Piccolo Paradiso
Piccolo Paradiso

Piccolo Paradiso

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.giacominodrago.com/
  • Phone: (310) 271-0030
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giacomino Drago
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: South Wilshire
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet Parking is available for Dinner only starting at 6:00pm.
A word from Piccolo Paradiso
Piccolo Paradiso is a lot more than what you might come to expect from a neighborhood restaurant. Come in when you fancy freshly made pastas, meats, poultry, or seafood and are looking for an upbeat place that's ideal for business or casual lunches and dinners.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Piccolo Paradiso reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.6
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (25)fit for foodies (20)great for lunch (9)special occasion (8)great for outdoor dining (6)romantic (5)good for groups (4)notable wine list (4)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Always delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Always excellent service and delicious food! Our "go to" place for a great meal in the neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    markdmarcVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Very nice and very good food at this neighborhood place. Service was excellent. Wine list is lovely. Food was very good. An older crowd....but really just delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No need to travel to Italy
    FussyVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Piccolo Paradiso is one of those neighborhood gems that reminds you of the most enjoyable trattorias in Capri. The great Sicilian chef Gacamino Drago has created an amazing assortment of simple and yet imaginative dishes from antipasta, salad, pasta, fish, and meat dishes that satisfy every taste. Baked artichoke is particularly outstanding, and unique. Wine list has a respectable assortment of Italian and American wines, including some very good half bottles. Service is impeccable, and attention to details is exceptional. They bend backwards to satisfy the customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    NOTAHAPPYCAMPERVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our favorite standby...just scrumptious. The Dragos do it again and again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Surprise
    DannVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Was just introduced to this BH Gem and now two meals this week. Enjoy the patio!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice evening
    luvfood
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First time we went to this restaurant. Very nice service and food was excellent. Server was helpful in explaining some of the menu items. It is not noisy and we didn't have to yell to be heard. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Three Times
    TastyMorsels
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have eaten at PP three times. This is a test. If a restaurant is great three times in a row then: IT IS GREAT. And so it was!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love this place
    WestwoodDebVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I love this restaurant. It's on my short list of favorites. It has the perfect atmosphere - very hospitable and authentically Italian. The food is great, as is the service. They have the best maitre d' in town - Fabrizio - who's a great, welcoming presence. The receptionist is nice; so is the valet. I love to bring guests here with the confidence they'll enjoy their meal and feel at ease. I've seen very successful and affluent people in the restaurant who enjoy the pleasant atmosphere and good food. The menu offers some different items from other Italian restaurants and the wine list is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Loved it such nice people and great food, Iam Italian I should know.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebratory dinner
    internationalfoodie1
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Didn't know this restaurant. My cousin guided us to it to celebrate his __st birthday. It's owned by the youngest of the Drago restaurant brothers and it is excellent. Trying to stay on my slow weight loss regime, I had the salade fruit de mer. Very lightly dressed it was superb and I kept on my self-imposed diet perfectly. Birthday dessert chosen by cousin was tiramisu. I had one delicious bite. I'd return here anytime. Dining early at opening time was a good choice, because when it gets more filled up, it can be noisy. For us earlybirds it was fine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't Go To This Restaurant
    TastyMorsels
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Because, selfishly, I don't want to have to wait to get to those tasty delights.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply fabulous!
    Foodislife
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This was a wonderful stop on our trip to souther California.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 265 reviews are from the Piccolo Paradiso reviews archive.
  • A touch of Italy
    17foodfreakVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The first time we went to Piccolo Paradiso we thought it was wonderful, and so we took friends the second time. Sorry to say it was not wonderful. Still a pleasant restaurant, but the food was only average. Salads and bread were delicious, but the veal scallopini was tough and the pastas were tasteless. It was disappointing, and the waiter seemed annoyed that we complained. Friends were underwhelmed and wondered why we liked it so much! Not sure there'll be a third time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • diningoutisfunVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I return here time and time again. Food is always well prepared and varied. Staff is friendly and efficient. Great to have such a good restaurant so close to home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TastyMorsels
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The restaurant has a pleasant menu option of mix and match for pasta. That is, there is a list of all of the different pastas, and a separate list of all of the available sauce. You can match any pasta with any sauce, and then you can even make additions to that result. This allows you to have exactly what you want. Unlike many restaurants in Beverly Hills, Paradiso provides ample table room so that you do not feel crowd even when all of the tables are taken.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always Excellent
    SusanG
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I go to Piccolo Paradiso often and it is consistently the best food in Los Angeles. The service is attentive yet inobtrusive and the total experience is 100% perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a find
    GoodFoodWoodDo
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Picked this up on Tripadvisor where it is rated highly. And desrvedly too. Our entire meal was faultless and the service was great. Very busy as well which is always a good sign. If you're in the area give it a try - if you can get in ahead of the locals of course.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant, comfy, delicious
    Cookie
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Perfect dining experience - elegant ambiance and service, with very warm, comfortable feel. The food is excellent and they have some wonderful wines. Look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • xyzdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Extremely disappointing food at high prices. Notwithstanding that we were the only ones in the restaurant for the first hour, we had to ask repeatedly for drinks. Several entres were overcooked.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Edwina
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We dine at Piccolo Paradiso every time we visit Beverly Hills. It's low-key with the best Italian food . We may switch around other restaurants when we visit but Piccolo's is always on the list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service.
