Piccola Bussola Ristorante - Mineola
Piccola Bussola Ristorante - Mineola

Piccola Bussola Ristorante - Mineola

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://piccolabussolarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5162944620
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 2:00pm - 10:30pm, Sunday: 2:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: We offer everything from simple take-out to catering on any scale, backyard parties to formal affairs. Let us take care of your next party.
  • Entertainment: Enjoy the table side magic of Rick Sherman every Friday night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Willis Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available Monday - Friday after 5pm and Saturday and Sunday in the afternoon and evening. Street and municipal lot parking is available.
A word from Piccola Bussola Ristorante - Mineola
After years of pleasing diners with huge portions of delicious home style food, Piccola Bussola opened its second location. At the entrance is a large inviting bar which leads into the main dining room. To the right is a more intimate dining room and for all your celebrations, we have a large party room. The Lubrano family, who have been in the restaurant business on Long Island for more than 25 years, greet customers with warmth and gracious hospitality.

Dishes at this "family style" restaurant are made of fine, high quality ingredients. The menu is made up of a wide variety of pasta, meat, chicken and seafood dishes. Wines are reasonably priced with many selections available by the glass. Homemade desserts include an outstanding pear tart and superb tiramisu. Service is friendly and efficient.

The Lubrano family - Pasquale and Raffaela and their sons Tony, John, Carlo and Marco welcome you to enjoy their wholesome cooking at all of their fine restaurants.
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Piccola Bussola Ristorante - Mineola reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
71% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (13)special occasion (9)neighborhood gem (6)fit for foodies (4)kid-friendly (4)romantic (4)great for lunch (2)notable wine list (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Taking out in-laws
    hungry
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Very good food and great service. Highly recommend for any meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wont be back
    rob5
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The caesar salad was fair at best. The veal parmigiana was made of veal pressed together as if had been ground up. I've seen or heard of this dish being prepared in this manner. We had been to this restaurant once before but we will not be returning despite good service. Maybe this explains the restaurant being almost empty at 8:00 on a Friday night
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always wonderful!
    MissyinMineola
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Went with the family on a Sunday evening and as usual, the food was great. Fried calamari, baked clams, just wonderful. The veal Sorrentino, a family favorite, is always delicious. We also had chicken Parmesan, penne a la vodka, and a linguine with prosciutto. Everything was excellent. The service couldn't be better! Everything is served family style so one entree is more than enough for two. You can also order half portions. It's a great place! The food is consistently good and it's a good value.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good, empty at lunchtime
    LaurieVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Had never been here, made reservation for business lunch. The place was empty which was surprising. The service was excellent (although we were the only ones there) and the food was good, many reliable Italian choices. Perhaps it is busier on the weekends, felt kind of awkward without other diners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprised
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    This was our third visit to this restaurant and it was an enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 119 reviews are from the Piccola Bussola Ristorante - Mineola reviews archive.
