Piccolo's
Piccolo's

Piccolo's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.piccolos157.com/
  • Phone: 5087541057
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Lounge Open Late
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: John Piccolo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Limited entertainment

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Plum Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Piccolo's
A unique destination for Worcester's movers and shakers, Piccolo's has become the place to go for great Italian cuisine, a glass of good wine and an eclectic social mix not found elsewhere on Shrewsbury Street.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Piccolo's reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (17)fit for foodies (14)special occasion (7)romantic (6)good for groups (5)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (3)hot spot (3)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • This is a fantastic little
    Doug
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    This is a fantastic little neighborhood Italian restaurant. I had the fettuccine. Pasta was cooked perfectly and everything was delicious.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • satisfied foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    The food was amazing! The garlic bread with gorgonzola cheese sauce was so addicting. When my boyfriend and I first saw the platter we did not think we would finish it but we devoured the whole thing. The insalata bel mundo was perfect and fresh and had the right amount of dressing and was perfectly portioned. The scallops in bacon were cooked supurbly. Our entrees were also amazing. I got the the chicken risotto anf my boyfriend got essentially what was chicken parm and there was not a bite left at the end of our dinner. Dessert was mediocre. It would have been nice to have a tiramisu or creme brule but we still ate our snickers cheesecake in its entirety. The wine selection was also great. Great overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very good food. The tables
    Steak
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Very good food. The tables are too small for two people! Make do with one less table and get bigger furniture!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our table was very small.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Our table was very small. The food was excellent and our waitress was great. We were headed for a show at the Hanover so she made sure our meals were out quickly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meals, all three of
    DonW
    Dined on 11/28/2012
    Great meals, all three of us got something different and were very happy with our selections.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Still the best food in Worcester.
    DougVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2012
    Still the best food in Worcester. Kristen is a gem! Our favorite!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This was my first and definitely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/9/2012
    This was my first and definitely not my last visit to Piccolo's. Everything was A+++ from the decor to the service to the food to the wine list. Piccolo's accommodated my request thru Open Table for a table of 8 with a view of Shrewsbury Street. Perfect. The night my group was there the Italian Serenders were there. What a treat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A few deficiencies...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    We've been to Piccolo's before. The Chef was very accommodating to one of our party who have various food allergies. However, the food on this occasion was less good. While one of our party's muscles were OUTSTANDING in preparation, the Salmon with a lemon sauce was much too heavy on the lemon. It overpowered the delicate salmon. Another party had the lasagna. While the sausage used was a nice, different touch. Again, it was too heavy handed necessitating a late night round of TUMS. As for the chicken with eggplant--the chicken was burned on the underside spreading a 'burn flavor' through the delicate dish. We ordered the Polka Dot Riesling which proved refreshing and a great pairing with our dinners. So. Will we return? Probably
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Picollo's is a charming local
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    Picollo's is a charming local restaurant, serving creative Italian fare. I found the marinara sauce to be way too firey for my taste. The rest of the party enjoyed their choices, however. Sadly we were totally unable to carry on any conversation as the room was extremely noisey. There is nothing to dampen the sound in the mahogany lined dining room, not even a table cloth. With so many other choices in the area, we won't be returning.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I though the food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    I though the food and service was outstanding. Just one little thing, you need to pipe some romatic italian music. Then it would be very romantic. The talking was a little to loud. But, we still loved the food and the service was awsome. I love the bread and olive oil to dip it in.yummy! Thankyou so much for a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We loved Piccolo's. This was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/19/2012
    We loved Piccolo's. This was our second time there and we brought company who as enjoyed it. Homemade Italian food and Frank Sinatra background music. It is a win-win Try the Ravioli 157 it is amazing!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • The service and food was excellent.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/13/2012
    The service and food was excellent. This was our first time there and we will be back.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went on a Sunday night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/2/2012
    We went on a Sunday night (Labor Day Weekend) at 7:00pm. The food was excellent and plentiful! The prices were more than reasonable and the service was fast and friendly! I would definitely recommend!
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  • I haven't been here in about
    burner416
    Dined on 8/18/2012
    I haven't been here in about four years. Unfortunately it was not as good as I remembered. The food was just OK and the portion sizes are way too big. It's no wonder America is getting fatter.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was very busy and understaffed.
    andrew
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    It was very busy and understaffed. The noise level was unbearable. Poor management. We will not return. Andy
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • where was dino!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/4/2012
    Maybe it was too early came right at 5. the review i read in paper boasts Dean martin singing thru your meal...not a big deal but my friends and i were laughing about it, we get there and Dino isnt there. one waitress said sorry, nope we only have radio, what? another waitress oh yes, puts on the music so its frankie.. thats ok. regardless food was amazing. thats the bottom line. my drink cosmo....didnt hit the spot.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Above Average The food was
    NicoleVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2012
    Above Average The food was great, tasty, and as described on the menu Average Ambiance is about the same as the other restaurants in the area. Below Average The kitchen (or our server) was slow The server was slow in appearing when we needed her. Why does everything disappear for 5-10 minutes at a time? Once you've got the food down, its all about service. They have the food down, but have service issues.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • At the very start parking
    JPSPATHVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2012
    At the very start parking is difficult, streets are posted "resident only" and there is no valet service. Entrance is thru the non welcoming bar. The building is old and darkish. Service was a little slow and sevarl waitresseslooked like biker chicks. However, the drinks were excellent and the food was as good as it gets. We enjoyed a very flavorful veal marsala and an excellent Portuguese linguine dish. Portions were so plentiful we did not order dessert. There was also a family dining that were very loud but assuming they are not "fixtures" at the restaurant the noise would not be expected to be an issue. Overall the food is worth putting up with the drawbacks.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was amazing.. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/29/2012
    Food was amazing.. Service was less than desirable.. I was jealous watching the other two servers spoil other patrons and we went our entire meal without even seeing her needless to say we were never asked how our food was and our drinks went dry.. A second waitress picked up on our lack of service and did expedite our check as we were waiting... Sad thing is I'm usually a 30-40% tipper when I received great service especially celebrating with my wife for our 10th anniversary...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/10/2012
    Excellent food and service. Would recommend (and have) in a heartbeat. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • so-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/5/2012
    Prices are a bit high. Our bread was stale and service was a bit slow. There was really no one else in the restaurant. The dinners were good, I think everyone in the party was happy with their meals. Drinks were very small. Not sure if I'd go back anytime soon. In my opinion, not a very good value.
