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 2015 he 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 thick, heavily charred around the edges and rosy pink throughout.
2 Lobster Ravioli
golden fried calamari, creamy Dijon aioli
The entire staff made our anniversary dinner a special night. From the minute we walked in to literally when we walked out the door, the service was fantastic. The chef’s specials were delicious. Great night with great food.
This is one of our very favorite restaurants however they completely forgot to make our daughters pizza and of course we were all through eating when they finally brought it but it was not baked through so we just brought it home. We were not charged but it did interrupt a nice birthday party
Excellent food and service. Looking forward to our next visit.
Piccolino Ristorante is a fabulous restaurant for everyday dining, a special occasion, and a special party in a private room. I have had the pleasure of hosting all three dinner events at Piccolino’s, and every time it was fabulous. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Mr. Sal Faso, and he and all on his team run a hidden jewel in South Orange County. The food is absolutely excellent, the service friendly and efficient, and the value seals the deal.
Loved this place! Food was fabulous! Definitely will be returning
Food was delicious. It was just very loud where we were seated. Service was slow.
This place is fantastic! Food is delicious and you can’t beat the prices. The outdoor patio is great. Highly recommend this restaurant!
This is definitely one of the best restaurants in the Mission Viejo area for fine dining
Seafood (scallops shrimp) linguini with saffron sauce was amazing. I haven’t had scallops that good in a looooong time.
A day without Chilean Sea Bass is only bearable if Sal has his Chef prepare Halibut in a similar but not identical manner
Have you seen the new patio?……..,
PICCOLINO’s is the go to place for fine dining
The daily specials make it difficult to decide, however if they have Sea Bass available….the decision is made easier…much easier…
Go tonight and tell them, the “Sea Bass” affecionado sent you.
We have been looking for a good Italian restaurant since moving to Orange County and were surprised at how hard it has been. This restaurant fits the bill. The atmosphere is lively, the service was excellent, the place has a great wine list and the menu has staples plus more inventive offerings. We will be back.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Piccolino Ristorante! The staff and waiters were very friendly and helpful, the ambiance was excellent, and the food good. We would definitely go there again!
Normally, we enjoy our dining at this restaurant, but last night, not so much. The staff was the only exceptional component of the evening. I could go into great detail about the noise, food and prices, but won't. Just know that we kind of regretted spending $140. on 2 dinners and 2 drinks.
We went to Piccolino to celebrate our friend’s birthday. The food was divine. Dominic was great. We enjoyed ourselves a lot. We plan to go back to try a different dish.
Best Italian food in Orange County! Ivette is so lovely!!
Great dinner at a very nice local spot. The food was delicious. We had a very nice evening, and were able to have conversation as the noise level was very moderate.
We had an amazing anniversary dinner. Javier was a fabulous waiter. The Lobster ravioli and Scampi with linguine were excellent. We also split a caesar salad..yummy. Add a glass of Justin Cabernet and it was a perfect meal.
Piccolino Ristorante is one of our our favorite itallian restaurants. Their service is always great and their food is delicious and authentic. We would definitely go back and recommend to friends.
One of the top Italian restaurants in Mission Viejo/Rancho Santa Margarita area. We love coming here. The food is always excellent, and the wait staff is very attentive. Addition permanent outdoor dining is getting built, can’t wait.
Yvette was our server and she was fabulous!!!! Great personality and very happy to explain anything on the menu. Great asset to the company. Food was amazing. Only thing, it was a bit loud inside our area. We were in a back little room with 2 other parties of 4-6 people and in that confined space it was a bit loud.
Outstanding food, service and ambiance! A 10+ every time! Can’t wait for the new patio addition 😍
Food and service was great. We ate dinner in the bar. One thing don’t bring your favorite bottle of wine if you plan to eat in the bar. They will not open it for you!!
Great service, fantastic food. Had a great experience and will definitely be returning!
Went back there for the 4th time. This time was for my wife's birthday. We talked about how lucky we were to have such a high quality restaurant in the neighborhood.
Everything was great as always! Already looking forward to going back.
We went as a party of 7 and they accommodated us at a very nice table inside. The waiter was very attentive and the food was impressive...especially the extent of the menu selections and they also offered many incredible specials (I opted for the veal porterhouse, which was awesome). The wine list has just about every price point you could want and dessert did not disappoint. I would recommend for any occasion.
Such a wonderful evening celebrating my birthday! Thank you for making it special!
The food was outstanding ! Excellent service !!
Great food, spirits and service!
Food was tasty and the service was excellent!
The italian waiter was the best!
This is without a doubt the best Italian restaurant you’ll ever find. Their nightly specials are creative and delicious. We’ve been going here ever since they opened and even before that when they were in the strip mall across the parking lot that is now gone. I’ve highly recommended piccolino’s to family and friends, dined on special occasions and even had a catered in house birthday party. Never have we received anything other than fantastic service and food. This is a “must try” dining experience.
A full menu. the three dishes with order were very good.
Food was fantastic!
The Caesar Sald was phenominal
Excellent as always.
Service is attentive and friendly to the point where they make you feel special. The food is exquisite with all flavors blended perfectly. My comment to my wife was “the food is so good I feel underdressed”. Top recommendation!!
Service was ridiculously slow. Love this place but it wasn’t even very crowded. We will look for a different place next time.
Great as usual! Very friendly and professional service.
We really enjoy going here for dinner and the staff are also excellent.
We were visiting from Iowa. My cousin, Karole DeSousa and her husband, Dino highly recommended Piccolino’s! Ivette was our waitress and she was awesome! Very friendly, explained all the meals to us and made sure our cups were always full. The owner came to our table and told us what the chef’s special was for the day. He’s was also very friendly and made sure our experience was great. We definitely will recommend this to our friends. When we come back to visit Karole’s family we will come back to Piccolino’s. Thank you so much for the awesome experience!
You can order delivery directly from Piccolino Ristorante using the Order Online button. Piccolino Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 380-7261.
Piccolino Ristorante is rated 4.7 stars by 1288 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.