Piatto – Just Fabulous!

It’s not often you realise – with regret – that you have missed out. I had this kind of feeling this weekend, after I visited Piatto for the first time. Whoa. How on earth did we miss out on this gem? Piatto, located at Gateway, definitely ranks up there with the best; we thoroughly enjoyed our evening.

The menu is expansive enough for a delicious variety, but not enough to completely confuse you.
For starters, we had the Garlic Butter Prawn bites, four prawns in a garlic butter sauce topped with parmesan and baked in the pizza oven, and the Cypriot Mushrooms, crumbed black mushrooms, deep fried and topped with halloumi and bacon and drizzled with a cheese sauce. I must admit both dishes were the tastiest we had had in a while.

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Our waiter, Stanley, was also on the money with each of his suggestions. For mains, we tried the Surf and Turf, 200g rump and four queen prawns and the Sirloin Bistek, 300g sirloin filled with feta, jalapeno chilli and bacon, topped with a cheese sauce. Again, the steak was packed with rich flavour. I added a mushroom sauce to my surf and turf, which was perfectly grilled. We also had a pasta and calamari on the table; these dishes were also sublime. The calamari, particularly, was expertly done and succinctly spiced – one of the most scrumptious I’ve tasted.
Piatto’s atmosphere is that of a fine dining restaurant, which is just fabulous.

Its location is convenient; nestled in among a few restaurants but still close enough for you to remember you’re in the middle of Umhlanga. The décor, newly revamped, is gorgeous! (I loved all the details in the intricate lighting!!) Every good meal ends off with dessert and I asked for the warm Chocolate Parcels, praline chocolate folded in phyllo pastry, baked in the oven and served with ice cream; it literally blew my socks off! Sweet, generously oozing chocolate and very much on my ‘order again’ list. We were also urged to try the lemon cheesecake which is a firm favourite of their customers. All in all a wonderful evening, attentive service and great food.

My only regret is that we didn’t find Piatto sooner…oh, but we’ll be back, for sure!

CALL US | 031 566 5606
VISIT | Shop G 328 Gateway Theatre Of Shopping
WEB | www.piatto.co.za

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