Piccolino Ristorante

4.7
657 reviews
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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.
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LL
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited for the first time and loved this hidden gem!

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MS
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable evening out. Service was good.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great special meal for Valentines Day

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DC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a wonderful experience. The lamb was devine. The pork chops were excellent. The cheesecake melted in your mouth. I'm getting hungry all over.

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LZ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Best restaurant in this area. Wonderful food and service. Loved it.

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NH
Orange County
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous Valentine's Day Meal at this local gem. Outstanding service, wonderful food, great wine. Loved it!

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SJ
Orange County
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for the first time to enjoy a Valentine Day lunch with my wife. We were very impressed with the friendliness of all the staff, and our waiter Javier. The food was outstanding, and the overall presentation excellent. This was a real "find" for us, and we will be returning.

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RK
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Piccolino's several times now and not once had we had a bad meal or bad service. Their food is outstanding and service is top notch. It is our favorite Italian Restaurant!

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s
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Fabulous, personal service, as usual. Wine list has great Italian choices. Specials are always a good choice as they are interesting and fresh and tasty, ie, Lamb Osso Bucco. Just wish they had Gluten free bread, gf beer & another gf pasta option.

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J
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Quite good, and authentic Italian fare. Yvette is an amazing server. Had a great time with an old friend. Need more Italian wines at moderate prices.

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SC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 5

Eaten there several times in the past and it was excellent
Took some neighbors telling them how great it was
What a disappointment and was embarrassed I took them there
Service was horrendous
It took 45 minutes for them to serve our cocktails and an hour and a half to get our meal
Their response was they were having a “Off Night”

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Gnocchi with sage, mushroom, prosciutto, peas and meat sauce is amazing. Chicken piccata was overly salty but good flavor - will ask for less salt in seasoning next time. Lobster bisque was flavorful and not too creamy/thick and had good chunks of lobster in them. We have eaten there before and always have a good meal.

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CC
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ossobuco is always my favorite. The zucchini flowers are a great way to start the meal. Everything on the menu is so delicious!

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

We had a party of 12 and everyone loved the food. Our server was very helpful. I highly recommend your restaurant. Thank you for helping us celebrate a birthday with good food and good service.

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DP
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service provided by Raul.
We look forward to coming back.

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TG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food, wonderful service and a nice wine list! This was our second visit........we'll be back again soon.

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L
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I live in Mission Viejo, & have never been to this restaurant. In searching for a restaurant to go to on Superbowl Sunday, I came across this restaurant after finding out that the other two restaurants I had chosen were closed on Superbowl (What??). We absolutely loved Piccolino. The menu & specials were extensive, the food was delicious, & the service first rate. We plan on visiting this restaurant again, & will pass the word.

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KM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Piccolino’s! Everything’s fantastic!

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OB
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Italian food in Orange County. Very friendly staff. Clean. I have never had a bad meal. Reservations are advised. Noise level is maybe less than other classy restaurants.

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PK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time and loved loved the food! Only complaint was it was a bit noisy, it did help having a booth. We will definitely be back.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I got engaged tonight at piccolino it was a wonderful experience the food and service was top shelf.

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AB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our waiter was very attentive and the food was very good. My husband had the filet and I the black spaghetti , which I liked very much. The atmosphere was nice, but the night we were there there were several parties so it was louder than normal.

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LM
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated a birthday with fantastic food and wonderful dessert.

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MW
Adelaide / SA
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great. The only drawback is it's a little pricey.

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MK
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We LOVE Piccolino’s! The food is consistently delicious. Don’t decide on something before you hear the specials, as they are always amazing! We enjoy the staff so much. Terry, the manager, greets everyone with a smile. The waitstaff are well trained and very knowledgeable. They are happy to make modifications to the menu items to make their guests happy. I would highly recommend Piccolino’s for special occasions as well as a casual dinner on any night of the week.

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W
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Friendversary

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RJ
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best restaurant in Mission Viejo, RSM area. Excellent all the way around.

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s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal and the service was outstanding. However, it was so noisy and that made it quite difficult to carry on a conversation.

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PH
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hi
Went to Piccolino for the second time and was not disappointed.
The service was excellent, prompt and attentive without being intrusive.
The food (mine Chicken Marsala) was perfectly prepared with nice presentation.
Only thing I would like to see improvement on was the noise level. Definitely not the place for business meeting, as nobody would hear any details.
Overall this is a great place and we will return again soon.

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BO
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wine at a reasonable price for the quality, which is very high.

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LH
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is such a great restaurant. They never disappoint. The food is outstanding!

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DE
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, wine and food! We went as a date night because we got a gift certificate for Christmas. We will be going back again!!!

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KW
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The noise level issue was caused by patrons at the bar during the college football championship. This would not usually be an issue

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating a new venture.

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JK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!!!!!! As always!!!!

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d
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was wonderful. The staff met our every need. Javier,our waiter, explained the food and the wines and was very knowledgeable. It was our second visit and we plan to return.

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JK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years Eve dinner with my wife. Everything was wonderful!!! The food, the wait staff, the ambiance; couldn’t have had a better evening!!!!

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G
Orange County
40 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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TW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was hesitant at first because this restaurant is in what appears to be an abandoned shopping center. Do not let that bother you as it is on the outskirts of the parking lot just as you enter the center. The reservation was honored at the time requested. The staff was very friendly and professional. The food was terrific and they had my favorite dessert, which seems to have gone out of fashion. If I ever return to Mission Viejo and stay at the Ayers hotel just up the street, I will certainly return.

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JN
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have our family Christmas Eve dinner here every year. Great food and service.

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