Piccola Cucina Enoteca - Prince St.
Piccola Cucina Enoteca - Prince St.

Piccola Cucina Enoteca - Prince St.

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.piccolacucinagroup.com/
  • Phone: 2126253200x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Philip Guardione
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Thompson/Sullivan
  • Parking: No
A word from Piccola Cucina Enoteca - Prince St.
"When art imitates life. We like to eat it. Especially when plated by the energetic, ascot-wearing Sicilian chef Philip Guardione (Four Seasons in Milan, Taillevent in Paris). His new, doll house-size Piccola Cucina Enoteca opens tonight, and he's preparing modern twists on Italian classics." - Daily Candy
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Piccola Cucina Enoteca - Prince St. reviews from OpenTable diners
12 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (8)romantic (5)great for lunch (5)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (1)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Good food. Confused staff. Noisy.
    postsandy
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The prosciutto and pear was good. The fennel and orange salad was dry, but really fresh. We didn't get to order their famous pasta dish because of the noise level and the confused service. The staff kept sending the food to the wrong tables. I was embarrassed to have brought my out-of-town guest to this place. On the other hand, I've been to their Spring St location. The service was much better and the pasta was great.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never judge a book by its cover
    Beachbums
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    This place is TINY but everything was amazing. Tapas style plates. The bruscetta tasted like the tomatoes were just picked. Salmon was perfectly cooked. Everything was prepared simply and was delicious. Nice wine list. Great place for date night. Waiter was very attentive but looked like he might have been having a bad day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    FoodAdmin
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Took longer than expected to be seated, so need to wait outside on side walk, which if you are on a date on Sat it's no good. But must confess I wanted a table on sidewalk (summer), maybe why it took that long. Then went to The Stupid Dutch across the street for a $20 Martini (yes, NYorkers like that shiat), then Piccola called me. Dishes are small and priced accordingly (try to find a carpaccio for $9 in NY...). The taste was very good and the quality absolutely confirmed. I have a culinary degree @ Cordon Bleu, so obviously nothing compares to my standards, but I must confess this place has something special that didn't prompt me to negative review. I had a great time here and you will surely do. Bravo Piccola!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect neighborhood spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This is a very small restaurant, but don't let that deter you. Went here on a Friday night and our table wasn't quite ready so we went across the street to The Dutch for a drink to wait (another great spot). Piccola Cucina Enoteca's food has incredible flavor and our (Sicilian) server knew the menu and ingredients to a tee. Must haves are the Homemade Meatballs and Arancini (Sicilian rice balls) - they were mouthwatering. As for the ambiance, cozy place with strung lights, candles, and doors that open up to the street. A mix of locals & tourists filled up every table with many waiting outside who didn't have reservations. We could've sat their all night and drank wine.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is truly delicious
    bayonneguy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    First vist to this little Soho gem. We were a group of four who began by sharing the chef's selection of appetizers. Every one was a delight. I grew up eating superb home cooked Italian food but with apologies to mom every bite was better than any I have tasted The number of entres is very limited but the small plates and pasta are more than enough please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic little legit Italian spot
    Michael
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Delicious food and great service! Will definitely come back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 56 reviews are from the Piccola Cucina Enoteca - Prince St. reviews archive.
  • Perfecto- Piccola Cucina Prince St.
    bhrousemd
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Long for a real taste of Italy without paying the airfare? How lucky New Yorkers are to have this little place! I started with Burrata, fresh, creamy mozzarella with a little bit of heaven inside. The Vitello Tonnato, had a tuna sauce to die for. Carpaccio di Manzo tender and delicious with just enough greens and cheese. A shared risotto Milanese with just a hint of gorgonzola, broiled quickly to add a little crunch to the top perfectly served crème Brulee style.The wine list has something for everyone and offers a range of price points. Finally, enough can’t be said about the service. A prompt, courteous and educated wait staff attended to our every need, making this one of the most enjoyable lunches since my visit to Barolo last fall!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sicilian & tapas
    AjncaliVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great Sicilian food!!! Would definitely return. Best rice balls!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it
    tmsz
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I feel so bad, I did not have my glasses on and when I paid the check I shorted our server by about 15.00 on the tip. The reason I felt so bad was that everything about our dinner was wonderful. It was very unique with Italian small plates and the 4 of us shared incredible burrata with a beautiful mix of prosciutto and the sweetest cherry tomato and basil salad, as well as a salmon "sushi" dish and a tuna "sushi" dish done Italian style, some garlic spinach and an order of chicken Milanese which of everything was the only thing that could be called ordinary. We had 2 bottles of wine and some prosecco and we felt the bill was very reasonable for NY City especially when you undertip :-( made me sad when I saw my receipt when back home
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    A limitless bit of Sicily in Soho. Always great food. Service enthusiastic. A Saturday date night regular
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Please get it together
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Met friends here for lunch. The wait staff seemed confused about what dishes were being offered that day. Some of the food was quite good. Some was just an odd interpretation of a classic dish. With such a perfect location, this might be the right place if you knew what was going to really match you expectations.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tucked Away Gem
    HungerStruckVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Wonderful little Italian spot. Make a reservation. Not too many tables, and the service is great. I didn't feel rushed on the busy Friday evening. Wonderful menu and extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small, With Good Food
    2eds
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Small, out of the ordinary, good food, very reasonable prices, attentive service, a great evening for four people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night spot
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Energetic neighborhood spot with really good, not great food. Their menu is diverse without being overbearing. What they do, they do well
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food Small Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We had Eggplant Parmesan and Bruschetta Con Caponata both of which were excellent. The Eggplant was a small dish so you might want to think about getting an additional dish. This is a small place, much like restaurants I've been to in Europe, and a little loud for my taste but the food was really worthy. The food prices are very good also.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great small soho restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was amazing and fresh. We shared an tried four different things, all of which were delicious. They kept on playing 80 music and it was really loud, which kind of brought down the general vibe for a small restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Date Spot
    ttamd
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Piccola Cucina Enoteca provides a unique and romantic date spot that with delicious food in a cozy atmosphere. The restaurant space is small without a bar, which makes the it quieter than others in the neighborhood. In addition, the service was perfect and extremely knowledgeable regarding the delightful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid this place at all costs.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Avoid this place at all costs. The appetizers were passable but the pastas were the worst I've had in any restaurant, let alone an Italian restaurant. The "wild boar" ravioli had no discernible meat and tasted like Chef Boyardee. The pasta primavera also was lacking the named ingredient (unless you count the couple of shavings of carrot) and was a starchy gelatinous mess. To top it off, the service was atrocious. We had to get up a couple of times to help ourselves to utensils and ask for things for third, fourth, fifth times. I would have given this place zero stars if it was an option.
