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Piattini Wine Cafe - 17 Reviews - 226 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2565, Boston, MA - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (617) 536-2020

Piattini Wine Cafe

226 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116-2565 (at Fairfield Street)
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 536-2020
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I always enjoy Piattini. The food is great and the staff is always prompt and friendly. I can not reconmend Piattini enough. Pros: Great food, great wine, great service


We selected this venue for small plates based on the location, calling in advance to make reservations for later in the night. As we were seated by the door (on the coldest night ...

Great food, great wine, great service 1/21/2009

I always enjoy Piattini. The food is great and the staff is always prompt and friendly. I can not reconmend Piattini enough. Pros: Great food, great wine, great service more

Disappointing from our first step through the door. 1/19/2009

We selected this venue for small plates based on the location, calling in advance to make reservations for later in the night. As we were seated by the door (on the coldest night of the year yet) we inquired if there might be another more comfortable table available only to hear the staff mumble ""you're lucky to even get a table"". Not about to let a rude remark get in the way of our dining experience, we proceeded to select several small plates from the menu and order a bottle of wine. \r The cold plates took too long to come out for what they were and we were incredulous that apparently the chef had the audacity to serve CANNED vegetables (you know the kind that has that ""tinny taste"") for the beet salad and antipasto platter. It didn't get much better when the hot plates came out and it became further clear that the tomato sauce used in the Italian dishes was prefabricated as well, tasting very similar to that of Chef Boyardee.\r \r Thumbs down folks. There are plenty of restaurants in Boston, skip this one. more

cute place, good food....BAD service 4/13/2008

we were very disappointed with this place, because it could have easily been one of our favorite places to eat. from the minute we entered the place, our waiter was cold and rude. maybe he was just having a bad day? we initially felt rushed, our waiter even told us that he had a reservation in 1 hour and a half for OUR table. (the place was relatively empty and it was a tuesday night, so we didn't understand why our table was the one being reserved for the 8pm reservation). that was fine, we didn't plan on lingering and we figured the small plates that we ordered and the salad for 2 people should not take too long to prepare. well it took a LONG time. and again, our waiter rushed us when our food finally arrived. but to give him credit, he offered to move us to another table once the party w/ the reservation arrived. well the couple w/ the reservation arrived and they were seated at another table. so we really didn't understand the need to make us feel so rushed. \r the food was good and the place was was really cute, however, there's no way i would ever return or advise anyone to go here solely b/c of how we were treated. Pros: good food/nice ambiance Cons: awful service more

Lovely, intimate restaurant on Newbury that... 10/4/2007

Lovely, intimate restaurant on Newbury that serves excellent Italian dishes. Ingredients were fresh, items... more

Lovely, intimate restaurant on Newbury that... 10/4/2007

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Lovely, intimate restaurant on Newbury that serves excellent Italian dishes. Ingredients were fresh, items prepared 'just so', and portion sizes we... more

Fine food- my Ivy Villa! 6/25/2007

Recently dined here with my husband this past! The food was inexpensive and delicious! We had the house special eggplant with smoked mozzarella, so yummy!!\r The wine list was great, a lot to choose from under $35 a bottle and the waitress was delightful.\r The Ivy decor on the wall out back reminded me of a Villa in Italy. Dont walk run... you will love it! Pros: Food Cons: Tiny more

Poor management response to a poor dining experience 1/20/2007

Our first experience at Piattini was for drinks only. We stopped in for a glass of wine and, based on our positive experience, we decided to return at a later date for dinner.\r \r Several months later we did just that. My meal (pasta bolognese) was quite good but, unfortunately, my partner's chicken dish was not. Every restaurant has an off night, but what made this particular evening such a disappointment is that our waitress never returned to check on us. In the end, I ate my meal alone, while my partner sat there staring at an uneaten, substandard dish. Dining out isn't just about the food; it's about enjoying a meal together. When we spoke to the manager, she was apologetic, but also defensive. She comped one of our entrees and invited us to return for another meal. She wanted another opportunity to show us, of course, that Piattini is capable of ""getting things right.""\r \r Our initial response was to decline her offer. On one hand, it would have been nice to have a second meal as guests of the manager. On the other hand, there are too many better restaurants in town that get things right on the first try--and every try. Ultimately, sanity prevailed and we made arrangements to return.\r \r Tonight, we had our second meal at Piattini. The manager greeted us at the beginning of the evening and, in contrast to our first visit, she was most welcoming and not at all smug or defensive. Our meal and service were superior to that of our first visit.\r \r And then the check arrived.\r \r Our server explained that she understood that our last experience wasn't up to par and, therefore, the manager had comped ONE OF OUR ENTREES. We fully expected to pay our bar tab and to tip our server generously. We had no idea that management's good will gesture was so limited.\r \r As a result, the difference between a postive review (and another return visit) and a negative review (and an experience that we'll share with anyone who'll listen for weeks to come) is a mere $50. Pros: Fair prices Cons: Service, management response to poor service more

Great Lobster Ravioli and Wine List 11/7/2006

I have been to this Piattini location a few times, and it is one of my favorite restaurants in Boston. It is not too chi chi, but you still get a great dinner in a cute atmosphere. I absolutely love the lobster ravioli. I have never had to wait for a table, and the wine list and wine pairings are great. I think the portion sizes are appropriate, as are the prices.\r \r One warning, I have been to the other Piattini location on Stuart Street, and the food was not nearly as good. I was told that they have totally different chefs, and although the menu items are the same, the way they prepare them are quite different. Pros: wine list, atmosphere Cons: can be cold during winter months if you are seated at one of the front tables more

