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Piatti, Westlake Village

oldusedcop | Apr 11, 200601:10 AM

Great meal at Piatti, Westlake and Thousand Oaks, in Westlake Village. Started with on-line reservations at opentable.com, a great way to get reservations--and you earn points. Don't know what the points get you, but you earn them with each reservation.

The place was busy, but not packed when we arrived, but that changed by the time the evening's special appetizer arrived, smoked salmon carpaccio. Wonderful taste and texture, may have been a little salty for purists, but we like it just fine. The chunks of smoked bacon and blue cheese added to the taste. The accompanying pile of frizee was superfluous, at best.

Salad for each was pear and blue cheese, good, but with a slight vinegary over bite. Incidentally, the dressing was applied perfectly, without a puddle remaining in the plate. Unfortunately, but not a big detraction in this case, there was the contemporary fascination with field greens (weeds). Even with the minor drawbacks, it was very good and artfully presented.

Entrees were equally great, pork scallopine marsala for bride--great taste and texture, and the sauce was as close to perfect as possible, perfect being defined by Arezzo Ristorante, in Edina MN. For me, pork osso buco over cassoulet. The pork was good, if a little bland. The sauce was great, particularly when sopped up with the garlic-laden foccacia. The white beans were large and waaay undercooked. Al dente is not good in beans.

The evening's special dessert was pistachio gelato--unreal. It was actually chewy. The flavor was not overly sweet, allowing plenty of pistachio taste. Other dessert selections included creme brulee, bread pudding, and a handful of others. All looked good.

Definitely an excellent choice for repeat visits.

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