I “discovered” Tavolino Ristorante Italiano only because I am a member of the CVB (Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau). I am constantly amazed at how much our CVB folks do for our local economy and how few locals know about their efforts that attract hundreds of millions of convention & visitor dollars to our markets every year; all of which translate into jobs, jobs, & more jobs.
Along with my invitation to the CVB mixer held at Tavolino recently, I received a $10 off coupon for a meal at said establishment. As a reviewer, I won’t compromise my assessments, but I will resort to Groupons and other discounts because dining reviews are by far the most expensive thing I do for SouthernArizonaGuide.com.
Thus it was that I came to lunch at Tavolino for the first time in late February 2013. Admittedly, I arrived with some trepidation because the reviews on sites such as TripAdvisor, Urban Spoon, and Yelp, were all over the place. Some customers reported terrible food and service. Others claim Tavolino’s is the best Italian in Tucson. (Given our 5-Saguaro rating of Vivace, that would be quite a stretch.) Read More