Best Italian 2013: tavola

Photo: Aaron Cohen Photo: Aaron Cohen


826 Hinton Ave.

707 W. Main St.

Here’s a cultural difference our waistlines are thankful for: The average person in Italy eats 51 pounds of pasta each year, whereas the average person in North America eats 15. Of course, these two spots make it very hard to keep that national average at bay. In Belmont, tavola’s intimate setting and tasteful menu beckon diners to indulge at every course. On West Main Street, Bella’s sends you home with enough leftovers to last for days.

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