Most of the vegetarian small plate dishes are vegan. We started off with a small portion of hummus, which was delicious and less oily than many restaurants. You could clearly taste the garbanzo beans as well as lemon. For all tables, they serve fresh pita bread, which goes wonderfully with the hummus. The pita bread is puffy and made on premise, a little bit more exciting than traditional pita bread. We also ordered sautéed mushrooms, mujadara (a lentil dish), and lubia bi zeit (green beans in a tomato sauce). The mushrooms are cooked crispy, the lentils had delicious pickles and caramelized onions within the dish, and the green beans were quite flavorful. Other vegan small plates include vegetarian grape leaves and roasted cauliflower. Many of the small plates come in small and large sizes. Small tends to be enough food for two people who are sharing; save the large sizes for larger groups.
We also ordered a roasted beet salad that was made vegan by holding off cheese. It had candied nuts, which we were afraid were cooked in butter. But the server kindly checked and they were vegan. She commented that very few of their dishes include butter in the preparation. There are many other salads to choose, and there are pizzas that can be made vegan by withholding cheese (the dough is vegan). There is also a veggie kabob that is vegan.
With our small plates and the salad, we had more than enough food for lunch for two as well as leftovers for lunch the next day. We think Poco Piatti is a great place to go out with omnivore friends. With the small plates, it’s possible to share dishes without worrying about meat spillover and this is a great place to show our omnivore friends that vegan food is delicious.
They have a full bar with a nice wine selection and a good choice of craft beers. This is a great local restaurant that should be high on the list for vegans interested in a fine dining experience.