La Piazzetta is a typical café with wooden tables and chairs with blue striped seats. The tables are set out on the sidewalk in a very Parisian way, and the smoking section is in the rear so you don’t have to walk through it to get to non-smoking. Another nice touch was that the front windows open wide so you feel like you are outdoors even though you’re inside. There are curtains hung that give the dining areas an intimate atmosphere and murals on the walls. Altogether a very attractive atmosphere.
I began my meal with an appetizer of grilled Camembert with egg plant, courgette and red peppers. Al had warm Camembert with pistou and Italian tomatoes served with pita and drizzled with olive oil. Both of them were fabulous, the cheese was fragrant and creamy and the vegetables done just right and seasoned with herbs. We both had a chicken Caesar salad for our entrée and it was just as expected grilled chicken on romaine lettuce with cheese. A hard meal to go wrong with but I prefer my chicken warm and this was served cold. The addition of capers was an unusual and inspired choice
Jason and Jen ordered a pizza, half chevre and half three cheese (mozzarella, romano and parmesan). The chevre was served with sundried tomatoes on it. The way they served it was also quite unique. They attach a little warmer to the side of the table and put the pizza on the warmer; you then serve yourself. You have a choice of 13 or 17 inch pizza. The table next to us was enjoying a bleu cheese and smoked salmon pizza, which they assured us was delicious. This is pizza of the very thin crusted variety with a slightly sweet sauce.
We didn’t have room for dessert but they offer cappuccino, cheesecake, chocolate mousse, panna cota and more. This restaurant tries very hard and even if they fall a little short in some areas, they are well worth a visit. Service was good and the over all experience was very good.
August 24, 2003
From journal Quebec- City of Ups and Downs