Who We Are

Piattini Wine Cafe

At Piattini, we want you, our guest, to experience the true flavors and culture of our homeland, Italy.

We are committed to using the finest ingredients like those our ancestors used to create the authentic flavors of yesterday while adding the creativity and diversity of today.

We don’t believe in one stop shopping – Our ingredients are chosen individually, we choose our purveyors carefully to find the best products from the original source whenever possible.

Piattini means “small dish” in Italian and our menu of small plates allow you to sample a variety of different tastes.

Our location on Newbury Street in the heart of the Back Bay offers three intimate dining rooms, and two sunken Tuscan inspired patios.

Piattini offers a large selection of exceptional wines, enhanced by the Piattini Wine Education program. Each glass of wine ordered comes with a small card detailing the region, tasting notes, and other pertinent and interesting facts about the wine.

Our Mission

Piattini’s mission is to provide you with the warmest hospitality in keeping with tradition. We are confident you will be delighted with your dining experience at Piattini, where our priority is your pleasure.

Buon Appetito!

Owner

Josephine Oliviero Megwa

Josephine Oliviero Megwa, the owner of Piattini didn’t grow up thinking she would own a restaurant. Though she came from a family of restaurateurs, she began a professional career in a completely different field: fashion. For some time, Josephine was an executive at luxury department store Saks Fifth Avenue in both Boston and New York. Despite her success, Josephine had become restless and tired of New York, yearning to return to her Massachusetts roots. In 2000, with the idea of Piattini fresh in her mind, she packed her bags and moved her life back to Boston.

As the youngest of ten children and the only child born in the United States, Josephine had very different tastes than her siblings. Piattini was a childhood nickname given to Josephine by her mother as an endearing reference to Josephine’s eating habits. She was, and still is, quite a picky eater. Growing up she loved antipasti and foods that were appetizer-like more than anything else.

Thus, the name Piattini was a perfect fit with Josephine’s original concept: a restaurant dedicated to small plates, serving antipasti, bruschetta, ravioli, tortellini, and Piattini’s beloved layered eggplant, among others. Josephine envisioned groups of friends sipping wine and sharing these different plates with friends.

In 2001 that vision became a reality, when Piattini opened on Newbury Street in Boston’s fashionable Back Bay, the restaurant became a neighborhood favorite. The dishes at Piattini are a unique combination of Josephine’s family recipes mixed with new, exciting dishes created with the freshest possible ingredients.

Aside from the cuisine, Josephine wanted to make Piattini a place where customers could sample and learn about many different wines in a casual and comfortable environment. With Piattini’s wine education program each bottle served is accompanied by a small card describing the varietal, grapes and tasting notes, so that customers may also drink in knowledge while enjoying their wine.

Testimonials

We Appreciate Customer Feedback

It was very satisfying experience, I could not ask for more. Especially, the wine selection you have recommended was very nice. We could host the party very successfully thanks to your help. Thank you very much.

Seoul National University, South KoreaDecember 7th, 2019

Nothing but gold stars. Our party loved the food and service.. we appreciate Piattini making our gathering of non-local folks very pleasant.

MIT Office of InsuranceSeptember 19, 2019

Thanks, Teodora. It was lovely meeting you too. My guests thought the food was delicious! And the service was perfect. We’ll stop by if we’re ever in town again!

Routledge/Taylor & FrancisJuly 16, 2019

Absolutely FABULOUS!!! We go out quite a bit and have never had this level of service or food, we are already planning a return trip. We had an outstanding time, thank you so much! We are so glad this recommendation came our way, what a win! We can’t stop talking about it!

Private PartyJune 9, 2019

Everything was great. You helped make our special day all the better. We will definately be back and many in our party are from the area and were equally pleased. I'm glad I got to meet you. Thank you

Graduation PartyMay 31, 2019

The food, drink and service were unbelievable! All of the guests were so impressed! My mom was so happy! Thank you for everything! It was awesome!

Partners HealthcareMay 23, 2019

We appreciate all that you did for us, the food was delicious and the service wonderful!
In addition to having a fun evening in a beautiful setting, Save the Children’s early learning U.S. program initiative will benefit by $7,800.

Save the Children, Boston Leadership CouncilMay 13, 2019