TÈ Restaurant

TÈ draws on chef-owner John Calabrese’s Italian culinary expertise, Lancaster County’s bounty of ingredients and The Inn at Leola’s historic setting to create a fine-dining experience that is at once rustic (the site is a former tobacco farm) and formal (even your purse gets a special perch).

For the duration of your five- or nine-course meal, you’ll be taken care of with impeccable Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star service, from the doorman who first greets you to the digestivo cart that delivers your after-dinner beverage.

But what you’ll remember most is the food. Often straight from the chef’s garden outside — or arriving daily from Italy — it’s fresh, seasonal and simultaneously simple and extravagant.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • From providing a stool for your purse to escorting you to the bathroom, the staff at TÈ is here to take great care of you, so you might as well relax and enjoy the attention.
  • The wine list at this Five-Star restaurant is quite expansive and full of Italian wines from all different regions, but don’t be intimidated: A drink specialist or your server will happily provide recommendations.
  • At the end of your meal, a trolley will be brought around to offer you beverages and liqueurs that are meant to help aid in the digestion of such a large meal.
  • Taking advantage of The Inn at Leola Village’s location in historic Amish country — on an old tobacco farm, no less — TÈ Restaurant’s design reflects the rustic nature of its surroundings. The chef, who is a designer as well as an architect by trade, designed the interior of the restaurant himself.
  • Part of the experience is also the attention to detail and the knowledge the staff has about the food and its ingredients. Make sure to ask your server where the foods come from and if anything is local.
Things to Know
  • The food at TÈ is an experience in itself and because of the number of courses, meals can be quite lengthy. The adjacent Inn at Leola Village has large, rustic rooms that are perfect for retiring to after your meal.
  • The dress code at this Five-Star Leola restaurant is formal. Jackets are required for gentlemen and ladies will want to dress to impress.
  • This fine-dining eatery only serves dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 5 until 9 p.m. Reservations are required to enjoy its fresh, seasonal Italian cuisine.
  • Vegetarian versions of both the five- and nine-course menu are available for those who eat meat-free.
The Food
  • When dining at the restaurant, guests have the option of choosing the five-course tasting menu, with an optional wine pairing, or the nine-course degustation menu, which is composed of smaller dishes.
  • For the five-course tasting menu, the flow follows that of traditional Italian meals, with a lighter course to start, followed by a pasta or risotto dish and then moving on to the main courses and meats or seafood.
  • The menu at the Five-Star restaurant changes with the seasons, but the strategy and thought process is the same: Sometimes, the chef will use his grandmother’s recipes, applying modern twists to elevate the rustic dish to one befitting a formal restaurant.
  • Your meal will highlight the best ingredients of the season; in winter, that may mean that foie gras, lobster risotto, lamb and wild boar make appearances.
Jacket/tie required
Private dining
Reservations required
Vegetarian options
Getting There
38 Deborah Drive, Leola, Pennsylvania 17540
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