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Piccolino Ristorante

480 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Authentic
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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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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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
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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What 480 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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korilinc (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 5 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.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great food and great service

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 6 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.

Joyc (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 7 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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

The food is absolutely delicious. The service was wonderful.

LookingS (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Lovely dining experience.

vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
4.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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!

CarylG (Orange County)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018


vipFoodie (Orange County)
2.0  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.