Piattini (fka Specchio)
Piattini (fka Specchio)

Piattini (fka Specchio)

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.piattinisf.com/
  • Phone: 4159565528x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Gino Assaf
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 19th Street
  • Public Transit: Mission Street buses and BART stop at 16th and Mission.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: A parking lot is located next door.
A word from Piattini (fka Specchio)
Specchio was changed to piattini with the same management of chef Gino .
Piattini serves up the finest Venetian and Northern Italian small plates in a contemporary setting. Chef Gino has created a menu featuring Italian tapas, prepared daily with the freshest, highest quality ingredients. At Piattini you’ll feast on Italian dishes ranging from wild boar meat balls to pork chops with gorgonzola, all of which pair exceptionally well with an imported Italian beer or a glass of wine or one of our specialty cocktails
Piattini resonates with lively ambiance, which is enhanced by a contemporary design, complete with a nightly screening of a Fellini or other beloved Italian movies, projected high over the open kitchen. The bar is a popular gathering place for the the after work crowd and locals alike. Step into the dining room for an intimate date, or bring in your large group to dine upstairs, where we can accommodate up to 40 people in our private mezzanine
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Piattini (fka Specchio) reviews from OpenTable diners
25 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (16)good for groups (14)fit for foodies (13)romantic (6)special occasion (6)notable wine list (6)late-night find (6)hot spot (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for lunch (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very fine food and friendly service
    travelmad478
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Our group of 12 people came to Piattini on a Thursday night, and had a great experience. The restaurant was nearly empty except for us, which was good because we needed to change our start time at the last minute--however, the owner was super nice about it. Rather than have the confusion of 12 people ordering from a small-plates menu, he suggested a family-style meal for a set price per person, and even managed to accommodate the two vegan/vegetarian diners with us. The food was excellent, better than I expected, and service was friendly and prompt. Kudos to the owner and staff for dealing with a complicated situation with grace and style!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Friday night experience
    wave20VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Our group of 6 had a wonderful meal at Piattini on a Friday night. We started with happy hour $5 glasses of Malbec and Pinot Grigio at the bar while waiting for everyone to show up. Sleek modern open bar design. Once seated, we shared a number of small plates and enjoyed them all. Pappardelle with lamb ragu was awesome. Pizzas were delicious, risotto was rich and luscious. Fresh burrata; beet carpaccio, I could go on. Service was good - we hung out at our table for another bottle of wine and didn't feel rushed. All in all, a great find - especially for groups.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and fun
    Cam77
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Each plate we tried was on point. Well seasoned and delicious! Serious warm and friendly and a nice wine and cocktail list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Squid ink risotto
    EaterVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We have searched far & wide for the squid ink dish. This one is the closest one we have ever had that resembled the dish we had in Venice, Italy. Excellent dish. Skip the Margherita pizza, though. Food here is very good. We were in there at 5:30 and finished at 7 -- there were only 3 couples in there. Hope business picks up for them as the food is good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Gino and his crew does an outstanding job with their food and they make every customer feel important.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent 3 star experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2000VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    It seems like all the pieces are there... decor, menu options, lots of staff, but it all just lacks quality and attention to detail. A reasonable option if you can't find a reservations somewhere else.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    MikeB
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Loved the food, and it was very reasonably priced. A great find!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, awful service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Food was great, service was appalling. It took forever for our order to come, and in the meantime one of our drinks had been forgotten. We still got charged for it at the end though. It was removed after we pointed it out. Shame, there was a lot that I liked about the menu and what we ate was good, but they really need to figure out their service.
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  • very good experience!
