The September To-Eat List

WHAT Tavolo, a pasta and pizza restaurant by chef Chris Douglass, of Icarus and Ashmont Grill fame.
WHY Like any neighborhood, Peabody Square deserves a good Italian joint with single-digit prices and a top-caliber chef.
WHERE 1918 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, 617-822-1918,

WHAT The Back Bay location of Sel de la Terre at the Mandarin Oriental, which joins the waterfront and Natick outposts to form a steak frites triple threat.
WHY With so much attention focused next door at chef Frank McClelland‘s new L’Espalier, his more laid-back French boîte just might have a free table.
WHERE 774 Boylston St., Boston, 617-720-1300,

WHAT A fully revamped Tangierino, which expands to nearly twice its original size.
The signature Moroccan fare will surely taste even more fiery in the new private Sultan’s Tents, decked out in sofas, velvet drapes, and lanterns.
WHERE 83 Main St., Charlestown, 617-242-6009,

WHAT Circle: Plates and Lounge, a contemporary French eatery opening up in the old Bob the Chef’s space.
WHY Chef Adam Gendreau honed his cooking chops under the watchful eye of Jody Adams at Rialto and his literal chops at über-butcher John Dewar & Co. Expectations are high.
WHERE 604 Columbus Ave., Boston, 617-247-2537,