was an entire plate filled with eggplant, zucchini, squash, red, green, and yellow peppers, red onion, and tomato with balsamic drizzled on it and chunks of goat cheese. The Grouper was placed on top. The fish could use a little sprucing up with some sort of seasoning. Or maybe I should've gotten it with the salmon, but the vegetables were really good! Their complimentary bread is like a thinly sliced toast and served with hummus. My favorite! We decided to share a dessert...the Chocolate Bomb ($7). It was a round dessert with an Oreo Crust Bottom, a layer of chocolate mousse, a layer of peanut butter mousse, and chocolate ganache on the outside. It was the bomb diggity!! It was like a really large peanut butter cup with oreos smashed into the bottom. I would go back again and again just for their signature dessert! The wait staff was excellent! The owner even came over to check on us to see how we were doing. It was a good dinner! Pros: great staff, good food, awesome desserts! Cons: somewhat pricey, tables too close together more

This Restaurant is the hidden jewel of Raleigh NC 1/4/2009

Hello to the Tavola Rossa guests,\r My name is John Fox. I am the Bar Mananger at Tavola Rossa Restaurante Italiano at 5300 Homewood Banks dr. Raleigh, NC. I would like to take the time to thank every single one of the regular guests who frequent our establishment. I encourage everyone who lives in Raleigh and the surrounding areas to take the time and stop into our restaurant to see what you are missing. I have personally met a lot of people who have returned time and time again to receive what has been told to me as,""outstanding food and service."" I would not say this about your ""run of the mill restaurant."" I have worked in this business for 20 years and can honestly say i will never tire of the food on this menu. I should know, I eat here every night that i work... That is saying a lot of the quality of food that is served here.. My General Manager Russ is the most gracious person to the customer that i have ever worked for and he will bend over backwards to facilitate the needs of your dining experience. We have an extensive wine menu(and some wines that aren't on the menu). Just ask Russ or myself for a tour and or tasting. This is really the jewel that is waiting to be discovered city wide. Come see for yourself. Thank you all again for a great 2008. We hope to see you all in 2009. John Fox Pros: Food, srevice, and ambience Cons: Not enough seats in house more

Nice place, but AUTOMATIC TIP looses it for me! 11/18/2008

Nice location, nice atmosphere, but I won't be back because they automatically put in their tip (at 18%, mind you). I refuse to give business to restaurants who assume tips are a right and not what tips are supposed to be. I went without water for a while -- why should the waiter exert himself to give water when his tip was automatic? I wanted coffee but couldn't find the waiter in time, and when I did, it was too late. Why lift a finger if tip is automatic?\r \r The tragic thing is, I'm a excellent tipper and I, in most cases, would tip more (20 to 25%) than if tip is automatic. Pros: GREAT ambience, nice location, open & airy Cons: Automatic tip, food didn't taste that good more


This was our first and last experience at this restaurant. We decided to try it out since it was close to Crabtree and we didn't want to eat at the mall. After getting our food I noticed a small one crawling on the wall right next to my daughter. As soon as I pointed that out to her I noticed a full sized one right next to me on the wall (we were seated at a table for 2 pushed right up against the wall). After jumping up and getting the waitress's attention I noticed another one right on the table next to my plate. The waitress quickly picked up our food and moved it to the table across from us. She joked about leaving the door open today because of the warm weather and also mentioned they sprayed today and that probably had something to do with it. I was surprised that no manager came by to introduce themselves and apologize or anything. We ate some of our food, but neither one of us really felt like eating after that and did not finish our meals. The waitress then came by and offered us each a free dessert because of what happened, but we declined. I assumed she would take something off our bill instead, but she did not. That would have been the very least a good restaurant would have done. We paid the bill and again no one even apologized. We walked out and even the hostess at the desk was not paying attention and didn't say anything as we left. This was not a cheap restaurant and no one seemed to really care very much about what happened. I urge you NOT TO EAT HERE. more

Manicotti is Excellent ...Good Wine Selection 9/13/2008

We have been to this restaurant several times and it has always been a good experience. The service is good and the food is tasty. The manager ( Russ) has always made good wine recommendations. We recently went to Tavola Rossa for my birthday. When we mentioned it was my birthday the owner made sure it was a special evening for us. An evening that started out as just a routine birthday dinner ended up as a great night out. We really enjoyed the owner . He is quite a character! \r \r This restaurant is off the beaten path; which means the wait time for a table is often short. It's worth seeking out. Pros: Easy parking, friendly service Cons: Location is difficult to find. more

