For those looking for something more substantial, the homemade pappardelle with lamb ragu and the New York Bistecca with a balsamic glaze, crisp fingerling potatoes and accompanied with a whole roasted garlic–to be spread on bread or steak (or both)–receive rave reviews. Taverna’s version of “beans and greens,” using cannellini beans and escarole, is also a standout side dish.
For the finale, the chocolate pavé with mascarpone whipped cream and vanilla panna cotta with grapefruit segments and a candied citrus peel surpasses expectations. As for atmosphere at Taverna, expect a rustic European aesthetic that’s warmed with the charming service. 1986 San Marco Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32207. Tel: (904) 398-3005.