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7708 Maple St. (Adams St.) Send to Phone
Taking a decidedly non-Creole stance on Italian cooking with house-made pastas and fresh vegetables, Il Piatto is easy on the wallet and high on the return.

Lunch Mon.-Fri., Dinner nightly

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Il Piatto Restaurant Review

: A sister to chef-proprietor Matt Yohalem's Santa Fe, New Mexico, restaurant, Il Piatto is a favorite drop-in among its Uptown neighbors---a majority of the clientele in the intimate Creole cottage space on any given evening probably walked there. The prices for house-made pastas and crisp, fresh salads are beyond reasonable, and the quality of cooking has steadily increased since the restaurant's December 2003 opening. A recent visit uncovered quick-grilled calamari with shaved fennel and garlicky aïoli, plump ravioli with velveteen pumpkin centers, and a jiggle-y panna cotta touched with almond flavoring. Portions are such that two people wishing to taste from each menu category can comfortably split an appetizer, a pasta and a main course. The best entrée we've tried incorporates rosy slices of duck breast set over creamy polenta with poached fig jus and grilled radicchio. The wine list contains juicy Dolcettos and Barberas priced to match the rest of the meal.


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