means cooking on a flat griddle over a hot fire.
I thought the food in the main dining room was excellent, but here you'll find extra-stylish, even exotic, Italian fare: Pappardelle Montecatini con crema, Gamberoni cotti in padella, Filetto di manzo alia piastra
, and so on--a very extensive menu of regional dishes.
1 Hinkley's Salem four-light bath bar, finished in brownstone, features hand-painted piastra
The surface of Nanni Valentini's Piastra
bianca (White tile), 1978, is of gesso built up so thickly as to become sculptural; a mass of orange-brown stoneware is stuffed into a hole in its cracked, pale gray surface, suggesting a decaying structure that has been roughly patched.