SANTA FE, N.M. — Lately, we can’t seem to get enough of Italy, or at least ristoranti italiani. And if a recent visit to a trattoria in the Railyard neighborhood reminded us of Rome’s out-of-the way Trastevere area, il Piatto on the sunny side of Marcy Street, to play the same game, might be the more central Campo de Fiori district.
Just a stroll up from the Plaza on an unseasonably warm mid-November afternoon, il Piatto (the Plate) is as informal and inviting as a traditional Italian country kitchen, which it endeavors to be, surrounded by hip shops, galleries, and with a superb strip of outdoor tables for two, molto romantico.
Inside, tucked in a corner of the bar and a little Frank Sinatra on the box, it could be Mulberry Street, Little Italy, NYC. Our trio settled in for two orders of the three course prix fixe ($25, appetizer, entrée and dessert; entrée prices noted henceforth).
The Bay Scallops Rockefeller ($13) with besciamella served on a half shell topped with breadcrumbs, onion and bits of bacon were a pluperfect, top-of-the-class, solid A.