  • mothers day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I'll chalk it up to it being mothers day and being busier than usual but the service this time definitely left something to be desired.we were seated for a full hr before anyone came and took our order it was close to an hr and a half before we received our appetizers and our waiter kept getting switched.after that the courses flowed better. The food was good as usual ...and pricesbare resonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Style Italian
    STEVENFROMSETAUKETNEWYORKVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Big portions and good food! Been going there for 20 years! Always delicious!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    CatskillsCathy
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We were 10 adults squashed in corner of a large room, 5 of us staring at a wall, 2 seated against wall. Room not crowded. Drinks were over-priced. Cosmos at $12. Each Food tasty, nice place, easy parking, but I made reservation on-line, was disappointed w the seating assignment. Won't go back. Lots of dining choices in area.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Jakie
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We ate at Piccolo Bussola this past Saturday evening. We haven't eaten there in about a year. It often poses a problem with a large group because of noise. The restaurant was not overly noisy- good spacing between tables. The service was very good and our waiter, attentive. The dishes are served family style and there was plenty to go around. The house salad excellent- not the usual iceberg lettuce and tomato deal. Grilled octopus was one of my all time favorites anywhere, including Greece. We also shared shrimp marinara . There was chicken scaparella, sautéed broccoli. Everyone was satisfied. We tried desserts of course- tartuffo, biscotti and fresh fruit platter. Cappuccino 's first rate as well. Can't wait to return.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish
    Tiramisu
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    After reading the reviews I decided to make reservations here for my fiances birthday. We went during the week so the restaurant was nice and quiet. The staff was very friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. We had the fried zucchini, it was very good and the marinara sauce had a nice hint of garlic, the buffalo mozzarella with red onion, roasted red pepper and tomato and baked clams-delish For the entrees we had the Penne Ala Vodka with chicken and broccoli, the steak Orregannati with melted mozzarella-Amazing When the owner came over and found out it was my fiances 50th birthday he had the waiter prepare a dessert tray with an assortment of cakes, assorted fruit, cannoli's and fresh whipped cream...Yum I give it five cannoli's :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just like home
    i8itall
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    I always thought the best Italian food came from my kitchen at home but....a few years ago I happened upon Piccola and have been so impressed with the food, the atmosphere, the service...did I mention the food? I usually go to the one in Huntington but last visit was to Mineola...and it was great. The best Italian food on the Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Homemade ravs were excellent!
    Mike
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Homemade ravs were excellent! Great servicereally enjoyed our meal. We had an early reservation & beat the crowd.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Raemartini
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We chose this restaurant for my mother's birthday dinner based solely on online reviews. I couldn't have been more pleased. Our party of 13 was readily accommodated in a great location and our servers were knowledgeable and friendly. It really seemed like they pulled out all the stops. The food was delicious and there were plenty of options for all different dietary needs. The special ravioli with scallops was absolutely phenomenal. They brought us a complimentary champagne and strawberry toast for our special occasion and aside from being nice, it was the first champagne I've ever enjoyed. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking to celebrate an occasion or have a nice dinner date with a loved one or friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    With all great restaurants great food with a great menu will always bring you back again and again but couple that with great service and great entertainment you won't want to leave
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A memorable event
    Surprised
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Made a reservation for their Romantic Valentine Dinner, it was outstanding from the time we walked in the door until we left a few pounds heavier and pleasantly surprised as was all of the other couples who took advantage out this outstanding meal. Thank you for a memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    2ndchance
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great Southern Italian Food, huge portions, great for families and large groups. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very pleased
    Dinnerfor7
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    This was our first time at this restaurant and we were all very pleased. The food and service were excellent! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Surprise
    FundguyVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    I had passed this place many time and finally decided to give it a try. It is larger inside than my wife and I expected, and on Saturday night it was almost filled with happy people. We were immeditaly struck by how many large groups there were, indicating that locals know this to be a place for good food in a fun atmoshere. At first, each dish on the menu seemed overpriced by a few dollars.Ha! It turns out that this is a family styly resto, and you don't get a plate of food, you get a platter. We took home a ton of food! We shared the argula salad, stuffed mushrooms, stuffed artichokes, and Penne Pasquale. All were quite good. We plan on returning -- but this time, we'll bring others!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good local Italian
    Herb
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Traditional family style southern Italian. Portions are meant to be split. Everything was fresh and cooked to order, prices are reasonable and service is attentive. Recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always consistent
    KubesVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    We're never disappointed when dining at the Piccola Bussalo group. We usually frequent the Huntington restaurant, due to proximity. That being said, Mineola's was just as good as the latter. The shrimp arreganata and veal sorrentino were very good. I did not partake, but my fellow diners enjoyed the seafood salad.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect Gathering
    Fernanda
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We go together for my sons Birthday, both born in October and had a fantastic evening. The food was delicious, we loved the calamari fra-diavolo and the veal and chicken dishes we chose. From appetizer to dessert the everything was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Everything was simply perfect. We will definitely be going again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant itself was not
    Lindy
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Restaurant itself was not crowded but was very noisy due to party in side room. Food was good nobody had any complaints.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Family Style Restaurant
    2ndchance
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Great for families and groups. Excellent Southern Italain food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always happy here.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    As usual no matter when we love Piccola Bussola. We have had many occasions to celebrate at this restaurant - the food and service are top rate. So consistent.. It is at the top of our list when we wish to enjoy earthy Italian cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Check this place out!
