Ristorante Piccolo
Ristorante Piccolo

Ristorante Piccolo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.piccolodc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 342-7414
  • 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 July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (81)neighborhood gem (65)special occasion (58)fit for foodies (34)notable wine list (26)good for groups (18)great for outdoor dining (12)great for brunch (9)great for lunch (9)late-night find (5)scenic view (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Delightful restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    We dined here for my son's birthday and had a lovely evening. The dining rooms have character, the food was excellent (the mushroom ravioli is a standout dish), great service and we loved that the space was quiet so we didn't have to shout at each other - that's getting hard to find in DC these days! We will definitely return again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Whose idea was the violinist?
    ViennaWeeneeVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food was very good but whose brilliant idea was the wandering violinist? The guy is obnoxious. If you are old enough to remember the Ed Sullivan Show, this guy has all the appeal of Henny Youngman who never finished any song on the violin before telling a joke. The difference is that this guy doesn't even rise to Henny's "comedy." But back to the restaurant, with all the great Italian restaurants in the area, we will not be back to this one. If you do wnat try it for the food don't go on a weekend when "Henny" is walking around.
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  • We loved this restaurant
    Daniel
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The restaurant had a warm attractive atmosphere. We were seated next to the gas fireplace, so cozy and warm on a very cold winter's night. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. Our drinks and several courses arrived promptly, well-timed and spaced out properly. The drinks were well-made, the appetizers were delicious, the meal well-proportioned and prepared perfectly. The wine we selected was very good. The best part of the meal was the desserts. I had mouth-melting delectable chocolate mousse with chocolate cake and whipped cream. The other desserts were incredible as well as reported by my dining companions. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit here and will come back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    Team4VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    The food is consistently good. The service is outstanding. We enjoy it with large groups with a noise level that allows for table discussion but also provides enough energy. While not a fan of "plastic menus", the experience is consistently positive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go to special dinner place in Gtown
    MoMo
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Third time back and will return again. Love the atmosphere...especially the cozy tables in front area. A few "I wishes"...I wish they would bring bread to table and not hand out piece by piece, also place grated cheese on table (that first little sprinkle on pasta doesn't cut it for me), and also wish the appetizers were a little larger.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    FredVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was very nice and the atmosphere is interesting with a very unique upstairs. Noisy and our wait staff seemed to get too busy as the night went on. I'd go again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food really is as good as they say
    SJulien
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Yelp reviews tend to be jaded so I was surprised several were polite and favorable. Although our entire party wasn't there at the same time, we were seated promptly. The menu choices were quite good so we chose several items off of the regular and specials menu. The seafood ravioli was sublime; the broth for the mussels unbelievable; the veal piccata fantastic. The wine selection was quite extensive. Two things prevent me from giving this review 5 stars: half of our table received bread, half did not. The website advertised a special for groups of 6 or more: free glass of spumanti and tiramisu. We were a group of 7 so was disappointed that we had to request it. The entire table received the spumanti but only 1 person received the tiramisu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food.
    togakid
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We made reservations just a couple hours ahead of time, and was able to get a very convenient time slot. We were seated immediately which I was very pleased about. menu selection was excellent, and the food quality was great. Service was a bit slow, not sure if it was because our table was tucked in a corner or if the wait staff was more interested in the larger parties, there were only three of us. But it seemed to us that others were getting service quickly and we're getting more attention with regards to clearing plates, water refills, drinks, getting our bill, ect.. It took quite a while for even our waiter to acknowledge us.. Other than that, I would highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sorento
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Great pasta. The chicken piccata is delicious also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Georgetown Restaurant
    2unchtarheels
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were looking for a romantic place with outstanding food where we could actually hear each other across the table. Finding one of these three things in Georgetown on a Friday night is hard enough but you delivered all three along with great service and made our night "Special".
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience
    joefood
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I was a little nervous about dining here, having read way too many reviews before coming, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that our experience mirrored those of the most positive reviews. We were seated immediately, our servers were all prompt and courteous, and our food was fantastic. Stand outs include the appetizer bread filled with mozzarella and lightly fried, and the gnocchi. All of our fresh pasta dishes were wonderful. Although the noise level was loud, we had a nice table in the front room and were able to converse without any problem. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time experience and enjoyable
    Websight
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    We based our first visit to Ristorante Piccolo on other reviews we read in Trip Advisor and they didn't disappoint. Overall an enjoyable experience with nice setting, good service and the food was above average--although portions were relatively small.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great little italian restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    we came to Ristorante Piccolo because we couldn't get into a different well-known Italian restaurant and we very pleasantly surprised. food was excellent - selection was great and the service was outstanding...
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great !
    jake
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    This is our 2nd time while visiting our son & we enjoy the staff & food & service. While it was a busy nite due to holiday weekend our waiter surprised us with a complimentary dessert. A nice touch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Wasn't bad, but won't go back. Food was fine, but very bland. Everthing needed at least salt, although the pasta was good. The rolled chicken & prosciutto, and the chicken piccata were tough. Tables were a little too close together. Felt like we were dining with the couple next to us. Service was just ok. We had to ask for drinks. It's a shame becasue it looks like it should be this great romantic Italian restaurnat in the heart of Georgetown, but not so much.
