Piccolo Ristorante Italiano is an Italian restaurant located in the Menlo Park neighborhood of San Francisco, California. This quiet restaurant offers diners an intimate setting to enjoy an evening out with family and friends or to treat someone special to an incredible dinner. Piccolo actually translates to "small" in Italian, and that is an accurate description of this quaint bistro since the dining room only has 12 tables and a bar where guests can enjoy a plate of antipasti and a glass of fine wine.
The menu is much like Piccolo itself: simple but full of personality and of the highest quality. Guests can indulge themselves in dishes like the ravioli prosciutto, pollo alla parmigiana, or the scaloppine marsala which is provini veal scalloppini with mushrooms, sweet marsala wine and a touch of cream. Finish off by ordering one of the delectable desserts like the rich, chocolaty tiramisu.
Food and presentation were excellent. Very tasty and it was obvious that chef was attentive to detail needed to create a delicious meal. E.g., flavors and consistency of sauces were great, salmon and prawns were perfectly cooked and vegetables fresh and prepared with just the right amount of softness-not overcooked.
I was very happy to find such a great spot...superb service, well thought out menu, lovely atmosphere and a decent value.
One of those places I can always count on and the specials are always creative. The service is top notch. Very friendly and conscientious staff. When weather not so cold, nice to sit outside.
Lighting was moderate/ soft, to accompany the background music. Although the table surface was smallish in size, the feet were well-anchored so there was no chance of tipping dishes/ glasses off. Service was attentive, but not overly so. Entrees were sizable, but not too big. All-in-all, a great experience.
The food here is always excellent and they did a great job accommodating special dietary needs.
It was a quiet place and really good food. I liked the quiet ambiance and seating outside. The outdoor seating is good for talking with your date with less distraction.
Great service. Authentic ambiance
Been coming to Piccolo for several years. Always consistent and best Scallopini Marsala anywhere!
Small neighborhood restaurant with good food and a friendly vibe
Wonderful restaurant.......great people wait on you.......one of my favorites and go there frequently
Piccolo is a great gem in Menlo Park. We have been regulars since it opened and have never been disappointed. Bruno is a wonderful manager and host. Each item ordered was delivered on a timely basis and delicious.
The food here has always been tasty. Enjoy the Italian menu very much.
Everything was off the target... except very friendly service. Reheated hard bread, too much mustard, wrong greens, wrong cheese on carpaccio. Vongole without depth of the spicy tomato based sauce. White wine 5 times the market price. If you like sophisticated food this place is not for you.
Piccolo is a cute space a little off the beaten track in Menlo Park. The food, however, was mediocre. My Caesar salad was ordinary - no bite of anchovies or lemon, nothing to make it memorable on the palate. The prosciutto and melon was beautifully presented and the best dish I had, although the melon was a little underripe - and this was a dish that required no cooking skill, just the ability to pick a good melon and present an appealing dish. My Veal Picante was comprised of three overcooked, leathery pieces of veal together with mushy, bitter, overcooked steamed vegetables - broccoli, two baby carrots that should never have been put forward in such a dish, zucchini, and cauliflower that was past its prime. For $25, this was a seriously overpriced entree that did not deliver. For dessert, I had affogato - a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a shot of espresso - again, a basic dish - that was good but not challenging for the house to prepare. My waitress was delightful and gave good service, but her good service was not enough to overcome the failure to deliver on the food. Wines by the glass are also boring and do not demonstrate a refined or interesting palate guiding the menu. This place appeared on Open Table as a neighborhood gem. A neighborhood place it is; a gem - not as reflected on my visit.
Delicious Italian dishes, well worth trying out and coming back for more!
The salmon and eggplant veggie were delicious as was the spaghetti in
Nice quiet place to visit with tablemates. It is nice to bring the outside in
with the hugh open windows.
We love the food and have gone with several friends and they have all enjoyed their meal. We go later because it can get quite crowded. The servers are always friendly.
The service was great, and the food was even better.
Years ago, we were regulars, but stopped coming when management changed and the food and experience wasn't as special. How nice to return and find delicious food and attentive service. We'll be back.
conventional Italian menu. Uninspired food. Very limited but reaosonably priced wine list Friendly staff, nice ambience