A local Italian restaurant is expanding its customer base at its new Chenango Bridge location.
A Tavolo, formerly in Windsor, has moved into the former Brass Lantern building on Chenango Bridge Road.
Since it opened in August, it has seen a significant increase in business and has had to hire additional staff.
A Tavolo is owned by David Gatto and Donna DeLuca-Utter.
They says the new location is closer to their home and in a much busier area.
Nevertheless, they were surprised by how much busier they were rght out of the gate.
Donna DeLuca-Utter says, “Met a lot of new customers, we have a lot of our old customers still coming back. It’s a beautiful building, more seating, more room, beautiful deck out back. We have the upstairs now open so we have extra seating for overflow.”
The upstairs can also be used for private parties.
The menu features many Italian favorites along with steaks and daily specials.
Many of the recipes come from their parents, DeLuca-Utter’s father once owned the chain of Olde World Deli’s.
And Gatto worked for legendary local restauranteur Guido Iacovelli when he was young.
Gatto says this second career for the two former teachers is about more than the money.
Partner David Gatto says, “Our purpose is to provide service, to provide a comfortable setting for people to sit down and talk with their friends and their family. We’ve had people who have literally sat here for 4 hours. There’s no one rushing you out, there’s no one telling you, ‘We need your table for someone else.'”
A Tavolo is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 5 to 9, Saturdays 4:30 to 9 and Sundays 4 to 8.
The restaurant is planning a special beer dinner in march featuring Upstate New York regional dishes paired with brews from Beer Tree.