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Jul 16, 2007 08:00 AM

Piatti ("Pizza, Pasta, Rodizio")

Anyone been to the new restaurant on Eglinton, just east of Yonge called Piatti? The sign says, "Pizza, Pasta, Rodizio". We walked through it, but since it was quite late and we'd already eaten, didn't have any food. It looks beautiful. Not really sure about the food, but it has some element of Brazilian style Rodizio. I think that one of the owners of Red Violin on Danforth has an interest here. I believe that it's a fixed price...$16 for lunch and $25 for dinner. I'd love to hear comments from anyone who's actually eaten here.

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  1. I heard it's all you can eat - if it's true then it seems absolutely horrible. Can anyone confirm?

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    1. re: cutehinano

      I've had lunch at Piatti twice, both times with friends.

      The decor is nice, the service is friendly, the lunch price is a bargain for what you get. The OP is correct, based on conversation with staff, one of the owners of Red Violin is the owner of this establishment.

      This all-you-can-eat restaurant has a salad buffet, which also offers breads, smoked salmon, mussels, among other items. Pastas are made to order; two cooks take your order: you have a choice of pastas, sauces and a large number of items to be added; once the pasta is ready, servers take it to your table. They also come around offering pizzas, lasagna, risotto, etc. I was not very impressed with the risotto, but enjoyed the thin crust pizzas.

      When we went there, we ordered the pastas and split between the two of us. This way we were able to have a larger variety of dishes in a meal.

      For dessert they have a cheese chocolate pizza with berries. I personally would have preferred the pizza without cheese, but my spouse liked it with the cheese. So I believe it is a matter of personal taste. You can ask for either milk or white chocolate. We had the milk chocolate dessert pizza.

      I agree with other people that if all the dishes were prepared in advanced and were sitting on a hot buffet, the results would be horrible/disgusting. But the way Piatti does it, the food is fresh and tasty. I recommend this place.



    2. My friends and I went there last Saturday and we really liked it! There is a salad buffet and you can choose the pasta you want and combine with sauces, I chose gnocchi and agnolotti, both were really good. The pizzas are good as well and because they weren't busy we could chose the flavours we wanted. They have also (included on the rodizio) a chocolate with berries pizza for dessert.
      If you want to go for lunch go before 3pm, after this they charge $25.00.
      I highly recommend it!

        1. re: ddelicious

          From I can gather I think it refers to grilled items.

          1. re: ddelicious

            In Brazil, it is traditional for restaurants to walk around with skewer of meat. You pay a set price and you help yourself to a "salad bar" of grilled vegetables and salads, etc. and they walk around with the different types of grilled meat. The one experience I had in Rio was fantastic. That's where Rodizio comes from. Sounds like this place is mimicking this concept by walking around with pizza, etc. for offer. I haven't been to this place though, so I can't comment as to whether it's good.

          2. A group of 6 of us went there on Saturday night. It was fabulous! You start out with an excellent antipasto/salad bar, following by a design your own pasta dish with about 35 items to choose from. After that, they come around quite often with various gourmet pizzas, cannelloni, lasagne, risotto and dessert pizza. This was by far the best pasta place any one of us had ever been too. $25 for dinner is incredibly reasonable for the amount and quality of food. Drinks are pretty expensive (glass of wine $12), but it was well worth the experience. I would highly recommend it.

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              1. re: vaykayontario

                This sounds disgusting! Reminds me of stopping to eat someplace in Niagara Falls, NY, on the way to a Bills game in the 80's!

                1. re: The Macallan 18

                  I really don't get that analogy. Although I haven't eaten at Piatti, I did stop by for a quick tour when they first opened. Very pristine, modern and fresh-looking food. How does that compare to, say, Buzzy's Pizza and Wings (a fine establishment in its own right, but nothing like Piatti)?

              2. I had seen the place and decided to try it last Friday night. We arrived at 7pm and were the only people there. The salad bar is decent but the offerings are limited and somewhat redundant. The "made to order" pasta (I opted for mushrooms, green onion and zuccini in olive oil and garlic) was not terrible but the pasta was slightly overcooked and a little rubbery. The baked pastas (lasagna, canaloni) were generic and tasted like something from the pre-packaged prepared foods section at Dominion. The risotto tasted pretty good but something about it was not right - I think they added cream to acquire the creamy texture risotto is famous for, as opposed to cooking the rice in the traditional manner. And I dont even think it was arborio rice, it looked like medium or long grain to me. Very strange. The highlight was definitely the pizza - it was no Terroni, but on par with Il Fornello, Ferarro, etc. The concept has lots of potential, but I found we were constantly waiting for food to show up and when it did show up, it was a little akward. This could be becuase the place was dead when we were there and the servers all seemed to be in training. Generally, it was reasonably good food at a reasonable price. If I worked in the area, it would be a perfect, easy lunch place, but I would not go there for a nice night out.

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                  1. re: kasey j miller

                    I did not find it to be reasonably good food at a reasonable price.

                    I wasn't expecting great food, just reasonably tasty with the novelty of having dishes appear at table-side. But what I got was not tasty and the novelty quickly wore off during the long gaps between server visits. Everything tasted like it had been bought frozen at Costco and heated up. Actually, come to think of it, I've had much better pasta from the freezer at Costco.

                    The "appetizer bar" was a couple salads and an assortment of grocery store antipasti -- e.g. artichokes from a can, grocery store quality salami and prosciutto, olives and so on.

                    And the service was just plain bad. When we arrived at 5:05 on a Saturday, they had just opened and the place was empty. So when the hostess showed us to a tiny table for two in a corner, I asked if we could perhaps sit at a larger table. She said no, that every other table was reserved. Well, when we left almost 2 hours later, there was only one other table in use. And had the service not been so slow, we'd have been gone long before that.

                    In 2 hours, we didn't eat much. There were 15 minute stretches between servers showing up with one small cannelloni or slice of pizza for each of us. Several times we had to actively seek out the server to find out if there would be something coming any time soon. We eventually went the design-your-own route just so we'd get more than a couple bites of something followed by a lengthy wait. Just after we'd ordered our custom pastas, a server came by the table offering sweet (chocolate/banana) pizza. Given that we were the only patrons in the place, you'd think they could make a note that we weren't likely interested in dessert till our orders had arrived. But that was just another of many examples of an amateur approach to service.

                    Little things like the server telling us we had to finish with the appetizer bar before they would start bringing the pasta/pizza to us to the bartender hoisting her skirt up in full view to adjust her pantyhose spoke volumes about the restaurant as a whole.

                    As I said, I didn't have high expectations since it's an AYCE novelty restaurant, but I've had good food and service at AYCE places. I've even had incredible food and service, like last week at Becco in New York where the unlimited servings of the three daily pastas complemented with home made antipasti actually cost less than the abominations we were served at Piatti.

                    If you're going with a group and your main goal is to get drunk, socialize and have mediocre food show up occasionally, Piatti is a good bet. If you're going for dinner, there are lots of better places to spend your $25.