Understaffed at lunch 8/16/2008

We had a reservation for a large group during lunch hours and were completely underwhelmed with our experience. There were only two waitresses on staff during lunch where our group could have used 2 waitresses alone. When we arrived, the chairs were set so closely together there would have been no comfortable way to eat. When we asked for another table, the manager made it seem like we really inconvenienced him, while the rest of our group just had to stand there as he lectured us. The room we were in (and the entire restaurant) was hot and humid. Our drinks remained empty quite often and the waitresses were not in very good moods which only hurt the service more. The food was good, once it came out, but we had to ask to have our plates cleared, ask for the desert menu, ask to have our drinks refilled, and ask for the check. Pros: Big room for groups, location Cons: Understaffed, poor service more

Good place for a group meeting 8/12/2008

Coffee and Contacts is a networking group for women and we have held two Lunch and Learns here. The owner and staff were very accomodating and the food tasty, They set us up in a private room and provided very good service to the 40+ women in attendance. Depending on availability and how much space we need we will go back again. Pros: Private Dining area more

Not at all worth it 6/3/2008

My department had lunch reservations at Tavola Rossa to welcome new members to the team a few weeks ago and what was meant to be a pleasant lunch became ridiculous. We had reservations for 14 people, and when we arrived we had to wait for 10 minutes to get the tables set up. There was no one else in the restaurant, and this should have been done prior to our arrival. The service was slow and our waitress seemed very disinterested in taking our orders. We sat outside in the warm afternoon sun for about 15 minutes before our drinks were brought out to us. Again, there were no other patrons in the restaurant. When our orders were taken and the food was ok, not at all worth the prices. We had to ask many times for little things: straws, napkins, and to-go boxes. It was just an unpleasant experience. Also, due to the size of the group, tip was included in our bill, which is understandable, but in checking my account later revealed that I was charged a different amount than I signed for at the restaurant. I guess I should have taken the fact that no one else was there at lunch time as a hint. Find some where else to go. You can get so much more for the same cost elsewhere. more

Avoid at all costs 6/2/2008

I went there a while ago, and the food was average, the service was ok, but overall i was not very happy. I also had the unfortunate experience of meeting the owner. He was a very unkind man, and did not take into effect anything that was being said. I had to hunt down my waitress multiple times just to get service, and when I was finally helped it was given to me with an attitude. I would recommend this place to no one, the ownership is awful and really does not know how to help anyone. Cons: Ownership, staff, food more

No Excuse for Cold Food 5/14/2008

I went to this restaurant on Mother's Day, May 11, 2008 and was very unhappy with my experience. First of all the food was cold. It was the worst food I have ever tried to eat. I did not complain because I was with my family and I did not want to make anyone feel bad for choosing this restaurant. They also ran out of chocolate covered strawberries of which I had none. Several people had asked the waitstaff about them and they said they did not have anymore. I then decided to try an omelet which they cooked in front of you at the buffet table. The only good thing about the omelet was it was hot. The taste was awful. I took two bites and I had to stop. The price of the buffet was certainly not worth what we paid. I feel I was robbed. The next day I called to voice my disappointment to the manager. I actually talked to the owner, but he could not have cared less. He said that I was the only one that complained. If that is the case, there are a lot of people out there that do not know what good food is. I will never go back to this restaurant. It does not even deserve one star. more

Tavola Rossa DOES NOT GET IT!! 5/9/2008

I went to Tavola Rossa when it first opened with a group of women. The service was terrible and they were OUTof several of the pizzas/entrees my group tried to order. The waitstaff had to no concept of service and seemed more put out by us being there instead of happy to serve us. We chalked it up as being new. Giving it a second chance, I went there again the other day with a group and same story. I ordered pizza and they were OUT! How does an Italian place run out of pizza twice?? I mentioned that to the servers and they shrugged it off, offered no type of apology....they could have cared less. We had 2 servers because of our group and they both missed the boat of the concept of service. They were slow, they had to be flagged down, and they were visibly frustated with serving our large group. The fact that this has been my experience with the waitstaff and being out of food twice tells me the problem lies with management. No one is making sure that this place can follow through with good service and food choices. I would not recommend this place to anyone and will never return. Pros: Cool front door Cons: service, run out of food more

