Great food - so so decor
It's a great place for being close to the house. They'd benefit from a makeover since the decor is so dated. The food is yummy and our waiter, Russ was very nice and accommodating. There owned by peppercorns I think and that place is pretty inside.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
We love Piccolo, however lunch today was not one of their best efforts. Swordfish was way overdone and the pesto that accmopanied was overpowering even though I had it on the side. Just a little glitch for an otherwise wonderful restaurant.
Our waitstaff was attentive and gracious as always.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
wonderful attention and adaptation
wonderful attention and adaptation to 5 year old triplets, who ate a ton of specially prepared pasta, while keeping the adults quite happy with great choices and good wine
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Piccolo Arancio is a First Rate Restaurant. The service and food and welcoming atmosphere can not be beat! I ALWAYS get Fish at Piccolo Arancio and I am always very pleased with the freshness, preparation and flavor of the fish. I often order the fish "simply grilled" and it is "simply delicious"! I recommend that preparation highly. My husband often gets risotto and thinks that Piccolo Arancio has the BEST Risotto around! He recommends that dish highly. We believe that you can not find a better restaurant in the greater Hartford area. Give it a try if you haven't yet. We are sure that you too will be delighted with dinner!
3/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best Ever For Birthdays!
We celebrated my sister's birthday and she LOVED Piccolo Arancio! This was the BEST GIFT she recieved for her birthday. Try Piccolo Arancio for your next "birthday celebration" with your loved ones, you will be very glad you did. The food was delicious. My sister had the "yellow fin tuna" and she thought it was exceptional. Her husband had the lamb and he said it was "the best" he has ever eaten. I had the simply grilled salmon and it was tremendous. My husband had a cod entree (a special dish for the eveningP and loved it! The service was excellent as well and the mood festive! So, we were all very happy diners... as always at Piccolo Arancio
3/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dependably Delicious and Delightful
Four of us went to Piccolo Arancio for a Friday Night supper! It was super. One of us had the "rack of lamb" which was simply delicious! One of us had the Risotto which has a wonderful taste and aroma and contents - yum! One of us had the Salmon Entree and the other had "Simply Grilled Salmon" - both were excellent. We have NEVER had a bad dish or a bad experience at Piccolo Arancio. The four of us recommend this restaurant highly. You will find wonderful food, great staff and service, very good wines and drinks to choose from! You can't go wrong! If you have never tried this restaurant, do!!
4/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food ... Fabulous Food!
This restaurant has it all! Fabulous Food, Wonderful Wines, Special Service with Smiles all around! BUT, as the saying goes "If the food isn't fabulous, why bother?" Well, this food is fresh and fabulous! AND the chef is SO accomodating that you can be sure any dietary restrictions or preferences will be gladly met! Enjoy the Fabulous Food and the Wonderful Staff, the whole experience!
4/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite restaurant in
My favorite restaurant in central CT. Great staff!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food has been consistent
The food has been consistent for years and so has the waitstaff. The menu offers a great variety of pasta, seafood and meat selections as well as a variety of salads and always great specials. The service is always spot on and the wine list is extensive. The town of Farmington has only three or four white table cloth restaurants and this one by far is the best for food, ambiance and service. They are always busy but we have never had a lengthy wait for a table. Definitely make a reservation for Friday or Saturday nights.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went to Piccolo Arancio to celebrate our anniversary and it was wonderful. The food and the wine are the winners in this restaurant. Antipasti di carne was straight from the heart of Italy, serving the two of us perfectly. You might want to check out the wine list before your reservation because it is extensive and requires some time to peruse. Our wine was a beautiful pairing with both the veal and pork osso bucco. Presentation on the plate was carefully considered and looked inviting. The meat dropped off the bone! A shared cannoli and grappa completed the meal. A suggestion - change the loud Dixie music to something softer and more in keeping with the ambience of the place. Add some candles on the table, too. We will return!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Graduation Celebration Sensation
Piccolo Arancio is our Graduates favorite restaurant, so we went there for a celebratory dinner. She was VERY HAPPY with the entire celebration! She had one of the Restaurant's Signature Dishes (the ravioli with orange sauce - simply scrumpcious) and she loved every bite! The dessert was very special for her too as Piccolo's has a fabulous pastry chef! Whatever you do, don't skip dessert! The entire party of nine people were delighted with their meals, the service and the friendliness of all at the restaurant! Try it for your next celebration!!
