Cincinnati is full of surprises.
Downtown is easy to drive in and there are at least three vibrant and attractive neighborhoods, Over the Rhine, Walnut Hill, and Mount Adams. But among these and other surprises, perhaps the least expected was superb pizza.
Cincinnati is definitely a Midwestern city and its primary ethnic heritage seems to be German. For someone used to pizza crafted by New Jersey/New York Italians, neither of those Cincy descriptors sounds promising. But a necessary visit to the Ohio River city and a bit of research led us to think we should give a place called A Tavola (“to the table”) a try.
|Interior at A Tavola|
|Gorgonzola and sausage pizza|
|Red and bleu salad|
|Stefano Ferrara wood fired oven|
|Perfect char underneath|
Our knowledgeable server noted that A Tavola emphasizes local sourcing of ingredients (even the beers on tap at the bar are from local microbreweries) and in-house preparation of everything, including curing their own meats.
|Fantasia (L) and Bellini (R) drinks|