Ristorante Piccolo
Ristorante Piccolo

Ristorante Piccolo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.piccolodc.com/
  • Phone: 202-342-7414x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Arnaldo Rubio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Entertainment: Strolling violinist every Friday and Saturday evenings
    Strolling guitarist Monday through Thursday, 6:30 to 10:30pm
  • Special Events: We have a beautiful party room with bar for up to 70 guests, and a semi-private room upstairs with use of balcony seating for up to 30 guests. Call our Events Office at 202-289-4084 for reservations/questions/menus. Images and details are on our Private Dining page.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: M Street
  • Public Transit: Arriving every ten minutes, from 7 a.m. to midnight everyday, the red, black, and yellow-striped Circulator bus. Get to and from Georgetown via M Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. $1.
    Blue Georgetown Metro Connector bus picks up from Dupont Cir & Rosslyn Metro to M Street in Georgetown. We are near the corner of 31st and M Streets.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Public lot and street parking.
A word from Ristorante Piccolo
Established in 1986, Ristorante Piccolo is a romantic and unique Italian trattoria with walls of sun-blessed amber hues, full of the warm-hearted wines and food that match the spirit of Italy, loved by Washingtonians and visitors alike! It is a tiny gem just off the beaten path in Georgetown, offering one of the best seats in Georgetown—a second-floor balcony overlooking Georgetown and the historic C & O Canal, and is a very popular spot for rehearsal dinners and celebrations. Piccolo will happily surprise you with its excellent food, service, wine and atmosphere--with three cozy-lit fireplaces, 2 beautiful wall water features and unique ironwork throughout, adding to the warmth and romance of the restaurant. A strolling violinist sets the perfect mood for romantic dining on Friday and Saturday evenings, and can also be hired for that special party. Piccolo has recently won TASTE OF GEORGETOWN's Best Entree, & a Diner's Choice award from OpenTable for Most Romantic
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Ristorante Piccolo reviews from OpenTable diners
139 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (93)neighborhood gem (69)special occasion (68)fit for foodies (36)notable wine list (30)great for outdoor dining (28)good for groups (19)scenic view (12)great for lunch (11)great for brunch (9)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Little Piccolo=Big Culinary Efforts
    JLSCTVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    "Piccolo," means diminutive or small in Italian, but Ristorante Piccolo is BIG on choices & culinary efforts. Think of it as G'town's Little Italian Kitchen That Could: deliciously cheap prix-fixe lunch, brunch deals, excellent and bargain-priced 3-course "Sunset Special", (& all this in pricey Georgetown!) Balcony is charming & wait staff has always been welcoming & accommodating. GM David Shan is a delight! On previous visits we loved Tuscan tomato soup & the Bistecca a la Piccolo, which can satisfy the largest appetite. This time we enjoyed Pollo San Marsano w/ artichoke heart, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, light cream sauce & Gamberi Allegro w/ angelhair pasta, shrimp, garlic, bell peppers, peas, white wine/light cream. Che Bella Note!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repeat visit with friends
    WineYahooVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed very good meal (agnello) with friends. Comfortable and very good service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cute place
    Nicole
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I didn't care for the salmon but the service was good. Nice ambiance for a date
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded Space
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The prices for this place are a bit outrageous for the portion sizes given, and the restaurant is pretty small, so when full on a Friday or Saturday night, it can get pretty cramped. The plus side is that the food actually tasted good, but I probably won't be returning without some kind of great deal anytime in the forseeable future.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    JTDCVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    I have been here many times, and have never been disappointed. Be sure to go early, as specialties and favorites DO run out (just like at all other comparably great places!)