    3kidsmama
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    located in eclectic Mission, Piattini is a nice modern restaurant based on what we Italians know as 'cicchetti-style' cuisine (small bite-size appetizers typical of north-east Italy). It gets a little noisy when place fills up, but this is an issue I've noticed in many new restaurants. Plate presentation was very nice, portion-size ideal, and food very tasty and true to the flavors one could enjoy in Northern Italy. We tried several fish 'piattini', all very good, and then the squid ink risotto which was cooked to perfection. Staff is very nice and knowledgeable, and we were treated to a much appreciated glass of Moscato wine at the end of dinner! Really a place to try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good place to take vegetarians
    foodie123
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    A great place for you to take your vegetarian friends. Half the menu is vegetarian. But they also have a lot of seafood and meat options for the carnivores.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious "new" place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    I understand that this is a new incarnation of another restaurant - and although I had never been to the previous place, I loved this one! Great cocktails, excellent and inventive small Italian-style tapas, and warm but efficient service - a great addition to the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, well-priced
    maggmae
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We had a very nice meal here. Had been looking for a place that would serve creative, small plates for reasonable prices and Piattini fit the bill, especially for the neighborhood which can often be overpriced and overrated. My only complaints were small things that I think could be ironed out in time (food came before drinks, service was a little haphazard at times.) Nothing that took away from the fact that the food was very good, presented in creative ways, and we felt that the prices were extremely reasonable. A good neighborhood spot that I think will catch on over time. I suggest asking to sit in the back near the open kitchen -- the smells there were amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • babsmart
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    The small plates of italian food were great for a group. We could all sample different dishes. The risotto and mozzarela cheese ball were fantastic. I was expecting the baccala to be fried and it was steamed. I would not order this again. The service was very good and the waiter very friendly. I will definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Location Zero Stars...
    ALIS
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food was very good, owner very corrigible, restaurant has a cafeteria feel, no bread but could order focaccia if you like that. Waitress could use some training. She brought a clean and dirty wine glass to the table and didn't notice the red wine spots still in the bottom of the glass. Obviously not the restaurants' fault, but the stench of urine on the sidewalks 50 feet from the entrance should have been enough to turn any one around. They could definitely use a better location!
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  • Great find!
    Whirrr
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had an excellent dinner here with 3 friends. Everything was very very good, and a couple of dishes were outstanding - the pumpkin ravioli and the mushroom risotto. The risotto was one of the best I've ever had. For the quality of the food, the prices were amazingly reasonable. The place seems not to have quite caught on yet, so it's pretty easy to snag reservations. Get there, before it is "discovered".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 521 reviews are from the Piattini (fka Specchio) reviews archive.
  • A delight!
    PolyglotVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    So many choices we had trouble deciding, but the meatballs and ricotta gnocchi were especially good. Definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    MVreview
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The best restaurante I've been to in a while They use top quality ingredients. Very reasonable prices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Dave
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I used to come to this restaurant with friends who lived in the neighborhood. Since they moved, I haven't gone to Specchio in years, and I decided to try again when a friend of mine came to visit me. The cook might have changed, but pizza is definitely not what you would expect in an italian restaurant. Good starters and decent main courses, but not good as before. Too bad.
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  • Good enough for a nice dinner out
    ThankYouForFeedingMe
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    I loved the lighting fixtures. It was pretty loud so in fairness perhaps the wait staff couldn't always hear us properly. The food was good but the wait staff was a bit disengaged when we tried to get their attention and maybe that's the their way of providing the guests with a sense of privacy in a crowded dining setting. The wait staff also consistently delivered the wrong order to the wrong person at our table. I liked their salads very much.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice!
    Amanda
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    great!their food is really good!I will come back soon!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Double check your bill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We were charged for two bottles of wine we did not order. They did it twice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Decent Menu
    mateoinsf
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for Valentine's Day and the prix fixe menu was ok. Portions seemed smaller than when we dined on the same day last year. The ravioli was fantastic, just wish I'd gotten one or two more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great
    goodearthVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    The place was practically empty at 8pm on a Saturday night - not a good sign. I decided to dine anyways. I would say that I have made better meals myself, and i hate cooking. I compared the pizza to frozen pizza's I have made. Cheap and always seating. Wouldn't recommend other wise.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Only ones in the restaurant,
    ccmcgirr
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    Only ones in the restaurant, terrible service, food was okay but not great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mediocre
    kitty
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    My husband and I went here for a date night, hoping to find a good Italian place in our neighborhood to replace our favorite place that closed some time ago. Sadly, this is not that place. Too loud, even when only half-full, and the food was ok but nothing exceptional.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Homemade pasta to die for
    reddy2eat
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Best Tagliatelle w/ Salmon in the city! Prix Fixe Menu always a hit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian Food in the Mission
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    We were early (the first seated), but the service was fantastic throughout, even when it got more crowded. Very good food, a bit salty for my taste, but most food is too salty for me. I liked that they used a lot of garlic. The calamari appetizer, pizza, walnut pesto and salmon all fresh tasting and well seasoned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food is middle of the road
    cjb1VIP
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    food is middle of the road Italian, nothing special. good service, kind of cool venue
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  • Excellent food!
