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About Piccola Italia

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.

837 West Park Ave
Ocean Township, NJ 07712
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - close

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(732) 493-3090

Website:
http://www.piccolaitalianj.com/

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.

Piccola Italia’s innovative event team can help with all unique catering needs for an elegant and memorable event. We specialize in weddings, personal and corporate affairs and we can attend to every detail of your entertaining needs.

Parking Details:
Private parking lot available on site

Executive Chef:
Brian Gualtieri

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
HAPPY HOUR - MONDAY-SUNDAY - 5:00-6:00 pm. 1/2 priced select glasses of wine at the bar only. Come join us!

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

New Year’s Eve is Coming Up!
2 SEATINGS WITH PRE-SET MENUS ONLY:
First Seating: 5:00-6:45 $75.00 Per Guest (+beverages, tax, gratuity) Second Seating: 7:15-Close $110.00 Per Guest Includes a Champagne Toast (+ beverages, tax, gratuity) Ring in 2018 with us. CC # Requested to Confirm

Piccola Italia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

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4.1

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96% would recommend it to a friend

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Fit for Foodies (10)
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Worth the Drive (10)
Authentic (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Romantic (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Cozy (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 10 hours ago

It takes a long time to get aCocktail

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Fantastic as always. The people are great and the food is even better. We came for a date night in December, and they remembered us from when we had our Baptism gathering here way back in April. I had the best sirloin I have ever tasted, and my wife had the scallops. Both were done to perfection. I would gladly return for all of my special occasions and then some.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Excellent, creative cuisine. Absolutely delicious. A true, neighborhood gem.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2017

We were visiting the area and came upon this restaurant through Open Table. We were very pleasantly surprised. We dined very early and were met with a warm welcome and a tasty amuse bouche. It got even better from there! The food is imaginative, flavorful and made with local ingredients. Our favorites were the “loaded” potato soup, the house special seared scallops and the Nutella crepe brûlée. The staff is professional and courteous. The dining room is tastefully decorated with colorful artwork.
The entire dining experience was enjoyable. We’ll definitely be going back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The Sea Bass special was outstanding. We split the Ortolano Salad; the Goat Cheese and Walnut Vinaigrette was delicious. Braised Veal Ragout was good. Robin, our server did a great job and I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We will be back! The service was fantastic ...we were treated with 1st class service. The food had creative combinations and was delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was gourmet quality, as were prices ($$$$)
Popularity would increase if the menu prices decreased. Over priced for a neighborhood restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I've been dining at Piccola for many years. The original chef, Brian, became the owner several years ago, and expanded and it got even better. Wonderful, creative food, great service, everything one could want.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Delicious one of the best meals I ever had. A little pricey, so I need to go only on special occasions.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Celebrating my husband’s birthday at Piccola Italia was a wonderful experience. It was our first time here. Our server, Robin was attentive and personal. Starting g with appetizers through the main course and dessert, each was a culinary delight. The chef came out to introduce himself and offered us a complimentary white port wine after dinner drink. We highly recommend Piccola for your dining pleasure.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent meals. We had the pork chop Milanese, shrimp scampi, sea scallops, and duck. Loved it. Wine was also very nice. Had apple crumb and gelato desserts-- great. Everyone very attentive, although our waiter seemed a little inexperienced.

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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Nope. Overpriced

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great dinner-love amuse bouche! Nice touch! Excellent local option.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

The food was amazing. The scallops and the fig salad and buratta ravioli were so delicious. We can't wait to go back!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on September 21, 2017

The food was just outstanding. Two of us had the rigatoni entree which was amazing and the other two in our party had the pork chop and buratta ravioli. The service was fast and attentive. We can't wait to go back! Definitely a spot I would bring family or friends for a special occasion.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Comfort Food, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Piccolo Italia is one of the finer Italian restaurants in the state. The food is prepared with great care by a very talented chef. I started my meal with the homemade burrata which was incredible. My main course was Veal Ragout with homemade pasta. Both were enjoyable. Looking forward to my next visit to try another dish on the menu.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Key West)·Dined on September 9, 2017

six of us got together for dinner, I had the Claims Claims Claims its several different types of claims in a lite butter sauce over pasta. The claims are super clean and fresh. This dish was so good 3 of the 6 of us had the same dinner. My wife had the Tuna special and it was very good. The chef comes out to check on how you are doing, The staff is very good, they are there to help you and see that you have everything you want with out hanging around . Looking forward to going back soon.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Great Beer, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Exceptional food! Try the ravioli!

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·Dined on August 12, 2017

One word sums it up "FABULOUS".
My husband and I just came back from Italy. Never thought we would find food that is so close to the Italian flavors of the country we just left.

Amazing. Hats off to the chief.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Another Amazing meal! The specials are always creative and use the best fresh local ingredients!! Try the gnocchi, they are amazing! The menu changes often. Friendly service, always attentive and helpful with the specials! I cannot wait to go back again.