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant
    Ginny
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Nice menu delicious clams appetizer and all raviolis outstanding!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ristorante Piccolo
    MPNGourmet
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This restaurant on 31st NW in Georgetown just off of M St. is a great find. It's a quaint place with two floors for dining including a cozy balcony upstairs and fireplaces on the ground floor and features a large varied menu of Italian-inspired dishes incorporating some touches of classical French preparation in the sauces. Daily specials add to the choices. The service is impeccable and gratious and what one would expect to find in a restaurant with a much higher price point- as Piccolo is reasonably priced for excellent food and service. The wine list compliments the menu and offers several choices by the glass. This was my first visit, but I can assure you I will be back as there are so many delicious choices to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great time at Piccolo
    Kenya
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Although our favorite server Maya was not on duty, we were greeted by a very friendly hostess and placed with Omar-who was great! We received a very special welcome from Piccolo's great assistant manager Moh. He immediately sent over two glasses of champagne-this even before we opened the menus. The Calamari Fritti appetizer started dinner-delicious! My wife ordered the Gamberi Ameberi-fresh broiled shrimp with garlic, bell peppers, peas in white wine and light cream sauce over angelhair pasta. I had one of the dinner specials-Bistecca di Lombo-which was London broil brushed with olive oil, (YES) perfectly grilled and topped with lump crabmeat, bernaise sauce and served over mashed potatoes with arugula. Our night-5 stars! Always SUPERB!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food great views
    chollie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Food was good but not the best I have had. My wife agreed. Sat on balcony on a beautiful night overlooking the action on the street below. It was our anniversary. I write that in the Open Table reservation but the restaurant didn't mention it. Ok if they don't do that type of thing, but was a bit disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great violinist
    Ernie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food, good service. Enjoyed Jim Deal, their violinist.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Well worth a visit
    Stycks
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Very good menu and excellent food, the service was first class, the ambience also and a very reasonable price for what we enjoyed
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    luckyreno
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The food was delicious. We had 3 pasta dishes and one chicken piccata. The service was good. She was knowledgeable and helpful in our choice selections. There was a large party of 16 with an infant that was unhappy being there so it made for a less than enjoyable meal. Overall a nice time and will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Would not go back!
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food was bland and overpriced and the seafood entrees were overcooked. Service was very poor. Our waiter brought out the wrong food to the two of us, and did not return to the table once to check on how everything was once the correct entrees were brought out. In addition, we ordered a bottle of wine and when we asked to have the bottle corked at the end of the meal, our waiter took out a cork from another random bottle from his apron. There are too many good restaurants in DC and I would not recommend this place to anyone.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very unique restaurant
    Redhead
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our food was delicious. Our was just a bit snippy. Didn't pay attention to the small details of our needs. Got one of the orders wrong. Then had to wait for the right order to come out. She did offer free desserts for the wait we had for our food. Atmosphere was great. Nice restaurant....we will try again when we are back in Georgetown.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another lovely meal
    NomNominDCVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had another great meat at Ristorante Piccolo. I won't repeat myself re: the service and ambiance which are both great. I just want to make a specific note about the gnocchi with mushroom /cream sauce that my boyfriend had (it was a special). The gnocchi was well cooked and the mushroom cream sauce was delightful. Thank you Piccolo for another great evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    Tiggercraze
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I had a great time here. The food was amazing the staff was friendly. I already recommended this place to a stranger looking for a place to eat with her friends their last night in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I will go back
    SLTheFoodie
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food was very good, but not necessarily great. The service was adequate, but not really impressive. The menu is pretty extensive and I would go back to try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing entrees
    myreviews
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We made a reservation for a Monday on Open Table, and good thing they did. We arrived on time and they gave us a great table in the corner of the restaurant near the window, as their patio has room for only 3-4 2-person tables, and would have taken 30 minutes to be seated there. However, the restaurant was so busy it was turning people away shortly after we arrived. On a MONDAY! Good for them. Our order was taken quickly, and the food also did not delay. I am excited to eat here again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Off night?
    KayZee
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    There appeared to be only 2 wait staff so giving the benefit of the doubt we will write off the incredibly slow service. First course was cold. Second was bland. No bread. No wine. Horrific odor began mid meal. Some issue with the septic system. Men with buckets and mops running up and down stairs. Never going here again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • outstanding
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    delicious.... always great !!! service is especially good... all food highest quality and consistently excellent,...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cold meal
    xxxx
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I never write negative reviews on open table, but unfortunately I have to say that my meal at Ristorante Piccolo was served very late and very cold. It was almost inedible - and had been touted as one of their specialties. It is in a neat building in the heart of Georgetown - but I guess there was a reason we were able to get a reservation at the last minute.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, disappointing service
    LunchOnMeVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This was my fourth visit for dinner at Ristorante Piccolo; however, I was very disappointed in the service this time. We were seated on the main level in the front area. The server was late bringing us menus, did not explain any specials or wines, and did not check on us at all. When we asked for the dessert menu, he actually said they don't have a dessert menu, which is a lie because I have been there before and seen a dessert menu. This is unfortunate because the food was delicious- we had the veal and the lamb chops as well as a pappardelle al fungi. I do not plan to visit this restaurant again anytime soon.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We were visiting Georgetown and selected this restaurant from the ratings in Open Table and everything was exactly as stated. Great food and atmosphere. Very friendly and attentive staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorite Italian in Georgetown
    spfriedmanVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Ristorante Piccolo is not only one of my favorite Italian restaurants in Georgetown and all of D.C.; it's one of my favorite restaurants throughout Washington. It's lovely and not overpriced, great wine list, and fantastic appetizers, entrees and specials. Some nice desserts too. Plus a violinist who walks around to play for different tables!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening
    texasgirl13
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    My daughter and I visited Ristorante Piccolo on our visit to Georgetown. We loved all the appetizers and our pasta dishes. We had a wonderful meal and evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic
    jake
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Our dining experience was great. 1st time & would definitely return & recommend. Great food & service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A wonderful dining experience!
