About Us

Chef Nicola Mancini, Jr.

“I knew what I wanted to do when I was 13.”

Like so many other passionate chefs, Nicola Mancini learned the secrets of great cooking from his family. In his case it included great grandparents, grandmothers, aunts and uncles. It seems everyone in the family had a passion for and an appreciation of the art of cooking.

He augmented that invaluable education by graduating from the Culinary Institute of America and working for 20 years in the finest Italian restaurants in America. From Spiaggia in Chicago to Billy Grant’s Bricco in West Hartford with stops at the Max Group and a half dozen hometown Waterbury restaurants along the way, Nicola knew that one day he’d put it all together back in his home town.

“My goal with La Tavola is to create dishes and a dining experience that makes my customers... happy. It’s that simple and it is what we are all committed to.”

A Waterbury native, Pasquale envisioned bringing a new and exciting concept to the restaurant scene. His goal for La Tavola was to create an upscale Italian restaurant, which would balance an ambiance of a modern lounge with a cozy, upscale dining.

As a Former Waterbury Electrical Contractor and the owner of Chef’s Equipment Co. having 20+ years experience in the construction trade and in the design and building of restaurants through out Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York and Massachusetts. Pasquale has always had a desire to build a restaurant of his own with a great feel and atmosphere for all people to enjoy

Having a passion for great food and wine, Pasquale’s vision is to make La Tavola a true restaurant of distinction in Waterbury.

Pasquale Salvatore