Description and review of Piatti Ristorante & Bar, an upscale Italian restaurant located in the Pavilions Shopping Center.
On a recent Saturday a friend and I headed over to the Pavilions Shopping Center for lunch at Piatti. It had been a long time since I was last there, but I recall having enjoyed the food and ambiance previously.
Piatti is perhaps best known for its house-made pasta, made daily. They also hand craft the mozzarella served at the restaurant.
It was a beautiful day, and we were looking forward to having lunch on the outdoor patio. Parking was no problem, and we secured a spot nearby.
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When we checked in at the hostess station we were invited to choose any table we wanted on the patio. We chose a table that was more shaded than not next to the waterfall fountain. There were only a few outdoor tables occupied at the time.
We each ordered a glass of wine and sipped while we looked over the menu. The Piatti wine menu offers a variety of both Italian and domestic wines, as well as a nice selection of beers, etc. We both decided to order a glass of Honig Sauvignon Blanc ($15).
While not large, the lunch menu offers a nice variety of antipasti, pasta, pizza (baked in a wood-fired oven), soup and salads. The dinner menu (after 4:00 p.m.) is expanded to include, for example, steak and salmon.
On the bottom of the menu and bill is an advisory that a 3% service charge is added to each bill, and that it is not a gratuity.
My friend suggested that we order the meatballs (pork and ricotta, mozzarella, tomato sauce) ($15), a favorite of hers, to start our meal. The three good-sized meatballs were tender and tasty, and the accompanying sauce and cheese delicious. It would have been nice to have a bit of bread to soak up the sauce, but we had passed on the $4 Ciabatta bread with dipping oil. Have you noticed how many restaurants no longer offer complementary bread?
Instead of ordering pasta as she had planned, my friend ordered the Caesar Salad (romaine, garlic-anchovy dressing, bread crumbs, grana) ($15) with chicken ($7). She requested that the bread crumbs be omitted.
I ordered the Chopped Salad (roasted peppers, chickpeas, carrots, cauliflower, olives, provolone, salami, herb vinaigrette) ($16).
Our server was both pleasant and attentive, checking back in with us several times during our meal.
We had a nice time catching up while we ate. Unfortunately, the romaine lettuce in the Caesar Salad was not crisp, so the salad could have been much better. I liked my Italian Chopped Salad, but I don’t know that I would order it again. Maybe next time I will order pizza!
To Sum Up
To sum up, lunch on the Piatti outdoor patio was an enjoyable way to spend an hour or so with a friend. It was a bit pricey, but the service was excellent.
Comments on Piatti Ristorante & Bar?
What has been your experience at Piatti? Anything on the menu that you would particularly recommend?
Piatti Ristorante & Bar Snapshot:
- 571 Pavilions Lane, Sacramento, CA 95825 (off of Fair Oaks Blvd.)
- (916) 649-8885
- Open 7 days a week: Monday – Thursday & Sunday (11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.); Friday & Saturday (11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)
- Vegetarian & Vegan friendly
- Outdoor patio
- Shopping center parking
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