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Piccolino Ristorante

4.7
501 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for Anniversaries
Salvatore Faso opened the original Piccolino in 2007. A Sicilian by way of Chicago, Faso comes from a family of Italian chefs and restaurateurs. He owns Delizie also in Mission Viejo. 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Mon: 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Tues - Thur: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm / 4:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm / 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat: 11:30 am – 10:30 pm
Sun: 11:30 am – 8:30pm
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Phone number
(949) 380-7261
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Salvatore Faso
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Catering
Italian Catering & Special Event Menu
•48-hour notice appreciated.
•We offer full service Italian catering for corporate meetings, birthday parties, bridal showers, weddings, and much more.
•We feature traditional Italian cuisine at a reasonable price, using the best ingredients available. Integrity is our reputation.
•We also offer a full line of rentals as well as servers. View our online Italian Catering Menu or inquire within for a custom Italian catering menu that best fits your needs. Ask for Chef Salvatore for your special event needs.
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Cross street
241 Toll Road
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Parking details
Plenty, private lot parking
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hours Daily
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Our three private dinning areas offer an “elegant upscale” atmosphere for family, friends or co-workers to shower everyone with happiness. We understand your expecting a special day, leave it to us, sit back and let our 3 generations of experience make your thoughts and dreams come true.

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Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Open all day from 11:30am.
Serving Italian Specialties and Classic American Tradition's

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 501 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.2
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

I was very surprise how nice the place when I arrived. I was greeted promptly taken to our prepared table. The server was very nice and constantly check on us to make sure everything was going well. The owner even checked on us which was big plus. The food was delicious and arrived quickly. We loved the decor and ambience. We will definitely be coming back!!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Great ravioli, meats were ok. Risotto was ok. Service was fantastic.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Fantastic. It’s our new favorite Italian restaurant. Service was great, the food amazing. Couldn’t have been better. Can’t wait to go back!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Gage was an awesome waiter. Very attentive and remembered all the changes we made to the dishes. This restaurant is all about customer satisfaction. They allow changes to the dishes to your liking. This is excellent Italian food.. And I am Italian.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We love Piccolino's. It has wonderful food and they staff is very attentive and nice. We go on a regular basis and we always have an enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food and service were outstanding. Since my husband and I like bringing our own wine we think the corkage fee is outrageous!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We love Piccolino for Birthdays and special occasions. Always good food and atmosphere. The specials are great too.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Outstanding Italian fare in a classic setting.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

The Sunday night evening dinner was enjoyed by the four of us. My friends thanked me for introducing them to a new restaurant, which was worthwhile the almost 9 miles of drive.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Great night!! Great food!! Great atmosphere!! Sal the owner is amazing ... he truly makes you feel
At home!!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Always a great variety of menu items and specials and excellent service

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

We love dining at Piccolino's. Its our favorite restaurant and the food is amazing. Every staff member is friendly and cordial - they make you feel like family. We look forward to it everytime!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Outstanding knowledge by our waiter, great drinks, great food, amazing service. We've been missing out.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Portions are small for the price and kitchen was backed up so long wait for our food. Service was good and beautifully decorated place. We’ve been here at least 3 times and keep hoping it will be a better experience each time but always leave with this same impression. When the bill arrived we realized we could have had steak dinners for our party of 5 somewhere nice for the same price. Appetizers are suitable for 1 or maybe 2 to eat. Very small. Don’t ask the server to surprise you or you will end up with a 40 dollar dish.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

My wife and I eat here three to four times a year and we always enjoy it. Last weekend the food was great again and the place was full. Glad to see business is doing well so this gem will stay here.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I drove from San Diego for a business dinner reluctantly but was really glad I did. The service was top notch. I am a very picky Italian cook and rarely eat at Italian restaurants but this was fantastic. Both of my guests enjoyed their meals very much as well. I will definitely make the trip here again. It was well worth the drive.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always a wonderful experience, the staff and they way they treat the customers is superb. My main course was one of the evenings specials, veal 18oz. While the meat was high quality I was really unimpressed with the entire plate. The pasta dishes are amazing though and definitely worth a try. Wine selection is top notch, there is also plenty of liquor choices for your favorite cocktail.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This was an excellent find. We were looking for something near the movie theaters in Rancho Santa Margarita. This came up on Open Table with excellent reviews. The food was excellent and so was the service. It would have been difficult to find without GPS. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

