il Piatto, Sky City Darwin

Gilruth Avenue, Mindil Beach, Darwin NT 800

Ph. (08) 8943 8940

Il Piatto head chef Paolo Milanesi is passionate about authentic Italian cuisine.

In the business for 26 years, his experience and Italian roots are obvious on the menu of il Piatto (“the plate”). He directs a large and busy team of chefs within full view of diners behind the glassed-in kitchen. Nearby tables afford a shifting panorama as whole fish are tossed in giant pans, the wood-fired oven blazes, and smiling staff bustle here and there. The restaurant looks out towards the ocean, with seating available indoors or on the deck. Decor is elegant, understated and contemporary, with subtle lighting and excellent acoustics. The setting perfectly complements Paolo’s exquisite sense of aesthetics – his food is as beautifully presented as it is flavoured. Organic ingredients are used wherever possible, many sourced direct from Italy, and bread, pizza dough and pastas are handmade, as are the delicate sorbets and rich desserts. This is quality dining with a personal touch.

A substantial wine list accompanies the menu which is a mix of exotic and classic Italian dishes, plus degustation platters. Classic pizzas and pastas contrast with wild boar, quail, swordfish, clams and the striking squid ink risotto nero. For something truly magnificent, look for the giant gourmet pizzas. The pizza stravagante is topped with Wagyu beef, foie gras, fresh truffles, lobster, aged cacio di bufala cheese and fresh cherry tomatoes. The even more extravagant pizza Principe di Salina is a seafood treasure trove including pearl meat. And the prize for pure indulgence goes to the $300 foccacia vecchio impero Romano. It’s garnished with an array of epicurean ingredients including slivers of joselito – reputed to be the world’s finest prosciutto, having been cured for 12 years.

  • I Love Food Awards 2010 NT Winner 2010
    Favourite Pizza
  • I Love Food Awards 2009 NT Winner 2009
    Favourite ITALIAN/PIZZA

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Posted by Jenny152Report
spectacular setting - less than spectacular food though
Posted by Louise95Report
Fantastic pizzas and house made gnochi, fantastic views and wonderful staff
Posted by Sonia26Report
their food is absolutly amazing, their service and location is fantastic