Hostaria del Piccolo - Venice
Amazing food-couldn't hear a thingWe were supposed to be meet another couple for dinner here and they didn't make it. We had a blast: the food and drinks were creative and delicious, while still feeling very authentic. The service was knowledgeable and very attentive. My only concerns were that it was possibly the loudest restaurant I've ever been in. I'm generally not sensitive to noise, but my wife and I spent most of the evening taking turns yelling, reading lips, and trying to communicate with our eyes. Not sure they can do much here, but it would have been hard to have another couple there. I'm sure the patio would have been much better for this.
All in - a great place and worth trying; but, not for a quiet, romantic evening.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMAnother Find in Venice!This strip of Rose Ave continues to come to life. Hostaria is a great find for a casual night at a neighborhood place. The grilled octopus and the lightly breaded calamari appetizers were great. The pizza was very good (we had speck, truffle). The pasta was spot on. I also really liked the tiraminsane (tiramisu). Our service couldn't have been better. Be ready for the noise level. Industrial decor, loud music and the diners make this place deafeningly loud and tough of converse without snuggling close! I'll go back.6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThis restaurant, like itsThis restaurant, like its sibling in Santa Monica (and cousin on Venice beach) has terrific food and an interesting, if limited, menu. The noise level, however, is almost painfully high.6/13/2013 12:00:00 AMRelaxingThis is a good choice for brunch, where you can feel satisfied and relaxed, without being rushed. Excellent coffee!6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMReally good food. Great, energeticReally good food. Great, energetic atmosphere...albeit pretty loud. I really miss the Farcita pizza -- which is no longer on the menu. They need to put it back on!!!!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMLunch in VeniceInnovative delicious dishes and terrific attentive service.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMvery good food but beware the noiseWe had a great dinner there last week. The food was very good (though be careful, the dishes can be on the heavy side). The gnocchi were the best I ever had. Service was friendly (no too-cool-to-be-friendly like in other places) but a bit spotty. We had a switch of waiter and the new waiter seemed to have forgotten or not known about us at first but once that was discovered was as efficient and friendly as our first one.
Fantastic selection of amaros.
The only drawback is the noise - it was so loud we almost had to yell at each other to talk, even on the (quieter) patio.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food but...Hostaria is one of the loudest reaturants I have ever been in. That said, the food is great and the service is quite good as well. I was however VERY disappointed when we asked to take a portion of our food home and as it was brought to the table it was spilled by the busboy. He apologized and disappeared. No one said a word nor did we get our leftovers. Pretty cheesy if you ask me.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent, flavorful food.Excellent, flavorful food. Service attentive and informative. Noise level high but manageable. Fun night. Worth a visit.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely OutsideSitting outside on a lovely evening is great. The noise level is so much quieter than inside. Our meal was lovely. We shared Fried Calamari and then their wonderful moist and ender stuffed chicken with a side of delectable beans. Can't remember the desert but it was delicious!!5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMAmazing food!We had an incredible meal here and will be frequenting this place. The wild boar sausage appetizer was one of the tastier things I've ever eaten. Truly delicious. The service was top notch. Our waitress was very attentive, friendly and was happy to chat and give her feedback to us. We were dining with a couple regulars, so the owner visited our table a couple times to make sure we were fully satisfied. Just amazing food, ambiance and service. Highly recommend!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMNice for quick dinnerI took a date here who is a local. We had a nice time because it was intimate yet very lively, and nice but casual, which is a rare find. This is a nice first stop on a date for locals or those visiting the area.
The food was not that great, (not bad but not memorable). Though I am honestly a bit biased because I am not a fan of Italian food . We each had a smaller pizza, which are perfect sizes and light. They had a great selection of wine and beer. Not a huge list but enough of the good stuff.
The service was excellent and the staff super helpful. I would come here again if I was in the area.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMDelightful findMy husband and I went to this spot with our 2 1/2 year old. He loved the bench style seats but if it was a crowded day, I'd hate to be sitting on one of those shared benches. The service was good but all the waiters seemed distracted by a semi-final NBA game on the t.v. The food was wonderful. I ordered the gnocci with tomato sauce and my husband had a white four cheese pizza. The wine was good but was served too cold. Our son ate off our plates. When the waiter came to our table our son asked him for toast. The waiter was suprised and had no idea how to respond... we got some bread with olive oil which was perfectly fine for our son.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMThumbs upPastas are excellent and pizzas inventive. Had the spinach pappardelle with duck ragout and it was so yummy. Was very noisy inside. Would sit outside next time.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food is delicious. WhatThe food is delicious. What else do you need to know?4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMUnusual and outstanding freshlyUnusual and outstanding freshly prepared food. Very knowledgeable, helpful waitstaff. Very very noisy inside at Venice location .Expensive but interesting wine selections.4/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat new neighborhood spot.Great new neighborhood spot. Good entrees, fresh ingredients. Desserts were deeeelish. The service was very mediocre. The noise inside is EXTREMELY EXTREMELY loud. Plentiful heat lamps outside that actually do a good job of warming up the space.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is our third time toThis is our third time to enjoy a lovely evening at this restaurant. The four of us shared a couple of small plates and then salads finishing up with pizzas. The wine list is wonderful and we enjoy returning often.3/26/2013 12:00:00 AM