I enjoyed the local casual
I enjoyed the local casual feeling of a relaxed environment where service with a smile was provided the minute I walked in. Everyone was friendly and made you feel welcomed and service was excellent. I enjoyed the fresh ingredients on the arugula salad and will definitely come back again to try the seafood dishes. They also had a good variety of Italian wines to choose from. I Will try to sit in their cozy outside patio on my next visit. Nothing beats good, fresh Italian food.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food & unpretentious about
Great Italian dishes. Try the grilled octopus and the boar sausage on polenta.
6/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Gourmet Ladies Lunch
I hosted my birthday lunch there. For several guests it was their first time --
All of us plan to return. Delicious me u without the night time noise -- a yummy afternoon.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We went for a second time,
We went for a second time, and the food was outstanding again. Do sit outside since inside is very noisy.
It was not very busy for a Thursday night - the better for the customers! It does seem pricey, but not more so than other similar places.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pricey but Excellent
Maybe I'm just a shut-in but to me $130 for two for dinner with only a single glass of wine seems high. That being said, everything was just delicious -- the cauliflower/truffle oil soup special and the grilled octopus on grilled vegetables appetizer being two standouts.
My only issue was that the caponata side dish that I ordered was exactly the same thing as the vegetables served under the grilled octopus -- and it wasn't really caponata anyway. Server should have tipped us that rather than getting a sample of another wonderful taste, we were getting something we had already tried.
Still, a thumbs UP for Hostaria del Piccolo.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love the look of the restaurant. Staff was knowledgeable, attentive but not intrusive. The entries for the dineLA menu were just delicious and a good introduction to their regular menu. The octopus was grilled to perfection, my squid ink tagliolini was amazingly good and the red wine poached pears and chocolate creme brulee a fitting end to the meal. I also had to order the figos pizza which was a definite "party in my mouth". I know I will keep coming back here!
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great find this little piece of Italy is - great starters (loved the grilled octopus!!), delicious pastas and novel one-of -a-kind pizzas (try the air-dried beef and arugula). The set price menu was wonderful and fully worth the price. Would recommend highly!
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
vacation must have!
I'm from San Francisco and when we do reviews out here and give five stars, we really mean its a five star restaurant. In the LA area, everything seems to have five star ratings but they are not accurate. This place in particular is in fact a five star place. The food was AMAZING. Everything was delicious!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always love this place, but I really enjoyed it last time I went. My boyfriend and I had some incredible options from the DineLA menu and had a truly perfect evening This place also has an awesome happy hour and we got some fantastic drinks while we waited for our table. I highly recommend Hostaria. It is a truly an asset to the Santa Monica dining scene!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is great. The layout, design and ambiance are fantastic. They have a full bar and a great menu. The staff is super accommodating and nice (which is refreshing). I highly recommend this place.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We came here for dineLA, but have been here once before. I noticed they have happy hour everyday from 5-9pm--which is really cool. The ambiance is great; the food is good, but the pizza leaves a lot to be desired, which seems to be one of their specialties since there are so many options and they have a wood-fired oven. I'd recommend trying their other (non-pizza) options. Great attention to detail throughout the restaurant--the decor is modern-rustic, and everything down to the cool cardboard multi-fold menus are a nice touch. Great for catching up with old friends, a double date, or date night. Overall, I recommend.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun Italian with serious food
Wow -- the octopus appetizer was tender and tasty. Didn't try the pizza or pasta, but had the best rib eye steak I have had in a while.
This resto met my high expectations from friend recs and reviews I have read.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Portions are excellently prepared
Portions are excellently prepared but are far from generous.
We ordered the pizzas offered on Dine LA Restaurant Week. Good, not great.
Great coffee. Made to order.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The noise level inside this
The noise level inside this restaurant is unacceptable for anyone who wants to converse, but the patio was great. The octopus appetizer and duck papardelle were excellent but the neri was disappointing and tasteless. Ordered an extra pizza because my husband is a big eater; it was excellent as well. Attentive wait staff who were on top of a very busy Fri eve crowd.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our New Favorite Go-To
My boyfriend and I dined at Hostaria del Piccolo for dinner last weekend and were absolutely blown away by the amazing food, great service and lovely ambiance. Let me start by saying their cocktails are out of this world. We aren't big drinkers but their mixologist concocts the most interesting and creative drinks we've ever had - I wish I could have tried them all! For dinner we started with an order of brussel sprouts which are steamed and then baked in the pizza oven (brilliant!) and shared the Salvagente pizza which was great and the tagliatelle which was a show stopper. Our server, Alexis, was the best waitress I've ever had - truly. She never interrupted, advised us on our orders and always kept our water glasses full. We'll be back!