    MissKitty
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We tried Piccolo based on the review from Open Table. We were not disappointed. Every aspect of the evening was beyond our expectations...delicious food (the best lasagna ever!), the wait staff, and location. Will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible service
    Amifarra
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    This restaurant had one of the worst waiters I've ever seen. They were not welcoming and treated us like a disease. Plus my pasta was bland and over cooked. Just terrible.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exellent food, great service
    Scott
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Birthday dinner for my wife. All the staff were friendly and attentive. The food was terrific. We are both vegetarians and there were many dishes to choose from. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great even 11 years later
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My wife and I had our first date here eleven years ago. It was good then, even better now. David the manager heard we were celebrating our five year wedding anniversary and came over and have us extra attention. To top it off the food was great and priced well. Great time and great food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ristorante Piccolo
    Speedy
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Great food and a very friendly waitstaff that is not afraid to give you recommendations and take care of your every need. I recommend them. I will eat there again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    DrGerrie
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    I travel from NY to DC on occasion and this is one of my fav restaurants in Georgetown. Set on a local side street,comfortably away from the hustle and bustle. Food is always great, service is attentive without being intrusive. Generally busy but relatively quiet. Looks like mostly locals, not touristy at all. Highly recommend this neighborhood gem! Check it out!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Graduation Dinner
    Mary
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Excellent dining establishment for special occasions and more. Attentive table service and staff. Highly recommend Ristorante Piccolo for family dinners, special occasions like high school or college graduations, birthdays and anniversaries. Lovely menu selections and specials of the day. I particularly love the handmade pasta. Or try the veal. Lots to choose from. Whenever we have something to celebrate in my family, this is where we head for a picture perfect evening, start to finish.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like being in Italy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food and service was outstanding. We started dinner around 7pm on a Saturday. The waitstaff let us take our time ordering appetizers and dinner, giving us time to enjoy our wine and such. When we first arrived the restaurant was quiet and there was plenty of space to get to your table, by the time we left it was a little noisier and the aisles were a little cramped with all the seats in the restaurant being occupied. The only real downer was the violinist that came around right in the middle of a conversation and he was just a little obnoxious.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good!
    Cookie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food and ambiance. All three of our dinners were excellent. Excellent bread, great seafood pasta but I did't like the cannoli as the shell was rock hard. Everything was really nice until it was time to pay. Our waiter and a few other staff hovered around a large table and ignored our attempts to get their attention. We really enjoyed the dinner until we couldn't leave as our waiter was too busy to bring us the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful all-around
    LoveItalian
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The service was amazing! So classy and made us feel so comfortable. Sat on the balcony and then they moved us inside when it started to rain. Food was wonderful. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    gumpers
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Delightful experience. Food was very good. My lobster raviolli was tasty but temperature of food was cool. My family of 5 enjoyed their meals as all food was served piping hot except for raviolli
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasion Restaurant
    Mary
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Reunion? Birthday? Graduation? Other special occasion? Here's the restaurant for you. A classic Georgetown pleaser. Begin with a few starters for your group. Like Melanzane al Formaggio di Capra (grilled eggplant/cheese), Calamari Fritti, and Piccolo Antipasti, perfect! Continue with fresh pasta, meats and more. My favorite? Vitello Piccata (veal scaloppine sauteed with garlic in a lemon caper sauce.) The salads could be stronger, but they're simple and fresh, for sure. And, the menu, wine list, service and dining ambiance are winning elements. Indeed, Ristoranti Piccolo hits all the high notes for special occasions and more. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food!!
    Foodie1067
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Really authentic Italian food, great wine ... Fabulous meal!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Ristorante Piccolo!
    Denise
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    The food is fantastic and the service is very professional. We enjoyed the delicious bread with olive oil, the roasted eggplant appetizer, and for entres, the mushroom risotto with chicken and the sage ravioli. The almond cake for dessert was scrumptious! Our server recommended a perfect wine. I highly recommend Ristorante Piccolo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.