When I was invited to a Greek restaurant for dinner, I had visions of a place with booths on the sides along uneven white stucco walls, a few tables in the center with checkered blue and white tablecloths, some plastic vines draped along various ledges and around the cashier/bar area, maybe Zorba the Greek playing in the background or something similar.
Piato was none of these, I actually thought I'd walked into the wrong place. Not a hint of Greek anything. It felt like one of those fancy downtown bistros where stockbrokers and lawyers hang out after work. It was just one large room with the bar running down the side taking up the back 2/3 of the left wall. The rest of the room was mostly open so could be configured easily to suit the crowd. Unfortunately, this is exactly why I did not like the ambiance. The noise level in the place was so deafening that it was difficult to carry on any conversation at all; I found myself shouting at times without even realizing it. The background music, what I could hear of it, was just a bunch of base drum beats; they could have been playing African war drums for all I could tell.
Seems there are a lot of complaints about the service in this forum but I think the regular "bad" staff must have taken the night off. The room was mostly attended by two waitresses who did an admirable job of keeping up. It was a full house including a birthday party and yet our water glasses were kept full, dirty cutlery and dishes were removed/replaced promptly and not a single mistake on our order for 4 people. As non-drinkers, we're often relegated to the bottom of the service priority but not here; I was duly impressed.
The food was very well done. The lamb chops were done just right, juicy, tender and no charcoal edges. The fish was perfect too. Same with the chicken and cornish hen. The grilled squid was seasoned and done just right. The rice pudding was declared wonderful. No food complaints.
The price was reasonable; not over the top and not cheap either. I guess, to be be expected based on the look of the room.
Would we return? Probably yes but maybe on a quieter night. We went on a Friday night so it was quite busy. I wonder how it is mid-week. If they could do something about the noisy room, this would be a great place...just remember, it's not your usual Greek place so if you're looking for pizza then go down 2 doors to the Pizza Hut.