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had an incredible lunch with a friend. Soup of the day (a fish soup) was amazingly yummy - light broth, fresh salmon, halibut, bass. Arugula salad was perfect - just the right amount of avocado and pine nuts. Pizza with prosciutto had an excellent crispy crust - and they brought some homemade hot oil to drizzle on it - elevated the whole pie.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful food; snooty service
We took a friend and her husband to dinner to celebrate her birthday. The food was terrific. However, after initially having a nice chat with a young woman who told us the specials, convincing two of us to get a quail pasta special, another woman waited on us, dark haired, who misunderstood one of the orders. It was understandable, since the special was similar to a regular menu item. But she completely put it on our guest that it was her mistake and acted as if she was doing her a favor to switch it. She never apologized and actually argued with her that she had ordered wrong. And when dishes were brought, a man just handed each plate to whoever would take it off his hands. So we had to switch them around. Not very professional at all!
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great birthday dinner
I reserved a large table for a birthday dinner and they were extremely accommodating. I felt bad that our party # kept changing but they were very gracious. The food was fantastic and the service was attentive. They were great about anticipating how much and what dishes to bring us. Everything was hot, delicious, and timely. A great restaurant with great service! Will definitely be back.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and services were quite good. Problems were that they ran out of several items by the time we got there for our 8:15 dinner, including bread, the silly menu format, and the highly distracting pink panther videos projected on large screen tabs in both sections of the dining room. A design misstep, in my opinion.
8/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Real Italian food! Fresh ingredient
Real Italian food! Fresh ingredients (delish arugula salad), great thin crusted pizza. A little noisy for in-depth conversation. Nice vibe tho.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love love love the all gluten
Love love love the all gluten free options, inlcuding pasta, pizza, cream puffs (aka bignole), and beer. Yum!
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Simple but delious food.
We love this casual restaurant for a simple but delicious meal. The portion size is perfect.
There are benches and seats for seating, all of which are uncomfortable over time. It can get loud during prime time.
They have recently taken sorbet off their menu which was a nice compliment to an Italian meal.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Grilled Octopus is a must!
The Grilled Octopus is a must! I love grazing on Antipasti and salads here.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding pizza with a great
Outstanding pizza with a great patio seating area. Overall well above average for Santa Monica.
9/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good pizza choices
They have many pizzas to choose from which is great! I had the Figos pizza and it was soo delicious! I thought it was a little weird that you have to pay for a small basket of bread to start with.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lunch with Pat
Delicious food with varied menu of appetizers,, red and white pizza, and variety of pastas.
9/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food and atmosphere.
Great food and atmosphere. Sometimes a little TOO loud.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good but very small portions
We enjoyed dining here... but the pasta and appetizer portions are very small. Tasty... but small!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent in every way...tastes
Excellent in every way...tastes are vibrant and respectful of the products used.
The staff is young and enthusiastic....most importantly, they really do listen to our requests-especially when asked to modify dishes...
now the fried calamari is so perfect, the grilled octopus so tender!
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been to Hostaria del Piccolo a number of times for lunch and dinner. It's near my office so I frequently have business lunches there. I also have invited family and friends for dinners and lunches. No matter the occasion, or time of day, Hostaria del Piccolo always delivers. The food is fantastic. The people are knowledgeable and friendly and the atmosphere is just noisy enough to feel some energy and give your own conversation a bit of privacy. The only ding that I would give them is that the bench seating, though cool looking isn't very comfortable during a leisurely dinner. I believe every table with benches also has some chair options, so it isn't a serious ding.
9/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
A lovely time
A wonderful spot, with good food and a great ambiance!
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
As usual amazing combination
As usual amazing combination of nouveau Italian flavors. Don't expect lots of the typical itai fare more unusual menu. Ordered Frigo and banana nut squash soup appetizer. Wonderful porcini laced pasta, and Sirloin steak. All yum. Menu chamges with fresh available ingredients so call ahead to see if your favorites are listed that day. Fish and soup changes. Thought the music was too loud a little too much stimulus with tv screening Italian film history. Could do without the music or choice of music could be softer maybe something Italian (even no words) classic.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, but...
The food was very good, starting with the appetizers and continuing with both pastas and pizzas. But it was very difficult to make intelligent choices, when the waiter apparently has been instructed to 'help' the patrons by quoting what are the "most popular" items. Whenever we listened to him, we were disappointed. Whenever we did *not* listen to him (and he tried to discourage us, telling us that these were the *least* popular items) we were pleasantly surprised, as with the fried pig's ears, the speck pizza and the pears+chocolate creme brulee.
