A Letter From Ross
We opened Piatto in 1998 in order to offer Carlisle a traditional, authentic Italian dining experience. My staff and I share the goal of serving food that tastes great, is healthfully prepared and leaves you feeling refreshed and energized after dining. Our menus, which change often, reflect the use of traditional cooking techniques still prevalent in Italy, and are dependent on the availability of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Several trips to Italy have given me an appreciation and respect for the cuisine. Each of Italy’s 20 regions has its own unique culinary tradition, but the common thread that unites them all is an emphasis on uncomplicated dishes that highlight the freshness and superior quality of the ingredients. This simple formula has, happily, seen a resurgence in recent years thanks to America’s renewed interest in real foods. We have been shopping locally for ingredients over the last twenty years in Carlisle and have established many great partnerships with local farmers and purveyors. Combining these local products with the best available olive oils, cheeses, meats and pastas from Italy allows us to create a most authentic dining experience.
None of this would be possible without our great staff and our many wonderful guests who support our efforts to provide this unique dining experience.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you all,
News & Updates
Trattoria Piatto’s next chapter begins November 15th.
In our continued quest to bring you a traditional Italian dining experience, we can now offer our guests an authentic Italian bar, complete with the same aperitivi (pre-dinner cocktails), wines, digestivi (after-dinner liqueurs), and caffe that can be found in any piazza in Italy.
From 4:00-6:00 pm daily, we’ll feature our Aperitivo, or Italian Happy Hour; this will include stuzzichini, a separate menu of small plates specially designed to compliment our new wine and cocktail menu.
Food and wine are inextricably linked in Italian culture. Every province produces unique wines designed to pair effortlessly with the traditional foods of the region. Each year Italian winemakers harvest more than 1,200 varieties of grapes, which they use to produce over 3,000 different wines. While we can’t possibly offer all of these, we have endeavored to bring you a diverse selection of wines not normally found in our area.
Our bar will also include an extensive collection of Italian liqueurs, both sweet and bitter, designed to aid digestion. After 12 years of business, we are pleased to finally be able to offer our customers what they have been asking for. We think that we have something to please every palate, and we invite you to come and experience the bella vita!
With over 30 years’ experience in the restaurant business, Chef Ross S. Morris, Jr has attained the levels of both Certified Executive Chef and Certified Executive Pastry Chef from the American Culinary Federation, and is also a member of Slow Food and Chef’s Collaborative. Influenced by the writings of Marion Nestle and Michael Pollan, Chef Morris’s philosophy can be summed up in three words: Eat Real Food!