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good Italian, creatively
Very good Italian, creatively done, in Farmington.
5/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was excellent, had incredible service. Great place to bring a first date.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner Was Divine
The four of us agreed that Piccolo Arancio was THE PLACE to eat after a Goodspeed Matinee as it is a wonderful restaurant and it is close to home! We were extremely satisfied with our decision. The food was just wonderful, the service excellent, the atmosphere was very comfortable and friendly. The Simply Grilled Salmon was prepared just right! The porcini encrusted chicken was delicious, the pasta dishes were yummy as well! We are never disappointed with this restaurant and always leave wanting to come back soon! Try it, you'll love it all!
5/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just picked this from open table and oh what a wonderful surprise !
Food, wine, ambience a d service all excellent!! Will be enjoying this restaurant again!
5/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Some Quiet Evening Dining
Hello! Well, my husband and I just wanted to go out to eat on Saturday and have a very nice meal and some quiet time. We went to Piccolo Arancio and it was just right. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. The small dining room that we were seated in was quiet. The food was wonderful. The chef was very accomodating to my dietary needs, that really helps a lot! All in all, it was a very nice quiet evening of wondeful dining.
5/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
"Go To" place for any occasion
This is my favorite place in Farmington Rte 4 and 10 area. Food and service are excellent and very consistent. I will make a reservation when I remember to do so but have walked in many times.
Portion size is reasonable so I never feeled overwhelmed after eating.
Will go back again....and again!
6/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really enjoyed the evening. I read the reviews previous to dining and it lived up to all of them.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
My husband and I frequent Piccolo Arancio because it is SO GOOD! If you haven't yet tried this restaurant, we highly recommend that you do! The food is fabulous, the service is excellent, the atmosphere is friendly and relaxing. It is a wonderful way to spend an evening and enjoy the food, the wine, the service, the ambience. I especially like gettign the "Simply Grilled" items - you could miss these on the menu if you don't read carefully. Be sure to look at the menu closely! Enjoy!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quality and Class
We went there for a Father's Day early dinner in June, 2013. The atmosphere is outstanding, nicely decorated, chic, quiet, tasteful and classy. The food is of very high quality, genuine Italian. The seafood, filet, and gnocchi were outstanding. My veal ossobucco was a bit on the tough side; probably best leave the ossobucco to Greek restaurants. The wine list is pretty good and if you get Seth as a waiter he is a very good advisor on wine. Although probably not a certifed sommelier, he is as knowledgeable. Certainly recommended as an outstanding choice in that area. We were from out of town visiting with our young niece (who lives in the area) for the day.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Piccolo Arancio has excellent
Piccolo Arancio has excellent food and attentive service. Ask for some parmesan cheese to add to the olive oil for the freshly baked bread. The risotto was very tasty. No room for dessert. Highly recommended neighborhood gem.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Received Gift Card from our daughter, she said to try something different from our usual restaurants! Well, guess what, this is going to be our new "go to" for outstanding food. Excellent artichoke app. My husband does not like them but agreed to try, loved them. The service was spot on and they make the best espresso martini. What a gem!
Jane & Guenther, Durham, Ct.
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an outstanding server who made our experience on this visit one of the best ever. He paid attention to every detail. The wait staff is consistent and very well trained. The food does not disappoint.
7/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
MY WIFE AND I ARE FORMALY
MY WIFE AND I ARE FORMALY FROM BRISTOL CT. WE NOW RESIDE IN TEXAS. EVERYTHING WAS EXCELLENT. WE WILL BE IN ROME ITALY THE MIDDLE OF NEXT MONTH, VISITING RELATIVES, AND ONE OF WAITRESSES GAVE US A FLIER ON SEVERAL OF YOUR RESTAURANTS IN ROME AND I'M SURE WE WILL PATRONIZE ONE OF THEM. THANK YOU. ARMANDO.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Piccolo Arancio provided an ideal setting for some private management discussions regarding our firm's growth and future development. Servers were sensitive to the breaks in our discussions and chose appropriate times to check in on our needs, without rushing us or impeding our conversation. Two of our party were from an area where chain restaurants are the rule, and were very impressed with the atmosphere, service, quality and variety of menu, and overall dining experience that they had. All of us were very pleased with our selections. We will definitely be coming back!
