Ristorante Piatti is somewhat of a local institution for affluent Montreal suburb, Rosemère; the contemporary Italian restaurant a go-to for business lunches, celebrations, romantic dinners, and everything in-between since 2008.
Serving a menu that changes with the seasons and champions local products alongside the best imports from Italy on the North Shore of Montreal, the space was sadly ravaged by a devastating fire over a year ago; damaging the interiors and the roof structure. Taking the rough with the smooth, however, from this calamity rose an opportunity to give the space a makeover, Groupe Firco taking the reigns of the necessary reconstruction, with architectural designers, IVY studio, sprucing up the interiors.
The two storey building features contemporary flair, with decor inspired by traditional Italian design and including textures, materials and colours that transport diners to the Mediterranean. The three distinct dining rooms and waterfront terrace are located on the top floor, each offering a different but welcoming ambience. Seating is comprised of classic bistro chairs and stools, varying in colour and materials, lighting is soft, and marble presents itself throughout.
In the original stone house, the bar is a dimmed and cosy spot featuring a U-shaped bar structure covered with vertical oak boards that supports a four-inch thick travertine surface. Above, a hanging steel structure serves to store dozens of bottles, all the while putting them on display through a backlit fluted glass panel.
A magnificent wine list with Italian flavours accompanies the menu, Gianpiero Morgia having selected mostly private imports that will introduce the recipient to some of Italy’s best native grape varieties as well as producers who are passionate about the quality of their product. With co-owner and chef Pierre-Jonathan Dutremble’s exquisite dishes and Gianpiero’s delectable wines, Piatti was down but not out, and is back looking better than ever.