Piccola Italia

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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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EC
Atlantic City
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined there several times. Prices are on the high side but well worth the cost. Service is always excellent.

CM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great dinner for our 19th Anniversary! Thanks so much to the wonderful staff for making it a special meal and the aperitif was amazing!

ME
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable experience, we celebrated our anniversary there and couldn’t be happier with the service and ambiance. The food is always amazing! No other place we would chose for a special occasion or date night!

AV
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect combination of romantic ambience, excellent Italian food and wine choices all provided by a lovely staff.

CL
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fabulous find! My friend and I dined at your lovely restaurant this week and had such a wonderful dining experience. The meals were phenomenal -- all homemade pastas, fresh veggies, extraordinary flavors; it was obvious someone took great care to create a fabulous meal. The dessert was just OK (chocolate cake) but perhaps we'll choose another next time around. Would recommend and we will return!

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect dining experience. Absolutely delicious dinner, excellent service. Great wine list. We would all highly recommend this restaurant and will be back. Mixing creative spins on classic Italian dishes with well-prepared American options, the menu is broad enough to please all. Pasta (rigatoni) was homemade and al dente. Our waiter offered great advice on preparations and was attentive but not intrusive. We highly recommend Piccola Italia

SL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I would say this was the best tasting meal my wife and I have had for many years. Not just tasting but presentation as well for my duck breast and wife's ravioli dish. The chef/owner is truly amazing and his wife/maitre d was very friendly and informative. Although we live in the DC area we will certainly ensure we make it back to Piccola in NJ many times over the next few years.

MP
Philadelphia
196 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

2nd time here and it is excellent

JT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! Always enjoyable... wonderful food & service

s
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very hospitable chef owner with consistently solid food. Excellent wine list. Slightly upscale local standby.

PH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't eaten at Piccola Italia in many years, and now we are kicking ourselves for it. Everything was wonderful. Fabulous, impressive bar, and over the top food. We will be going back ... and SOON!

c
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious, delicious one of our favorite places to dine

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always

c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we had a wonderful dinner as always. Just Delish. Cant wait to go back!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic!

E
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Piccola Italia a few times and have never been disappointed. We were there with some friends for lunch on a Tuesday and the restaurant was quiet. We sat at the bar and had some drinks and then moved to our table. The bartender turned out to be out waiter as well and he was extremely service oriented. All food orders were excellent. Started with some fried calamari, mussels and squash flowers. A few of us had the shrimp scampi with asparagus; pork milanese, burrata ravioli and salmon dish. Everything was delicious. A bunch of very good cocktails as well. I think our server/bartender name was Mark and he was delightful. Shared a cocktail recipe with me that I would love to try.

CB
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance is always spectacular. We love eating at Piccolo Italia.

MT
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal. We both had a special of cod over pasta - it was incredible. Great wine list, fantastic appetizers and delicious sorbet for dessert. A wonderful evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Everyone has a bad night, and the servers were kind, but the food was a disaster!

MP
Philadelphia
196 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was exceptional and our server Mark was great. Owner and his wife were very good hosts. Can't wait to return. Wine list is terrific too!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent- owner came out of the kitchen to say hello and his wife was very welcoming. A+

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars every time! Best food in NJ. My husband and I choose to eat here nearly every time we dine out. Can’t say enough good things

FM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been there before dinner. This time we went for lunch. The food, service and ambiance remain amazing but there were no other diners at the restaurant this time. It is a shore restaurant and likely more people wanted to be closer to the ocean.

n
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I ate there for years, and was so disappointed this time. I had a reservation, and was not told that the two large rooms would have private parties and suggested we eat in the entry corridor, which is too open. Everyone who walks in, looks at your table. First sent to the bar, and then attended to before we sat on a stool. Food was good/ Not as good as every other time. Not sure I will go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing as always. Food was even better than the service. One of my favorite places

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it there!!!

SC
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service and NOT noisy. Homemade pasta was super yummy

SK
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We went for a wine tasting and enjoyed a great evening.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm greeting started our experience as a first timer and it just got better. Food was great as well as the service. Very accommodating in handling an incident. New customer was being seated in the next table however in the process the women's shoulder bag knocked over a vase with water and flowers on our table. Unfortunately my wife got wet but the staff attended to the problem immediately and even offered to change our table which want necessary. Also as a result some of the water from the vase spilled into an appertizer plate that was on our table. It was immediately removed as well as their offer to replace it. Despite this mishap everything else was fine and look forward to the next time.

IG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently a great meal. Almost hidden gem.

MK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best of its kind in Monmouth County.

NJ
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first dining experience here. Fantastic! From the moment we walked in the door we felt at home. Our waiter Ramon was fabulous! Wine list is amazing! Do not miss the ravioli dish! We shared the rib eye for two which rivals the best steakhouses you can find. A visit from the chef/owner was a welcome addition. We will be back many more times to this hidden gem!

WG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place to go and have a great meal!

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We were very disappointed overall. The service was poor and the food was mediocre.

OT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Exceptional veal ragout preceded by moth watering eggplant rollitini-service very good and nice (but expensive) cocktails prepared perfectly!

MT
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious meal from start to finish! Loved the extensive wine list with great selections at all price points. Service was friendly and professional. Would highly recommend - this is a real gem!

S
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and always had a wonderful meal. Every appetizer, entree, wine and server was excellent.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always delicious and innovative.

v
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always skeptical about eating out on a holiday but Visited this restaurant on Easter Sunday anyway.
The food was excellent, the service impeccable as it consistently is!

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