Tavernetta | Calgary's Best Restaurants 2020

The rustic Italian menu, warm service and backyard bocce court are just a few of the reasons to visit this restaurant on Edmonton Trail N.E.

Tavernetta meatball, with fonduta cheese and tomato sauce. Photograph by Jared Sych.

Food: Country casual Italian.
Vibe: Your best Italian friend’s home where everyone is welcome.
Order this: Bucatini puttanesca (loose translation: “unsavoury lady” pasta).
Know this: Tavernetta offers catering so you can host an Italian feast in your own home.
Average Price: $23 per entree.

Negronis on tap, house wine by the litre and a bocce court in the backyard — these things alone warrant a trip, but there’s so much more to Tavernetta than booze and bocce. Of course, there’s the rustic Italian menu — intended to be served family-style — that’s so authentic you feel like you’re a guest in a Tuscan home. And there’s the warm, casual and totally competent style of service, which automatically puts diners at ease. Set in an Arts and Crafts-style home on Edmonton Trail N.E., Tavernetta definitely does not look like your typical restaurant from the outside, so keep your eyes peeled. It’s well worth it.

1002 Edmonton Tr. N.E., 403-250-8894, tavernettayyc.ca

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This article appears in the March 2020 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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