Delilcious food, great service 4/25/2008

I took my father to Tavola Rossa today for his birthday lunch. I arrived a little early and was greeted courteously. While I waited for my dad I was offered something to drink. We were seated promptly and our server was very nice. The bread and sauce they serve while you wait is delicious. I ordered the Puttanesca (linguini with capers, olives, tomatoes and garlic) and my father had the Chipotle Chicken Panini. The portions were just right (although they gave my dad a TON of fries with his sandwich) and it was delicious. I think their red sauce is one of the best I've ever tasted. \r \r The owner/manager was circulating around and was very friendly. While we were there we made reservations for Mother's Day brunch. I'm looking forward to going back! Pros: Service, food Cons: None that I can think of more

Bad neighbor = bad restaurant 2/23/2008

I recently moved into one of the apartments around the corner from Tavola Rossa, so my boyfriend and I were excited to try it out. The food was unexceptional, but we probably would have continued to eat there once in a while if it weren't for what I quickly discovered: they have loud parties there every weekend. When I say loud, I mean LOUD enough to literally shake the walls of my apartment. This goes on until well after 2am. On the nights when I'm at home during one of their parties, it's really unpleasant. So, if you don't want to give your money to rude selfish people who are bad neighbors to their community, I suggest you try another restaurant nearby - there are plenty at Crabtree Mall, or if you're looking for another Italian restaurant, Ragazzi's is down the street on Glenwood Ave., and I also recommend Bella Monica at Olde Raleigh Village shopping center. One of our favorite restaurants in the area, Taverna Agora, is also nearby on Glenwood, and they have delicious Greek food and great service! Pros: sounds like they have fun parties Cons: not fun to live nearby more

Great food and warm atmosphere! 12/19/2007

We have been going to Tavola Rossa as often as possible since discovering it about a year ago. The service, food, beverages, and decor are all excellent! We thoroughly enjoy the ""experience"" of visiting Tavola and have made friends with the Maitre d', Russ, owner Leslie, and many of the wait and bar staff. The food is very creative and satisfying. The layout of the wine list points you to wine characteristics that amateurs can understand and pros can appreciate. The selection and pricing of the wine is unique in the Raleigh area. We highly recommend this restaurant! Pros: Friendly service, food, and wine list Cons: None apparent more

An absolute gem of great food, great service and great uptown jazz! 8/3/2007

I had the opportunity recently to dine again at Tavola Rossa. If it were a bar only it would certainly be ""Cheers"". The food was excellent as was the service. Russ, the manager is the epitome of the polished manager. He is impeccably well-mannered and made us feel immediately welcome. Each time we visit we are greated by name and treated as royalty by the whole staff. Even the chef, Nick ,drops by for a visit. Though called an Italian restaurant , the fare is varied and the menu is always evolving. As a wonderful bonus we found a jazz guitar duo of extraordinary talent. Tavola Rossa is an absolute gem for Raleigh. No way to miss with great food, great service and great jazz Pros: food great, service impeccable, excellent jazz in the bar Cons: the owner should not mingle, leave that to the manager and staff more

Perfect Wedding Rehersal Dinner 6/14/2007

Tavola Rossa provided the perfect evening for our wedding rehersal dinner. We had about 25 guests on the outdoor patio. The staff reserved a section of the patio and guarenteed us a location inside in case of poor weather. The food was fantastic. We worked with Leslie Lewis (owner) who provided us with great selections, planning and service. We tasted and preordered the appetizers, wine and deserts the week before, which worked out very well. Our guests ordered from the menu, which made everyone happy, but put the kitchen staff a little behind, but not bad. But the highlight was the food. Everyone raved about the food. And the pricing was right!!!\r Absolutely perfect.\r \r Todd more

Very Good! 5/13/2007

I always saw this place tucked away behind Crabtree mall and I finally got to try it this weekend. prompt... more

Very Good! 5/13/2007

Mariaporter Provided by Partner
I always saw this place tucked away behind Crabtree mall and I finally got to try it this weekend. prompt seating, nice atmosphere, FANTASTIC serv... more
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    Step inside this classy and stylish restaurant for some Italian food served with warmth and hearty hospitality. Authentic Italian goes a step further with some innovative dishes,...

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