So, do visit, it's worth it, but do *not* ask for recommendations, as these will be worth less than nothing.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great, casual, modern Italian. Loved everything we ate, but it felt a little pricey for the portion size. Except the pizzas, they are fantastic and a good size. Good work at the bar. This place is a bit on the nicer side of casual but among all the strong competition in the neighborhood, is very much worth checking out.
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The pizzas are unusual and
The pizzas are unusual and delicious, and the wait staff is friendly and very efficient. I have recommended the restaurant to friends and I will definitely go back. The back room would be perfect for a small party (20 to 30 guests)
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
truffle pasta delicious, noodles could be a little softer.
3 visit we had same lovely server each time
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
the reason I gave only very
the reason I gave only very good for the food is that 2 persons really ordered something they usually will not order and it turn out the they did not like it. It should not deter people to come to this lovely restaurant. The chef offered to change the meal. They declined and we did not have to pay.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Admittedly, I have a soft spot for homemade pasta; when I was seeking out a place to carb-load for a 1/2 marathon the next morning *and* celebrate my anniversary, this was a good find. To start, I had the Grilled Octopus - it was the most tender octopus I've ever had, rivaling many chicken dishes I've had. I then had the Pappardelle with Duck Ragout - the pasta was cooked perfectly and the duck was very rich tasting. Had I not known better, I would have believed that I was eating veal. My husband has the Tagliatelle Bolognese; good but I preferred my Pappardelle. While I admittedly am sensitive to salt, both dishes were slightly on the salty side for my tastes. The Coconut Lemon cake and Peach Strudel were perfect endings to a tasty meal.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having just been in Italy over the summer, I can tell you that the food here is really authentic and delicious. This time we went at 530 and the noise level was energetic but at night you cannot hear the person sitting across from you. Other than that, it's truly wonderful and comfy!
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
This very crowded, very noisy, delicious trattoria is best enjoyed early if you are not into energetic dining noise. Food is very good, well prepared and fairly reasonable. Portions are a good size and the service is excellent.
10/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Hostaria del Piccolo is one of my favorites places to dine on the westside. Al dente pasta to perfection, wood fired pizzas, and a grilled octopus appetizer to die for. The wait staff is incredibly helpful and knowledgable about their food & wine menus. I've never had a bad meal there. Perfect for large groups and week night dining.
11/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
another splendid meal
The pasta of the day, tagliatelle with lemon and seafood, was divine, as was a simple salad vert with avocado. The food never disappoints. The Italian version of pasticcio would probably be best left as lasagna, but it was quite tasty and lighter than the traditional Italian dish. In all, kudos to the chef and the excellent, attentive service.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant is a very happening place, perfect for all ages, It was jam packed on Sat nite and had a wonderful ambiance. The staff were very friendly and the service was excellent. A special "thank you" goes to Tommaso, the wonderful manager whose customer service was amazing. Loved the menu of their specialty drinks. The food was delicious and the selection was great. Don't forget to have dessert! The Bignoles, the custard filled cream puffs were amazing and so was the Safarnatino. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our service-our food-the management---all couldn't have been better
A truly delightful and delicious evening!!!
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful food, excellent
Wonderful food, excellent service, pleasant and charming staff. The one big negative, too damn noisy. You have to shout to talk to someone sitting across the table from you.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
This was a new place for us.
This was a new place for us. Its casual italian, with lots of pizzas and various appetizers. Everything was yummy delicious and the service was terrific. The wine list is not exciting, but for the type of food they're serving, its perfectly fine.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always a pleasure
Having eaten here several times, I have never been disappointed. The food is tasty, well presented and good quality. I like that Hostaria del Piccolo is open from late morning through nighttime because appetite/cravings don't run on a clock. The proprietor and staff are friendly, attentive and responsive. Their wine list is interesting and by-the-glass offerings have some thought behind their selection. The portion size is just right. It is really nice to have a place to go to where the food is delicious and the prices are fair. The patio is usually quieter than inside yet is not neglected. I have seen solo diners and that is a sign that all are welcome and that it can be a respite from hunger and craziness.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
West side Italian
Very noisy. Service is sporadic. Food is good. Pizza should be avoided nothing special
Varied menu. Corkage is high
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Local and Fantastic!
Wonderful ambience, Great food, Excellent service and Creative cocktails with fresh fruit.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food and wine!
Based on other reviews we started with the grilled octopus which didn't disappoint. I followed that up with the pork belly which was tender and flavorful. My only complaint was that it was a touch too salty. My husband had the breaded veal and thought that it was flavorful but had too much breaking on it. Our other guest had the squid ink pasta which she said was fantastic. Overall a great place to dine and we would definitely eat there again. Oh, the wine list was great.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM