Piccolo
Piccolo

Piccolo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.piccolompls.com/
  • Phone: 6128278111x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Tuesday: closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Doug Flicker
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Room for parties up to twelve, front dining room can be reserved for up to 24.
  • Private Party Contact: Adam Johnson 612-827-8111x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 43rd Street
  • Public Transit: Metro Transit Route 4
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Piccolo
Piccolo presents a modern approach to dining by creating dishes moderate in portion size which we feel enhances the dining experience by allowing you more variety in taste while eating healthier.
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Piccolo reviews from OpenTable diners
156 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.8
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (132)special occasion (109)neighborhood gem (98)romantic (57)notable wine list (49)hot spot (14)good for groups (8)late-night find (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • salty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The food was salty but presented beautifully. The place is nice and quite.
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  • Tasting menu
    Ryan
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Piccolo is a great little spot, highly acclaimed by Anthony Bourdain and a James Beard nominee. The five course tasting menu is definitely the way to go as the a la carte option is more expensive and portions are the same size. The menu is seasonal with new items appearing regularly. I had an incredibly difficult time picking my favorite bite of the meal as all the courses were expertly crafted. Definitely a place to visit again.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • More than happy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Wonderful experience! Staff was fun, food was amazing.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Not with the hype- overpriced, not flavorful and the Portions for everything is more like tapas. When we left after ordering starters, dinner and dessert we went to another resturant to eat. I believe in smaller portions but this for the price was terrible!
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  • Great experience
    Obsoletev
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Really a top class food experience. Excellent 5 course meal with great wine to compliment it. Hope to return soon.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Really great experience
    gros0054
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We went for our anniversary and had an awesome dining experience. The service was perfect and very personalized. The food was amazing - small portions so we did the tasting menu and enjoyed every course. Make reservations because it is a very small dining room; maybe 10 tables. Loved it!!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Minneapolis restaurant
    EDuncan
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is the perfect example of the advantages of quality over quantity. The food is so good, that if one were to have more the treasure would be lost. Piccolo demonstrates that one can be happily sated with tastes as opposed to volumes. The space is just right and the service is is attentive but not intrusive. A restaurant for grown-ups...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    GlennVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Forget about ala carte at Piccolo... the experience is to go with the fixed price menu. Every single course is wonderful, a beautifully presented plate or bowl. Each course is a tasting amount, so although there are five courses, you needn't be rolled away from the table at the conclusion. A wonderful addition to the Minneapolis food scene.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spectacular
    Curiousculinary
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Small and cozy restaurant. Small portions, amazing taste!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Does polished mean......
    KSD1
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Uncomfortable, mood-killing, patronizing? We were a group of two couples who were very excited to enjoy the Piccolo experience! It's rare that a server can totally destroy an experience but in this case, that did occur. She was cool, haughty, patronizing, and actually quite rude. Several questions regarding dishes were met with disdainful descriptions. One in our party when trying to decide between two dishes asked "which do you prefer?" The response was "does it really matter which one I like"? Seriously? When asked what a portion of a dish was; she responded briefly and added "like the menu describes". I'm not sure we could enjoy the food as much as we should have after essentially being humiliated several times.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Consistent Winner
    IpaJoeVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We always enjoy the creative and careful preparation of very fresh seasonal ingredients. The five-course tasting menu is a great value and the wines by the glass are thoughtfully selected and fairly priced. It's hard to be this consistently good in any business let alone the food business. Kudos to Chef Flicker and his team!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Tasting Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I am an avid home foodie, but this was my first real fine dining experience. We went specifically to have the tasting menu as it was a bucket-list item for me. The atmosphere of was great! Felt more like eating in someone's home than a restaurant, which made things feel less intimidating for a newbie like me. Loved walking through the kitchen to our table in the back room. The food was incredible and just the right portion size to enjoy all the courses and feel comfortably full. There was also an extensive wine list, though we didn't partake. I will say I couldn't imagine going without a reservation as the two dining spaces seem really small. Overall, a great experience!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Piccolo
    Mary
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Meticulous service, food was exceptional in preparation and taste!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    porkdumpling
