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Tavola Italian Kitchen Closes Its Doors

Tavola Italian Kitchen at the Hamilton Marketplace closed their doors without notice today. Locals were caught by surprise. It is unknown why they've shut.

Photos by Rem O'Donnelley


Tavola Italian Kitchen located at the Hamilton Marketplace has closed its doors. It came without warning to some locals.

This afternoon the front door had butcher paper over it, chairs were stacked onto tables and there was no staff in the unlit restaurant. Their website has no message that they've closed.

Speaking with a couple of locals, they were both surprised to see it closed without notice. A security guard at the marketplace didn't know they were going out of business. “They were open yesterday. I saw a girl setting up,” he said.

Peering inside past the stacked chairs there was a message written on the long mirror in the dining area, “farewell pizza party,” it read.

From a side door of the restaurant the owner emerged and before promptly locking the door. The man confirmed he was one of the co-owners Jon Paul Pirraglia. He didn't have time to offer any comments at the time on why Tavola had to close.

The Italian restaurant was listed as one of the restaurants providing food this Friday to Novato's 54th birthday celebration called Paint The Town Red. An anonymous Paint The Town Red Committee member said they received a message that, “they -Tavola- expected to be closed by Friday.”

A businessman who came by Tavola this afternoon was surprised. He didn't expect for the restaurant to be closed. “They're good people. It's hard and it's a shame it happened,” he said.
Craig Belfor January 23, 2014 at 02:29 AM
Have they been they busy lately? I never went there, so I don't know. I'm guessing it wasn't because of Frank's lawsuit where he's trying to copywrite a common Italian word.
annieppugh January 23, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Really sad...we had just discovered this place, and were planning on going there tonight for their 50% off any bottle of wine and a delicous dinner. Great staff - very friendly. We will miss this place!
Novatan January 23, 2014 at 11:40 AM
"Wow, how shocking" said no Novato restaurant patron, ever.
Diane Castro January 29, 2014 at 02:46 PM
Hmmm...not really surprised. Last time I went there the food wasn't too good, service was lousy and owner was pushy. Hope something better goes in there.

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