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Piccolo Ristorante Italiano
Piccolo Ristorante Italiano

Piccolo Ristorante Italiano Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://piccoloristoranteitaliano.com/
  • Phone: (650) 326-1314
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-2:30pm
    Dinner: M-S 5:00pm-9:30pm
  • Payment Options: Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, Steak
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Patio/Outdoor Dining

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot behind restaurant, 2 hours free between 9am-6pm. Free after 6pm
A word from Piccolo Ristorante Italiano
Piccolo Ristorante Italiano is a cozy and intimate authentic Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Menlo Park. We are a small 12 table restaurant, which is where our name "Piccolo" comes from. "Piccolo" in Italian means small.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "This was our first visit to this cozy restaurant and we were so impressed. Very welcoming as you enter and our table was ready. Our server was knowledgable and friendly. She recommended a wonderful wine to go with our dinner. The pace of dinner was perfect. We never felt rushed. Everyone enjoyed their dinners. The pasta dishes were the standout. Unfortunately they had run out of veal so I will definitely order that dish the next time. Very large portions which you easily could split so you could taste more items on the menu. We were all impressed with food and especially the service."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "The food was excellent! The gnocci was so fresh with the gorgonzola sauce. So delicious!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I wanted to love this little restaurant, but ultimately we were disappointed. The fish tasted old . . . the food was just sort of piled on the plate. It just felt uninspired. We won't return."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "We felt that we were dining in a small village in Italy. The pasta was superior and the service was homey."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Thank you for a great evening! We were celebrating the end to a symposium with an international guest, and it worked out wonderfully. The service was friendly, attentive and welcoming. We thought the pasta dishes were better than the appetizers, but in general, all the dishes were generous in flavor. We would definitely come again and would bring friends and guests."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If you like Olive Garden, you'll LOVE Piccolo. Fake Italian for suckers. Very mediocre."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "great service, great pasta's and veal. Cannolis OK, but wish we would have made another selection."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "We had the antipasti plate and it was delicious, tomatoes very tasty. I had the tortollini and it was wonderful. My friend had the scallopini and she said it was very good. Wine selection is limited, but the prices are reasonable."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "Came for lunch with a couple girlfriends. The place is not big at all. Had to wave for the server's attention after sitting there for ten minutes without anyone coming to ask us if we needed anything. Service was okay it got started. Food was, meh... I've had better Italian food. It is a cute little spot for a quick bite to eat. Lunch prices were not that bad."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "This cute little restaurant in Menlo Park has great food, wonderful service, and a large parking area close by. It is a real gem. Great food, great service, and ample parking. Who could ask for anything more in a restaurant."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We came here for a birthday dinner -- the staff was so friendly and very good about knowing just the right moment to check in with us to see what we might need. The food was very good -- each of us enjoyed our dish; we had a 3-year-old with us, and the waiter was very helpful about suggestions for food for him. Great dessert -- it seems like a place where you could come for a date, or come with family or friends and have good conversation and very good food."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "this place is cute, the food is good. the service is slow but kind. the wine list is small but not bad. it was a good place to have dinner for four."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "the noise level was so high, my husband and I could not converse. It was beyond "energetic" the salad and pasta dish was mediocre. I would not go back"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was the perfect pick for lunch. I was looking for something affordable with great food. The gnocci was EXCELLENT, so was the tortellini soup. Our server was so sweet and attentive. I only spent $15! I will definitely be back for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Good, but not excellent, neighborhood Italian restaurant. Salads were great, pasta dishes had a little too much rich sauce for my taste. There need to be more vegetarian choices for the pasta dishes. None of us had the meat non-pasta dishes, so these main courses were not evaluated."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Always enjoyable for food, service (warm welcoming and efficient). It's our "default go to neighbor spot"."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Review is for lunch only, though I can't imagine dinner would be better. Rigatoni arrived less cooked than al dente...and with 3 slightly still frozen meatballs. I finally had to flag the waiter down and he apologized and took them away...for a full 15 mins! I'd already finished my lunch when he asked if I wanted what appeared to be a bowl of sauce. I saw him take the meatballs out of the microwave, and they turned into nothing resembling a meatball...and given microwaving takes only a minute or two...was surprised he brought them at all. He asked if I wanted to take them home and to be polite, I said yes and tossed them as I left the parking lot. My partner's meal was medicore. Won't be back unfortunately."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We decided to try a new restaurant in the area and the food was very good. Homemade pasta was delicious. My son ate his whole Lasagna which is unheard of. My daughter had the eggplant parmesan and said it was delicious. How many times have you made reservations at a restaurant and noted this was a special occassion (b-day, anniversary, etc) and the restaurant forgot? This restaurant did not, and they presented a beautiful tiramasu that was amazing."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Our server, Adriana was great. Food and intimate atmosphere, even for a lady's lunch out catch up was fantastic. We greatly enjoyed ourselves and will come again. The insalata du salmon was superb."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "They waived the corkage fee on a Saturday night. That was above and beyond what I expected."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Had a reservation for a party of five for a surprise birthday party dinner - the table was at the entrance, it was a table for four with a chair on the end - a problem for a group of larger / tall individuals (very uncomfortable). The food was delicious, but service was stretched as the restaurant was packed with people waiting for tables - there was a nice variety and selection of entree's; each person in our party had something different so we could share the many flavors. Desserts were DELICIOUS! I will try Piccolo Ristorante Italiano, but it will be with a much smaller party."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "we frequent this restaurant - for good reason. Their pastas are home-made and always wonderful. We each had a salad and different pasta. All 4 pastas were great. Wine list is a little weak, but we always bring our own. Favorite spot in Menlo Park."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Staff are extremely cordial, timing on their part was excellent; we were seated in a timely manner. We would definitely return, only problem is they are so successful you had better plan ahead and have a reservation!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We are regulars at Piccolo's. We love the food and the service. We are somewhat disappointed that the rest of Menlo Park has discovered our "treasure" and now have to make reservations at favorite spot, but good news has a way of spreading. Wonderful fresh pastas and the bruschetta is out of this world."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "First time dinning here. The place was a little too tight for the total number of guests they had that night. Not a kind of restaurant for a romantic night out. More for a couple who has been going out for some time and willing to explore some new places or a small group of good friends. Generous portion of food. The menu consisted mostly of pasta. Ordered one from the menu only to be told 10 minutes or so later that they had run out of it, so had to order a different one. I wasn't the only one amongst the guests, though. Could tell us when they brought the menu. Showed some bad communications between the servers and kitchen. Their web site notes that the owner is from the south Italy, but the menu selection doesn't reflect it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food and sevice is always very good to outstanding for a friendly cozy neighbor spot. It's our default restaurant when we make a last minute decision to eat out and always when we want a relaxing, comfortable destination with quality comfort food and reasonable priced wine list."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Bad news: restaurant is small and noisy. My chair at table of 5 constantly got hit by food servers passing by. Good news: restaurant was cozy for twosomes. Food was very good - homey Italian food menu."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Took a chance having never heard of this restaurant. The food was delicious and it was served piping hot, of which I love. Everyone ate everything on their plate and the potions were generous. Vegetables cooked to perfection. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Love the friendly ambiance of this place. Food is good, with homemade pasta. Salads have fresh greens and a choice for varied tastes. Service is always great and attentive w/o being intrusive. Nice to know there are still restaurants around that really care about their customers-seems like the norm these days are restaurants who forget about the customer. Will return."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "I'll definitely go back to this restaurant. The food was good and the service very attentive. There were three of us and we each tried a different dish - all were recommendable."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Sometimes a small tucked away place with great food is best. This is one of those places. Menu is limited but very good."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We love Piccolo. Yes, it is tiny, but the food is excellent, and the service is always top-notch. Highly recommend. We usually go on a Monday night, when it is much quieter, so a couple weeks ago I panicked when I passed on a Monday and the lights were out - turns out they have changed their hours so they are now open on Sunday and closed on Monday - good call! Like I said, the food is excellent and the owner and manager always remember us, and welcome us, and everyone else that walks in, with a big warm welcome! Great food, lovely ambiance, impeccable service = overall a great restaurant! Can't wait to return"
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "We have eaten here about 5 times and have yet to have a bad meal. Prices are reasonable and portions are ample.only negative is noise level is high since it is small and there is no sound insulation."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Great food and great service. Be sure to make a reservation - this is a popular place!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The food was well flavored and the portions ample. We split orders of veal piccatta and eggplant parmigiana, and were very pleased with that selection. Also, the green salad and the veggies alongside the order were fresh and crisp. Definitely will return."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "I read all the reviews and expected more from our dining experience. While they offered a nice but limited wine list, they did have a few unique Italian wines on special the night we were there. As for the food, the best I can say is average - good but not great. The bread on the burrata appetizer tasted stale, my wife's pasta was under-seasoned and my chicken parmigiana was unmemorable. The basic tomato sauce is orange and bland and they essentially took a chicken breast slapped a piece of cheese in it, dumped sauce on it and stuck it under the salamander. I expect more. While everyone was very friendly, I'm not sure this is a neighborhood gem. We will likely not return."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The food was delicious and service was great. I will definitely go back."
    Dined on 12/3/2013
  • "A great dinner at this small spot in Menlo Park. Very upbeat. A couple of outside tables with heat lamps for cooler evenings. Definitely a place to have an excellent meal."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This restaurant has great Italian food. They could do better if they expanded the space a bit."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Dining at Piccolo makes for a lovely evening. A quiet, cozy restaurant, with a warm, welcoming charm. Excellent service with a personal touch. Three out of four meals were outstanding, with the fourth (gnocchi) okay. Everything tasted fresh and homemade. Portions are generous. Piccolo is the kind of restaurant you want in your neighborhood, to make a simple dinner out something special."
    Dined on 11/2/2013