Prominent Seattle restaurateur Ethan Stowell, whose restaurant group owns more than a dozen spots throughout the city, will soon add another to the portfolio. Stowell will open a Tavolàta Italian restaurant late this year inside a new building downtown, expanding on a popular format that was born in Belltown. Stowell also operates a Tavolàta on Capitol Hill.
The upcoming restaurant will be located in a new building at Second and University called 2+U, from developer Skanska. Tavolàta will sit in the building’s “Urban Village,” a collection of restaurants, arts, entertainment, and retail spots.
Tavolàta will cover 2,232 square feet, including a full bar, private dining areas, and outdoor seating. The menu will be similar to the Belltown original, with handmade pastas, fresh vegetables, pizzas, and hearty proteins, along with Northwest and Italian wines and a cocktail list using seasonal ingredients.
Ethan Stowell Restaurants opened its first Tavolàta in Belltown in 2007, adding the Capitol Hill location in 2016. The restaurant marked Stowell’s first foray into the modern Italian food that’s now become somewhat of a signature. Both existing restaurants have large communal tables at their center; “tavolàta” means “table” in Italian, after all. The new downtown version will likely include this aspect as well.