Small Pleasures

Italian tapas-style dishes that will carry you to Tuscany

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amed for its tapas-like Italian small-plate-style dishes, Piattini Wine Café lets you have the quaint Newbury Street dining experience without taking a huge hit to your wallet. An under-the-radar favorite of in-the-know locals, this tiny, authentic Tuscan restaurant offers more than 20 hot and cold appetizer-size plates that change seasonally, using the freshest ingredients, along with a variety of panini, pastas, wraps, and salads. In warm weather take a seat at one of the sidewalk tables and try the penne con zucca, a creative mix of Gorgonzola, butternut squash, chicken, and pasta in a tangy cider sauce. It’s both rich and refreshing. Kutz

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Original tapas were slices of ham or bread used to cover sweet drinks to keep fruit flies out.

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