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Piatti Restaurant Review: Although part of a Northern California chain, Piatti has its own homey feel, making it a neighborhood favorite. Kids are welcome and often seen dining at this fun, sometimes raucous La Jolla Shores gathering spot. Staff is well-trained, and even though the menu changes often, they always know the food. Start with the sweetbreads (sautéed with mushrooms, garlic and white wine) or the soft polenta with Gorgonzola, mushrooms and truffle oil. We also recommend the grilled hearts of romaine wrapped with prosciutto. Thin-crust pizzas, with such toppings as fig and pancetta, come out of the wood-burning oven piping hot. Among the pasta dishes, we prefer the house-made ravioli stuffed with ricotta and basil, bathed in a light lemon cream sauce. Comfort food-seekers will enjoy the herb-rubbed rotisserie chicken with mashed potatoes or the meatloaf with mushroom gravy. Classic Italian desserts (think tiramisu) are offered, along with warm chocolate bread pudding.