Are you in the cultural district and reading this on your iphone? Are you hungry? Are you having trouble deciding whether to go to a restaurant or going into somebody's home to eat? Problem solved.
Cafe Piola is at the corner of Mattison and Haskell and actually takes up the space of an old house, as well as its back yard. I'm not sure what the inside looks like, but the patio is terrific. Its a large open space, partially covered by a pergola. There is also a bar in the back and a fountain on one side. Among all of this, are tables spread out just enough to have some privacy but close enough to make the place look packed when people are there.
Mrs. FWHITW and I ventured over to Cafe Piola one night last month when we were fortunate enough to have a cool evening. We were unfortunately joined by a gang of bugs that initiated a war on our legs.
The restaurant is italian, but with a grown up menu. They have chicken parmigiana and a form of fettuccine but its all updated. The fettuccine has seafood and the chicken parmigiana no longer comes with a red solo cup (get it...? No? You're too old).
The wife got seafood fettuccine and said it was terrific. Fettuccine is one of her favorite dishes and she really enjoyed the twist. But then again, she likes me so there's no guarantee on her tastes.
I had the veal involtini on a recommendation of our waitress. The veal is wrapped around asparagus and mozzarella, cooked, and then served with a lemon type sauce. I was a bit skeptical about the mixture of lemon and veal because I watch a lot of top chef. But I was pleasantly surprised. The veal was a bit tougher than I expected but the flavors were delicious. Also, the wine told me I loved it.
We also had salads and they were good, but I don't remember much about them. I think there was some greenery and maybe a nut or crouton. They were good though.
This seems like a really good place to go with friends and have a glass of wine and some appetizers. It could also be good for taking out of towners, or dates. Don't take kids. Not because they wouldn't like it but because I wouldn't like them there. Just kidding. Sort of.
But seriously, the unique style of eating in a restaurant right in the middle of a residential area, that also has a great patio and great food is really cool. I'll go to Winslow's Wine Cafe soon and let you know which one you should go too.
If you've been, let me know what you think.