Decided to try the new Piattini on Columbus Ave last night with the bf. The space definitely seems a lot bigger than it is from the outside, probably because of the tall ceilings and the all-glass front. (Strangely, we drove past it the first time, despite the huge sign on the front!)
The first thing that struck me upon our arrival was how huge the tables were. Weird, I know, but they seemed so large and barren (nothing on the tables but plates, silverware and glasses) that I felt separated from my companion. Perhaps it would be better suited for parties of four, but it felt decidedly uncomfortable with just two people.
Our server (who was great, I must say) explained to us the whole concept of 'piattinis', and we proceeded to make our selections. He helpfully mentioned that he would bring out the cold plates first, followed by the hot, and he would serve them two at a time, so our food wouldn't get cold. My bf also ordered a beer, while I had a glass of the sancerre, which was very good, though pricey at $10/glass. I also got one of their description cards for my wine, and that was cute, if not unusual.
We started with the Romana salad, which was really just a caesar salad, and the antipasto platter. The salad was surprisingly good, they served the romaine in three sizable wedges, and lightly drizzled the dressing over. The dressing was good, not too heavy on the garlic flavor like you often find nowadays. The antipasto was also good (probably my favorite), it had three different meats (tasted like salami, prosciutto and speck), mozz and parm, plus various veggies. Great mix of flavors, everything tasted really fresh.
These were followed by the lobster ravioli and the mussels. The ravioli were firm and packed with lobster, though the sauce seemed a bit flat, lacking the richness you would expect from such a dish. The mussels were also only so-so, with the taste of lemon almost completely overwhelming the garlic and fennel. Our server then brought out our final dishes, the scallops au gratin and the panzarotti. The scallops were served in the shell, on top of crisp sliced potatoes. The menu said it would be garnished with a black truffle sauce, which was poured on top and made the dish look a bit...grey and unappetizing. Still, it was good, though they really could've gone easy on the truffle sauce. The panzarotti resembled two large mozzarella sticks, surrounded by a tomato cream sauce. They were quite dense (by this time, neither of us could finish one), and filled with potato, fontina and mushrooms. Again, they were okay, but I couldn't really taste the fontina, and there were hardly any mushrooms inside. These probably should've come earlier in the meal, because they were really much too heavy to have at the end.
Bill came to a little over $100, including tip. All-in-all, the food was alright, but the dishes just lacked that something... can't really explain it, but none of them were particularly interesting or exciting. I don't think we'll be back anytime soon.