This Belltown favorite is helmed by superstar-chef Ethan Stowell (also of Anchovies & Olives and How to Cook a Wolf). Serving up Italian goodness by the plateful in an industrial-chic bi-level space, Tavolàta is a decidedly lively, loud, and delicious night out on the town. Skinny-jeaned young things mingle with families here—and everyone has fun. The long bar serves up simple, elegant cocktails (Campari or Cynar with soda never fails). Start with a chickpea salad,
buffalo mozzarella, or chilled heirloom tomato soup. Homemade pasta is the main draw here, such as fresh campanelle with mussels, squash, preserved lemon and pesto, or linguine with clams, garlic, and chili. Meat offerings are traditional with flair: pork chop is vivified with currants and grilled radicchio; fresh halibut is poached in olive oil with escarole and mushrooms.