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Meet Our Owners and Chefs


Sherri & Leonard Mello

Sherri and Leonard Mello welcome you to Tavolo and look forward to providing you with a memorable dining experience. Both Sherri and Leonard have extensive experience in the hospitality industry and understand the importance of providing the customer with a fresh, innovative and welcoming setting offering the highest quality cuisine. You can find them both at the restaurant on a daily basis providing support to the amazing staff and assuring a great experience for their customers. Leonard is also the Sommelier at Tavolo and has developed a world class beverage program with an extensive wine, beer and cocktail list. Leonard used his 15+ years of experience to develop a wine list that is extensive but not intimidating or overbearing while at the same time providing customers with the opportunity to taste selections from various countries at comfortable price points. The beer list was developed to showcase the ever growing craft beer offerings available. With over 70 different beers on tap and in bottles the beer list is one of the more well rounded lists in this area and beyond. Through constant evaluation, training and research, Leonard is constantly updating the beverage program to meet the current demand of their customers.

Our Executive Chef

Jonathan Baptista

Chef Jonathan joined Tavolo in 2017 and brings his passion and culinary talents to both Providence and Smithfield. Under the leadership of Chef Jonathan, we pride ourselves on sourcing locally and cooking what is freshest through the changes of the seasons. Our culinary team is composed of true professionals whom are capable of providing a magnificent culinary experience. The goal of our Chef and culinary team is to offer hand crafted food that represents the years of craftsmanship and artistry of a chef.