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Joanne Weir’s fresh new Mediterranean concept Tavola at UMass Keith Toffling

Joanne Weir’s fresh new Mediterranean concept at UMass

Opened last month, Tavola offers fresh hummus, pasta bowls and pizzettas, making the most of the iconic California chef’s expertise in Mediterranean cuisine and fresh, local food.

The pizza numbers weren’t adding up at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass). When Van Sullivan, director of retail dining at UMass, looked at data from a campus pizza concept inside UMass’ Blue Wall dining location, he noticed that the overall relevance of pizza “as a standalone concept” had been fading bit by bit each year, he says.

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