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About Piccolino Ristorante

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.

28719 Los Alisos Blvd
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

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

Cross Street:
241 Toll Road

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(949) 380-7261

Website:
http://www.piccolinomv.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Plenty, private lot parking

Executive Chef:
Salvatore Faso

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hours Daily

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.

Piccolino Ristorante Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Neighborhood Gem (20)
Authentic (18)
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Special Occasion (16)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Bar Seating (10)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Romantic (7)
Casual (6)
Cozy (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Great for Lunch (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Seasonal (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Orlando)·Dined 3 days ago

Great food and great service

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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Paleo Friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Bar Seating, Cozy, Fun
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined 5 days ago

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

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 11, 2018

The food is absolutely delicious. The service was wonderful.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Lovely dining experience.

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 (Denver)·Dined 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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·Dined on February 1, 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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 (Orange County)·Dined 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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·Dined on January 28, 2018

Anniversary

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 (Orange County)·Dined 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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 (Orange County)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Everything went great, food was amazing.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Absolutely awesome!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Great. Very nice evening

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Love this place! We go there for special dinners whenever we can.

Tags: Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 11, 2018

The carpaccio de pera and salsiccia pizza were so good!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 5, 2018

This was the 5th time I’ve been here in the last three months and is my new favorite place!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great night for early New Year’s Eve dinner. We did not realize it was a set menu they were very accommodating. Osso bucco was delicious!!! The waiter was amazing!! I would dine here again!!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Wonderful service from friendly host stand, greeting us with smiles & happiness, quick time to see reservation & seat us.... to our lovely wait- staff!

Food is truly fresh, tasty & we always finish our entire plate & get yummy dessert!

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food, excellent service and great hospitality

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great local Italian restaurant. Great food, amazing service and overall wonderful dining experience. Took our kids for their 5th wedding anniversary and Piccolino's did not disappoint. We were treated to fantastic service by professionals that know how to make an evening memorable. We will be back again and again!!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 23, 2017

the happy hour bar wine menu is very confusing to fool the customer.
the cost of wine in the restaurant is very expensive overall. thanks

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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Although it was the busy holiday schedule, the staff seated us quickly, and our service team was exceptional (even bringing additional pecorino, when requested.) The food was reminiscent of a recent trip to Tuscany, and was very much enjoyed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Always good food and service !! The specials are always so delicious

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Restaurant was clean and comfortable. Food was amazing!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 19, 2017

I had a lovely dinner with a friend the other night. The food was excellent and the service from the host to the server was professional. This was my second time here for dinner and both times were a great experience from the food to the service. I will return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Had dinner with 12 friends. Service was very good. Nightly specials list is way too long. Dinner was great. I enjoyed the Ciopino. Best in the OC.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Wide selection of well-prepared entrees. Always enjoyable - a find in suburban OC.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Here from out of town and the hotel highly recommended this place. Very unsuspecting location but quite a lovely surprise walking through the door. Beautiful decor and the service was very attentive, but not overwhelming. The menu has a huge variety but don’t surpass the specials, best veal chop I’ve had before!! Will definitely be back

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A great find. Excellent food with good ambiance. Good wine list.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Our first time here. Ambiance was good (lights lowered), waitstaff and hostess were very professional, food presentation was very nice. Lasagna was authentic and delicious, bone in filet mignon special was just OK. Desserts were mixed. Cannoli was not authentic (sorry, we are originally from the NY area, but dried fruit on a cannoli?), ganache was described as white and dark chocolate but was mostly white chocolate with a drizzle of dark chocolate. We don't love white chocolate, but it was very good. Only real disappointment was the acoustics. Loud enough that at times, it was tough to hear each other across the table. All in all, we did enjoy our dinner there and will come back to try some other dishes. It is one of the few fine dining restaurants in Mission Viejo, so that is a plus!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Quality is always top notch. Great recipes. Elegant environment and superb service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

First time at this restaurant and would definitely go back. Food was excellent as well as the service. We had a group of 15. They actually put us in a separate room. Very accommodating. We had to push back our reservation time by 30 minutes on the day of. No problem. Also willing to do separate checks for such a large group. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Authentic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Excellent Birthday.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We love this restaurant, the food is outstanding but the noise level was way too much. The restaurant has not been fitted for acoustics to bring the noise level down. It is like Javier's in the Spectrum you can not have a decent conversation indoors without having to scream. If you are looking for a quiet pleasurable time go there for lunch not dinner.

Tags: Good for Groups
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