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Five Things to Know about Piattini Wine Cafe
The original vision for this intimate Back Bay eatery was for an elegant cafe centered on wine and small plates, but its menu has since blossomed to include full lunch and dinner entrees as well. Learn more about this cozy Italian spot:
- ”Piattini” refers to both the food and the owner’s nickname. Josephine Olivero Megwa was a picky eater growing up in her first-generation Italian home, always preferring the antipasti to the main course. This led her mother to call her Piattini—the italian word for small plate, which today plays a starring role at Josephine’s restaurant.
- Not all the plates here are small. Diners can look past the platters of bruschetta and mussels in white wine to enjoy full plates of Pollo Piattini, a chicken breast topped with goat cheese and roasted red peppers. Lunch is also popular here, thanks to a large selection of salads, paninis, and piadini (Italian flatbread sandwiches).
- The ingredients are about as authentic as it gets. Some of the items in the restaurant’s daily delivery of fresh meat, produce, and other ingredients make a longer trip than others. The artisanal cheeses that accompany the plates of mixed olives, for example, hail directly from Italy.
- The staff wants you to know what you’re drinking. With every wine comes a side of education. The Piattini Wine Education program helps guests understand the nuances of each varietal by accompanying every glass with an educational card, which lays out the wine’s region, tasting notes, and other details.
- Once you’ve learned the word “piattini,” you can learn the word “al fresco.” Piattini’s intimate 14-table dining room spills out onto a secluded patio, where umbrellas, leafy vines, and wicker-esque seating accompanies the assemblage of small plates.