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La Tavola Trattoria

La Tavola (The Table), Hertel’s latest entry in the North Buffalo restaurant scene, is only a matter of a couple of weeks away from opening. I spoke to owners Victor Cali (former pizzeria owner) and Patrizio Gentile (owner of Gecko’s on Hertel), who told me that customers will be treated with homemade seasonal offerings, Neapolitan pizzas, pasta fagioli and ever-changing specials. Chef Chris Luccari has come onboard to make sure that guests are treated with house specialties that include homemade pasta (build your own dish) and even Italian creations with a Creole spin. 

Thanks to two operation kitchens, one for show and one for prep, along with a wood fired oven that can crank out pizzas in four minutes, this team is convinced that they will quickly become the sweetheart restaurant of foodies everywhere. “We’re here for the serious food lovers,” said Patrizio. “We’re going to accommodate the meat lovers and the vegetarians – we have a sauce that is meat free for those who want it. We wanted to create something right out of NYC, from the handcrafted food to the intimate atmosphere. There will be classic small plates, featuring perfectly portioned food that is priced right.”


The interior of La Tavola Trattoria (formerly North End) has come a long way since the crew has taken it over. One look around is enough to get anyone excited about the place. Walls have come down, and there is a new open-air feel about the place, especially when the patio doors are cranked open. Venetian plaster and exposed brick, with granite countertops and stainless steel accents, make for plenty of different seating vignettes within the restaurant. Every little detail has been thought out, from operational flow to the purse hooks found at the bar. 
La Tavola will be open for both lunch and dinner seven days a week (Monday lunch only). The owners are looking forward to running a hands-on business filled with plenty of character and charisma. “I call it the triple threat,” said Chef Luccari. “Great food, plenty of experience, and lots of personality… all of the things that make for a good restaurant.”
To stay up to date with La Tavola, be sure to like them on Facebook. 
La Tavola Trattoria
1458 Hertel Ave
Buffalo, NY.
(716) 837-3267

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at The Hotel @ The Lafayette, and the Madd Tiki Winter Luau. Other projects: Navigetter.

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  • Kelso

    I walked by this place the other day when the doors were open the inside looks really nice! Looking forward to trying it. On a side note – does anyone know what’s going in at the old Gino’s Bakery location? That’s really the start of the commercial strip.

  • Sheldon S. Kornpett, D.D.S.

    Yeah, it going to be the “Let’s Make Money TV Show” store/thing, moving up from Fairchild/Hertel.

  • Travelrrr

    Is this a chain, by chance? I see that there are several: Chicago, Long Island, and Los Angeles.

  • queenseyes

    It’s not a chain.

  • buffchic

    I hear that this is another restaurant type cafe that specializes in selling gourmet olive oils coming to the old Gino’s location. I will be glad to see a new fresh business on this corner.

  • The Boss

    In-house demi-glace….say what?

  • Cam33r4

    Pizza looks good! I will definitely be there sometime soon after they open!

  • ivan putski jr

    i wish them luck but I don’t know how they are going to compete with the other pizza establishments already dominating the scene within an earshot of this place….Zip’s Wise Guys…Daddios come to mind first, not to mention Bob and Slobs and La Pizza Club….I think Vapor Lounge is even serving the thin crust variety these days. Buffalo loves its pizza though

  • BuffaloFoodie

    Best of Luck !! Looks great !

  • sbrof

    From the sound of it, the only competition for this kind of pizza is probably Romeo’s.

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  • Publius

    It sounds as though La Tavola will be serving authentic pizza, not the American versions you typically find in a neighborhood pizzeria. I think these La Tavola will be in a much higher league than everyone else serving pizza.

  • JSmith

    I noticed that Globe on Hertel & North Park seems to be retiring what was left of the “corner store” aspect of it, replacing the merchandise shelves with more tables. Kind of disappointing to me. Corner grocery stores are important for walkable urbanism.

  • Captain Picard

    Extra seating for Globe Market is probably more valuable to the residents of the neighborhood.

  • Kenners

    No liquor license means immediate failure