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Was in town for a couple of days and wanted to try something similar to Travail. I was not disappointed. Their menu changes monthly so I'll be back next time I'm in town. They serve small plates where you have 3 selections to chose from. The 5 course tasting was $56/person, which is a good deal compared to other places I've been to. First plate was cucumber terrine with monkfish liver mousse. 2nd Plate was grilled black mission fig on brioche. 3rd plate I had this ridiculously good chicken crepinette. 4th plate was a suckling pig and finally dessert was a milk chocolate cremeux with banana ice cream. Very creative farm to table type food. I highly recommend this place if you're a foodie.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a huge fan, but I get it
    612WhereAreYouVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I don't enjoy it here, but I understand the love with it. Very well presented dishes, but it just doesn't do 'it' for me. My date loved it, as she did the first two times she went, but I just don't enjoy it. Not sure why. I do think there are other places out there that I just think are better, and that may be the reason I devalue Piccolo a bit. But, that said, it is a fun experience - inventive, well plated, well tasting meal for a decent value.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Fantastic restaurant
    Minneapplefoodie
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I've never experience food with such tremendous flavor before visiting Piccolo. Certainly a one of a kind place that I would recommend to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting
    Tien
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    My friends and I had the tasting. It was an incredible experience. Everyone who was working was knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. It was like a dance, every moment was choreographed to perfection. And the food! My goodness, every plate was picture perfect, we wanted every bite to never end. The flavors were rich, robust, innovative and so fresh! It was such a incredible evening and I want to thank the chef and his staff, again, for what they do. I'll remember my night at Piccolo forever. And I'll come back when I visit Minneapolis again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with old friends
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Wonderful prix fixe 5 course tasting menu. We tried at least 15 different items, & all but one was a great hit. Service was excellent as well. This is a small neighborhood restaurant, so do not expect elegance, just excellance.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Tasting menu a must
    FHDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This restaurant is known for its small dishes but we didn't realize how small. We were reluctant to get the tasting menu of because we were afraid it would be too much food. We are glad we did because each dish was pretty small. The tasting menu of 5 courses was just enough food. The wine list was extensive with many wines offered by the glass.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative and tasty
    chenx019
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    A gem in the Twin Cities ! The food is creative and tasty. A bit on the pricey side for the portion but you'll leave with a memorable experience.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Jennifer
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Every single course was delightful. Creative and delicious. Our server knew the menu well and was terrific. Looking forward to our next visit already!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I'm still hungry
    kjmj
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    There were three of us dining, all of whom have dined at fine restaurants. The food flavors were fine, but not exceptional. The portions were ridiculously small for the amount being charged. It was definitely not worth the money. Three petite women went away hungry. I could never bring my husband. We even heard the people at the next table say they were starving after finishing their meal.
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  • Top notch
    AZtoMN
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was inventive, excellent and quality. Service impeccable and very intimate. Phenomenal
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another fabulous meal!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We dined at Piccolo on Aug 15th for my husband's birthday and could not have had a better experience. We had reservations for 8:30, and while we sat in the front room it was not very noisy and it was fun to see outside. We ordered a variety of plates, all of which were great, but the corn soup, lamb mousse and the octopus were all outstanding, as well as both desserts. The service was professional, but also friendly, and I loved that they gave my husband a birthday card signed by all the staff. A wonderful evening at an always terrific restaurant - we will definitely be back!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fit for a celebration!
    Anni
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I took my girl there to celebrate her finishing her masters and Zan our waiter was very nice and friendly. This was our second time being there though first in the summer. It was exciting to go there when the produce available is bountiful. We had a smattering of dishes that were all excellent, though we are still talking about the cold corn soup, which was perfectly balanced. No flavors overpowered anything each other, which I feel is a pitfall of many good but not great restaurants. We are thinking of Piccolo for future celebrations to come!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic Evening
    Billybaroo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was a surprise night out for my wife's 65th birthday. When we parked the car I could see some reservation in her look, glancing at me and back at the front of the restaurant. The friendly greeting at the door set the tone for what was to come. An unbelievable evening of fine wine and refined cuisine. The service and presentation was exquisite. Her face lit up with her first taste and lasted for over two hours of the best dining experience we have ever shared. Our memories will last forever. Thanks to everyone at Piccolo, she will never forget her 65th Birthday.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but a bit pricey
    EimsaiyanVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food we shared was expertly presented and professionally prepared but was not profoundly remarkable given it cost. Our service was spectacular and the experience quite satisfying nonetheless.
