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Piccolino Ristorante

4.8
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972 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
We have expanded our outdoor seating area. We only serve outdoors. Join us for Italian style candlelit dining.
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 thick, heavily charred around the edges and rosy pink throughout.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 972 people are saying
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ShellieP
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very enjoyable. They had a relatively nice outdoor area set up, would have been nicer inside I'm sure.

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foodie
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outside patio. Food and service was great. Quiet atmosphere which is soooo enjoyable

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GUSU
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A terrific dining experience for authentic italian cuisine. Excellent wine selection and terrific service. Garrett our waiter was very attentive and provided excellent recommendations.
Highly recommend this restaurant

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LindseyO
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was amazing as always!!! Was very disappointed that our server did not have a mask on when taking our drink order and still no mask or gloves when bringing us the drinks :( finally put one on when taking and bringing our food but no gloves.

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Carrie
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Piccolino’s was incredible. The service is amazing and the food is some of the best I’ve ever had. We will be back!!

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JOHNt
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Fantastic as always!

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vipHapa
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The outside dining is really nice and everybody was socially distance. Food was good however the bruschetta was disappointing. Very little flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We cannot stop talking about this experience! Top to bottom; service, appetizer, salad, entrees, everything was exceptional! We were visiting from Arizona and told our server we will plan a trip around coming back to eat.....we are not kidding!

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Cotodiner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous steaks!!! We loved our dinner and service!

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ALANW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall! Will be going back very soon. The best grilled salmon I’ve had...

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DonB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife and I went there a few weeks ago for the first time. It had been quite a while since me and the Mrs. were able to go out to dine in a somewhat normal environment. Our server, Joanna, was great. She was attentive without smothering us. She knew the menu well as well as the wine list. The food was great, however, I had one complaint about the squid in k past being over cooked. Other than that, our meal and entire evening was fantastic. Just recently, I went there with a friend and sat at the bar for lunch. Service there was good as well. The owner helped us most of the time. My friend said she was impressed with both the meal and the service. I think her and her fiancé will be there soon.
Overall, a nice experience. We'll be back!

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Simone
11 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently a cut above in every aspect: menu, service, ambience. Piccolino always offers a wonderful dining experience. A local treasure!

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vipNice
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

A day without Sea Bass is a day without A great dinner experience

Imagine my dismay when I purposely called for reservations to insure that Sea Bass was available on the evening Menu and they would set one aside for my dinner fare,.

Upon arrival , I asked the Hostess if my Sea Bass was set aside for me, and she said yes, and then excused herself to visit the kitchen...

Next, our waiter arrived to apologize for selling so many Sea Bass the previously evening, that none were currently available.

Trust me, the Sea Bass is worth forgiving them.......

But their rating on this evening was for poor service......

Tomorrow is another day....right Sal?

James the fan of Sea Bass

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vipJimR
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sal and his staff have done a great job accommodating those eating inside and outdoors. Always a consistently enjoyable meal and great service you can count on. It’s a great place for everyday dining

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vipTimothy
Orange County
22 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation, however we sat at a table in the bar. Tina and Leah were prompt, friendly and efficient. We ordered the parmesan risotto for an appetizer, and the Fillet special for the entree both were excellent.
The experience was very Covid friendly.

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viplpzirb
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing service and delicious food in the outdoor patio. Our favorite local restaurant never disappoints!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was fantastic. Made our anniversary dinner special and the food was delicious! Seriously one of the best meals I’ve had at a restaurant! Will be back for sure :)

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JamieB
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, food and experience! We will eat there again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Everything was excellent. A couple of minor order errors were quickly resolved and our server was so kind and attentive. Highly recommend.

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Vlfrahm
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, great atmosphere (even the parking lot) and excellent service. This is fast becoming our go-to for our Italian dinners. Fettuccini Piccolino is incredible!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing venue for a nice one on one date. Plenty of great options on the menu. Multiple wines to choose from. Will be coming again !

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HotsyMike
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Service was bit slow, but food was well liked by all. $25 corkage fee a bit steep. I tend to decrease tip when corkage is excessive. We brought two bottles and $50 is too much. Lobster ravioli and Veal Picatta were the favorites at the table. Nice people run this place. I will definitely return.

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vipGrey
Orange County
49 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood find.

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vipNice
Orange County
48 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

sea bass
sea bass and sea bass

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EL12673
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Flossie
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service is wonderful the food outstanding we celebrated A good friend’s 65th birthday party they were nine of us the wine the appetizers the entrées highly recommend this restaurant
Sal the owner is so Accommodating and generous

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vipSimonK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food, fantastic service. Really enjoyed our dinner and evening out at Piccolino

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great ambiance and service. Food is a little pricey for Italian and portion sizes.

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DanielF
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food and wine were superb. The Ossobuco was full of flavor and cooked to perfection. The risotto was one of the best I had in years. Hint of zafron and artichokes, cooked al dente. The calamari fritti was great as well as the tiramisu.
The Primitivo wine was deliciuos.

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vipBobby
Orange County
55 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Thought the corkage fee of $25 was excessive for a restaurant that serves mainstream Italian food, which was just okay. Pasta was overcooked and clumped together, garlic bread was lukewarm when served, olive medley was basically one type of love in different sizes. My husband did enjoy his main course, but said the chocolate mousse dessert needed help.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Excellent wine selection.

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vipTweetie
Orange County
36 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foods always amazing. We live in Irvine and didn’t mind the drive this wonderful restaurant. Definitely coming back for more.

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AkikoKubo1
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ottimo! Piccolino is always our Go To Italian Restaurant in South Orange County. My husband ordered the Filet and Lobster Ravioli, steak cooked to perfection. I ordered the Tricolore salad, and Grigli Grigliata di Pesce, so amazing! I'll order this again.
The environment is beautiful, the pricing is reasonable and the customer service is unparalleled.

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Marciak
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have enjoyed many many meals here especially the pork chop/Wienerschnitzel which is huge. All the fish fresh and all the help very nice. Great cocktails and the maître d’ especially fun

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LoriH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Italian dinner and service! Extensive menu to suit any taste from pasta lovers to vegetarians to meat and seafood lovers. Our family enjoyed a wonderful evening with delicious food!

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viprh00
Orange County
138 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

It was our first time at Piccolino and we wanted to love it. The food was not good and our waiter rushed us through dinner even though they were not busy. The cappaccio was pretty good as our starter. The bread was pedestrian and the sauce served in a plastic container was ok. We split a house salad and the lettuce was wilted and dressing had no flavor. The entries were bad. The swordfish was tasteless and served lukewarm. The filet was cooked correctly but flavorless and about 1/4 inch thick. I’m use to filets being about 1.5 inches thick. The lobster ravioli was good. The veggies were very good. After our entrees were served, our waiter did not check on our dinner. We did not eat our dinners. Overall, this was a big disappointment and we won’t return again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food around!

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vipDJOC
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Food service was so slow. It took over an hour to get entree after appetizer was served.

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vipJamesQ
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Sal and his staff were wonderful, our server Tina was truly exceptional and the food was perfections....Piccolino is simply the BEST !

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, great atmosphere !

FAQs

Piccolino Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 380-7261.

Piccolino Ristorante is rated 4.8 stars by 972 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.