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Piccolo is Perfect
Dinner at Piccolo Arancio was just perfect! My Simply Grilled Salmon was simply delicious. My husband's Porcini Encrusted Chicken was extravagantly delicious with a very, very yummy mushroom taste, texture and mystery!! We HIGHLY recommend both dishes to you. We HIGHLY recommend this wonderful restaurant that has it all: taste, service, friendliness, with smiles all around!
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Well kept secret in Farmington, CT
We have always enjoyed Piccolo Arancio. The food is consistently great, presentation is excellent, the wait staff is professional and attentive and the atmosphere is nice. We LOVE the baby articokes....YUM. I had a striped bass that was done to perfection and had too much so some came home for lunch the next day. My husband had Pot Roast which was exceptional. Thank goodness we visited on a very cool nice since our summer has been extraordinarily hot and this meal would have been too heavy. Treat yourself to some great food, visit there today!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a pleasant lunch at
We had a pleasant lunch at Piccolo. They accommodated a group of 9 well and the food was outstanding.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Goodspeed and Piccolo Arancio
We went to Piccolo Arancio for dinner after seeing "Hello, Dolly" at the Goodspeed on the August 4th Matinee! BOTH were FABULOUS! We recommend "Hello, Dolly" to anyone who has not yet seen it. We recommend Piccolo Arancio to anyone who has not eaten there. If you live in the Farmington area, do them together for a MAJOR HOME RUN DAY! The food, service, staff, ambience and joy is just wonderful at Piccolo Arancio! The music, acting, cast, scenery, costumes, ambience is just terrific at the Goodspeed production of "Hello, Dolly"!
8/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Elegant Family Dinner
We're from out of town and joined or family at Piccolo Arancio. They told us it was one of their favorites! Delicious, comfortable faire.
We'd gladly eat here again on our next trip out.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hadn't been here for a while,
Hadn't been here for a while, but will surely return more often. The food was great. I had the veal chop. It was perfectly cooked and delicious. My wife had pasta with a lobster and mushroom cream sauce and she loved it. Our appetizer was the meat platter, which we shared over our cocktails. We ended with cannolis and expresso. A perfect ending!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner For Two!
My husband and I decide to go out for dinner "just the two of us". We had a wonderful time at Picolor Arrancio. The service was attentive but nor over bearing giving us time and privacy to just "be" together. The food was wonderful and the wine excellent. We highly recommend this restaurant to people that like wonderful food, exceptional service and the ability to just "be" and not be rushed or pressured for any reason!
8/23/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved the food, service and
Loved the food, service and ambiance. It is the best Italian outside of Italy!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have been going here for years. Consistently excellent food, great staff and great wine. Well worth it!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great freshly prepared food.
Great freshly prepared food. The warm beet salad was excellent as was the shrimp/scallop risotto; no room for dessert. Mary was my server; she was attentive and efficient, not very outgoing or warmly friendly. It is a favorite Farmington restaurant.
9/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
This was our second trip and
This was our second trip and it was just as awesome as the first time! We will most certainly be back.
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had an outstanding experience. Started out at the bar for a pre-dinner drink. Service was very friendly. Waited for our guests and then headed into the dining room for dinner. Bread is excellent. I had the salad with the extra parm cheese. Greens were varied and very fresh accompanied by an excellent dressing. I also ordered the house made pasta with a red sauce and the veal meatballs. Pasta and sauce were very fresh, veal meatballs were OK. Our server was excellent. Knowledgeable about the food and menu, and had a fun personality. Other guests at our table had the tuna and the veal shanks. All were excellent. Good atmosphere. I would describe the restaurant as up-scale causal.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent food and service.
excellent food and service. enough variety to keep us coming back
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
They'll be back!
