An Italian restaurant in Back Bay that was forced to close in October after suffering damage from a fire in the building is finally ready to reopen. Piattini will reopen later this month at 226 Newbury St., unveiling plenty of updates, including a renovated interior, a refreshed menu, and a larger selection of beverages.
Piattini’s owner Josephine Oliviero Megwa worked with the design firm SalibDesign to update the interior, creating a wall mural inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci and remodeling the bar to accommodate an expansion to the restaurant’s craft cocktails. Piattini now seats 80 inside, with a 14-seat private dining room and 34 seats on its outdoor patio.
As far as the menu goes, it will stay true to the restaurant’s name, featuring small plates alongside full entrees. Seasonal items will appear on the rotating menu, and dishes include fried eggplant with smoked mozzarella, house-made meatballs, and fettuccine with clams, among others.
The refreshed drink program will expand the cocktail list while maintaining a lengthy wine list that includes Piattini’s own label. The restaurant will also put on wine dinners every two months.
"Having to close our doors after the fire at Piattini broke our hearts but we’ve found an important silver lining as a result — the unending support of our loyal guests and fans," Megwa said in a release. "We are looking forward to welcoming those guests, as well as new, back into our restaurant and hope they are as excited about the changes as we are."
Piattini’s lunch hours will be Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with brunch on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner hours will be Monday through Sunday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Update 12/21, 10 a.m.: Piattini reopens today.