Cute patio area, but horrible quality 10/6/2005

This review is for my experience during lunch. I can't review dinner, b/c there could be different waitresses and a different menu. I understand that Newbury street is supposed to be overpriced, but I honestly could have made better food myself. I don't usually expect much out of an affordable, middle range meal but this was horrible! The chicken i had with my pasta was extremely overcooked, and lead me to believe that it was actually defrosted poorly. Also, the pace of the meal was slow and very painful to sit through, especially during the most rushed part of the work week. Overall the experience was bad, except for the wonderful patio and the apologetic wait staff. I would not suggest this place. I took the time to write this review so that other people would not have to suffer. Pros: patio, good size of portions Cons: quality of food, length of meal more

Delicious food, but noisy and crammed... 9/22/2004

Tried Piattini for the first time... Both my boyfriend and I thought the food was terrific. I had the spicy shrimp salad and he had chicken w/ fontina cheese (we didn't try the small tapas dishes) and both were very delicious! I wouldn't say this place is 'inexpensive'... the pasta entrees are at least $16. But I think the prices are fair for the quality of food. The thing I didn't like is the atmosphere and the small, crammed space. The restaurant was about half-full when we went, and it was still too noisy -- can't imagine eating there when it's packed. Our table was very small which was a little uncomfortable. The service was prompt in the beginning, then our waitress disappeared for a long time when we wanted to get the check. Pros: great food Cons: , noise more

incredible... 5/12/2004

I stumbled upon Piattini one day while walking along Newbury...after one experience it became my favorite restaurant. It is so romantic and relaxing, especially during lunch. At night it does get crowded but the atmosphere created is quite nice. The food is not expensive but it is delicious, and the amount they give you is just enough. It tastes like home cooked italian food, better than anything I have had in the north end. They also do take out so if you want an amazing meal at home its yours. Absolutely wonderful... more

Pleasant Surprise 8/28/2003

To my amazement a friend and I fell upon this cafe after countless times of walking right by. The food delightful and inexpensive. I was pleasantly surprise for Newbury with Stephanie's right around the corner. Outside dining is nice with the right weather and amusing for people and car watching. Inside looked romantic and smelled marvelous. Next time you're on Newbury this is a must try for lunch. Pros: Inexpensive more

Something For Everyone 1/29/2003

A charmimg restaurant that offers a very diverse menu and wine list. The choice of so many small plates allows the diner to sample many different and enticing foods. I also liked the very complete and comprehensive wine list that offered 5 different flights of three wines to sample. I thought the restaurant offered an excellant value. You can go back many times and still be trying new things. Pros: Diverse Menu, Wine List, Location more

Topanga and Cory met here. 1/8/2003

Piattini is the perfect spot for the succinct week night date. The atmosphere is more Boy Meets World romance than Thomas Crown, but you should score points for being creative and cute. Food: Inventive Italian tapas are pleasent to the taste buds and even more so on the wallet. Entree's were not quite up to the North End standards, but certainly far tastier than the remainder of the Back Bay Italian Restaurants. Try the Sugary Buttenut Squash Ravioli (The cider sage and brown sugar sauce is amazing) The spinach gnocchi was also sublime. Drinks: It is a wine bar. This is not 1986, so get red. Service: Laid back, but not to a fault. Pros: Cute, Romantic, Smart Cons: Tiny more

Take someone you love! 12/17/2002

The ""little dishes"" are outstanding. Each piattini is a refined but exciting combination of ingredients that enhance each other. This is classic Italian cuisine, no ""tall food"" and ""fusion"" fantasies. The exceptional wine list is well and moderately priced. The service is polished, European. Pros: Wonderful service, Great price/value, Exceptional food Cons: Crowded, Noisy more

Great prices & food on Newbury Street 12/3/2002

I stopped by Piattini for the first time while holiday shopping on Newbury Street. The creative menu, selections of small dishes, and interesting wine list drew me in to the rustic and homey dining room. The food was fantastic and the servers were friendly and knowledgable. Can't wait to go back! more

Love love LOVE the Piattini! 11/15/2002

The lobster ravioli is to die for. As is the maple/squash ravioli, mushroom ravioli, calamari salad, risottos, and WINE list... I never make it to entrees because the starters are so much fun. Piattini means ""small dish"", a bit like tapas only MUCH tastier--high end Italian flavors. Easy to share or to get 2 or 3 per person. Josephine, the owner, opened the restaurant in an attempt to recreate her Italian grandmother's kitchen (she often will stop to chat w/ patrons)--the service is warm, informative, and if you go often enough you will get treated like family. The ambiance is great for couples or small groups, they do a nice daytime menu for lunch, but dinner is amazing... Pros: Near Copley/Hines T, Personal feel, Wine list great Cons: Short wait on wknds more
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  • The Scene
    Tucked just below sidewalk level in the middle of Newbury Street lies one of the city's more challenging dining environments. As many petite tables as possible are crammed into...

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Daily 11:30am-11pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, American Express, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Back Bay, Back Bay East