Albuquerque, NM 87106
Piatanzi is the creation of husband and wife team, Pete and Maggie Lukes.
We love to travel, and to eat! We have found that our most enjoyable and memorable dining experiences have been where we were able to order many small plates with just a few perfect bites of food, that we could share. Sharing food and experiences together made our connections to one another as a family stronger and more meaningful.
Piattini means "small plates" in Italian. Our fabulous creations are crafted from the finest, freshest ingredients; Organic, farm-raised, and locally sourced. We offer gluten- free options for 90% of our menus.
Food and drink brings people together, which brings community together. We hope that Piattini will become a favorite neighborhood spot in which community can gather and enjoy delicious meals, share some wine and savor good company.
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Mid-Day Menu: Sunday - Saturday: 2:00 PM- 5:00 PM
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM, Friday - Saturday: 4:00 PM- 10:00 PM
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Local small bands, acoustic groups and the occasional classical group on weekends.
Private lot and street parking
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Piatanzi Ratings and Reviews
Had never been here before. Took my wife ...
Had never been here before. Took my wife for a Valentine's Day dinner. Made reservations here on open table. When we arrived the place seemed very nice. Then we were sat at the smallest table. I don't have very wide shoulders but the table was maybe only 18in wide and wobbled terribly. I had to ask the hostess to fix the wobble. Then it took the waiter a good 20 min to bring us drinks. Water and wine was all. He only had 2 other tables and was not seen very often. He didn't even bring us our food or check in with us on how everything was. To top it off a spider came down from the ceiling and landed on my wife's jacket on her chair. The buzzer had to box our food since the waiter was never around. A table sat next to us and it took over 30 min for him to bring their wine to the table. They declined it and left. Food was not worth the negative experiences we had and have already not recommended it to friends and family. My wife and I don't get to go out often and after this experience here we would have preferred to stay home and cook. Maybe you will have better luck than we did.
It was a mistake to go on Valentine's Da ...
It was a mistake to go on Valentine's Day. We were in and out in 75 minutes. The food came very fast. My wife's fish was slightly over cooked and my shrimp dish was pasta was very oily.
I am sorry for being negative, because our previous dining experiences at this location have been great -- food and service.
I have eaten at Piatanzi a number of tim ...
I have eaten at Piatanzi a number of times. The fact that it is a neighborhood restaurant makes it very special. The food is good, it wants to be great but it is always just off being great. The vibe however makes you think it's great, so you keep going back. The staff is always very good and attentive. They know the menu and make great suggestions from food to wine. The restaurant buzzes, but isn't too loud, and it just feels like a good place to be. They have gluten free dough (for $2 extra) and nice menu options. You can't miss with any of the salads.
With a gluten-free and a vegan in our pa ...
With a gluten-free and a vegan in our party of four, we were a bit worried about food mix-ups or cross contamination, but our waiter was extremely attentive and knowledgeable about all the ingredients -- and absolutely everyone at our table had a fabulous meal and great drinks! In addition, after we ate, we sat around for about two hours catching up, and the wait staff was attentive, but not hover-y. They completely accepted and supported that we had come to their restaurant to catch up with friends. Piatanzi did a great job of making us feel completely comfortable and at home.
We loved, loved, loved this place and we are excited to try the Juan Tabo location as well!
Dishes were more uneven than previous vi ...
Dishes were more uneven than previous visits:
Main course fish overcooked and dried out, vegetables not cooked enough. [Cooked through but not soft is ideal.]
Wine recommended by waiter for fish dish was excellent.
Gets 5 stars for ambiance because it's g ...
Gets 5 stars for ambiance because it's great to have a good restaurant right here in our neighborhood; gets 5 stars for food because their gnocchi special that night was fantastic. After an uneven start (undercooked risotto-could an Italian restaurant commit a worse culinary crime?), Piatanzi has become a reliable local source of good Italian fare.
We thoroughly enjoy the food at Piatanzi ...
We thoroughly enjoy the food at Piatanzi and the restaurant ambiance, but the service at the Juan Tabo location is lacking. We were greated when we came in but after the initial contact, it took our waiter 15 minutes to come back. There was a mistake about the entree I ordered but the waiter never let me know it would take close to 30 minutes to serve what I actually ordered! By the time I got my dinner, my son and husband were finished eating. Though our waiter offered to bring me something in the interim, I had already finished a salad; I was not offered anything on the house. This isn't the first time we have had less than stellar service. The food was, however, delicious.
Disappointing! Have been reading about t ...
