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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

We offer a 3 course New Year's Special Menu for the evening. $70.00 per person, regular menu not available.

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

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (21)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for a Date (17)
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Good for Anniversaries (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Notable Wine List (10)
Business Meals (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Comfort Food (8)
Good for Groups (8)
Romantic (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Bar Seating (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Casual (6)
Cozy (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Scenic View (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 29, 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 18, 2017

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 15, 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 12, 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 11, 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 11, 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 6, 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 6, 2017

Excellent Birthday.

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·Dined on November 5, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Definitely one of my favorite places to eat. The food is always amazing! The calamari is absolutely delicious! The salmon is always cooked to perfection. Their specials are incredible. Love the Spicy Diablo sauce. They also serve THE best dirty martinis in the area!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Great food , excellent service!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 29, 2017

We made a lunch reservation on a Sunday as we were visiting my mother in law in Rancho Santa Margarita. The restaurant is located in a rather non descript shopping center, which was completely closed due to Sunday. We were nervous, no one was dining or waiting at Piccolini. The server welcomed us warmly. My big test of a good restaurant is by trying the Gnocchi, so many times they are simply leaden potato turds. These were pillowy and scrumptious!
I recommend this place-we will go back and try the dinner experience!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We have enjoyed dining at Piccolinos on several occasions and have never been disappointed. The food is always good, very consistent, the hostess and wait staff are all friendly and accommodating. We will return and will bring out of town family during the holidays. Don’t change anything.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We had a delicious dinner in a relaxing environment!!! The staff was so friendly and made us feel like home...

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Excellent concept, dedicated owner. Great food, but service not up to par. Spoke to the owner after dinner. He was sincere in caring about the substandard service. We'll give him time to iron out the service issues and try again- the food was very good.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Was a pretty good experience. Great waiter. Food was good - great ! The only problem we had was that we were 'hustled' into the dinning room without seeing the bar dinning and outside dinning. The view and value would have been better - if we were able to see that area.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 5, 2017

We normally enjoy eating at Piccolino at dinner time. This time we joined friends in the bar for
Happy Hour. The only concern was the noise level....but it was okay....people enjoying themselves. We all had half price wines....nice selection. We also shared a pizza & a calzone....delicious!! Our waitress was awesome, checking in but not being pushy.
All in all, a way to have delicious food & drink for less money! We will do this again!!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

First time at Piccolino. Wasn't expecting much due to it's location in a ghost town of a shopping center, but was pleasantly surprised upon entering the restaurant.
Staff was extremely attentive, seated us almost immediately. Great atmosphere. Server was knowledgeable, friendly and efficient, despite having a full station. Food was great, portions more than ample.
Not your "family" Italian Restaurant. A couple of glasses of wine, an appetizer and two entrees were over $120 (and no, it wasn't obscenely expensive wine). The fish special was a Dover Sole for $40. Forty dollars? Come on now. We stuck with a pasta dish and a veal dish.

All in all, enough positives to want to go back again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

We have dined at Piccolino for many years. It never disappoints. We love everything about it. We are always treated as treasured guests.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Menu choices for all from Salads to Pizza
Pasta to grilled meats Seafood pasta to wonderful Tiramisu for dessert and many more items to enjoy.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The hospitality was great and the service was one of the best I have had in a long time. The food was great!

Tags: Happy Hour, Fun, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, People Watching
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Excellent meal and service

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Solid Italian from service , quality and taste it has no rivals in the OC.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 28, 2017

The restaurant is located in an up-and-coming plaza. Parking was easy to access and was located right outside the restaurant. The service was excellent and there were many special entrees that were not included on the menu. Dim lighting, perfect for family outings, date night, or just a nice dinner. Wait staff was very knowledgeable of their menu. Water was always refilled, free mints on the way out.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Great food. EXTENSIVE menu selections and great service.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We were in Mission Viejo for a wedding. This was a great recommendation by the Concierge. Great choice! Drinks, pear salad, gnocchi an veal Parmesan were all truly delicious!!

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Good for Groups, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 20, 2017

I enjoyed my pasta but the ratio of olive oil with the pesto was a little off that it made it taste gritty to me. They used too much of the basil I believe.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 18, 2017

As usual, great food, great atmosphere and great service. Highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. I probably shouldn't because it's so good it might become too busy to get a table. However, I'd wait no matter what.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Good neighborhood nestaurant. Food was good. Service was excellent. Not sure when I would go back for the the food but would go back for service and a fun time.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 15, 2017

Came in right as it was opening and was warmly greeted by the owner, which was a special touch off the bat because that doesn't happen very often anymore. After he greeted us and sat us at our table our server came and informed us of specials which were more of dinner specials but a bone-in filet for lunch? Count me in! It was so tender it cut off the bone so easily and was slathered in the greatest balsamic reduction with shallots, just the perfect extra touch. Everyone else really enjoyed their meals as well; the flavors just so succulent. Really the best meal I've had in a while I'll definitely be better for a date night

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

First time to visit the restaurant and everything was absolutely outstanding! The server was excellent, food amazing and atmosphere great! The owner stopped by our table twice to make sure everything was perfect - when does that happen these days!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Romantic, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Our 2nd visit in a week, another outstanding meal!

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Our first visit here and we will definitely be back!

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Totally enjoyed dinner with friends, the ambiance was awesome, the food was excellent, service was great, couldn't ask for a better dinner time social dinner date...

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Not as good as we first thought. After being seated, we got a chance o peruse an extensive menu. It was quite impressive. There was also a pretty good wine list, but we brought our own bottle and were informed the corkage was $0.25 for the first bottle, and $25.00 for the second. The waiter described the specials and our party of 5 reviewed our options. One lady in our party had salmon and she enjoyed it. I had veal saltimbocca and my wife ordered a salmon special. The menu and the waiter described the vegetables including broccolini. Broccoli was delivered, instead. One of our party ordered a side of spinach which was never delivered. My saltimbocca was made with a veal chop, not cutlets pounded thin. It just didn't taste right. My wife's special had two small pieces of salmon and two medium shrimp on pasta. NOT worth $33.00.

Tags: Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food was good but way over priced. The wine was good also but way over priced.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Just love this place! My favorite Italian restaurant in Southern California.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Hidden stop in Orange County that locals may not want others to know about. I love this place!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 5, 2017

All members of our family of 6 enjoyed our dishes. I particularly loved the barramundi which was grilled to perfection! Husband enjoyed the veal tenderloin medallions in Marsala reduction, and porcini mushroom. Both went deliciously well with Feudo Maccari Saia red.

Enjoyed all three dessert of their royal imperial berries in vodka and lemon sorbet, tiramisu and creme brulee!

Note: Reservations made via OpenTable but restaurant did not pickup the note that we were celebrating a birthday. So, customers who want their complimentary birthday dessert will need to inform their server about the occasion.
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Follow-up to my review: Sal, chef and owner immediately replied to my reviews, apologized and made sure I gave him the name of our server to ensure that this slip-up would not happen again. He also want us to look him up when we come to visit again, which we surely will!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Always exceeds expectations!
Highly Professional staff!
Amazing Chef & Owner!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Live Sports, Healthy, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Organic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great Beer, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Special Occasion
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