Hostaria del Piccolo
Hostaria del Piccolo

Hostaria del Piccolo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hostariadelpiccolo.com/
  • Phone: (310) 393-6633
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday-Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm

    Brunch:
    Saturday- Sunday 11:00am- 2:30pm

    Dinner:
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm -11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Samuele Minin
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 6th street
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Street and meter parking is available.
    Valet is available from 5:00pm until close
A word from Hostaria del Piccolo
We propose a different approach to Italian food, by creating dishes moderate in portion size, which we feel enhances the dining experience, by allowing you more variety in taste, while eating healthier.
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Hostaria del Piccolo reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (4)neighborhood gem (4)great for outdoor dining (2)great for lunch (1)good for groups (1)hot spot (1)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • arely medicoree-wiill not return.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Food and service have declined significantly. Used to be a great restaurant- now, it's almost awful.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loud noise ruins dinner
    Ruthie
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    The food is really fantastic here, and the service is outstanding. But it was so noisy that I had to shout for my companion to hear me. By the end of dinner, my throat was sore. I'd like to go back, but they need to do something about the acoustics.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big thumbs up for Italian style meals and tapas.
    ozmatoo
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Big I chose Hostaria del Piccolo from a restaurant review site, and it not only looked promising, it turned out to be a great dining experience. Hostaria Piccolo is a lovely Westside restaurant in the middle of the whole Santa Monica Promenade area. They have a valet for easy access, and have a low corkage fee of $20.00, and the overall ambience was really nice. It wasn't pretentiously upscale, but it was spacious, nicely designed, and felt welcoming. It's a bit noisy. Some of the best things about this place are: The staff was prompt, friendly, and service was timed well. In many ways, Hostaria del Piccolo is tapas style dining (easily shared), and the meals and appetizers had creative elements without tasting strange. Almost all of their dishes accommodate food allergies. Although I didn't have any pizza, the delicious looking pizza menu was huge, and seems to be popular. The veggie side dishes are super, and seemed more like stand alone appetizers. I would recommend this restaurant, and I will happily return there. It also seems like a great location for for pre-movie or post movie dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fan-frikkin-tastic!
    laulou212VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    I love this restaurant. The relaxed vibe, friendly servers and phenomenal food keep me coming back. The standout dish is Piovra, octopus with vegetables. It is perfect each and every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 4 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating5
    • Food5
    • Ambiance5
    • Service5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 617 reviews are from the Hostaria del Piccolo reviews archive.
  • complete downfall
    kvg15VIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    used to be a great restaurant - went down significantly. bad pasta, bad service, new menu which is considerably worse - would not go again
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite Santa Monica spot
    Luvinit4238
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My boyfriend and I come here all the time. We love the food and the friendly staff. I just wish I lived closer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Delight
    Michael
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Finally, a neighborhood restaurant that has excellent food, great service which is extremely friendly knowledgable. I would put this place up against any restaurant in Los Angeles.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy and delicious
    PrezwhateverVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Love this place. The valet is easily accessed.Service is friendly and knowledgable. Food is outstanding. Partial to the Farro salad
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food too salty
    James
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I probably wouldn't go again. I've been there several times, but the food has gotten saltier over time.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LEwis
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    As usual, wonderful food. We were there on Halloween, and though the costumes of the staff were entertaining, the party atmosphere made things a bit hectic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great
    gfsmgalVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The food is always great, the staff is wonderful and I get wonderful gluten free meals!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious grilled everything
    ZoomVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    The grilled calamari, octopus & ricotta dishes are definately worth trying. The pasta with sardines (the friday pasta special) was just about perfect. The server was charming, efficient & informed. Bravi tutti!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Has potential...
    MBLADCVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Nice place with a great location. I liked the menu and the prices seemed reasonable. The portions were probably a little on the small side. Biggest problem was flavor. Both entrees were lacking salt and since there was no salt on the table we had to ask. I prefer to have my food delivered ready to eat. The pasta was especially bland. I might give it another chance.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wish We Lived Closer to This Rest!
    Elayne123VIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    This is a great neighborhood italian restaurant. Pasta is homemade with a variety of sauces. Enjoyed the pizza, too. Service is top notch! Wish you would open in the South Bay!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian in Santa Monica
    hurley999jb
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Pasta, pizza, apps are all phenomenal. Pasta is fresh and it makes a huge difference. Try the squid ink and ahi pizza for something different!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo Fabio!
    CaptainCalamari1
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Having lived in Rome for a year and spent considerable time in Italy and Sicily over the past 35 years, I have learned a great deal about Italian food. Spending my childhood in my Neapolitan Grandmother's kitchen didn't hurt either. The first meal I had at Hostaria del Piccolo was as good as any other meal I can fondly recall. What passes for Italian food in countless LA restaurants I find uninspired and inedible, that includes the pretentious trendy joints that require earplugs to avoid hearing damage while you dine. I will be returning to Hostaria del Piccolo as often as possible until I have eaten my way through the entire menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good as usual
    baxter23
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We love coming here - the food's good, the martini's excellent, the servers always very attentive (maybe a little too much sometimes.) It's becoming our neighborhood go-to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service
    Vfr292
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I was there for lunch and would go back. Only problem was finding parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Hostaria del Piccolo was good, though it wasn't as good as if I hadn't been to Italy recently. The Carbonara was not as creamy and rich as in Italy, so I wished I was back there. It was a bit al dente as I like it, and it was the sauce that was just not what I had in Lucca. The atmosphere was good and at 6:30, not crowded or noisy. As the evening progressed it filled up. The waitress was always aware and showed up as I wanted something. She was superb.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique small plates
    CharmelVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    For midday mid Santa Monica a fine find Ask for less salt as their beef is best without it Would love more vegetable choices as they do them well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic pasta and pizza
    Jillian
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Delicious food! The pastas and pizza were excellent, but although the grilled octopus was nice and tender, it was a bit too salty for my taste and the seasonal vegetables were a bit too mushy. The other starters were nice and fresh and very tasty, and the desserts and capuccinos were wonderful. Service was incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This is what a neighborhood italian place should be. Actual italian food, reasonable prices, comfortable environment.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly recommend
    LuvGoodFood
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food, great service! I come here often and have never been disappointed. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hosteria Del Piccolo
    Highlander
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A busy place but not too crowded for a weekday. The waitress was able to spend time with us, which was good because we were unfamiliar with the menu. Lots of interesting things to try, as a group of 6 we were able to share. The food was good but not enough to hurry back. The cured meats and cheese plate was standard fare, nothing special; the Pescetti could have been crispier; the Frico needed something more; the Papardelle was a little bland. The desserts were good, especially the Tortino. There was a good variety of wine, and reasonable. A good place for a group meal because you can get on with your conversation without having to worry where your server has disappeared. A bit on the expensive side for the quality of the cooking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DELICIOUS VENETIAN TAPAS
    Pucciaceilsole
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Try more than one appetizer ... MOSCARDINI and POLENTA is my favorite in this nice place!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lucky Find
    PastriesEstVie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I chose this spot randomly, my friends were up for Italian, and so I made reservations. Boy was it worth it. The food is absolutely amazing, the service was great, and we all loved it. Very healthy food, with vegan, gluten free versions of a lot of stuff was available. No matter though, because everything tasted amazing. I personally had the Gnocchi, and although visually I feel that its a bit too, doughy, but these guys have it down to the last morsel. Their ricotta cake on the other hand.... Is more than enough to die for. If it was up to me, I would have ordered five of them, and refused to share. The blueberry sauce was a bit off, but the cake itself was better than anything I have ever tasted if the sort.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Upon arrival the hostess immediately greeted then seated us, when she could see that we didn't like the table, she immediately apologized and said we could sit there until another became available or wait in the bar for a table on the patio. So nice, so simple, no "oh I'm sorry those are already reserved, blah, blah, blah...". She quoted 15 to 20 and like a stopwatch, within 15 minutes she found us in the bar and took us to a great table! The waiter was nice, the food was delicious and not ridiculously expensive! We liked it and will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good ambiance but food taste varied
    mjwang717VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Overall, our experience was pleasant. The restaurant had a nice lively atmosphere. However, the food, while well prepared and beautifully presented, had inconsistent seasoning. Between four diners, each ordering an appetizer and an entree, we found the majority of the dishes were either over or under seasoned (most notably the neri pasta being under seasoned and the grilled octopus appetizer being over salted). In addition, there was a short instance when we were waiting to order that our waitress seemed to linger at another particular table. Other than that instance, the wait staff was friendly and accommodating. While all in all the experience was a fair one, there were a couple things to be desired.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    lafoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Food is always wonderful. Fun place to go with a group...small plates for sharing. Wide range of pizza choices white and red. Comfortable and casual! Will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Much ado about not much
    AndrewVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I was looking forward to trying this lower priced version of Piccolo but was disappointed. The pasta was overly salty and overcooked by at least a minute. I have since been told to stick to pizza. The wine by the glass list is limited and mediocre
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  • Thank you!
    THANKYOU
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I love the food here! My group had a ton of dietary restrictions and Hostaria accommodated everyone! Delish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Oscar
    Oscar
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This is our go to Italian Restaurant in Santa Monica. Food is all farm to table and fresh. Menu is simple, and very friendly people.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing fresh pasta
    hurley999jb
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    I have been here twice, highly recommend ANY of the pastas and the squid ink/ahi pizza.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner restaurant
    ACswe
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had fantastic pizzas, very taste, ingredients felt fresh and even for a pizza, very healthy. They had some good Italian beers that are not so easy to find. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a pleasure.
    Pete
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've probably been there 10 times. Mostly for lunch, but a few dinners mixed in. It is always reliable and delightful. Your visit starts with a staff that genuinely seems happy to see patrons walk in the door and they treat you that way the whole meal. Nice people with a good knowledge of the menu and wines. I have had the pastas, pizzas and a number of the appetizer. Always great tastes. A menu that is intriguing but not so funky that a picky eater can't find something they'll love. The portions are perfect. They aren't huge and heavy. Not so small that I walk away feeling like I didn't get enough. Never disappoints. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • *****ALL 5 STARS*****
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Authentic. Fantastic. Excellence. From the staff to the ambiance to the food. Perfection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for the price
    uneven
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Good food at reasonable prices. The gnocchi and the octopus appetizer were both especially nice. Friendly, pleasant staff and a fast kitchen.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • TOO LOUD!!!!
    HTINCA
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Amazing food and service -but WAY TOO LOUD!!! Next time, we will go before the crowd arrives so that we can actually hear one another and have a conversation. The food and service are so good that it makes up for the unreasonably loud sound levels.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely spot
    nyla
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    If you're looking for a lively restaurant with delicious food, look no further. The greeting was hospitable, but waiter could have been more attentive. We had to catch his eye to ask for wine and coffee. He never asked if we wanted anything to drink.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • itslap
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Selected DineLA menu. Food was good. Desserts just ok. Service great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.