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    special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Small plates are cute.
    OhIwillhavethat
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    It's visually stunning, the small plate. But eat before you go, then our eyes and stomach will be happy. Please sir, may I have more?
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food at perfect size
    EDuncan
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Superb meal of small plates. Flavors are distinct, wonderfully flavorful and sometimes unusual but without being over-thought or precious (c.f. Travail). Future choices are to either work one's way through the appealing menu or to return to favorites, including truffled scrambled eggs and swoon-worthy cold corn soup which captured the platonic essence of corn flavor.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice!
    TWL1
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Beautiful presentation. Interesting food. Top notch service. I'm sure my 4 star ratings are like most people's 5 star; I'm just one that believes "perfect" is rarely observed! Over the years presentation of the food has become more important to me. Piccolo is the best I've seen in this respect. Creative and tasteful. Remember that this is a tasting menu and the courses are not huge... they are properly sized. With the server pacing the courses with a short respite between, it made for a lovely evening. Wait staff was knowledgeable, helpful and polite. The washroom even had cloth towels. We went on a Wednesday night. They were moderately busy, but not obnoxiously so. My guess is weekends are a bit more hectic.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    JBassett
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Front of house was exceptional. We were traveling and I knew I wanted to eat here. My 2 year old wasn't as excited and decided to make a fuss at the beginning of the meal. Everyone was really nice and accommodating as we found a solution. Kitchen wrecked shop. The timing of our tasting was on point and the delivery on par with the quality of each bite. I hope this can be a regular spot if we end up moving to Minneapolis. Thanks guys!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    rocknrollerVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    As always stellar service, but most importantly creative and special food. The five course is always the way to go.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Innovative Cuisine
    Dpod3VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Small plates that are superbly crafted. Try the 5 course tasking menu.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Very creative
    Grouse
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Doug Flicker creates the most interesting small plates. The food is simply outstanding. The staff is attentive, friendly and helpful. Their wine suggestions are excellent and they don't steer you to the most expensive bottles but wines that fit the food. In fact, we were steered to a very inexpensive bottle that fit perfectly.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Practically perfect in every way
    HyggeligVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Every time we go to Piccolo we tell ourselves we should go more often. The menu is packed with intriguing and creative dishes, and when each one arrives, it is even more beautiful and delicious than you imagined it would be. The summer menu is filled with colors, flavors, and textures which delight the eye and the palate. The service is unfailingly friendly and attentive, without being obsequious. The dining room is lovely, comfortable, and cozy. The five-course tasting menu is, IMHO, one of the best values in town.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dining Experience
    Mb0411VIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I consider myself a foodie, and love exploring new menus and restaurants. I am on the road traveling across the country all year, and I happened upon Piccolo. This restaurant was incredible. Each course was a memorable experience and each bite was amazing. It was so incredible that if I had to choose one restaurant to dine in as my last meal on earth... it would be this one! THANK YOU!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special Treatment
    Family3VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Piccolo is a special place to celebrate. Made a note in my reservation that it was our anniversary. They treated us to a mini-treat in honor of the event and gave us a card signed by the staff. We have been there before for our anniversary and they always acknowledge the event. The evening was fabulous all the way around. Thanks and hope to see you soon.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent, unique food
    billy777
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    An affordable, slightly casual approach to fine dining. The tasting menu provided a broad range of whimsical modernist cuisine mixed with comfort classics. The wine list was brief, but full of quality selections at a variety of prices. Overall, this was a great dinner. I look forward to returning.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasting Menu
    Friendsmeetup
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We had the tasting menu for a milestone birthday and it was so fun, delicious, upscale without being full of itself, kind staff, and as weird as this sounds, cool bathroom! My friend has celiac disease and they even had a gluten free tasting menu so she could join in too. Great experience!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Piccolo
    AJ73
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Had a great time - food was excellent. Just be aware the plates are small. Presentation was impeccable and the service was the right level of attention without hovering.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate