Have you ever walked into a restaurant and instantly felt welcome? That is what happened as we walked into our feature restaurant for March, Piatti Italian restaurant, and bar. Located in beautiful La Jolla Shores, we couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque scenery.
Luckily, the location wasn’t even close to being the best part of this restaurant. As we took in the atmosphere, sampled the food, and experienced amazing service, it became incredibly clear why Piatti has 4.5 stars. While the incredibly classy atmosphere is perfect for business meetings, it has a very relaxed vibe. With three separate areas (the bar for a quick cocktail meeting, a beautiful dining room, and an elegant patio) it is easy to create the ambiance you want.
The real stars of Piatti are the staff. With 41 staff members for over 10 years, the family experience is instantly felt when you walk in. But it’s not only the staff that creates the family experience. The loyal customers and regulars show how much joy Piatti brings to the community! Tom, the General Manager, says the hardest thing for him is not taking it personally when someone doesn’t enjoy their experience. But that shows how invested he is in creating a restaurant where everyone feels at home and joyful!
The atmosphere and wait staff were terrific, but the food was phenomenal! Right off the bat, they brought oil and vinaigrette, but this was no ordinary dip for bread. Seasoned with garlic and herbs, this was easily the best way to start our lunch! As we moved from the romaine salad, through amazing pasta, to steak, and dessert, there was not one dish that felt heavy.
We had the pleasure of trying three very different pasta dishes: wild mushroom Rotolo, saffron pappardelle, and butternut squash ravioli. Each plate had a completely different flavor profile, but each one seemed to be better than the last as we tried them! The steak was tender and juicy and was paired with Brussels sprouts that were crispy and delicious. Next came the desserts! The tiramisu was so light and fluffy; not a single bite made anyone feel guilty about eating dessert. The torta di limone is a play on key lime pie. With lemon mascarpone and a beautiful raspberry sauce, it was refreshing and delicious. Lastly, we tasted the bodino di pane, a fabulous bread pudding so light and airy but packed with flavor.
*** Looking for a craft cocktail? Try the refreshing, but strong, sage flower***
Piatti of La Jolla is a fantastic place for business meetings, family, friends or even yourself for a night on the town. The small details from offering an assortment of tea, to the house-made pasta, to the loyal, happy and caring staff truly make Piatti a stand out restaurant in San Diego.