Il Piatto: Our New Go To Spot for Classic Italian Food

Really, really excited to tell you guys about Il Piatto today.  Located at 900 16th Street NW, they’re slinging classic Italian fare at this new-ish spot.  I recently had the pleasure of lunching there with my partner, and we both left happy and full.

Il Piatto cocktails

We kicked our meal off with a round of drinks and apps.  We wanted something refreshing to battle the heat so we got White Sangria (made with Brandy VSOP, white wine, green apple, orange) and an Aperol Spritz.  As for starters, we shared an order of their Arancini and Burrata Mozzarella (served with a generous amount of Prosciutto di Parma).

Il Piatto arancini

Both were really solid dishes, but if I had to pick favorites, I’d probably go with the latter.  I’m a sucker for cheese though – all cheese, ha – so I may or may not be biased.  The arancini was really good too though.  It was fried well and came in this delicious tomato-cream sauce.  And they also gave us a basket of freshly baked bread to enjoy with olive oil which was lovely as well.

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Il Piatto burrata

Then came entrees.  I’m obsessed with chicken parm so we obviously HAD to get their pollo parmigiana, and fresh pasta’s a must for me so when our server told us their Maltagliati al Funghi’s a fan favorite, we were sold.

Il Piatto chicken parm

Verdict:  the chicken was AWESOME!  The portion was huge, and I loved that the accompanying linguine pomodoro was basil heavy.  It was all so beautifully cooked, too – crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside – easily one of the best, if not THE best, chicken parm I’ve had in the DMV.

Il Piatto fresh pasta

The Maltagliati wasn’t as strong IMO, but it was still tasty.  They make their pasta in house fresh, so the flat pasta noodz were on point, and they were tossed in this creamy, assorted mushroom sauce with truffle-infused ricotta.

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All in all, I’m glad I got this because I usually like to get one creamy + one tomato based dish when I dine at Italian spots, lol.  I definitely have my eye on some other plates though so I’m excited to go back ASAP!  I know my mom’s really going to enjoy this restaurant so I’ll be making a trip the next time she’s in town.

Il Piatto tiramisu

PS.  They do a really nice tiramisu so make sure you bring your meal to a close with a dessert (…or two).  PSS.  They apparently do a tiramisu french toast for brunch!?!? If you try it before I do, please let me know how it is!

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I hope you guys enjoyed my latest recap featuring Il Piatto.  Let me know what you thought by leaving a comment below, and head to my DC tab to read more about nom eats in the district.  Stay tuned for more coming your way soon!  I have some really dope brunch content to share so keep an eye out, friends.


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