Hostaria del Piccolo
Hostaria del Piccolo

Hostaria del Piccolo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hostariadelpiccolo.com/
  • Phone: 3103936633x
  • 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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Hostaria del Piccolo reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (57)neighborhood gem (56)great for outdoor dining (36)good for groups (30)great for lunch (27)hot spot (24)special occasion (18)vibrant bar scene (16)notable wine list (13)romantic (13)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (11)late-night find (5)Show More
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian
    rosesRredVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Always fresh, easy to eat Paleo style this neighborhood gem has not disappointed after 6 or 7 meals here. The Ricottina and Grilled Wild King Salmon with Summer Veggies were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service great food!!!!!
    tlalaVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    When we walked in they were running a bit late. They immediately offered us a prosecco. They were attentive, friendly... and the food was delicious! We will come back. Thank you!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • brunch for three
    SandyjkVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Limited but very delicious choices for brunch. Portions are more than adequate and are made with fresh ingredients. It was quiet at 11am on Sunday which is very nice as it can get quite noisy at other times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfetto!
    Iloveitalia
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Beautiful restaurant, Sunday you can order off main menu or delicious brunch menu. Pretty rear patio to relax and enjoy the sun. Ordered yummy porchetta with polenta, sunny side up egg. Fresh fruit was sweet, perfectly ripe, juicy. Friendly italian staff, beautiful plates, glassware, and presentation. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 577 reviews are from the Hostaria del Piccolo reviews archive.
  • Hot spot
    lafoodie
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Always fun, great food, never a disappointment. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I love this place, but……...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    The food is fabulous, the grilled octopus was amazing, the pastas a joy. The problem for me, as always at Piccolo is the noise factor. They try to get you to a "quiet" table, but guess what?? They don't have one!! I usually sit on the patio but a private party had taken it over. I get it, but then they seat you next to a table of 12!! As soon as the liquor kicks in, it becomes a nightmare. Shoot me now as all I want to do is have a pleasant conversation with my friend and that is just impossible. I may just start doing an early bird special and be out of the place by 6:30. I love this place but…..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always a winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We've been going here since they opened- and have never been disappointed! The grilled octopus, verde salad, steaks and pasta are consistently fabulous. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome and comfortable. Ask for Layla on the patio for a warm and friendly face and a quieter dinner experience. Inside can be unbearably loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Didn't expect a lot when I made the reservation but was happily surprised by the great food and signature drinks. It was the perfect place to start my date and send things in the right direction.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Pizza!
    Stelios
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had another great night at Hostaria del Piccolo. The pizzas were at top form--we had the Trento, the Asparagus and the Habemus Boletus (fried mushrooms), outstanding dough perfectly cooked. If you like crispy, you can't go wrong with the fried pigs' ears appetizer (doesn't look like pig's ears, more like a crispy mesh), and don't forget to order the brussel sprouts. The only place where I might take off half a star is dessert, where the chocolate cake is too dry. Try something else.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love it!
    geepersVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I would go for the gluten-free cream-puffs alone, but it so happens that everything else is top-notch as well! Love the salads, pastas, and pizzas. Staff are always charming. Delightful!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day
    TFadem
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    This is a regular spot for us but a first time for brunch. Must say it didn't disappoint. Food was great and so was the cocktail menu. Will certainly be back again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vibrant
    HappyVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The service was great, waiters very helpful and friendly, loved the pizza big selection of gluten free foods
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Veal chop
    JcmeterVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Meal was good except for breaded veal chop. It was over breaded and over cooked, dry and tasteless.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Serious Light Fare
    JacarandaBlue
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Clearly a place that cares about quality, sourcing, service, and has a commitment to interesting and healthy dining. A find!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Aussieeater
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    I want to like this place. It has a great vibe and ambiance. However the food quality has gone downhill. The pizza crust was under cooked and rather tasteless, the grilled brussel sprouts really boring, the Halibut overcooked and dry. The tagliatelle with bolognese sauces was excellent. But one out of four doesn't cut it.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!!!
    BobSVIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    This was our second time dining at Hostaria del Piccolo while visiting our son in Santa Monica. Our dinner was amazing, especially their specialty pizzas. Their wine recommendation was perfect! We will definitely be returning on our next visit to CA.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate