Piccolino Ristorante

4.7
725 reviews
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Italian
Salvatore Faso opened Piccolino in 2007. A Sicilian by way of Chicago, Faso comes from a family of Italian chefs and restaurateurs. He made a name for himself at Prego before setting off on his own with Piccolino.

In August of 2015he moved to a free-standing building with exponentially nicer decor – it’s now the poshest Italian restaurant in south Orange County. The centerpiece is a beautiful wine vault that surrounds the front entrance. And there’s plenty to show off. Faso has assembled a concise but impressive collection of Italian wines.
Make sure to ask about the veal porterhouse. Chances are nobody’s going to tell you about it unless you bring it up. It’s not on the menu. It’s a secret special that’s always in short supply but usually available for a few orders each night. It is absolutely superb: cut gloriously thick, heavily charred around the edges and rosy pink throughout.

Specials

Father's Day Special Menus & Reservations

Enjoy a special FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH with a 3-course Prix-Fix Menu $48 per person plus tax and gratuity. 10:30am - 2pm. Regular menu available. Be sure to reserve!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

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San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great upscale selection at a great value price. Service was excellent. The suggestions of the staff were helpful and accurate. Great place for every day dining, a special occasion, or a business meal.

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f
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed a special of the day Dover Sole which was perfectly prepared and presented at the table. Three others at the table ordered other meals and found them to be amazing. The atmosphere was as you would anticipate at a "fine dining establishment". Service was competent and friendly and made us feel welcome and even special. This will now be my go-to place for all special occasions.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service are first rate. We really enjoyed the real Dover Sole (not a Pacific Flounder). The meat was mild and sweet. The lasagna was also so very good. They also have an extension wine list. The prices are fair, although some of the specials can be pricey. It can be a little loud and tables are somewhat close. Good times for a group.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Service, Delicious Italian Food, & an Elegant Atmosphere. I will be back very soon!

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DC
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This restaurant always delivers the best dining experience. The food , the service, and the ambience is top notch. A true gem in the community.

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s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

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MR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. I was impressed for it being Mother’s Day.
Kids pizza came ASAP which was nice.
Food was delicious as always.

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SG
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Been here numerous times and it’s always consistently good food & service!

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and fantastic customer service, even on a day as busy as Mother’s day we were never left waiting for help!

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LA
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent! Perfect Mother’s Day dinner! Loved the ribeye special. My son had the lamb special and the meat was so tender. This restaurant never disappoints us every time we come here!

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great hosts. We love Piccolinos and bring our friends very often.

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m
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Attention to detail was incredible; Great drinks. Wine priced reasonably. Food was very good. Several times the staff checked on us. The beer list is very limited; suggest a few Mexican and American beers could be added. we were in the room off the main dining room which was great except there does not seem to be a need to have both TV's on.

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DP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Another great meal and experience at Piccolino’s!

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j
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it...everything about it. I will go again. Can’t wait for the next time

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JO
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food. You can sense that the kitchen uses premium ingredients. A tad above average prices for food. Noise level is affected by accoustics. Great place for special occasions and date nights.

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JK
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Piccolino is always a must go to restaurant when we’re in Southern California.

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BD
Hawaii
59 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our easter lunch and will be back. the staff is very attentive and we hope to go there again

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Over all was an ok ...but very pricy experience.
The restaurant was small and nice but extremely loud. The service was very friendly but slow.
The food ranged from pretty good...but not for that price...to disappointing.

The blueberry martini was flavorless...though my daughter enjoyed her sour apple one. The stuffed mushroom special appetizer was tasty...but not on menu so no idea what it cost. Most of the pasta dishes ordered were fine. My daughter got the pasta crepe thing with pesto that was very good. I ordered a very expensive fish dish based on servers suggestion...it was a pile of under seasoned spinach, a couple potatoes and at few pieces of undercooked fish (a couple shrimp, scallops and a tiny piece of salmon ....$36! Was such a disappointment...(it was my birthday dinner) I was sad I didn’t order a pasta dish. My bad I guess..but waiter said was his favorite even talked me out of a sea bass special.

The complimentary tiramisu for my bday was very tasty...

Overall it was just an ok experience...at a very high price. Probably wouldn’t go back.

