After reading reviews for dozens and dozens of Zurich restaurants, I finally settled on trying La Tavolata, and I'm really glad I did! First of all, they do online reservations, and even though we ended up not needing one (the place was nearly empty at 6:30 on a Saturday), I appreciated not having to deal with the language barrier over the phone.
Now to the food-- everything we tried was excellent! I ordered the house pasta and my husband ordered the gnocchi. Our amazing server told us that the pasta would take awhile, so he provided complimentary antipasto and bread to tide us over. Who does that, especially in overpriced Zurich?? He also assured us that the small portions of the pasta would be plenty (he was right), and we greatly appreciated his not trying to oversell us.
Both the pasta and the gnocchi were wonderful. La Tavolata serves Sardinian food, so everything is a little different from your ordinary Italian cuisine. Our server recommended we try a traditional Sardinian dessert--an empanada-like fried cheese pie--and it was also amazing, as was the housemade tiramisu.
This restaurant was a much appreciated break from the heavy Swiss, German, and Austrian food we had eaten far too much of on the rest of our vacation. It's also an extraordinary value for Zurich. Table water, 2 glasses of wine, a beer, the two small pasta dishes, and two desserts came to only 87 francs, including tax and the 2.5% they charge for using a credit card. If we're ever in Zurich again, we'll definitely be back!