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  • Disappointing
    SpeedsterVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went for an evening meal with friends. Generally a disappointing experience - food was pretty poorly done. Starters were bland, main courses were a long time coming and one had to be sent back as was cold. Server apologized and said it was because they had a large party in - seems that shouldn't be an excuse for poor service times and suggests poor management. Pasta was overcooked, risottos lacked flavor. Ambiance was loud to raucous (possibly due to the large party). Violin player was intrusive and had no intuition on table (lack of) interest in his antics. Would suggest those looking to have a catch up with friends consider elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • quaint atmosphere, slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    While we were seated immediately upon arrival at 8:30, service was slow, first to take our order, and then for the meals to actually arrive. The house bread was forgettable. The California Cabernet was very good and the mixed green salad was excellent, but it took over an hour for our meals to arrive from the time we ordered, and once the food came I was very disappointed. The lobster ravioli I ordered arrived lukewarm, and bland tasting. The portion size for this meal in particular, but also for others in our group of four, was less than generous. We ended up feeling rushed to make it back to the river cruise on time to catch the last boat at 10:30. Given the charming atmosphere of this restaurant, I had hoped for better . . .
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the trip
    Mscar
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I was trying to get into Filomena's, but it was booked. This was a second choice, but it should have been our first. Apps were fantastic, my wife said it was the best ravioli she has ever had. I had a risotto special which was V. Good. My son had a veal dish that was bursting with flavor. Friendly service. Tables are a little close, but somehow we did have our privacy. Highly recommended.
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  • We loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Please don't miss. The desserts were lovely…try the tiramisu! It was dark and romantic…the dinner was perfect:) Next time we are in Washington we will definitely return. Make reservations because it is small and look at the wine list!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A lovely place to dine
    Rick0526VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Piccolo is a lovely place. The restaurant looks more like a private home than a commercial establishment, and Moe Jaldi, Piccolo's long time manager, sees to it that his clients are treated like family. The food is wonderful. If you plan on visiting the D.C. area, put this restaurant on your must visit list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Italian restaurant
    TienouVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Good food, decent wine list and charming house in Georgetown. Try to have a table on the balcony.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We were in D.C. to visit the Capitol's museums and white house, and were delighted to find this restaurant. We were in DC for three nights and we ate at Piccolo two of them. Our server Maya is the best server we have ever had. She suggested dishes that she thought we would like and she was right on target. Maya also paired our meal with a fine wine. Maya is a true asset to this restaurant The food was prepared by a true lover of the Italian cuisine our complements to the Chef. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    BettyVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I have eaten here several times and loved my meal and service. but tonight was not good. I ordered shrimp scampi, an italien standard anywhere and it was very disappointing. no flavor, no real garlic zest, no real sauce to dip my bread and the shrimp were overcooked and frozen - will have to think twice before dining here again. hope this was just a bad day.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Came from out of town and had never tried Piccolo. We loved it. The food was good, not great, at least according to me. Everyone else at our table liked their choices better. However, the service was great, the waiters are very friendly! They even gave us free champagne to celebrate a birthday. I would definitely oh back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Medioce
    FB0037FoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I made brunch reservation having had good experience at dinner, we were seated right next to an open window which had flies swarming around us. The food was not seasoned well and was overcooked. At the very least I'm not coming back for brunch.
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  • Food was good, but felt very rushed
    DCnative
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was our second time here and you could tell something was off. I'm not sure if it's because they gave into the LivingSocial and Groupon's of the world or if it's b/c it was Saturday night, but everything was rushed. After ordering a bottle of wine, the waitress told us that she preferred we order everything at once instead of relaxing over an appetizer and then ordering. We refused. Then we had to ask what the specials were and then we got the impression that we were making them go out of the way to explain them to us. In the end, I don't think we'll keep Piccolo on our list of traditional places to go to. Beyond that, the food was still good, but I'm glad that we waited the 45 minutes past our reservation time to sit on the balcony.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • EE from SRQ
    EEandSE
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Loved the ambiance, impeccable service and delicious food. One of the best places in Georgetown at reasonable prices, I'd go back any time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Brunch-Great Value
    hak3VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Good choices, very moderately priced and quality above average. Recommended for informal dining and minimal hype from staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not quite up to par
    Robert
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We've eaten here at least three times in the past two years and normally hold the restaurant in high regard. Something was off this night and I hope it was temporary. The food we ordered was not up to their usual high standards and the wine we wanted from their wine list was not available. The replacement wine for the same cost was mediocre at best. My wife's seafood pasta went from being accompanied by angel hair pasta to regular spaghetti and my veal scallopini was not as tasty as usual. Service was fine and there was a good crowd so perhaps it was just an unusual occurrence.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service could have been better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Visits to table by waitstaff was infrequent. Was asked if I wanted grated parmigiano but never got it
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    ADU14
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The service and food were great! My only complaint would be that the food came out too quickly. However, this ended up working in our favor because we wanted get out and beat the rain, since we had to walk home.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner
    Shannon
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I chose Piccolo's for our anniversary dinner and it was wonderful. I had the Lobster Ravioli and there are not enough good things to say about this dish - delish! My husband is a picky eater and the waiter was great with walking him through the menu to find the perfect dish to his liking. We both found the servings to be just the right size, not too big that we were stuffed, but not too small that we were still hungry. The price of our dinner was well within line of our expectations with appetizers, main course, desert and a bottle of wine. Honestly we cannot wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • quiet side street
    Sergio
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I was at this restaurant in the evening time so i think there is a great little romantic spot but usually in the day times i think it's more of a bustling place. But the food was delicious and prepared quite well. the chicken dish i had was like butter and the salads were quite fresh and tasty. The selection of wine at this place is quite good too. I don't know if this a evening thing at this place but it gives a personal touch to it but the owner was around and having drinks and doing a bit of a dance haha. The only thing i couldn't try at this place that I really wanted to was to dine in the balcony but being really hot outside i think i will return another time
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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    • 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
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Crowded Space
    FranciscoVIP
    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.
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    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
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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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.