Through a humble entryway on Graham Avenue, La Piazzetta is artfully breathing life into the simple (and highly coveted) joy of al fresco dining. The lineup here is traditional Italian dishes with an elegant, modern twist.The word piazza may be one letter removed from the humble pizza pie, but we’d need to go miles across the Atlantic to enjoy a slice in the open air of an ancient plaza. Lucky for us, we’ve got access to both stateside at La Piazzetta, a petite New York ode to Italy’s storied city squares. Through a humble entryway on Graham Avenue, they’re artfully breathing life into the simple (and highly coveted) joy of al fresco dining. A front room leads inward to a hand-carved wooden bar, which ends in a dining room draped in canopies and bathed in natural light (compliments of the giant skylight above). Entering into the restaurant feels like stepping into a whole new world — one we’re ensconced in before even perusing the menu.
La Piazzetta is helmed by a chef who has earned his stripes in marquee kitchens like Le Cirque and the Rainbow Room. Pull up to one of their sun-soaked tables and take a gander at their seasonally changing menu. The lineup here is traditional Italian dishes with an elegant, modern twist. So – for those of us who are weary of bad weather or lousy underground commutes – we recommend a long respite with the creamy Risotto Mare Monte or the grilled Calamari Ripieni (fresh squid stuffed with shrimp and broccoli rabe). Both seafood dishes measure up well next to the hearty Lamb Shank Osso Bucco with vegetable couscous. Ah yes, walking back out onto the streets of Brooklyn after a meal inside La Piazzetta will be quite the adjustment. (Although, we’ll admit that a few spoonfuls of the créme brulée before leaving certainly helps the transition.)