The overall experience was wonderful. The staff was accommodating and gave us the quiet booth we asked for. Our server was enthusiastic and attentive. The owner stopped by to ensure that we were happy. Our meal was delicious and plentiful. If you like to bring your own wine, the corkage is only $0.25 for the first bottle Monday thru Thursday. Yes, just a quarter!!

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

This was our first time here and absolutely loved Picvolino. It is great for a special occasion or just when you want a really nice Italian meal. We all got different items - super fresh and delicious. It is a new favorite and now we don’t have to travel to Prego or Il Fornaio for upscale Italian dishes!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Tried it based upon the Orange county register food reporter's recommendation, he wasn't wrong. A bit out of the way and in a dead shopping center, don't despair as the food was worth it.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My husband and I love going here. It is a special treat for anniversary or Valentines date. We don’t go often because it is a bit pricey. This time it was very noisy and noticed they put TVs in the restaurant. ( They moved from a smaller space to a much larger space. ) When we go out we prefer to not have distractions like TVs and noise.

We were expecting the quiet ambience it had when it was smaller, but was disappointed on how loud it was. I am deaf in my left ear so noisy restaurants are difficult for me.

Other than that, the food was great the service was fantastic too.

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2018

Great food and great service

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Always fantastic service and food! Don’t let the strip mall location fool you... it’s a great restaurant. Very nice dining experience.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We went for Valentine's and this was our first time. The dinner was excellent. It was a little pricey but very good. Our waiter was great and attentive. We plan to go back again.

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We have been to Piccolino's several times and we have never been disappointed. The food is excellent and the staff insures you are comfortable, enjoying your meal, taking empty plates and re-filling your water glass.

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went there for Valentines Day. Place was overcrowded. Too many people for the restaurant to handle well. Long wait for our entrees. My wife's steak was cold from the kitchen; she had to send it back. The service was hit and miss. They gave us only a $15 credit for the cold steak and long wait. Not impressed. We've been there before and were satisfied. They just couldn't handle the large crowd.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food and service, but a bit noisy, which was to be expected with a large crowd and being Valentines Day.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day prix fix menu was excellent. We are never disappointed when we done at piccolino.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

The food is absolutely delicious. The service was wonderful.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Lovely dining experience.

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

The menu it very extensive and the food superb. This was my second visit as a requent business traveler to the area. I plan on frequenting Piccolino quite often. The others in my party were equally impressed.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent risotto! Great service. All the food was fresh and beautiful presentation. They also gave us complimentary sparkling wine for our anniversary!

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3.0Dined on January 29, 2018

The duck confit ravioli had a taste that I didn't like, perhaps bacon? The veal piccata was fine. A bit high priced for not truly excellent food.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Anniversary

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2.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Second time dinning here, first time in their new expanded location. Waited for our table, arrived a little early, server arrived promptly, a little pushy on getting an order placed. The minestrone soup was a little bland, house salad good. A polenta with sausage dish was very good, the Fettuccine was undercooked, rubbery. The owner said they cook pasta al dente, but not so. For the price of entree's and the result we experienced, not a place we would return to soon.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Picollino's is an authentic Italian restaurant which does a GREAT job representing the foods of Italy. When we came back from a three week visit to the Italian coast we didn't go out for Italian food for month's since we knew it wouldn't live up to our experience dining in Italy. Picollino's changed all of that! BTW, ask for Joanna - she is a top notch server and made our recent visit an outstanding experience!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Everything went great, food was amazing.

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5.0Dined on January 21, 2018

We love Piccolino! The staff and food and quality is top notch! We love the fish, pizza and steak dishes!! Everything is fresh and well prepared and seasoned. It’s our favorite go to Italian!!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

Absolutely awesome!

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