The bar was a wonderful selection of wine by the glass. I prefer the single malt scotch with the big ice cube. Great place to watch the ballgame.

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Recommended to us so we thought we would try it and were not disappointed. Sat at the bar and enjoyed the martinis and the food - crab cake appetizer, tortellini soup, Kobe burger and pork tenderloin. One note.....would recommend that the chef remove the waffle fries and replace with hand cut French fries. We will definitely return to this excellent find!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Here we have great food and wine. However you must deliver menus and bread to customers within 5 minutes of sitting not 15 minutes Probably the best home made biscotti I have ever tasted. The scallops were very good but substitute risotto for mashed potatoes underneath. We will return

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This restaurant is expensive food is good atmosphere is nice Prices are on high side Service was great very professional. They do like to turn tables over once you are done. Appetizers are on small side for the cost.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Early dinner so we were the only one in the restaurant. Dinner was very good. Wine list a little disappointing in that there is nothing under $35 and it went up over $100. I just think it is unnecessary for everyday dining. Service I'm not sure what to say. Three staff members came to the table at different times. One seemed rather odd. It was just awkward.

Tags: Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent meal and top notch service!! Robyn thank you for making our meal extra delicious with your attentive service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Everything was Perfect

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 30, 2017

Food was very good. We sat in the bar area so it was noisy but not a problem. They had a couple big party's so service was a little slow. Waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable but disappeared for long periods. Clams and linguine, ceaser salad and lobster roll were excellent. My wife has some dietary restrictions they were very accommodating. I would definitely go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

I hate to leave negative reviews but the food is totally Bland and not worth the price here for the portions! I had the shrimp scampi and he had the scallops. We split Escarole and beans and a caesar salad. The dressing on the side for the Caesar salad was totally watered down with no taste at all! Escarole and beans should read beans with garlic with only a few specks of escarole in it. The shrimp were about the size of 21 - 25 and only 5 of them and again totally bland sauce with a taste if lemon. I will not be back!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

We went for dinner on our anniversary on the recommendation of friends. It was a Thursday night and not very crowded which made for a nice, quiet time. The food was mostly delicious. One exception was the broccoli rabe in my main course. Appetizers were excellent: calamari and also a bone marrow salad. The latter was very good and very surprising. A nice start. Wife had big, beautiful scallops and I had rigatoni (with the broccoli rabe). Desert was an apple cake with ice cream. All good and the price was very reasonable for such a well-prepared meal. We will return.

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2017

This is a serious Italian food place. We have eaten here several times and it is always top notch. Dishes are prepared to order, so everything tastes fresh. Big wine list. Great service.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This was my first visit to Piccola Italia, after having read through several outstanding reviews left here on OpenTable. I made a reservation for 7:45, arrived at 7:00 (Prior plans ended earlier then expected), took a seat at the bar while awaiting for my table to open.

While sitting at the bar, the bartenders had their hands full with a full restaurant and some inebriated (also, loudly obnoxious) customers a few chairs down. Minding my own business and enjoying my drink, I overheard the wait staff talking between themselves standing behind us when one asked "How much trouble will I be in if I forgot to book someones entrees?" This isn't something I wanted to hear upon my first visit, so I shrugged it off as an accident.

My date and I were seated at 7:45, orders were taken, and at 8:30, our server came to tell us that he as well, forgot to enter our entrees. Now, this was a different server then the one we heard say that while we were at the bar, and in doing so, our two drinks were removed from the bill. Our entrees arrived at 9:15, and after 15 minutes, we were tired (Having been there total for almost two and a half hours) and asked for the check.

With that being said, the food was very good but we felt the portions were smaller then expected. After reading so many positive reviews, I left feeling like it might have been an off night for perhaps the servers.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Their filet mignon is delicious and cooked to perfection. Service is good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Great bar withsuper stocks of bourbons and single malts!
Bar menu solid but a la carte dining is better- salads are the hidden gems

Tags: Authentic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Every time I ate here I am surprised that there aren't customers lined up at door waiting for tables. This is absolutely one of our favorite places and It never disappoints!

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Food fabulous, innovative. Fresh ingredients, diverse menu.
Service excellent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Piccola Italia is one of my favorite restaurants, luckily quite close to where I live. I go there with friends to talk and enjoy the wonderful food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Love their scallops. Always consistently delicious. Servers were excellent.

Tags: Business Meals, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We loved our experience and dinner last Saturday. The servers all helped each other and were knowledgeable. The food was innovative. There were 4 of us and we all loved our dinners.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Just the best Italian Food around....the scallops are to die for

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Love this restaurant. I have dined here several times and never once did I have anything even mediocre...it is always outstanding ~ creative, delicious, fresh. Chef Brian is a Master. So grateful to have this hidden gem in our town.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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