Piccolino Ristorante

4.7
686 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

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Enjoy a special Easter & Mother’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, April 21, 2019

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LB
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and great Italian classic dishes. Highly recommended.

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J
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around every time we go!

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KK
Orange County
6 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
46 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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S
Corpus Christi
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic Italian food. The service was impeccable. The staff was very friendly and accommodating to our large family which included 4 small children! Our food was delicious and came out in a timely manner. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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AN
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service 5 star food
Amazing
They made us feel very special delightful surrounding and constant attention to drink orders cleaning table cloth
Water served as soon as glass empty
Warm friendly welcome and excellent bar setvice

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the freshest, most delicious food imaginable!

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OC
Orange County
13 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We live the area and had never been here before. We were so pleasantly surprised. It was fantastic. We did have to wait a few minutes for our table. And the tables are a bit tight for 2 tops. Also the noise level a little high. But besides those minor items, it was great. The service was wonderful and the food just delicious! We will be back soon.

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OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food great service! A bit pricey

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MS
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great evening out. Consistent food quality and great service. Noise was a bit loud on Sat night.

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OT
Los Angeles
328 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for OC restaurant week. It was a 3 course dinner for $40.00. We started with salad which was very fresh. For the main course we had the Chilean sea bass. It was cooked perfectly. Dessert was a delicious tiramisu. Service by Yvette was excellent. Very good neighborhood restaurant.

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AL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very friendly warm environment. Appetizers were great, particularly the burrata and tomatoes, sausage, and stuffed mushroom! Bread just ok. Ask them to toast it. Entree was fine but the cioppino needed more shell fish. Would go back again to try other entrees.

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JO
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at Piccolino Ristorante was amazing! It is not very often I get to have a hand crafted meal like that, and for such a reasonable price on everything! I have we have made Piccolino our favorite place to go for the finest hand made from scratch authentic Italian food this side of New York City! I Love it!!!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great experience! The food and service is wonderful. Ivette is the best server we have had in the area. She is a member of our extended family! We share all of our big events with the team at picccolino’s.

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N
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We alwaaaays love it and we had another FABULOUS MEAL!!!🤗

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JS
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time to Piccolino. The restaurant is beautiful. Our server was fantastic and the food was delicious! We were celebrating our wedding anniversary and our server brought us a beautiful and mouthwatering chocolate and hazelnut gelato dessert. This restaurant definitely feels more upscale than most restaurants in Mission Viejo. We will definitely go back!

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S
Orange County
44 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prosciutto wrapped Asparagus on a bed of Arugula was excellent! My Lasagna was the best I ever tasted. My husband said his sausage was "outstanding". The meal was so good that we're going back next week for restaurant week!

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MM
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place, comfortable, very good service and food.

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D
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been for dinner three times now. The food always consistent, fresh and delicious. The daily specials are outstanding and the wine list has a huge variety. Can’t wait to go back again!

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MP
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves, the service was excellent as well as the food, we felt like we got special attention. Thank You.

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RS
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a group of 10. Our server was delightful, polite and friendly. Even as a large group, the service was wonderful. The owner visited out table numerous times, and we had nothing but compliments for the food and service. Drinks and water never sat empty. The food was delicious and definitely good-sized portions. The menu has so many delectable dishes. The only difficulty will be what to select.

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w
Orange County
14 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Needed a nice spot for a 96th birthday dinner. This was perfect! Sat in a booth, was not too noisy (private group event in next room was louder than regular diners), food and service were great! Thanks for a pleasant evening.

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b
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants in Orange County. I can't say enough about the quality of food and service. Top notch all the way. They go the extra mile to make sure your meal and experience is the best. The chef and his team are to be complimented to the fullest. I have recommended this restaurant to many of my friends and they all love it. Keep up the good work!

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LB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

This was my second visit. The first was amazing...5 stars. This visit was not good...more of a 2 star. Reason was 45 minute wait for pasta and it was super skimpy. I got 4 small raviolis for $19. They were tasty but seriously...I had to eat something more after I got home. Our waitress barely checked on us and didn't follow up on things we asked for...we had to flag someone else to help us. Manager never came to our table to check on us so I couldn't tell him all of this. Maybe it was an off night?

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PN
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a great dining experience at Piccolinos. One concern however is the limited lighting with which to read the menu. We have to use the lights on our phones

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LL
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Visited for the first time and loved this hidden gem!

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MS
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an enjoyable evening out. Service was good.

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JF
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Piccolino is our favorite place to eat and my husband and I have been patrons of Sal's restaurants for many years. I have some food allergies and I like going to this restaurant because I know I will never be served a meal that might cause me some problems. I usually order the salmon, served with al dente vegetables. It's so simple and so good. I've never ordered a dish that I didn't like.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great special meal for Valentines Day

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DC
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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 on February 14, 2019
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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HF
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful Valentine's day dinner and enjoyed it very much!

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SJ
Orange County
43 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 13, 2019
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
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
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
32 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
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 on February 10, 2019
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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