Remodeled Piatti reopens at San Antonio’s Alamo Quarry Market – mySA

Piatti at the Alamo Quarry is once again inviting guests back into experience its revamped, modern dining space and an updated menu that spins fresh pasta made in-house into Italian dishes that aim to be “never complicated or pretentious.” Piatti officially reopened to the public on Thursday, January 19 at 255 E. Basse Road, Suite 500, but MySA got a peek inside the remodeled space under its new direction. 

The new Piatti has reopened under the direction of Chef Giuseppe Destefano, who was greeting guests and making sure meals made it to their tables at a special event on Wednesday evening, January 18. Destefano grew up in Dallas and San Antonio. He worked at Gino’s Vino Osteria in Austin and ran a food truck before ending up at Piatti.

Piatti's Chef Giuseppe Destefano says he was going for an authentic, modern but still casual makeover for the Italian restaurant. 

Piatti’s Chef Giuseppe Destefano says he was going for an authentic, modern but still casual makeover for the Italian restaurant. 

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This was Piatti circa 2007 before its makeover.

This was Piatti circa 2007 before its makeover.

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The inside of Piatti looks much different than what loyal customers were used to for nearly 25 years under Dan Ward, who stepped away from Piatti in July 2022. The new interior features Venetian plaster walls, oak floors, leather, and chenille textures, as well as modern walnut and brass finishes, according to a news release sent out before its reopening. 

The eggplant parmigiano-reggiano fries pair well the Calabrian chili aioli. 

The eggplant parmigiano-reggiano fries pair well the Calabrian chili aioli. 

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The restaurant’s more modern finish carries a vibe that’s laid back and welcoming, but still has intimate spaces for anyone looking to dine during special occasions. The new bar in the center of the dining area has opened up, making it more inviting to those looking to have a couple of drinks. 

“We are still that neighborhood Italian restaurant where everybody can come, hang out and have a drink,” Destefano said. 

Those drinks were flowing that night, with over 40 wines on the menu as well as specialty cocktails like the Super Tuscan — a mix of bourbon, ginger, Sangiovese wine, maraschino, lime and bitters in a tall glass. There are eight other cocktails to choose from on Piatti’s revamped menu. 

The Super Tuscan cocktail is a mix of bourbon, ginger, Sangiovese wine, maraschino, lime and bitters. 

The Super Tuscan cocktail is a mix of bourbon, ginger, Sangiovese wine, maraschino, lime and bitters. 

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Piatti’s revamped menu is comprised of new and classic dishes that include a variety of handmade pizzas and pasta dishes that are made with pastas that staff makes at the restaurant daily. Guests can start off with an antipasti dish like the eggplant parmigiano-reggiano “fries” paired with a Calabrian chili aioli, or the beef and pork meatballs. 

Piatti's makes its pasta dishes, like this mushroom campanelle, with freshly made pasta. 

Piatti’s makes its pasta dishes, like this mushroom campanelle, with freshly made pasta. 

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I went with the mushroom campanelle tossed with kale, walnuts, and pecrino cheese in a sofrito, which is almost like Mediterranean salsa.

Lastly, guests might notice the new entrance area, which looks like a small store. This  area is known as Piatti Provisions and it will sell fresh pasta, gourmet meal kits, Italian wines and spirits, and coffee. But guests will have to wait until sometime in February for this section to fully open. 

Piatti Provisions will lets customers purchase pasta made in-house, Piatti brand dipping oils and coffee when this section opens in February. 

Piatti Provisions will lets customers purchase pasta made in-house, Piatti brand dipping oils and coffee when this section opens in February. 

Steven Santana | MySA

Piatti is open 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. A similar makeover is planned for the Piatti location at The Eilan later this year. Piatti is managed by California-based Moana Restaurant Group, a subsidiary of Palisades Hospitality Group.

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