Avid readers of the blog will know that JB and I both LOVE Italy…everything from the wine, the delicious food to the people. What people will also know about me is that I’m a bit of a fuss pot eater…I don’t like huge portions on my plate and can never decide what to have on a menu that’s so extensive you may as well read War & Peace. Behold the the new Bath restaurant Piattino which serves up tapas food, Italian-style. Piattino translates as ‘little plate’.
When you enter the restaurant / bar I immediately thought that it wasn’t very big and you’d be lucky to get a table in the evenings at the weekends, however I was wrong. Owner Dani gave me a quick tour before we settled into the food – the corridor at the back of the restaurant leads to a bigger room complete with stage where there is regular live music. Beyond that, there is a super sun terrace which will be great on a sunny afternoon where you can kick back, enjoy a chilled glass of wine with a selection of piattino’s.
After explaining to Dani that JB couldn’t have cows milk he asked if we trusted him to bring us out a selection of his favourite dishes – we could hardly say no to the offer there were SO many delicious offerings on the menu we could have easily had one of each.
The absolute favourites included the Filetto di manzo; a beautifully cooked piece of fillet steak on a bed of petit pois cream, roasted almonds and pink pepers together with the Polpette di melanzane; bread crumbed aubergine balls topped with pesto, coulis and chilli. Another firm favourite, a real treat as it was one of the specials was Burrata with pistacho mousse…essentially it was the biggest ball of mozzarella you’ve ever seen and was divine. Other courses included artisan breads, charcuterie and cheese boards, Guancia di maiale (pigs cheek slow cooked in red wine – not my favourite as it was quite rich but the small piece I had was wonderfully tender) and calamari.
Not forgetting the dessert course – JB opted for simple lemon sorbet as desserts and a dairy free diet don’t mix so well. I however took the opportunity to sample the Crostatine della passione; 3 little tarts with pistachio, passion fruit and white chocolate cream…YUM!!
Piattino offers a £14 3 plate tapas lunch which includes pizza, pasta and that delicious fillet steak. If you’re looking for somewhere super relaxed where you can enjoy some beautiful Italian food with no pressure, Piattino is the place for you! We’ll most definitely be back…I need to try the pizza and pasta!
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