Disappointing! Have been reading about this restaurant and was finally in town to give it a try. The bread was good I will say that, but the rest - MEDIOCRE. Calamari was overcooked and had little flavor. Carbonara was pasty and delivered lukewarm, linguine bland.
A good selection of wines but prices were higher than other restaurants. Overall I won't be back and can't make a recommendation.
We really enjoyed the food and evening, ...
We really enjoyed the food and evening, for a birthday celebration. Very nice atmosphere and well prepared very good food made from fresh natural ingredients. Good service. I was a bit skeptical after a less than stellar experience when they first opened but now the food is exceptional, fresh and natural, is a good value with good proportions, good service and a very relaxing beautiful ambiance. I will definitely be back and wish I had given it a second chance earlier.
Finally! Found a locally owned Italian ...
Finally! Found a locally owned Italian eatery that has reasonabl prices and amazing service. They were so accomodating on every level. It's hard to find a place that doesn't mind working around alleries and they had no question. I think the appatizer menu is something I want to explore more. Yum!
Best house salad I've ever had, fried br ...
Best house salad I've ever had, fried brussel sprouts were amazing (didn't think I'd ever say that about brussel sprouts...). The service was attentive and pleasant, the main dishes were good. Pastas were generously sized, the other plates were a little on the small side. We will be returning soon. The only not awesome experience was dessert; the three items we ordered tasted fine, but for the price we were expecting much much more generous helpings.
Go to Piatanzi's, but don't stay for dessert.
I really like the menu -- wide range for different appetites and different budgets. Outstanding small plates -- grilled brussels sprouts are my favorite. Pastas really good. Pizzas are perfect size for 2 to share. Excellent cheesecake. Ambiance feels upscale and urban, but not too precious. The wine list is great. I've visited Piatanzi 3 times in the past couple of months, and have been completely satisfied every single time.
The decor is a bit plain and we don't li ...
The decor is a bit plain and we don't like the long bench seats so we get a table. Probably the best Italian food in Albuquerque. Wish they took American Express. Would go more often if they did. A poor business decision to alienate customers for a few pennies
I love this little restaurant. The food is beautifully prepared and presented, the menu is varied but not overwhelming, and
the prices are very reasonable.
The atmosphere is cozy without being stiff or stuffy. They have a nice bar with very tasty small plates, several beers on tap, and an extensive wine list for a small restaurant.
It's the perfect place for dinner before going to a show at Popejoy, or the Symphony.
My wife and I have dined at Piatanzi half-a-dozen times (we live around the corner from it), and we have taken our children a few times as well. We all like the place just fine. Each time we agree that the food is okay, nothing special, but that it's a nice place to share a good bottle of wine and have a conversation. (It's all concrete and metal, and the level of noise varies--don't sit on the kitchen side if you are two people--the bar is the quietest place to sit, or in the front window.) We love that kids are welcome, and aside from our first visit, the service has been friendly and competent (not warm or personal, but Albuquerque's "warm and personal" venues are all closing favor of the new, industrial-style dining). The main thing to consider is value: I paid (for example), $19 this past Saturday for a bit of overcooked chicken--dry as a bone--a half-cup of polenta and a few asparagus spears that had been boiled to within an inch of their lives. I could detect no spices in the dish apart from some salt and pepper. It was fine, edible, but nothing I couldn't do better myself at home (I love to cook). The pizzas are just okay--they don't compare to Il Vicino's or to Da Vinci's which is right around the corner. But the wine list, though light on Cabernets and tilted toward bottles at $40 plus, is a real treat. I don't want to scare anyone off--it's a nice place, but two of us spent $120 with wine, coffee, and no dessert; that's a lot of dough for food that has been consistently good but never anything special. I wish the folks well who own it, and hope that they will work on the menu, maybe offering fewer entrees and doing them with slightly more care.
A glass of good, but ordinary, wine cost us $4.50 per half -glass and $10.00 for a full glass. When the glasses arrived, it was laughable that the full glass--which was less than half full, if that, was actually $10.00. And the half glass was half of that!
My partner's scampi he said he enjoyed, but my tiger shrimp were, in my opinion, over-cooked and "chewy." The puttanesca sauce was new to me and odd tasting, but "grew" on me. I asked how it was served and the wait person said, "just as described--but you can have it with pasta if you like." I said alright, but the wait person did not say "and it will be $6.00 extra." So a $16 dish became $22.
Overall, the prices were high for food that was only "all right" and the ambiance was very ordinary, not much better than a cafe like The Grove. At times I did detect a faint unpleasant smell coming from behind me, as from a messy drain or something. And that $10 "full glass" of ordinary wine still makes me grunt.
I hope they get better and do well.
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