piatella Glen Waverley: A Paradise for Food and Dessert Lovers

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Sometimes it pays to venture outside Melbourne’s city grid and into its vibrant suburban pockets. Just 20km southeast of the city is Glen Waverley, a popular suburb known for its concentration of mouth-watering Asian restaurants to suit all budgets – with many hovering around the cheap and cheerful end of the scale.

You can find good Asian food pretty much anywhere in Glen Waverley, but the main action can be found on Kingsway, a bustling outdoor dining strip just a short walk from Glen Waverley railway station. Whether you’re craving home-style Malaysian cuisine, or smoky Korean barbeque flavours, or ready to get stuck into a group gossip-feast over chilli-laden hotpot soups, you’ll find what you want in Glen Waverley.

And if you want to take a break from Asian food, you’re bound to find many options in Kingsway including the much-loved Piatella. Here are five reasons why you should add Piatella to your list of must-go-to eateries in Glen Waverley.

1.  Modern Australian flavours

The best thing about Glen Waverley’s food scene is that it draws inspiration from Melbourne’s multicultural heritage – and Piatella’s produce-driven menu is a great example of modern Australian fare, inspired by the world’s finest cuisines. Starters and mains are European-influenced, a nod to the Greek owners’ family heritage and travel adventures. Meanwhile, desserts take on a broader global influence with the Asian-inspired matcha green tea mousse being a popular hit with locals.

2. Excellent value for money

These days, it’s often hard to find a top-notch restaurant that feed you for less than $40 a main; if you’re lucky, you’ll even walk away feeling full. At Piatella, you can easily find a mouth-watering main for less than $35 and you’re more than likely to have enough change for a drink or dessert. Best of all, Piatella’s portion sizes are generous – after all, the last thing the crew would want is for you to leave feeling hungry!

3. Instagram-worthy desserts

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Those in the know will tell you that Piatella’s desserts are simply stunning – you may have even seen a few of them floating around on your Instagram feed. Piatella’s signature house made crepes and waffles are available after 5pm Mondays to Thursdays, making them the perfect post-dinner treat; they are also available all day from Friday to Sunday.

The Piatella special (fresh strawberries and banana with Nutella) is simple yet delicious – and Piatella’s house signature for a reason: it’s THAT good. Other popular options include the spiced apple confit drizzled with special butterscotch sauce or the honey and walnuts, a nod to the owners’ Greek background.

4. Let’s not forget the gorgeous-looking brunches, too

Piatella’s Middle Eastern-inspired saffron infused poached pear bircher is a sight to behold; best of all, it’s packed with healthy grains and fats to keep you feeling satisfied all morning. Feel like something a bit more indulgent? You can’t go wrong with a plate of fluffy pancakes served with your choice of caramelised walnuts, banana and butterscotch, or strawberries, banana and Nutella.

5. Open all day

Kingsway may boast so many amazing restaurants, but it’s hard to find one that’s open all day for breakfast through to supper. Piatella is open from 7am to late on weekdays, and from 7:30am to late on weekends so you drop in whenever you need a fix at all hours of the day.

Piatella Café Bar – Authentic American Style BBQ Smoked Meats in South East Melbourne

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When we think of BBQ in Australia, we tend to think of cooking a snag or prawn on the BBQ, and usually burning it too. But for Americans, BBQ means cooking low and slow, low heat and for a long time. Typically the meat is cooked at 115 – 145 degrees Celsius for many hours to break down the meat fibres. This method is known as smoking, and is being served at Piatella Café Bar in Glen Waverley. 

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At Piatelle Café Bar, a Manhorne BBQ is used to produce authentic American style smoked meats to perfection. The Manhorne smoker gives the meat a full-bodied flavour from the apple wood for chicken, lamb and pork and hickory for beef. The different cuts available include half a chicken, beef brisket, pulled pork shoulder, lamb ribs, beef short ribs and pork spare ribs. There’s even an option from the sea in tender octopus covered in a maple-glaze and smoked with ironbark.

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And how can you have American style BBQ smoked meats without the classic sides of creamy coleslaw, corn on the cob, pickles, beer battered chips, crispy onion rings and dipping sauces. These sides help round out the authentic American BBQ dining experience

So if you’re based in the South East of Melbourne or travelling in that direction, fear not, you can now also get authentic American style BBQ Smoked Meats at Piatella Café Bar, which is located in the busy Kingsway strip of Glen Waverley right next door the cinema. If you still have some space after the meal, you can even enjoy some of the famous house made crepes and waffles and leave a very happy diner.

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Why Piatella is the ideal choice for your next corporate event

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Piatella Café Bar is the ideal spot for your next corporate event or work gathering. Serving modern Australian cuisine with a European flair, the diverse menu is perfect for both ala carte or for sharing and can cater to various dietary requirements.

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The venue draws inspiration from New York loft-style architecture, with soft timber frames, clean white walls and a rustic exposed brick bar. This creates a sophisticated yet inviting and relaxed atmosphere with a comfortable vibe – perfect for large groups or corporate gatherings.  

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Access to Piatella Café Bar is a breeze. It’s convenient location at 88 Kingsway, Glen Waverley, is right outside Century City Village Cinemas and only a short walk from Glen Waverley train station.

Piatella is open from 7am (Mon-Fri) until late. So whether you’re after a breakfast meeting, corporate lunch, dinner, or perhaps a team bonding session over dessert, Piatella is the perfect location.

For bookings or to see the menu, visit the website at www.piatella.com.au or call 03 9562 1700.

Celebrate spring at Piatella Café and Bar

Celebrate spring at Piatella Café and Bar

Fresh spring flavours and European-inspired cooking come together at Piatella Café Bar, a popular icon on the bustling Kingsway precinct in Glen Waverley. Since opening in 2012, Piatella has been drawing foodies in with its dynamic Euro-centric menu and warm familial hospitality. Owned and operated by a Greek Australian family, Piatella draws its inspiration from a range of cuisines from across Europe. There is, however, a soft spot for French desserts.