Piccola Italia

4.8
431 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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vipdrlkat50
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Excellent food-alcoholic are are expensive for NJ-Manhattan is less expensive

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vipTravelingman
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Came for our 40th anniversary, 8 people . Food is great, interesting preparations,good size portions. Service very good. Wine prices are reasonable, nice selection. A very good restaurant with some of the best food In nj.

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derf
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Had no idea about this place...found on open table by accident. Food was Fabulous!!

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Foodie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, food and service is spot on ! Fresh and homemade ingredients are evident and encourages tasting or sharing each meal! Love the energy and ambiance but the oversized comfortable dining chairs finish it off!

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vipGWDiner
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The restaurant was packed on a Saturday night with happy diners - just like precovid days. Yet the service did not stumble the food was delicious and dining experience was well paced, comfortable and attentive. I dislike writing reviews for restaurants I favor but for Piccola deserves the positive mention. Good food, terrific service and delightful dining earns kudos from me!

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KathleenN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Server Marietta was Wonderful!!! She made the night extra special!!

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AlexandraU
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful! Loved the small appetizer from the chef last night which was a tempura zucchini! The waygu steak and Vermont maple crème brûlée were also show stoppers!

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vipCarolyn
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious thank you so much!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Meal started with amuse Bouche of Chinese chicken on a crispy wonton, which was a bit weird for an Italian restaurant, plus I couldn’t eat it, since I don’t eat meat.
Starters were zucchini blossoms over pickled vegetables - blossoms were good, although lukewarm and a bit mushy over the marinated veggies, and a Caesar salad which had a bit too much dressing on it-the creamy kind.
Entrees were veal ragu over pasta, with more ragu than pasta and egg yolk malfatti pasta with mushrooms, too thick pasta and could have benefitted by some Malfatti, which was absent. Wine selection was on the pricey side but good.
There are better family owned Italian restaurants in the area than this one. However, service was excellent, but overall value for the price of the meal was missing.

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Neighbor
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Piccola Italia continues to be one of my favorite restaurants. Last night I had beautifully prepared salad (they're all wonderful) and fresh tuna, topped off by salted caramel gelato for dessert. Delicious - and worthy of our anniversary celebration. I know from experience that I could have chosen pretty much any item from the menu and been equally delighted. The variety of the food offerings and care taken with each dish's composition make this a sure bet .. someplace where, if I could afford it, I could happily eat dinner every night!

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vipRosySupposes
Orlando
48 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If I could give Chef Brian and this restaurant more than 5 stars, I would. We dined here with another couple who had never been here previously. Two of us had "Mumford's Baby lettuce Harvest Salad" with candied bacon, pecans, apples and greens- we both agreed it was probably the best salad we'd ever eaten. My husband had the seasonal "Best of the Wurst" appetizer and gave it rave reviews as did our other diner who enjoyed the stuffed zucchini blossoms.
For entrees, two of us had the "House Made Burrata Ravioli" that featured sweet potato puree, browned sage butter, balsamic apples, pumpkin seeds and pumpkin brittle. It can be summed up in now word-heavenly. One of us had the "Rigatoni Shrimp" and another the" Caper and Mustard Seared Atlantic Salmon." Both were reported to be excellent. The chef also sent us some wonderful amuse bouche, a sampling of his white bean ribollita and a slice of the flourless chocolate cake.
Two of us also enjoyed the seasonal apple cider martinis. We all agreed that this was one of the best meals we've ever had. Highly recommended to all!

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NicoleL
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Brian is the most talented chef in the area. Each dish shows much thought and consideration went into each creation. From the ingredients, to the season, and finally, the presentation. Always a creative, delicious meal!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Enjoy the food very much except for the pumpkin soup, which was blan. Would definitely return.

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LaurieM
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent

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Duke
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really good all the way around. Wonderful owner Carolina and husband.

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vipdrlkat50
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very punctual took us exactly at our scheduled time . The waiters were excellent. The food and drinks were fabulous. I have never been displeased with any meal I have consumed here. Love it-a hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food delicious and great service. Had quiet table. Very vivid safe!

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vipNJPearls
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was very impressed by this place. The menu offered unusual dishes, and they were prepared exquisitely. The staff was extremely attentive. I have to say that in these times when restaurants are short staffed and food is not always prepared well, this was a pleasant surprise. I will definitely come back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is Excellent! Service is Excellent! Mike and Jeff at the bar are excellent! Everytime my wife and I go it gets better and better!

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Montey
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great hole-in-the-wall Italian spot. Great place for a date night. Will be back!

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vipShanda
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful experience. Food was amazing, great service and ambiance….
Thumbs up for Piccola Italia

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Over the past 20 years, haven eaten there numerous times. I have always had impeccable service and the most delicious food. Everyone I’ve brought there agrees. It’s just a joy to dine there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6 which go out to dinner on a normal basis, trying new places. I booked Piccola Italia and we were all blown away. The food was exceptional and the service was tops. Highly recommended.
Joe G, Manalapan NJ

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! The food was not only delicious…but the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. The reviews said it all before we went. Great experience and highly recommended

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the restaurant. The food was excellent

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vipJohnG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and great food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ALWAYS great! In every way!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was attentive but not overly so. Food, as always, was wonderful.

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ShariL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great especially the soft shell crab.

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Kiki
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! Mike and Jeff are the best team around! Food was perfect!

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SusiT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints, it’s always a pleasure to go there.

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vipANNOYED
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience1

I love this place but sitting at a table in the bar area is NOT a good choice. Everything feels super crowded and noisy. I felt very claustrophobic at my table which had a high wall right next to the table. It was super uncomfortable. Staff and food were good. Ambiance and comfortability lacked greatly.

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Michael
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience2

Musty smell as soon as you enter.
Salad was small and taste was not good. Food is no where near cost. Given one dinner roll each . Service was the only thing that was good.

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vipJudithM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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vipFrankM
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We eat here often. The food is excellent as is the service.

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vipFunFinds
Baltimore
35 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I feel like this place is a hidden gem. There is a calm, elegant vibe. The service is gracious without being g suffocating and the courses arrive in a cadence that allows you to enjoy your conversation. It’s pricey, but delicious. You can tell they pay attention to the ingredients and the unique details of each dish. We bookended our meal with a cheese plate for our appetizer which was outstanding and a chocolate truffle dessert that was decadent. There is a small dining area outside that they have given done charm to with a tent and white lights (it’s in the parking lot). The dining room is small and cozy and there is a beautiful bar for those who wish a different vibe as they eat.

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LucreciaS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic. Best cosmo I’ve ever had.

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vipjpnmc
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hats off to chef Brian for some of the best house made pasta dishes in recent memory. Mine with Veal Ragout and my wife’s all'amatriciana. Both superb. Can’t wait to go back and explore the menu a little further.

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vipKevinV
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Sausage encrusted pork loin was outstanding!! Juicy and delicious. Fluke was extremely fresh. Only complaint was the zucchini flowers came to the table rather cold; they weren’t hot.
Mark is a GREAT waiter, very knowledgeable and attentive but on this night perhaps overworked or there was an issue in the kitchen as it took longer than usual to get our entrees. Be sure though that this will not deter us from returning.

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 431 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.