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
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.
Nice place, not quite top tier.
This is a nice casual dining spot with good food (usually). The menu is interesting and I enjoy the quieter ambiance of this place. It's cozy at night but I find the decor rather clinical looking by daylight. The pizza I ordered was very good (Mushroom) and the crust was very light, which is how I like it. On my first trip to the restaurant (for lunch) I ordered the minestrone soup which was very salty and overloaded with noodles. Vegetables were hard to find and for nine dollars it was most definitely not worth it.
The serving staff is excellent and Stephen took very good care of our party.
I've eaten at Piatanzi three times and each visit has been a stellar dining experience. Each of the entrees I ordered was superb and although I was not thinking of pizza, I took the waiter's suggestion and it was simply the best pizza I have ever had. The wine list is extensive and quite exceptional. My fellow diners expressed similar experience.
Went to Piatanzi last night for the first time. What a find! The ambience is modern and comfortable, the service was impeccable, and the food was just wonderful. The menu is big enough and varied enough to please everyone, and our server split the dishes for those of us who shared. I will definitely be back and recommend this little gem in Albuquerque.
Consistently excellent food
Having now enjoyed a number of lunches and dinners at this restaurant, I feel very comfortable in saying that it is one of the most pleasant places at which to dine in the whole city of Albuquerque. There is a good selection of plates both large and small; the service is not only attentive; the servers also actually make you feel that they are glad that you have selected their restaurant. From starters to desserts, each course affords the diner the opportunity to eat something delicious and worthy of discussing with his/her fellow diners at the table.
Not our first ever visit, but the first ...
Not our first ever visit, but the first in a long time. Not likely to return in the near future. The service was marginal. Our party of 3 all ordered pasta and none of us had enough sauce for all the pasta we were served. Mixed green salad and Caesar salads were just ok. Burrata appetizer was good but overpriced. To top off our marginal service, they don't take American Express claiming that the service few are too high - get with the program. All major credit cards should be accepted in this day and age. We were lucky that we had another credit card.
Nice Neighborhood Restaurant
We enjoyed our meal and the setting. Service was a little spotty for us and others nearby but not bad enough to keep us from trying again. Nice selection of food and wine to choose from. The price was comparable to other fine dining restaurants in the area. Has a fresh feel that makes you wonder if you are still in Albuquerque.
Piatanzi made our anniversary special
This was our 4th time at Piatanzi and we have never been disappointed with the food or service. We weren't really hungry but wanted to share a couple of appetizers. The waiter suggested the crab cakes and veggie lasagna which were both excellent and also suggested a wine that complimented it all. We would definitely recommend Piatanzi to anyone and can't wait to try their new pizzeria when it opens on Juan Tabo
The staff are friendly and efficient, and the ambiance of the restaurant is very nice. Unfortunately our dinner was so so. I ordered calamari, which was over cooked and crunchy. My husband was not impressed with his meal either.
Great wine and beer selection. Piatanzi is a good place to sit at the bar and have a drink.
Alternative for Italian near UNM
First time at Piatanzi for dinner, and first time since their name change. The truffle fries were perfection! The brussel sprouts were surprisingly enjoyable to two NON fans. Bread was fresh, and crusty; the gelato creamy. Critically, the pesto-clams could have used a side of pasta. Anchovies on the cesear salad were all but visible. Only wine and beer bar. Amex not accepted. Oops.
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