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August 19, 2009

Bring Your Friends and Share a Meal: Poco Piatti Review (View Listing)

4

Price: 3 out of 4

Lyn (Guest Reviewer)

Poco Piatti has some great food, a nice atmosphere, and great servers (well, usually), but it is also fairly expensive to get a meal there that will fill you up.

The secret to Poco is to bring a couple friends, for after all, this is a Tapas restaurant. For those not familiar, this means that most the plates served only include a sampling of the ordered food. You are supposed to order 2-3 of these “small plates” and then share them with friends who, in theory, have done the same thing. Since a single plate though costs as much as a full meal at other restaurants ($6-10 for most), even by splitting the bill it is clear how pricey a meal here can become…and quickly!

The other option is to get a “large plate” and then maybe one small plate per person and split that. A large plate costs around $14-17, but if the cost is divided, it isn’t so awful.

The dishes available try to cover the gamut of different tastes, though the menu has recently become somewhat more consolidated. As Pocos is, I believe, owned by the same people as Byblos, it is little surprise that much of the offerings are of Middle-Eastern origin - hummus, mujadra, markouk wraps, shish kabobs, and so on. It used to be too that pita bread and butter were served to every table. However, that recently stopped, presumably because of costs. Sad.
There are also many Greek or Italian inspired dishes as well though - kasseri cheese, prosciutto crepes, osso buco, pizza, insalata caprese, and others. A few other things like “Thai lasagna” and crab cakes also make appearances.

I understand that besides the food, the drinks are highly acclaimed at Pocos. I don’t drink so I can’t say. I will admit that the desserts are pretty good. Costing the same as a “small plate”, they are worth shelling out a few extra bucks if you want something sweet.

Speaking of sweet, the staff at Pocos is usually very nice, though they frequently seem a bit harried or tired. Part of this probably is because they are always running around, bringing out plates the moment they come out of the kitchen, and not only to their sections. Indeed, the servers here work as a team, taking plates to and from all tables. Sometimes it seems as if you have no single server but many! They also seem to be told to hustle, which in the tight spaces of Pocos is easier said than done. Not a dining experience has gone by without at least one tray hitting the floor while I eat….always met with a loud cry of “Opah…” from the other staff members.

In fact, “Opah” is yelled out a lot…sometimes with great enthusiasm. The Greek “cheer” is called out when accidents occur, and also when kasseri, a special Greek cheese dish, is set alight. This creates a very entertaining atmosphere, rather like a big party. However, the dining area is small enough that, though live, even with all the “Opahs” it doesn’t get too horribly noisy. Just don’t go expecting a quiet night.

The dining area itself is nicely done with neutral tones, decorations of plates, and (at least there used to be) persian rugs. Although the booth seats in particular are starting to show their age, the atmosphere remains stylishly homey overall. There is also a bar in Pocos, which I have never sat at but which is often busy. Recently as well, they have added a wine room. I am afraid though I know almost nothing about it.

I also do not know what Poco’s might do in relation to food requests. For vegetarians, there are options: hummus, tabouli, falafel and so on. For allergies, I’m sure arrangements can be made. As to kids, I do not think there is a special menu for them (I might well be wrong so please feel free to correct me) but there are pizza dishes that a picky child might like.

So overall, Pocos is definitely worth trying at least once. Best if you bring a couple friends so you can try a maximum number of plates, it is easy to drop a small fortune here, but the food is generally worth it.

We Recommend

Prosciutto Crepes: -the- most amazing thing on the menu, these are thin crepe shells filled with sweet, melted cheese and thin strips of ham, served on a tomato sauce.  They are light, sweet, and just a bit salty.  I will mention that the last time I went, the prosciutto was a bit…tough, but they still tasted amazing.  I crave these frequently.

Saganaki Kasseri: Flaming cheese!  A chunk of kasseri is brought to your table soaking in ...ouzo maybe? The server lights it on fire, yells “Opah!” and then after letting it burn itself out, sets it on the table.  You can eat it just as it is…and it tastes great! Rather like a cheese stick without the breading.

Greek Potatoes: These used to be an actual menu item.  Now they are a side, and have to be asked for special.  However, do so.  These diced spuds are baked in olive oil with a plethora of spices and lemon that give them a bit of a bite.  I have had them once where they were too oily, but done right they’re delicious.

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