    Carl
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    We went on a Monday night @ 6 pm before Thanksgiving - guess most folks were out of town. We were the only group in the restaurant at least until 7p. We got excellent service, wonderful tasty appetizers (the small plate veggie ricotta was superb!), and ordered one of the best red wines in the place! The special was filet mignon w/ mushroom-sauce - yummy!! Cooked to perfection :) We were impressed by the desserts - sorbet w/ cookie & cannoli.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find on a busy street!
    CKMissionVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Very impressive atmosphere, presentation, food and wine. Two visits and will be back again. Perfect for a quick bite at the bar or a full sit down meal. Expectional Italian wine list and very affordable per glass prices. Consistently solid and flavorful foods from the buratta appetizers to the pastas to the steak and salmon and canollis. Top that with knowledgeable and professional service this is a great go to place for me and my friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian in the Mission
    stephanie
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Second visit here, want to come back again.....Great Italian in the MIssin
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enjoyable dinner experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    My husband and I had a weekday dinner at Specchio and enjoyed the delicious food and welcoming, attentive service. We arrived for an early dinner and were the only ones in the dinning room for a while. Made us wonder, but as it got later the restaurant began to fill up with other groups enjoying the bar and the restaurant. We ordered rigatoni with a nice tomato based sauce and the radicchio risotto, and both entrees were delicious. We look forward to returning to try some of the other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Restaurant wasn't full so
    Sparky
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    Restaurant wasn't full so that may be why the noise level was low. We had a wonderful dinner - we will definitely go back.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It wasn't full, and service
    jfg50
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    It wasn't full, and service was good is not a little rushed... Food was excellent
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK spot for dinner in Mission Distr
    SmilingJim
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Excellent if small Caesar, good thin crust pizza, heavy and flavorless ricotta gnocci
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Almost perfect
    George2
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    I love this restaurant and feel very comfortable here. The service is terrific and most of the food is terrific. But the Cornish Game Hen was awful. The meat was like basic chicken and it was slathered in a sauce that seemed 100 percent mustard. I couldn't eat more than a couple of bites. Do customers really like this? The other three dishes were superb -- spaghetti with fruiti di mare, the best sirloin steak I have ever had anywhere by far, and pasta with cinghiale (wild boar), the pasta in that dish being among the best pasta I've had and the wild boar sauce perfect..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great ambiance, food, & service!
    YumyummVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    I love this place, always have a great experience! Great food, service, wine list, fun ambiance- SO glad I stumbled upon Specchio a year or so ago. It's definitely one of my staples in the mission!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    DavidSFOVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    With so many really good restaurants in the Mission, this one doesn't really do much that's special or unique. I went with a group of 5, and we shared appetizers and entrees family style, so we all got a chance to try a number of things. The service was good.
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  • Don't even try to converse
    pleased2eatout
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Good food here. You WILL overhear your fellow diners. The painted walls and metal railings remind me of of working on a freighter -- almost nautical. It looks like they are no longer screening those amusing Italian movies of 50 years ago on the rear wall. They also seem to be cutting a few corners, for example no bread or new silverware between courses. Friendly, courteous service. It's good value if you use a two for one coupon and do happy hour at the bar on your way in or out
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was good, the service
    Eatoutoften
    Dined on 9/10/2013
    The food was good, the service was mostly good, the seating not very comfy, and a bit loud into the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.