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  • A little gem within busy Soho
    Sofrench13VIP
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    So nice to discover a new dining spot in busy Soho where restaurants abound but quality is inconsistent… This tiny Italian restaurant is a true gem where good wine, delicious authentic Italian food and great relaxed service make for a very pleasant afterwork spot…particularly on a cold winter evening. We will definitely be back and also try the owner's other locations.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy place
    Jimjim
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    Efficient friendly service with fabulous menu. Except for a few meat dishes this is a vegetarian's delight. Many things can be ordered gluten free. Don't be afraid if you are not a vegetarian, this is really delicious food. They also know their way with cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super small
    InmanparkfoodiesVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    They had reservations available on open table so we booked and went over. There were a total of 9 tables, all full, and they couldn't accommodate us.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent, staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Food was excellent, staff was lovely, perfect ambiance to sit with friends, eat, drink & catch up without being rushed along, a definite go to in SoHo.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great authentic Italian
    barbalordVIP
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    We went on Xmas for the 1st time. The tiny room was crowded and a bit chaotic but miraculously our reservation for 3 was honored and we were seated and had a fantastic meal. The staff is highly experienced at handling cramped quarters, the kitchen is open and impressive. Burrata + artichokes or caponata were fabulous starters, veal milanesa with fries done perfectly, and prices are reasonable. We'll come back on a quiet weekday evening. lots of Italian tourists dining alongside us--a good sign.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • moderately good italian
    Jerry
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Friendly restaurant. Appetizers were good. Main courses were OK but food was lukewarm and one patron sent it back for reheating.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tiny place which makes it
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    Tiny place which makes it all the more inviting. Service was quick and attentive, but relaxed. Food was outstanding. Authentic Italian! Very reasonably priced for SoHo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tapas Italian style
    GalfromWOrangeVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    This is my third return to Piccola Cuciano!!!!! Small but big in taste! Friendly, vibrant atmosphere! I recommend this place to all of my friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find in busy Soho neighborhoo
    MarthaVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Great find in busy Soho neighborhood. Energetic but we were able to carry on a conversation with five people. Excellent selection of small plates and pastas.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    This tiny Sicilian outpost on Prince Street is a great place to have some regional specialties and wine. The service is just how it should be: helpful, and yet unobtrusive. Try to get one of the tables for two outside if the weather's nice.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Italian
    MyReview
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    Have been several times now and it is just a great little Italian restaurant. The food is excellent every time I go. Get the rice balls for an appetizer they are a must.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I went here for the first
    Rose624VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    I went here for the first time. The food was decent but I wouldn't go back again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noisy and hot
    SPPJQBPVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    We liked the food--their menu is small and somewhat unusual but each item was quite good. But there was virtually no air conditioning (and it was a blazing hot night) and they crammed far too many people into the tiny space of the restaurant. I will not be in a hurry to go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A lovely spot for authentic
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    A lovely spot for authentic Sicilian cuisine. Owners are warm and friendly.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent overall. Nice staff,
    V123VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Excellent overall. Nice staff, great welcome, excellent food. beats some of the overrated and overpriced places we had tried in NYC
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was really excited to try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    I was really excited to try this restaurant after learning the chef was sicilian and was formerly employed at the four seasons. I read positive reviews and glanced at the website that had beautifully constructed meals (adding to my excitement.) After getting there however i waited quite awhile to get the attention of the waitress who seemed to be the only one tending to the room. still positive that my experience would be great, the food came and deflated that hope. The beef carpaccio was smothered in aioli ruining the delicate taste of the meat. The carpaccio di spada was okay but nothing i would order again. All the baked pastas i tried unfortunately was parallel to the quality of any ordinary corner pizza place.
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  • Very authentic Sicilian small
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Very authentic Sicilian small plates. Highly recommend the burata with cold cuts, or the arancino. Great Italian wine selection as well. It's a pretty small place - maybe 5-6 four-person tables plus the bar. But usually not too crowded. Service is laid back, but attentive. Extra points for all the staff actually being from Sicily.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yummy and cozy.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Wonderful food! Very friendly staff but snug quarters.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Friendly staff, relaxed atmosphere and delicious food. Everything was fantastic and we will definitely return
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • New menu since last visit.
    JerryVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    New menu since last visit. More of a raw bar although some dishes require heat. Overall food was great and owner ensures that service and food are top notch. Great to see such interest in maintaining quality. A great neighborhood find and late go to place
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    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely delicious, authentic
    likegoodfood
    Dined on 11/9/2012
    Absolutely delicious, authentic Italian food with great, cozy service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent. Just a minor note:
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2012
    Excellent. Just a minor note: their "automatic" tip is computed on the total sum of the bill including taxes (while taxes should be excluded).
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    • Noise LevelQuiet