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Piccola Italia, Ocean Township, NJ

Piccola Italia

4.8
4.8
499 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian

At Piccola Italia, chef and owner Brian Gualtieri offers his unique take on classic Italian dishes, fusing fresh Mediterranean flavors with the traditional regional styles of Italian cooking. Our menu features the highest quality seasonal ingredients and bold flavors. Piccola Italia has received high Zagat ratings year after year and with its elegant full bar with an extensive wine list, patrons will not be disappointed.

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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (732) 493-3090

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brian Gualtieri

  • Catering

    Chef Brian Gualtieri and his team will redefine your event expectations by fusing classic Italian dishes with fresh Mediterranean flavors to create innovative menus customized specifically for you and your event guests. <br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    Whether your event is for a business function or an intimate personal celebration, Piccola Italia is the ideal event location to host a group of any size. We work with clients to custom tailor event menus & help to create memorable dining experiences for clients. We also cater off premise events.

  • Private party contact

    Robyn Janssen: (877) 961-9745

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Cross street

    Route 35 and West Park Avenue

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot available on site

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 499 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Contemporary Italian

  • New Jersey - Central

    Notable Wine List

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food and environment- highly recommended

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience. Food - amazing. Staff amazing!!!!!!

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service and the food was phenomenal! The chef stopped at our table to see how everything was and our hostess and waiter were so personable. We go here for all of our special occasions - never disappoints!

  4. ND

    NanetteD

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    If you are gay they don’t treat you with respect. The manager came to every table except ours.

  5. J

    Judyb

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Bring a sweater as a bit chilly.. Food was very good though scallops dish was a bit skimpy for 39$ and only 4 scallops.

  6. j

    jcalda

    New York Area

    140 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    140 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Need a couple of regular pasta dishes on menu. In a shrimp pasta dish I got 2 shrimps- maybe change the name of the dish because there was more sausage and broccoli rabe. However, the food was delicious.

  7. FM

    FrankM

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great menu and service. Convenient jersey shore location.

  8. AL

    AaronL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Piccola is just amazing, food and service is phenomenal. Great wine list as well.

  9. AM

    ArtM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great selection of tequilas and Bourbons. Onion soup was the best I’ve had in a long time. The pork hood and chicken parm was delicious. Nice little hidden gem.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always the best, food, service, everything!

  11. GG

    GaryG

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    very interesting entrees not Your everyday Italian restaurant.

  12. BC

    BethC

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food, service, and ambiance! Piccola Italia is one of our favorite places. This family owned restaurant does not disappoint. The food is always fresh and delicious. The staff is friendly and accommodating, and the owners (Brian & Carolina) are always present and greet their customers with a warm welcoming. There’s a full service bar and a wine list with an abundance of choices. You can have date night here, couples night or family dinner. Be sure to make a reservation as it does get busy here. Thank you Piccola Italia for another enjoyable Saturday evening dinner. Beth C.

  13. MB

    MartyB

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience2

    Food and service were fine, but the noise level made it very difficult to communicate. They really have to find some way to reduce the background noise.

  14. 3

    3dogs

    Baja California Sur

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1

    I would not return nor recommend this restaurant. Overall it was not a pleasant dining experience. Restaurant needs a face lift and menu updated.

  15. S

    Shannon

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    absolutely delightful. what a hidden gem. went here for my birthday with my family including my two small children. delicious food, & attentive staff - will definitely be returning.

  16. H

    Harman13

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Best tasting chicken I have had in years. Excellent sauce

  17. AK

    ArthurK

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our waiter Michael was excellent. The food here is always spectacular. Highly recommended.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It is our go to spot. The staff is ALWAYS FRIENDLY, ATTENTIVE AND THE FOOD IS DELICIOUS EVERY TIME.

  19. W

    Wonderful

    New York Area

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a find! Happened upon this restaurant when looking for a mother's day location that hadn't been fully booked. Someone was watching over me. The food is fabulous and all staff are totally professional and pleasant. Really can't say enough good about it.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Service left a lot to desired but hope it was just an off night for our waiter.

  21. N

    Njeats

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A gem! We will definitely be back!

  22. AL

    ArnieL

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3

    My meal was outstanding and the portions were huge. Our friend suffers from migraine headaches and she said the noise level was acceptable.

  23. KC

    KarenC

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Sound simple on the menu, but when you get it.. Wow flavors are amazing!!! Never disappointed!

  24. j

    janie1010

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and excellent service. I can't wait to go back!

  25. R

    Reaper

    Naples

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Terrific for and great service as always. Always a pleasure!!

  26. S

    Sabisk

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always an outstanding experience at Piccola Italia. One of Ocean Townships only great restaurants ! A family owned and run gem. Love the 1880 Manhattan.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was fantastic as usual

  28. PM

    PaulM

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Too much sauce on everything.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    We sat at the bar

  30. S

    Suesal

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome food!!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and drinks were excellent!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We hadn’t been to this restaurant in a while, so we decided to go. It’s close to our home. We were happy we decided to come. The food was excellent and the service was excellent. It was a little pricey ($150+) for two people but we enjoyed the restaurant very much.

  33. BC

    BethC

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Piccola Italia is superb! My husband and I dine here often and we have never been disappointed. The food is excellent. The staff is wonderful. We have come here on many occasions - alone, with family, and with multiple couples. We have always had a terrific experience. There is a full serviced bar with top shelf choices. The food is outstanding. You will not be disappointed should you choose this restaurant. I highly recommend this hidden gem.

  34. C

    Cakes

    New York Area

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We haven’t been to Piccolo Italia for several years as we moved out of the area. We were thrilled to find it is as good as ever! The food, portions and service were excellent. It was so nice to have music which was pleasant and not too loud so you could have a conversation without shouting. We will definitely be returning!

  35. JS

    JonSyb

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible cuisine and great service

  36. D

    Dm2beach

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food is outstanding. Service is excellent. Always feel welcome.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went here for my girlfriends birthday dinner. She is an excellent cook herself and even she was blown away by the food. Out of this world.

  38. FM

    FrankM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    food was nothing short of amazing with a very full menu to choose from. Wait staff and bus staff were perfect and I did not feel rushed. Looking forward to getting back there real soon

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Good food. Great people. Would definitely revisit

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Haven’t been there in years and it was outstanding. Better than I remember. Can’t wait to go back

FAQs

Piccola Italia offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (732) 493-3090.

Piccola Italia is rated 4.8 stars by 499 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Piccola Italia

837 West Park Ave Ocean Township, NJ 07712

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Route 35 and West Park Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Asbury Park

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Private parking lot available on site

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brian Gualtieri

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (732) 493-3090

  • Catering

    Chef Brian Gualtieri and his team will redefine your event expectations by fusing classic Italian dishes with fresh Mediterranean flavors to create innovative menus customized specifically for you and your event guests. <br /><br />

  • Private party facilities

    Whether your event is for a business function or an intimate personal celebration, Piccola Italia is the ideal event location to host a group of any size. We work with clients to custom tailor event menus & help to create memorable dining experiences for clients. We also cater off premise events.

  • Private party contact

    Robyn Janssen: (877) 961-9745

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