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the new Piattini

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the new Piattini

MC Slim JB | Jan 14, 2005 12:44 PM

I was a serious hater of the original Piattini on Newbury St: my first couple of visits were so bad in every way imaginable. It was so-bad-it's-funny bad, the kind of place that the only value is in joking about it later on, and warning people away from it.

I'd heard here that it had cleaned up its act -- new chef, new FOH crew, etc. -- but I hadn't given it a revisit. When the new Piattini opened in the former Grillfish location, a nice airy, uncramped space, I figured it was time to give them a fresh chance.

Plusses: good service (though the kitchen pacing was a little ragged), some real bargains on the wine list, and pretty respectable food. This places touts its small-plate concept (viz. its name), and as a rule, I found the small plates better than the entrees, like the antipasto, the plate of white anchovies on nicely dressed greens, and the ricotta ravioli small plate.

Problem: these aren't really what I'd call small plates; they're sized more like traditional appetizers. The fact that they serve them on irregularly shaped, oversized plates makes it further difficult to cover your table with a bunch of them (we could barely cram five on our four-top) for the sharing that makes this concept attracive.

Given the generous size of the piattini, I'd say the prices were pretty fair; four people shared five small plates, two entrees, a cheese plate (excellent), a couple of coffees, and a bottle of Malbec for a total tarriff of ~$175 inclusive.

I'll definitely give this one another try soon.

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