An Invitation to Piattino Neighborhood Bistro (giveaway)
Disclosure: We were invited to visit Piattino to enjoy dinner on them, in exchange for this review post and social media shares. All opinions are my own. This past Saturday had to be the busiest one I've had in a long time. Possibly the busiest ever. 2 girls, 2 softball games, 1 pool party, 2 dance recitals, and 2 birthday parties. But, when we were invited to visit Piattino: Neighborhood Bistro in Mendham... it seemed like the perfect addition to our crazy Saturday. After dropping the girls off to their separate parties we drove the short distance from Madison to Mendham. Mendham always seems like it's so much further than it actually is; just 15-20 minutes.
While the exterior of Piattino was a rather unassuming corner of a strip mall, the interior was impressive. Not to big, it had a cozy feel, while not being at all cramped. The bar seated 6 or 7 guests, and had the most gorgeous bar shelving. They had a small tv available at the bar, but it was nicely off to the side and not at all distracting to the restaurants atmosphere. While the restaurant isn't too small... I would highly recommend reservations. by the time we were leaving there was a line out the door! It's definitely a place we can take the girls... but it also works for a kid free dinner. While it was casual... you could easily come dressed up for a date night, or a ladies night out.
Piattino: Neighborhood Bistro– serving up modern twists to traditional Italian fare. Nestled in Historic Mendham, Piattino brings its authentic, new age Italian dining experience directly to New Jersey. Sourcing artisan ingredients from around the world and our own backyard, Piattino’s scratch-made, chef-driven menu includes a variety of mouthwatering antipasti’s, insalates, pastas and entrees. Piattino is also known locally for its delicious, hand-stretched Neapolitan style pizzas and sandizza’s (our version of a Panini) baked at 800 degrees in its imported Italian stone-fired oven using premium ingredients, ranging from truffled wild mushrooms to 24-month-aged prosciutto di Parma. The menu also features a regional food and drink specialties section celebrating the various styles served across the boot – including current items from the Aosta Valley Region – such as Charred Octopus, White Bean and Sausage soup, Mezzaluna Carbonnade artisan pizza, and much more. For more information please visit their website.
Our waiter was professional but friendly. He had great recommendations that we had trouble refusing (and were really glad we didn't). If there is Sangria on the menu... I have to try it. I was happy my mom was in town for the recital, because she joined me in sharing a pitcher while Nick checked out their beer and wine selections. Nick was a little adventurous (for my taste) and ordered the Charred Octopus appetizer. But after our waiter mentioned how good the Oven Baked Meatballs were, I had no other choice. Marinara, Herbed Ricotta and Pecorino Romano... perfection really. I'm a little picky about sauces... and their marinara was good enough to just spoon up and eat plain. I have to admit... the meatballs were about as close to my Grandma's as I've ever tasted. I may have to order them every time I go back to Piattino (and spoiler alert: we'll be going back).
The dinner menu had a lot of interesting choices. Nick tried the Carbonnade (Slow Braised Beef Stew with Fontina Polenta), my mother ordered the Piattino Classic pizza (San Marzano Tomato Sauce, Italian Sausage, Pepperoni, Meatball, Roasted Red Peppers, Onions and Fresh Mozzarella), and I had the Homemade Potato Gnocchi (Fresh Peas, San Marzano Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella and Basil). Like Sangria... if there is Gnocchi on the menu, I must have it. And I wasn't at all disappointed. Everything was absolutely delicious. There isn't a single negative I could point out. I think my delite in my food may have been audible as I "mmmm"ed over each bite. Nick and I may have licked our plates clean if it wouldn't have been rude... and we ate my mom's left over pizza on Sunday for lunch, and I'm not sure how it could have tasted any better the first time than it did as leftovers. SO YUMMY. I have to also say, the portion sizes were nice. While I left with a happily full tummy... I wasn't stuffed.
I also had room for dessert. And really, what restaurant visit is really complete without dessert? I was kind of torn... because Nutella Pizza??? But, the Tiramisu won out. Again... delicious. If I had one complaint about the entire visit... it would have to be that the Tiramisu could have been 1/2 the size and I still would have been thoroughly satisfied. Nick and I had both ordered it... and we both brought 1/2 home. (The girls were pretty excited though.) :)
I have to say we were REALLY pleased with our time at Piattino. The food was amazing. The atmosphere was welcoming. The wait staff was friendly. The management was sociable and happy to answer questions about their food and restaurant philosophy. Even though Madison is home to some of our favorite Italian restaurants... we would highly recommend making a visit to Piattino. It's well worth that 15 minute drive. Let me know if you're going... I may tag along!
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88 East Main Street, Mendham, NJ 07945