Piccola Italia

4.6
207 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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D
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is usually a good go to restaurant. This day was not as good. Will try again

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B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food excellent service good will return soon

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious as usual

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Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservations online, when I got there it was close, just because a little bit of rain, therefore they don’t honor their hours, as we say in Italy ciao

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal, perhaps our finest since we moved to New Jersey three years ago. The duck was perfectly done and the finest I've had in a while. The portions were manageable and the small additions offered by the chef and our servers were very nice touches to an overall delightful evening. We will surely be back. The attention to detail in the presentation of our entrees showed the interest the house had in setting a high standard.

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MH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant! Everything about it was excellent! Our server Mike was gracious and made sure we would not feel rushed between courses. He took the time to ask us questions before recommending something from the wine list. We chose from the menu-duck potstickers, grilled iceberg wedge, burrata ravioli and the veal ragout. All perfectly cooked and delicious. I picked this place randomly, because I was in the area and it was an unexpected surprise!

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. Brian and his staff do an exceptional job. Had the filet, it was perfect. Tony at the bar is great. Been a satisfied customer for over 15 years. My wife orders the scallops every single time. The wine list over time has grown by pages. Great place.

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DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hate to write this review because I feel like Piccola Italia is a best kept secret in our neighborhood. The food is delicious and the service is exceptional. It's our favorite local spot.

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JP
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, quiet but not too quiet. All food my party had was excellent. Staff was very friendly and highly professional. A little more expensive than the typical area Italian restaurant, but it was definitely worth it for a bit of a step up.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding!

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MF
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place! We love everything about it and we are always happy with ththe service, food, and expeirence!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I New Jersey

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were greeted and seated right on time. We had a nice round table so we could all chat, we had drinks and a house white wine that was suggested and it was perfect. The onion soup was amazing and i had the Sunday sauce special - just wonderful. The six of us had a great time, the meals were all perfect and the value was very good. We will be back!

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything and Everyone were exceptional-start to finish! Thank you for always making our evenings with you memorable!

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J
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and atmosphere very comfortable. The entire staff was very nice. All six of us said we’d ckne back again.

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HR
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food was excellent. However, the server was curt and had limited social skills until it came to tip time.
I was very pleased that the bartender was able to make a "Black Manhattan". The hostess offered a suggestion to my wife regarding a specific wine but it was not available. The full bodied reds that were suggested were not full bodied. I would still recommend the restaurant.

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JF
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Server was wonderful, and followed my request made on open table to put a birthday candle in desert. Thank you very much

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MT
New York Area
163 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious from appetizers through dessert. Loved every second of our meal!!

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WK
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner here. Creative options on the menu, food was all done very well and was very tasty. The staff is accommodating and attentive. Easy to have a delicious and quiet meal while catching up with friends or having a chat. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

love the cozy friendly atmosphere. service was outstanding and the food was very good.

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Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed an exceptional dining experience at Piccola Italia for my wife’s birthday celebration. The food and service could not have been better. We will definitely return.

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f
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always.

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D
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Piccola's was recommended to me, and I had friends from out of town. So I thought I would try it. The menu was diverse and the food was delicious. Our server, Mark, was attentive but not bothersome. Would highly recommend.

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r
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Very disappointed in my food. My steak dish was horrible, and the pasta dish I had ordered was absolutely tasteless. The only sauce available for the pasta was a watery and tasteless Pomodoro sauce. When asked if they had some kind of marinara sauce, they said no. What kind of Italian restaurant has no decent pasta sauce?

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times. Its our favorite Italian restaurant. We always love the fried oysters appetizer. The specials are always great and a nice change from the regular menu.

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R
Naples
11 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding!! Very good service!!

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Food is delicious. We are at the bar. Bartender Tony is awesome.

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GF
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, and a little gem in Ocean Township. The prices were a bit high, but overall, its a fantastic place that will not disappoint. Yum!

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K
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice restaurant in a plaza. Menu is very limited so you would only go there once in a while. Service was perfect. Food prepared to order.

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B
Atlantic City
9 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

My husband tried Piccola Italia after hearing good things about it. I immediately noticed the front door was in sorry need of paint. The restaurant looked tired. It definitely needs a facelift. The food was adequate but not great. The "amuse-bouche" was a sorry sight- a watermelon cube with goat cheese? All in all, I feel the restaurant is over-priced for what it is. Sorry to say we will not be back.

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M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Piccolo Italia's Food never disappoints. The fried oysters Rockefeller are an absolute favorite. The Shrimp Scampi is so subtle yet so delicious - we just can't get enough. This is our 4th time there since we discovered this hidden secret - and we'll be back many many more times.

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m
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

The food is very good but the ambiance needs changing. It looks depressing and it's very noisy. And a little too pricy for pasta.

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m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Piccolo Italia is one of the best restaurants in the county. You can always count on excellent service and food prepared with great care. The menu has something for everyone but don't forget to try the specials. I tried the stuffed zucchini flowers over a salad for an appetizer and a homemade pasta with crab and shitake mushrooms. They were both excellent.

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Charlotte
11 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy our dinner here. This time we also took a takeout for someone.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious here and drinks are awesome!

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TJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always, we went for my birthday and everything was perfect, they brought me and my wife a glass of wine and a dessert at the end which was perfect! Always a great experience

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KW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Our second time there, it was recommended by a friend. Good food, ambiance just ok, service a little slow but it was also filled to capacity. Hostess was less than thrilled to be doing her job. It showed.

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s
Memphis
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wine list was outstanding, service first rate, every dish we ordered was delicious

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SG
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience! The food, cocktails, service- everything was amazing. I had a 9:15 reservation with a group of 6, which can sometimes mean not so great service; however, Robin, took amazing care of us and made us feel comfortable and in no way rushed. I highly recommend this restaurant!

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ML
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic. We received complimentary after dinner port and dessert for our anniversary. We enjoyed the oysters rockefeller. I enjoyed the scallop entree but my husband did not care for his dinner as his risotto was not soft and creamy, but hard. They were also out of the bottle of wine we ordered, but when they told us, our dinners had already come so we just opted for a glass of wine. overall we had a nice experience, mostly due to the waiter.

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