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Rome wasn’t built in a day, but this meal can be.

Opening in 2013, Tavola quickly became a favorite among our guests and members. Located off the Colonial Lounge inside The Cloister, it provides panoramic views of the Black Banks River on a daily basis. From dinners before a round of Bingo to celebrations with friends and family, Tavola has served as the backdrop for every occasion.

Tonight you can enjoy Tavola’s blend of sweet southern charm and Italian grace in the comfort of your own home. We’ve rounded up the recipes for some of Tavola’s most popular dishes, curated a playlist and tablescape that set the mood, and provided a suggested wine pairing and cocktail from some familiar faces.

Buon appetito!

Caesar Salad

Antipasti - Sea Island Caesar Salad

A true classic, and a way many guests begin their Tavola dining experience.

Serves 8

Romaine Lettuce Leaves

2 ounces White Anchovies
2 Egg Yolks
1/4 cup Dijon Mustard
1 Lemon, Juiced
1 Clove Garlic, Chopped
1/4 cup Red Wine Vinegar
3/4 cup Canola Oil
3/4 cup Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon White Pepper
Salt and Tobasco to Taste
2 ounces Parmesan, Shaved, to Taste

1 small Baguette or Small Focassia
1/4 cup Olive Oil
1/4 cup Rosemary, Finely Chopped
Salt and Pepper to Taste


  1. In a large wooden bowl, gently mash anchovies with a fork. Add egg yolks, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, vinegar, and salt. Whisk together.
  2. While whisking, slowly add canola oil in a steady stream until the mixture emulsifies. Do the same with the olive oil. Season with Worcestershire, Tabasco, and pepper, and finish with half the Parmesan. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Reserve to toss over romaine lettuce, croutons, and remaining parmesan.


Preheat oven to 375’. Small dice a loaf of bread until you have 1 cup. Reserve remainder of the loaf for another purpose. Place diced bread into a small mixing bowl and toss with olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper until well coated and olive oil has been absorbed. Place onto a sheet tray and bake until crispy, 5 to 6 minutes.

Chicken Parmigiana

Entrée - Chicken Parmigiana

This Chicken Parmigiana is a Tavola original and remains on the menu today. And for good reason.

Serves 4

4 6 ounce Chicken Breasts
4 Whole Eggs, beaten
1 cup Flour
2 cups Breadcrumbs
2 cups Olive Oil
16 ounces Mozzarella, Shredded
16 ounces Tagliatelle Pasta, Cooked
12 ounces Pomodoro Sauce
16 ounces Heavy Cream
12 ounces Parmesan Cheese, Grated
1 oz Italian Parsley
Salt and Pepper To Taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a shallow dish, whisk eggs. In a separate shallow dish, season flour with salt. In a third shallow dish, season breadcrumbs with salt.
  3. Pat dry chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. Coat the chicken breasts in flour and dip in whisked eggs, then dredge in breadcrumbs, turning twice.
  4. Pour oil into a large skillet on medium heat. Add chicken one at a time. Gently shake the skillet occasionally until the chicken turns golden brown. Flip the chicken with tongs and cook until the core temperature reaches 165 degrees.
  5. Transfer the chicken to an oven-safe dish and top with Pomodoro sauce. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over the chicken breasts evenly. Bake in the oven until the cheese melts and begins to brown.
  6. Remove from oven and serve over Tagliatelle Afredo, garnishing with parsley.

Tagliatelle Alfredo:

  1. Cook Tagliatelle according to the package instructions.
  2. In a saucepan, cook the heavy cream for 8 minutes until reduced, stirring frequently. Add half of the parmesan cheese. Wisk until smooth.
  3. Toss alfredo sauce with Tagliatelle pasta and add the remainder of Parmesan cheese.

Dolci - Tiramisu

Originating in Treviso, Italy, we couldn’t resist on this delicious (and equally beautiful) dessert handmade daily by the Sea Island Bake Shop.

Cocoa power
Chocolate Bar
Chocolate Sauce

Mascarpone Cream
1.5 cups Heavy Cream
2.5 cups Mascarpone
.5 cup Sugar
Coffee Soak
1 cup Decaf Coffee
1 tablespoon Sugar

  1. Create the Mascarpone Cream by combining all ingredients in a mixer using the paddle attachment until smooth.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix all ingredients for Coffee Soak and set aside.
  3. Soak ladyfingers in Coffee Soak and place at the bottom of the serving bowl/serving dish.
  4. Drizzle Chocolate Sauce on top of soaked Ladyfingers.
  5. Add a layer of Mascarpone Cream and smooth.
  6. Continue this process a second time and build a second layer.
  7. Once finished with the second layer, garnish by sifting cocoa powder on top and grate chocolate bar to finish.
Nic Wallace Taste of Sea Island

Cocktail - Lavanda

Join Lead Resort Bartender Nic Wallace as he shakes up this best-selling crowd favorite!

2 oz Lavender Infused Vodka*
0.75 oz Honey Syrup (3:1 water)
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3 drops of Bitternmens Boston Bittahs
Garnish: Lemon Peel & Lavender Seeds
Glass: Rocks
Ice: 2” Cube or Standard Ice

  1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker set with ice. Shake for 5-6 seconds, then strain over fresh ice into your rocks glass. Garnish and serve.

*Lavender Infused Vodka
Combine 1/2 cup of fresh lavender pods into a bottle of vodka, then let the mixture infuse for 24-hours. Strain off the lavender after 24 hours and serve.

Ryan McLaughlin Taste of Sea Island

Wine Pairing - Grasso Fratelli, Barbera D' Alba

Sea Island Head Sommelier Ryan McLoughlin tackles perhaps the toughest decision of the night – the wine. Hear his selection that will transport you to the Piedmont of Italy. Cheers!

Turn up the Tunes

Easily transport yourself to Italy via our Spotify playlist, featuring classic Italian to crooners such as Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.


Sicilian countryside

Setting the Table

Megan Helms, Sea Island Event Designer

Tavola is known for its marriage of Italian flare and Southern charm. When designing this tablescape, I wanted to embody the ease of collecting everyday items from your kitchen, and the comfort of clipping homegrown greenery and tomatoes from your garden to curate a dinner that welcomes you and yours home. I also wanted to subtly capture the undeniably old-world Tuscan feel by adding a richly printed napkin, classic white dinnerware, and natural rattan placemats, all tied together with a bundle of fresh herbs. So, when you are longing for the opportunity to share memories of days gone by with family and friends, I hope you recreate the essence of Tavola at your own dinner table with your Sea Island family in mind.

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