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  • three out of four dinners
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/2/2012
    three out of four dinners were good, the veal parmigian was over cooked, very tough, did not finish the meal. They did take it off the bill when they were told about it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We thought that the Mother's Day menu would be extremely limited but it was not. Fantastic food and good service. They did not rush us to order our entrees and it was relaxing but a little noisy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Though the food was delicious,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Though the food was delicious, and one of our waitresses had a polished manner, there was absolutely NO AMBIANCE. We were a party of 5 and were seated in the middle of a very small dining room, about three feet from the front door and the bar. The door was left open and the traffic noise was very distracting. Another unwelcome surprise was the fact that the restaurant's online menu prices did not match the actual prices. Each entree item was approximately $4 to $5 more expensive than what was quoted online. None of our party had a salad or an appetizer, 2 of us had a glass of sparkling wine, 3 of us had desserts and one had decaf coffee. With a 15% tip, the bill was almost $200. I am afraid I will not be going back to Piccolo's.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They did a great job serving
    Gramadge
    Dined on 5/9/2012
    They did a great job serving us and getting us to the theater on time.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food was good, with many
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/5/2012
    The food was good, with many good choices on the menu. The service was also friendly and prompt.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will go back. This was
    Renee
    Dined on 5/4/2012
    We will go back. This was our first visit. We liked their red sauce.Many interesting dishes are on the menu.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I had heard lots of great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/31/2012
    I had heard lots of great things about Piccolo's so finally got to try it out myself....The food was really amazing -- some of the best Italian that I've had. The service was really top of the line. Very attentive staff that wanted to ensure we had a great experience. This is the type of service you want at every restaurant you go to! I will definitely be back again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food at Piccolo's is AMAZING.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/24/2012
    The food at Piccolo's is AMAZING. The noise level was a bit high, but the dining room was well lit, attractive and cozy; the servers very attentive and friendly; and the food (again) was spectacular. Everyone at my table thoroughly enjoyed the agnolotti carciofini, paglia e fieno, pollo fortunato and cozze e vongole. The only thing left to be desired is draught beer and a more extensive mixed drinks menu, but the wine list is prolific and not too expensive. I will definitely come back when I have something to celebrate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous food at Piccolo's!
    TheaterGoer
    Dined on 3/11/2012
    Dinner at Piccolo's was fantastic. They have recently opened on Sundays, so it was very quiet when we went. Hopefully more people will come on Sundays! The food was outstanding and our service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The waitress was very attentive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/10/2012
    The waitress was very attentive. One dish was sent back due to sausage spiciness which made the tomato sauce spicy as well. The next dish came out promptly and was delicious. Other than the spicy dish, (a personal choice) everything was delicious,including the salad.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were great.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    Food and service were great. Atmosphere was a little loud due to a large party behind us. Parking in that area is tight but were able to park in the nearby ReMax lot with a permit from the restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try the "flan"!
    Geriannb
    Dined on 2/18/2012
    Had dinner Sat night. Reservations at 6:30. Good thing----full by 7:30.Good food; great service. Best Cuban flan EVER,
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian restaurant in
    PatS
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    Best Italian restaurant in Worcester. Food, Service, and Atmosphere is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/11/2012
    One of my favorite restaurants. Busy Saturday before Valentines, yet service and food were as good as always. Of course it didn't hurt that our reservation was for for 6:30 and we had our pick of a nice quiet table. Love Piccolos.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service was very good. Vert
    andrew
    Dined on 2/4/2012
    Service was very good. Vert sincere concern for the customers. Food was outstanding. We vwill be back! This is a gem!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very friendly and helpful
    Gramadge
    Dined on 2/2/2012
    Very friendly and helpful waitress. Great food and a nice wine. Thanks for helping us get to the theater on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Glad we finally tried Piccolo's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/28/2012
    We had wanted to try Piccolo's for some time due to positive reviews from friends. Finally visited on Sat night. Made reservation on-line earlier in the day, out table was waiting as promised. Wait staff was fantastic. They were constantly on the go in the small dining room, but always had time to stop and replace drinks, grate parmesan, fresh pepper, see how things were doing, etc. We both had salads (main menu), very good, and tried the pork medalian parmesan (special), fantastic. Cheesecake was also quite good. Price was reasonable, and we finished with plenty of time to make our show at the Hanover. Will definitely return. Only caution is that the dining room is loud, so not ideal for a romantic outing. Otherwise enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent, waitress
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/27/2012
    Food was excellent, waitress was great, very helpful and friendly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food. It was a grewat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2011
    Great food. It was a grewat night and we will be back!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate