il Piatto's Perfect Patio Dining

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Outdoor dining is one of summer's great delights. What better way to savor seasonal food than outside, in the fresh air? Al fresco dining enhances the flavor of every bite, especially when you're beneath Santa Fe's fabled turquoise skies. And when you're dining on the romantic sidewalk patio at il Piatto Italian Farmhouse Kitchen Santa Fe, your meal couldn't be any more delightful. That's because here, in the heart of downtown Santa Fe—one of the world's most picturesque cities—you'll find delicious patio dining at its best.

il Piatto's downtown patio is the perfect place for people watching, whether you're enjoying lunch or dinner. Or stop by for Happy Hour, held twice every day—from 4:30 to 6 pm and again from 9 to 10:30 pm. A perch on this inviting patio offers a wonderful way to unwind and relax for a while. If you're there to dine, be sure to bring a hearty appetite, as Chef/Owner Matt Yohalem's food has wowed critics and diners right from the start, earning an Esquire Top 20 Best New Restaurants in America Award when il Piatto opened in 1996. Matt, a James Beard award-nominated chef who also received an Edible Communities Local Hero Award for Best Restaurant and for Best Chef, is passionate about supporting local farmers as well as ranchers and forager. He prepares his regional Italian cuisine using local New Mexico ingredients, ensuring that the plate you're served on il Piatto's patio will be filled with the freshest flavors of summer.

Take a seat at one of the patio's linen-covered tables at this restaurant near the Santa Fe Plaza and get ready to be dazzled. You could begin your memorable meal with celebrated starters such as Grilled Calamari with shaved fennel salad and farm egg aioli, or Bay Scallops Rockefeller, accompanied by arugula, besciamella, lemon and gremolata. Don't miss the signature pasta dishes, including the sumptuous Gorgonzola & Walnut Ravioli and Saffron Linguine & Clams. Hearty entrées include Pan Seared Mediterranean Branzino Piccata, Crispy Duck Confit Aranciata and Chicken Breast Saltimbocca. You'll want to pair your meal with selections from the carefully curated list of wines from around the world. There's a reason il Piatto has earned the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for six consecutive years and you'll see it in the restaurant's daily wine specials, chosen to introduce guests to exclusive offerings from top wine regions around the globe. Once you've made your choice, raise your glass because there's no better place to make a toast to summer.

From your coveted seat on il Piatto's much-loved patio, you'll appreciate the delectable quality of everything you eat, including the pasta, bread, pizza and pastries, all made in-house. And as your al fresco dining experience winds down, you'll want to linger over espresso or cappuccino and the best tiramisu in town, just to extend your time at this enchanting table. But don't worry. As Santa Fe locals well know, il Piatto's patio exerts a powerful pull and you'll likely be back...soon.

Jamie Taylor