    judy3430
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    They didn't rush you and the food was excellent. I was there for a business meeting and it was quiet enough to talk without shouting!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • David
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Beverly Hills has an abundance of great restaurants. This is one of my favorites because the food, service and environment is wonderful. And, if you sit outside, a terrific place to hold a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • biffVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    not the best drago i've visited but certainly not the worst. nicely priced and well serviced. food is well prepared but not terribly creative.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • really nice
    tvgos1
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    great food. mix and match pastas and sauces is a great menu feature. really nice people. we had lots of fun and everyone easily found something to love in their extensive and flexible menu.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classy place
    Gina
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I really enjoyed it. Location. Location. Location. It is the very definition of affluence.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Roger
    RogerM
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Excellent across the board! Verry good food, service and wine list. Great Beverly Hills location.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refined Italian
    FussyVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    Piccolo Paradiso is one of those wonderfully enjoyable trattorias that you would find all over Naples, with an extra touch of elegance, such as black or white truffle for extended part of the season, and dover sole, most of the year. The artichoke heart appetizer is sublime, and grilled fish and pastas are typical of the Drago brothers magical touch. Staff is very knowledgable, and extraordinarily friendly. A meal at the Piccolo Paradiso is always something to look forward to and appreciate.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    jdpe2014
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    The food was fine, but our waiter was horrible. When we sat down, only three tables were full. We were not even asked about drinks until almost the entire restaurant had filled up. The table next to us sat down after we ordered, and yet they received their dinners before us. No one ever checked to see how our meal was. The waiter threw my friend's napkin at her (twice!) saying "this is yours" because he wanted to put her drink down right where her napkin was folded. And the same waiter was incredibly rude to the table next to us, complaining because their tablecloth had gotten creased! I generally don't write reviews, but this is the worst service that I have had in years.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Neighborhood Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    This is a little gem of a restaurant in Beverly Hills. The food is delectable and the service impeccable and not the least pretentious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a very special dinner
    SharonK
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We requested the private side patio since we were celebrating 2 birthdays. The service was attentive and the food outstanding. The special linguini with black truffles which we shared as a second course, was a real treat. This is one of our favorite restaurants, a real gem in Beverly Hills.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoy
    teri
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    What a great way to celebrate a birthday lunch. Everything was fantastic. Everyone was so friendly. I really enjoyed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Why ruin great food w/bad waiter
    PaliDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    The food is very good here, BUT,& this is a big but, the entire experience is ruined by the surly service of the waiter. he is the shaved head "gentleman" who cannot smile or provide service. Been there many times, keep returning, but this waiter is making me rethink this (PP, is you want to know who he is, he is shown as server #18 on my credit card receipt).He was cold from the moemnt we walked in, didn't check on us at all during the evening (the other service staff were very attentive, so thank god this doesn't affect all staff), didn't see if we wanted coffee or dessert (it was a birthday dinner, so we would have) &, if he doesn't want to be a waiter, he shouldn't be. He won't make it as an actor, but he doesn't make it as a waiter.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Most atrocious & insulting exper.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    Never in my life have I been treated so poorly by a server. Same waiter as last few times who can't even smile at customers. I had to i had ro requesr to switch tables to get a different waiter because my waiter is noted me for twenty min when the restaurant was empty and then proceeded to wait on a couple that showed up 20 min after I did. They were stunned and shot me an apologetic look. While the food was good, the service continued to be bad. I had no beverage to drink during my dinner and so my meal consisted of me trying to flag down a server and I almost grabbed the water pitcher myself but decided to just ask for the bill instead. The poor service was too much.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place for a business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Brought a client for lunch. Staff was very professional and attentive. food was excellent and we were not rushed. Definately on the list for the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Experience!
    OCfoodieVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    My sister and I had a very enjoyable lunch at Piccolo Paradiso. We want to thank Fabrizio for all his suggestions and his attentive attention. We will definitely come back for more!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GOOD ITALIAN
    SHOREHAM
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Staff was very nice and the service was very good. The ambience was relaxing and comfortable. Food was good not great. Prawns were slightly overcooked and salmon drier than preferred. Overall a good night out. Another of Chef Drago's creation.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive for the small portions.
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Expensive for the small portions. Food was average. Bread was the highlight of the meal.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday night an older crowd
    Lewie
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The food was good as it always is but this is the first Sunday we have ever been there. Definitely an older crowd. Great for taking your parents, grandparents. The pasta with wild boar is always a dish we order, excellent. Clams "Vongole" was delicious as well. We are never disappointed in our meals here and the service is so cordial and unassuming. Don't think we will ever go on a Sunday, though!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everyone We Take Loves this Restaur
    SusanG
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    This restaurant is one of the most consistent restaurants in Los Angeles. The food superb, the wait staff excellent and the wine list top notch. No matter who we go with everyone always loves everything and returns again and again. We've been to Piccolo Paradiso 4 times in the last two weeks; and everything is always fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    RockVIP
    Dined on 1/12/2014
    having been to Piccolo Paradiso a number of times what stands out is the consistency of the welcoming, the service and the food. The pastas are excellent and served piping hot. The veal is flavorful and tender. Salads have just the right amount of dressing so you can still taste the lettuces. G. Drago has a winner here and you can always find a table!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate