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Piccolo Venice
Piccolo Venice

Piccolo Venice Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://piccolovenice.com
  • Phone: (310) 314-3222
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:30 - 10:00
    Friday - Saturday: 5:30- 11:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Bobo Ivan
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Chef's Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Speedway / 1 block south of Rose avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is available on Speedway off Rose Ave. Alternative parking is also available at the end of Rose Ave. at a public parking lot (must pay at entrance, and place ticket on windshield). Please visit our website, www.piccolovenice.com, for a map and detailed directions.
A word from Piccolo Venice
S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer writes:

"At Piccolo, the tiny Italian spot in Venice, offers something more than standard fare.

It's an Indian summer night on the Venice boardwalk and a typically Fellini-esque scene with poncho-wearing retro hippies beating out tunes on battered guitars while skaters speed among joggers, bikers and beach lovers walking their pooches.

The crescent moon hangs above the palm trees ruffled by the salty breeze. And at 5 Dudley Ave., a block from the beach, bohemian bons vivants are sipping wine at tables in front of Piccolo Ristorante Italiano. Continued

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Diner Reviews
  • "Served us chicken and passed it off as pheasant. Also tasted like gasoline from the oil in the pan catching on fire. Everything else was good."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "Cibo di qualità normali, piatti miseri come se fossimo in chiasa quale grande ristorante stellato mentre non è per niente cosí Per non parlare poi del conto esagerato con tanto di gratuity(18) inclusa nel conto quando in america si include la gratuity solo dalle 6 persone in poi al tavolo mentre noi eravamo 4! Lo sconsiglio assolutamente Normal food, small portions and am expansive bill Absolutely to avoid"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "the ambience, the pretensiousness, the small portions... all there. the prices are obscenely high for what you get. couldn't make a simple tomato/basilico sauce for the kids. my squid ink pasta was pretty dry. i've had better at my beach haunts near rome... overall, a mediocre experience."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "All plates beautiful to look at, artistic rolades,etc. But 2of4 first courses were bland, 4 of 4 main plates were bland and boring. Mixtures of very interesting sounding "stuffings" were either mixed or blanched to a mushy tasteless goo. Italian in style only- would not survive a month in any major city in Italy."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Tasting menu was too expensive for what you received. Food was good. Wine was excellent and dessert was very good."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Let me just say we dine out 5 nights a week, so we are very savvy foodies and involved in the restaurant business. The staff is beyond rude. The restaurant was half empty and they wanted to seat across the the "Hot" kitchen, the worst table in the house. We declined. They let us stand there and wanted to take the bottle of wine we brought. We said we don't know if we are going to stay so prefer to hold on to the wine. Continued to ignore us, so we left to go elsewhere....Il Pastasio...who know what service is!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Superb food, superb service, a little hard to find, but worth it all. We have not had such a great dinner in a long time. This is a treasure!!!!!!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Very nice restaurant. Staff excellent and well trained. Food pricey and portions small, but very good. But do highly recommend."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Each time I get to dine at Piccolo I know it's going to be special. The food is truly delicious, the staff and service are warm, welcoming and spot on. The atmosphere is vibrant and fun. I always leave here feeling satisfied. Piccolo has become our "go to" place when we want to be guaranteed a great time."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I eat here every so often, as it's not cheap, but the food is outstanding and they know how to cook pasta. It's always al dente with just enough sauce to coat, not drown. This time was for dineLA and my date and I ordered their 5 courses for $45. The portions were just right for a satisfying, but not over-stuffed dinner with a ton of different flavors and textures."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Thank you again for another memorable night. It was worth the 2 hour drive (each way)!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We went here for Restaurant Week and had a five course dinner for $45 which we thought was a great deal. The taggliatini trufaleto (truffle pasta) was perfect, and all the other courses were delicious as well: branzino tartare , veal shank, duck ragu, squid ink pasta, and Australian kobe strip steak. The bread was delicious too, reminiscent of L2O Chicago (in its better days). I would love to go back for their full 6 or 8 course meals, even without the Restaurant Week deal."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "My husband is a Type 1 diabetic and cannot eat gluten. The manager said no substitutions for 2 courses of pasta on the LA restaurant week special. Then they forgot the birthday candle and celebration altogether. The manager treated us like we insulted him about "his" decisions. We would not go back again. The price is not worth the money."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We went for Dine LA restaurant week. The food was amazing and the service was truly spectacular!! I would go here on a date or for any special occasion. Love!!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This is the second year we've come for LA Restaurant Week. It is the best deal in town. Food fantastic."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "This was my 2nd time coming here for a DineLA Restaurant Week dinner. Love that I can get venison, duck, veal + truffle shavings all in one meal for only $45. The service is impeccable with silverware changed out after each course. Our only complaint was that the pasta courses were almost all too salty."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We took advantage of DineLa to return to this restaurant. Three of the five miniscule dishes of the five course tasting menu were delicious. We thought the boneless veal shank was too dry, although it was very tasty and we ate every morsel, and were unimpressed by the desert, a thin slice of something white, cold and overly sweet, and a little puff pastry filed with light chocolate cream. Service was great, the wine excellent (although I personally think the list is too expensive), and the ambiance just what we expected. All in all, we left quite satisfied."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Leave it to the Chef! Thank you Bobo for an extraordinary culinary experience! It was perfection, every bite. Bobo's choice tasting menu is just what very other west side restaurant in missing - a master at his craft delivering every course better than the last, creating a symphony with food and closing with a selection of desserts that will leave you craving more. The portions upon presentation seem petit yet elegance, but trust me, you will leave this gem comfortably full and wanting to make your next reservation. Amazing place and thank you all at Piccolo for providing a dining experience Venice desperately needed."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "amazing on all levels. Excellent choices. Great staff."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Piccolo is consistently excellent. Terrific service, nice setting (if you sit near the front you can see the ocean in the distance). Perhaps the best pasta in LA. Piccolo is why you dine out - original preparations you cannot make at home."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We went for dine LA, the food and service was great. If you are looking for pricey Italian food this is the place to go."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Scallops were melt-in-your-mouth amazing. Venison carpaccio good. My issue was with the tortellini and ravioli dishes. The overall flavor was there, but at this type of place, and for the price, I do not expect, or want to eat chalky and crumbly cooked pasta. It ruined the dishes. Not sure what the cooking process entailed, but if I can cook great pasta on my stove at home, I certainly expect the same from professionals. Normally, would say a second chance is due, or maybe an off night, but when you pay $40 for a pasta dish that fits in one hand, it should be right every single time."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "There are a few good italian restaurant in LA, bit if you look for something different and more sofisticated go to Piccolo. I am Italian and I am a foody."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Expensive but worth every penny. This is everything a romantic restaurant should be. We had the chef's choice multiple courses. If there's anything you can't eat, let them know and they will exclude it. Otherwise each bite is a fantastic taste treat, and includes an amazing dessert tray at the end. Small and romantic atmosphere, steps from the beach. The wait service was attentive and professional and anticipated our every need. I took my wife here for our anniversary, and she still raves about it. Highly recommended for a special occasion with that certain someone or anytime you want to be pampered with great food."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "You will love the charming ambiance in the midst of a frenetic boardwalk. Everything else was average."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "It was our third visit and every time it gets better. We have done the tasting menu with wine pairings every time and we always enjoy the amazing dishes that Chef Bobo creates along with the great wines!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "A noisy experience since one table was extremely loud and was disturbing- kind of touristy crowd- Salads were very small pressed together in a 3" circle and almost non existent on the menu- My fish was never grilled,tasted greasy & fishy - Desert seemed to have come out of a box never made there- The atmosphere tries to be romantic with inspirations from Venice through images on walls and a few masks- I will not bother going there again- Also the street location in Venice at night is home to many homeless men sitting under the wall greeting you as you leave the restaurant to go back to the boardwalk- made me feel the whole area is rundown and unsafe to walk as I might get attacked or bothered-"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "What lusciousness! Watercress salad with palmitos and pecorino. A caprese that looks like a parfait and tastes like clouds of essence of tomatoes and basil. An amazing buckwheat tagliolini with squab, a gorgeous disc of quail egg (!) lasagna with a pungent shaving of black truffle. Steps from Venice beach, a thriving outpost of Venice, Italy. Unforgettable."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Piccolo's setting is pleasing but the food was mediocre. The fish was pretty fishy tasting and the flavor was just average. The watercress salad was the best item we had. Service was generally attentive bit we had several servers, many of which repeated the specials. It was overpriced for what is was."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Been here a few times, food is outstanding and creative. Came here again for a special event Saturday night. Food was incredible and what an oasis in an interesting neighborhood. I wish that the help would be more approachable and willing to discuss but there is an arrogance to the waitstaff. I wanted to see what we could do to share an appetizer or appetizers with the table as well as a pasta dish and they just explained it couldn't be done, which it could have easily done with the pasta dish and they did with one of the appetizers. Food was amazing though, just wish they would be more approachable, they are busy, but would be good to feel good about the interaction with the waitstaff."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Came here for the first time. It was well worth the money. The staff was great and we had the scallops, watercress salad, venison ragu, and wagyu beef. All were excellent. Then upon leaving we got a flat tire and decided to wait inside for AAA to arrive. The staff took care of us and even gave us glasses of wine on the house for our inconvenience. Classy establishment with authentic Italian food and great people. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. We used to be there every week when we lived close by...now, though less frequently, we're still treated like family when we walk in the door. That is such a special thing, especially in L.A. I crave their interpretation of caprese....and the truffle pasta is the best I've had in town. It never disappoints and the staff is wonderful."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Everything was perfect! The ravioli with fontina cheese and shredded black truffle was a highlight. Each dish was so beautifully prepared. We did the prix fixe dinner and we had a taste of many dishes which were made to perfection. The cream puffs were the BEST ever and the chocolate on top was amazing!"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Most money I have ever spent on a meal for two people! Worth ever penny. The whole dining experience was memorable! The service, first class."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I have been twice to Piccolo. Both times the food has been memorable. A talented chef and kitchen!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "At this restaurant we had one of the best meals I can ever remember and we have eaten all over the world in fine restaurants. It was "gourmet" Italian food at its best, superior wine and wonderful service"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "We went here tonight for the first time. The food was good though I'm not sure the price justified the meal. We ordered off the menu rather than the Tasting so perhaps that's why my review is lower than others'. The salad was too salty which was very strange as never had a salty salad before. Will say the cheese on top was good. Really enjoyed the sea urchin pasta and recommend that. The lasagna was actually more like a souffle which was decent, but way too rich. After 3 bites and it was already too much. The service was attentive though perhaps a little too much so. Every 3-5 minutes someone would hover over our table, look at everything, and then walk away. If you are ok with too much service and a tasting menu give it a shot."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "When I say service is lacking, I don't mean there weren't four servers serving each table; I don't mean the main server didn't refill your wine every time you took two sips. I mean, the server we had was completely without charm or friendliness. He was somber, serious, pompous and overly formal. This is a restaurant on Venice Beach, for Pete's sake. The other two Piccolos (Hosteria del Piccolo in Santa Monica and Venice have just as excellent food but provide a much more fun experience!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We expected a meal with unusual flavor and smooth attentive help. Instead the waiter was rude and not helpful in explaining the dishes. My ink spaghetti with Dungeness crab was good but not great. Snooty waiter made the experience miserable. "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "During dinner at Piccolo, my beau and I agreed that it would be worth coming to L.A. from San Francisco, where we live, just to eat at Piccolo. It's that good! I've never ordered lasagna at an Italian restaurant as I considered it too pedestrian for a foodie like myself. But I couldn't resist having it with quail egg. The dish didn't look or taste anything like the lasagna I'm accustomed to seeing and eating -- and that was a good thing. The textures and flavors were sensational. My beau had risotto and thoroughly enjoyed it. We've dined here before but hadn't been in for a while since we hadn't been in the area. Nonetheless, the staff remembered us and where we sat last time. We look forward to dining at Piccolo again and again and again. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014