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RI
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our daughter's birthday at Piccolino on Monday, April 15. We chose a weekday night due to the high level of noise in the dining room on the weekends. We are long time customers of Piccolinos; having dined there on Valentines and New Years. We had a great server and a wonderful dinner but I have to say I was disappointed in the lobster/shrimp/ fettuccine special offered that night. Both my son-in-law and I ordered that dish and we both were very disappointed in the lack of lobster. The special was described as large shrimp and CHUNKS of lobster meat. NOT SO! The lobster was impossible to find and what we both saw was TINY slivers of the pink flesh of the lobster. Tasteless. I should have chosen the shrimp, shrimp capellini. It probably would have been a lot cheaper.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food is always excellent and the service is always outstanding! This is our favorite Italian restaurant!

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K
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We have always enjoyed Piccolino, so this was not our usual experience. We found it very dark, were not able to read the menu without additional light. We all ordered a special, I got the short rib special and it was extremely fatty. And because it was so dark, I would get unexpected mouthfuls of fat. I would come back, but would stick th the pasta dishes that I know are good.

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DP
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stopped in for lunch. Had the sausage with mushroom pasta and my GF had spaghetti with meatballs. So good. Oh and DO NOT miss the Bruschetta. Fresh and awesome!

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K
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very sophisticated Italian menu - great for foodies- and beautiful décor, with the warmth and feel of a family owned place. The host/proprietor greeted us and followed up several times to check on our meals. Exceptional food with specials every evening.

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PH
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would recommend but the noise level makes it impossible to carry on conversations. Would not recommend for business meetings

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best dining experience on opentable around the world. Amazing food incredible wine fantastic service and all around the best experience ever!

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a
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Monday night no noise really nice

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SD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. They also offered to "make anything" for our kids. Technically, there was no pepperoni pizza on the menu, but they were happy to make it and needless to say, it was great! The ambiance was nice too! Our server was very knowledgeable about all the menu and drink items and the owner even stopped by and chatted with us. I would highly recommend Piccolino if you're looking for authentic Italian!

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MJ
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, great atmosphere, and fabulous service. Couldn’t ask for anything more.

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AS
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never, ever a disappointment. Best Italian food in Orange county! Mangia!

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SW
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Piccolino Restaurant. Any time we have a special occasion, we go there. We will also go to Piccolini's if we want wonderful Italian food, excellent wine, served by professional waiters who are always there for your needs. We travel to Italy every year and this is our favorite Italian restaurant here in the states. We've never had a bad experience here and look forward to eating and celebrating special occasions here many more times!

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to this red regularly and it never disappoints us. Terry is always welcoming and any server we have is always professional and attentive. The food is always prepared with care and tastes amazing.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time ! Good food , good service!
M

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T
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

The red sauce was way undercooked and had a bitter, sharp taste. Gave me indigestion.

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LB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service as always! Great ambiance, too!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great Italian classic dishes. Highly recommended.

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J
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yvette’s service was excellent. We enjoyed meeting Marco and we felt very well attended to. The food was delicious as always.

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

Excellent all around every time we go!

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KK
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time dining here but it was a treat! Great service and food was amazing. Tried Italian dessert and was wonderfully surprised. Took home cannoli and wasn’t disappointed. Will definitely return!

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SU
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was fabulous. If I lived closer I would definitely go back

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J
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Went for a nice lunch with a friend. Online their hours of operation were confusing but it accepted a reservation for 1:30 so figured they were open despite the fact it didn’t list lunch hours. On arrival the hostess explained that they are open at lunch and generally close a few hours to prep dinner, around 2. Forgetting that in the enjoyment of the experience we realized when we left that it was 3:30 and the employees were still accommodating us!
The menu was huge and included much variety. We ordered from the dinner menu though there was a lunch-type menu with paninis etc. the food was very tasty and portion was as large as I expected for the price. The atmosphere at Piccolino was classy but not uncomfortable and the wait staff were professional yet friendly especially regarding our many questions about what items on the menu were, as there were many names in Italian that we were not familiar with. I got the Saltimbocca which is kind of hard to find at restaurants. The menu even disclosed the fact that this is a salty dish for those who may need to know. Very tasty.

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