|Polpette di melanzane|
How many times have you sat in a restaurant, flipping back and forth through the menu, agonising over what to choose? Or maybe you’re on the other side of the table, stomach rumbling, while you watch your dining companion dithering… I’ve been both, which is why I love a tapas restaurant – the perfect excuse to just order everything you want to try. So I was delighted to see that new Bath restaurant Piattino (which translates as ‘little plate’) is offering up a tapas feast Italian-style.
Somewhere between a bar and restaurant (there are regular live music nights, with plans for lots more, a great cocktail menu, and lighting that’s decidedly funkier than in your average bistro), Piattino has a fabulously chilled-out vibe – you could quite easily while away a whole afternoon or evening grazing your way through the menu in leisurely fashion. On offer is everything from snackable boards of cheese and charcuterie (a regularly-changing selection including local favourites as well as Italian staples) to daintily-sized portions of pasta, pizza and classic Italian secondi piatti. I took the easy way out and simply asked owner Dani to bring me everything he thought I should try.
|The spectacularly suspended spiedini|
Unsurprisingly, we ended up stuffing ourselves – my favourites included the filetto di manzo, a gorgeously tender steak on pea puree with roast almonds and pink peppercorns (very, very pretty too), guancia di maiale, pig cheek slow-cooked in red wine, and the show-stopping spiedini, a skewer laden with chicken breast, steak and fat fennel sausage which comes spectacularly suspended over the plate, and served with crispy battered courgettes that my dining companion voted his favourite part of the whole meal. Vegetarians, don’t worry, they’ve got you covered too – I was particularly impressed by the polpette di melanzane, crispy breadcrumbed balls of aubergine, pine nuts, tomato and basil, and the tonarelli, pasta in a pepper and goat cheese sauce which was full of flavour, and served with walnuts and crispy onions for a lovely contrast in texture.
|Filetto di manzo|
Throughout, we washed our feast down with some excellent wines – starting with a light Californian Merlot, followed by a glass of 2013 Papale Oro Primitivo di Manduria – on the menu it simply says WOW, so we had to try it, and it was gloriously rich and indulgent. We finished off our meal with a selection of delicious little fruit tarts and a glass of Recioto della Valpolicella, a fabulously fruity dessert red.
We had an absolutely enormous meal, but to be honest with you there are still plenty more things on the menu that I want to try – so I don’t think it’ll be long before we go back. Look out for live music nights and for excellent lunchtime deals, and on sunny days bag a table on the terrace outside with a view all the way down Milsom St.