    KevKreis87
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    My girlfriend and I went out for dinner on a Saturday. We were quickly greeted and were seated at a table right away. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. The alcoholic beverage selection this restaurant has is large, so there is a drink for everyone. The food was absolutely delicious, however, be prepared because the portions are large. I would certainly come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was extraordinary
    Neil
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Bottom line... Foods was great. I was a bit scared that it wouldn't be since the place was half empty on a Friday night. But realized after receiving the menu it was due to the prices! Yikes! I don't believe i saw Assn entree for less than $26. But in their favor, the portions were HUGE! It was cozy. Quiet. Waiters didn't keep bugging us, but was attentive. Gray dining experience. My girlfriend and I quickly lanes this restaurant "Our place." It's that good. But expect to pay top dollar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great family food! Friendly
    IeatAlotVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2013
    Great family food! Friendly service - dependable home cooking that is always cooked perfectly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but ambiance disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    We had a large group but we weren't seated in the main dining room. Instead, we were led to a separate dining area that looks like its for private parties. But the room looked unkempt and the chairs were straight out of a Howard Johnson circa 1980. But besides the decor, it was the service that was most lacking. Our reservation was for 6pm but we weren't brought drinks till 6:30 and we gave our order at 6:45 only after I stopped the waiter to let him know we were ready. The food is really the highlight here. If you're willing to overlook the neglectful service, this is a good place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place was full with many
    Frank
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    The place was full with many parties. We were happily surprised that the service was so good even with such a crowd. Will definitely go there again
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hooked on Piccola!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    It was our first time to this restaurant and we absolutely loved it. It's great for special occasions. Our waiter Carlos was simply fantastic. The food came out perfect just the way we wanted it. Just one word of caution, their servings are huge so make sure you share a dish. And last but not the least, the valet parking does not hurt either. We are definitely going back here again!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great - really outstanding
    IeatAlotVIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    Food was great - really outstanding. The waiter was terrible and should find another place to work. He was talking to other employees, and very uninterested in how his tables were doing.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food excellent
    Foodie
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    We were10 old friends getting together having good food & a fun time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    The food was outstanding. One dish tasted better than the next. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This was my second time for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    This was my second time for dinner at the restaurant. The first time was excellent- food, service even though we did not sit in main dining room since they had a private party- we actually sat in their catering hall. The second time we were seated in main dining room- food was very good as usual;however service was poor- we ordered eggplant parmigiana and stuffed eggplant was brought out the server misunderstood. He did not come over once to see if everything was ok, then came dessert - order was taken by a different server- instead of chocolate hazelnut gelato our friends were given mango gelato- our first waiter seemed annoyed at us!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food excellent service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Wonderful food excellent service service. Delicious gluten free pasta. Entrees served family style (enough for at least two). Bring friends, take homw leftovers.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Place!
    Beatleboy
    Dined on 2/1/2013
    This is my second time in the restaurant. I have not been disappointed yet. Great shrimp and veal dishes. Music by Tom Juliano on Friday nights make the evening perfect! A++++++
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for a late lunch to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    We went for a late lunch to check out places to host a family special occasion. The food was excellent, best Italian restaurant I've been to. The menu offered a variety of dishes, some not commonly encountered even at other nice Italian restaurants. We reserved a slot that day for our special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome food! Great service.
    Mary
    Dined on 12/27/2012
    Awesome food! Great service. Veal was out of this world! Careful not to order too much. It's family style
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  • I go to this restaurant every
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/2/2012
    I go to this restaurant every couple of months and I have never been disappointed. The place can get a little loud, so if you're looking for a quiet place for dinner, this isn't the place for you. Their fried calamari are the best I've ever tasted, and their fried mozzarella balls are out if this world!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic