Yesterday, after work, we visited Halifax’s newest Napoli-style pizzeria, Piatto. This is, to my knowledge, the home of the third authentic wood-fired pizza oven that exists in the city. (The others being at Ristorante a Mano, and Morris East).
Piatto Pizzeria & Enoteca, on the corner of Morris and Hollis, is the sister property to the Duckworth Street location in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The interior is modern industrial, with touches of European flare, like colourful Vespas parked in the restaurant, and an impressive-looking, overly shiny, manual espresso machine parked next to an Illy espresso bean grinder.
The place looks gorgeous. I like the minimalist, clean style. It’s not trying to be Italian, necessarily, it’s trying to be modern and Western, while serving pizza and other Italian items as good as you’d find in Italy. Have they succeeded? You’ll have to read on to find out.
We ordered a bottle of prosecco (no judgement please – yes it was a Monday), of which the name escapes me – maybe you can recognize by the side of the bottle. Piatto serves their wines, including bubbly, Italian-style in an unstemmed glass. The glass actually looked like a water glass, which I don’t mind at all.
I ordered the Salvatore (pictured above). Although I was super excited they had an entire section of white pizzas – pizzas with an olive oil base – none were meatless, and besides, the Salvatore really caught my eye. Fresh mozza, ricotta, roasted red peppers, garlic, caramelized onion and grana padano together equaled an amazing flavour profile in my mouth. Our waitress offered chili oil which was sourced from Liquid Gold. I appreciate the local focus, and also noticed both Garrison and Propellor on their beer menu.
The only downfalls about the food were, if you want to be a food snob about it (and we are), the pizza probably had way too many ingredients to be truly Napoli-style, and, the cooks need a bit more training on the wood-fired pizza oven. The oven, which was truly a sight to be seen, stood in the corner of the restaurant, fully on display. It was beautiful. And looked insanely expensive. That’s why it’s too bad the guys using it gave me a pizza with a soggy crust in the middle, and a large, thick outer crust. Not exactly authentic. But like I said… the flavours were incredible. Points for that.
My counterpart had a margherita pizza – his favourite – which was nice, but same problem with the crust.
We shared a small dessert, the dulce de leche tart. This was enjoyable; there was a vanilla bean creme anglaise on the plate, the crust seemed homemade, the filling was beautifully thick and rich, plus there was flaked sea salt on top. I love a salty, savoury component to my dessert, so it really hit the spot.
We even ordered a double espresso to share, at the end, just to make the waitress sweat… she’d been trained on the fancy machine but hadn’t had much practise. It was delish!
This is a beautiful restaurant and service was very nice, but it’s not the best wood-fired pizza in Halifax. I’ll give them a few months to work out the kinks, and I’d definitely go back.