We went to dinner with Friends that spend most of the year in Hawaii. They really liked Piccolo Arancio, but had not been there in years. Dinner was MARVELOUS: Salmon, Chilean Seabass, Linguine and Meatballs, and Vegetarian entrees were loved by all! The service was exceptional, the ambience wonderful. The friendliness of all the staff makes one feel at home! As we were leaving, our friends said that they could see why Piccolo Arancio is our favorite restaurant. They also said that they would be back when they return back from Hawaii next July. Since you probably don't live in Hawaii, you can go there much sooner. It is worth the trip!
10/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Quiet Dinner for Two
We had a quiet early dinner on this Saturday Evening. We like to dine early and Piccolo begins reservations at 5:30 PM, so that suits us very well. The people are so friendly, it sets the evening off quite well. The service is very attentive, but not over bearing. The food is always delicious. I partiularly like the simply grilled selections. The wine list is very good. The desserts are very good and all are made by the restaurant.. If you are looking for fine food, attentive service and a friendly atmosphere, I recommend this restaruant to you.
10/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
The menu was more than I anticipated. All of the pasta was homemade. Lidia, or server, was great. We will definitely return.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wanting to try a new restaurant for our anniversary and having heard that this place was good, I made a reservation at Piccolo Arancio. The restaurant did not disappoint us. The food and service was wonderful. The only downside at first, was where the hostess was seating us, (2 top against the far wall) but I spoke up and she was glad to accommodate us to a nicer table. the food is a little pricey, but well worth it. Can't wait to go back.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had fabulous service, the
We had fabulous service, the food was excellent. I highly recommend the crème brulee. It is by far the best I have had in several years.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
We began our with a wonderful warm beet salad with walnuts over fresh field greens. For entrees, Ronnie chose a divine ravioli with a fabulous orange glaze and I opted for the yellow fin tuna, prepared rare. Heavenly.
The only negative of the evening was poor service from our server, (waitress). efficient and courteous. Ours was slow and not very efficient. We weren't served bread until the salads had arrived. When we questioned about the amount of wine being served, (mine seemed to hold more), she explained that the glasses were not the same size, but then had to waste time by getting an exact glass to prove her point. Coffee and dessert are normally served together; not so with our server.
Other server in the room was helpful!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Birthday Celebrations Abounding
We celebrated a birthday with friends and Piccolo Arancio made it very special. From the friendly greeting as we entered the restaurant to the candles on the pumpkin creme brulee and pumpkin gelato, the staff left nothing to chance and made everything fun and memorable. The food was fabulous and everyone enjoyed their entrees and their chosen desserts (especially the two that had candles on them)! We all highly recommend this restaurant for your next birthday celebration!
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Expensive, but excellent food
Four of us, including one vegetarian, had very delicious meals. The bar had a great selection, the swordfish was the best I ever had-- moist and tasty. Service was fine. We enjoyed it, but too expensive for us to go back in the near future.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Italian restaurant in Hartford County, possibly in all of Connecticut.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Piccolo Arancio is so VERY accommodating of any food requests that it is a real pleasure for me to eat there. I have several food allergies and dietary restrictions. Sal and his staff do whatever it takes to deliver a wonderful dish that has been altered due to my restrictions. I have found them able to change many things in a dish that I want to try and it tastes fabulous! Since I can't eat the original recipe, I can't compare it to the orginal, but I can tell you they do a fantastic job modifying a dish and delivering a scrumpcious alternative to the original EVERY time! So, if you have allergies or issues, try this restaurant and you will be delighted with their staff, their care and the dishes delivered as you need them to be!
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Goodspeed and Piccolo Arancio
We love to go to Piccolo Arancio after the afternoon performance at the Goodspeed! So, if like us, you go to Goodspeed and live in the Framington Valley. Travel towards home and have dinner at this fine restaurant. The food is always great, the service is outstanding, and you will be close to home and won't have a long drive after eating. It REALLY is a good combination - both are fabulous!
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great post Thanksgiving dinner
We went to Piccolo Arancio for dinner, with friends, on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving. We have gone to dinner with these friends every year at this time. We all agreed that our experience at this restaurant was the best we had every had. Everything was exceptional. The service was great, the atmosphere was very comfortable and the food was excellent. We will definitely return to Piccolo Arancio.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM