In the mood for authentic Italian in a warm atmosphere? Mendham’s Piattino Bistro is the place to go! Good Food New Jersey visited Piattino’s on a busy Friday night (this the tip on making reservations). Seated at a comfortable booth style table we glanced over Piattino’s extensive wine list making the decision on a Malbec.
The main menu with regionally inspired plates from Piedmont was next on our task list. “Everything on the menu is made in-house” and “The Meatballs are our signature item you are guaranteed to enjoy” 2 quotes from the manager who had seated us. The Meatball statement was a bold one as one of our staff is a full-blooded Italian and loyal to their family recipe, never eating another. So with a bit of convincing we ordered the meatballs as an appetizer.
Piattino’s Bistro Meatball Appetizer
Smartly presented in an iron skillet, topped with fresh made sauce and mozzarella cheese, these meatballs are excellent. Reminiscent to those we get at home, the meat is well-blended with spices, cheese and bread, making them very moist. The sauce that covered them was just as wonderful, fresh and full of flavor. We asked for extra bread to soak up every last drop and wiped the skillet clean. As good as my Mom’s? A question that will never be answered.
Our second starter, Truffled Cauliflower Bisque, fresh herbs and poached shrimp you are indulging in a master piece. Similar to a seafood bisque without the heaviness. Poached Shrimp were fresh, large and fantastic! Smartly presented, the Truffled Cauliflower Bisque, a beautiful offering that left us wanting more.
Moving to our main dishes, Amafi Seafood Pasta. The manager stated “made in-house” and that statement shined in the pasta. The pasta a bit wider and thinner then mass-produced. Served firm, pasta the feature of a plate that had many features. Shrimp again super fresh, cooked perfectly the second feature. The triple feature of our dish, the lobster broth that married all the ingredients splendidly. Spinach, tomato, garlic and clams completed this tasty dish. Our second main dish, Cauliflower Carbonaro Ravioli, Pancetta, Ricotta, Parmigiano Reggiano, finished with a poached egg. Roasted cauliflower topping, a formidable plate that those from Piedmont would enjoy.
And yes, we had room for dessert which was another difficult decision. Deciding on Tiramisu and Piattino’s seasonal hand churned Gelato, Pistachio. Decadent delicious, again the homemade shined through. Their Seasonal Gelato was unique and delicious and one that we highly recommend. Tiramisu, many establishments serve it but none do it better. We will stick you with the decision-making as both we would equally recommend.
To seal the deal on our recommendation would be the staff. Knowledgeable, friendly and spirited, a great group of people who make you feel like family. So if you are traveling through the area or from town, get yourself to Piattino Neighborhood Bistro for a night you are sure to remember.