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Permanently Closed - Piccolo Ristorante

4.5
134 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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This restaurant is permanently closed. Welcome to “Piccolo Ristorante”, which in Italian translates to “little restaurant”. We are a family owned and operated restaurant focusing on an intimate dining experience, ensuring you will feel our hands on and passionate approach to dining. From excellent personal service to delicious food and wine pairings, it will prove to be a memorable experience.

Our goal is to make you feel our love and dedication to our food and service from the moment you walk through our doors. We take pride in every detail of our restaurant and know that you will taste and see the difference.

All our menu items have been specially crafted by our Chef and Owner Andres Avayu, made with only the highest quality of fresh ingredients. His experience in Italian Kitchens and his passion for perfection contribute significantly in creating a diverse menu of traditional dishes from the various regions of Italy.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation


Dinner:

Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm


Closed Sundays
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Phone number
(954) 776-8066
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Andres Avayu
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Bayview Drive
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Parking details
We have a parking lot with limited free parking as well as metered parking. Plus a small parking lot in the back of the building.
Additional
Happy Hour, Takeout, Wine
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4.6
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4.2
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4.0Dined on November 3, 2017

My wife and I had a lovely evening dining at Piccolo. The meal was well prepared and tasty; the wine pairing was excellent and the service was exceptional. Chef even came out and had a chat with the last few diners. Would definitely recommend. Seems the menu changes frequently, so check if you're going for a specific item.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

Pasta was excellent, munk fish was excellent, I will be back.

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2017

The food is always delicious. The only people in the restaurant:
there was a wedding party and my party of five.
I like going there not only is the food consistent; but it is a place to dine and to spend the evening.

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2.0Dined on September 1, 2017

Food was good. Customer service was lacking but worst of all, the chef was a total jerk! I saw his reaction to a special request that was quite simple. I won't be coming back.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2017

We felt like we were dining in a family trattoria in Rome . Our hostess/waitress was warm and personable and made us feel at home. She perfectly described the dishes and helped with recommendations. Their menu is small but we enjoyed every course. Salad was beautiful and perfectly dressed with a light lemony vinaigrette and the three meat meatballs had a great depth of flavor. We liked the bison Bolognese and the fusilli amatrichanna as our main courses. We would order them again. And dessert was an awesome peach cobbler. This was our first visit but won't be our last. In a town with many great Italian restaurants this one is one of the best.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

We were looking for a new Italian restaurant in town (we're veterans of the big 2) and figured we would try Piccolo because it's close by. We were greeted warmly by the owner and were blown away by the quality of food. The menu was very creative for an Italian restaurant. Prices may seem high for pasta dishes, but you're paying for better ingredients and the creativity I mentioned earlier. Our only critique is that they could probably use a couple of standard appetizers for diners not looking to stray too far.

Highly recommend! Give it a shot

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2017

Piccolo is a great little Italian gem tucked away among the restaurants on Commercial. It's tiny with about 5-6 tables only. We were the only ones there when we arrived at 8pm on a Saturday night and saw one other (vegan) couple come and go while we took our time dining. Now for the food: There was no seafood on the menu, and the overall choices were limited to 1 steak, 1 poultry, and 1 pasta - all unique dishes as well. The food was excellent! My husband and I both got the duck pasta special that night, and it was filling and absolutely delicious. Piccolo is family owned and that shows in the high-quality service as well.

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2017

The server was the owners brother in law and he was very attentive and good. The kitchen did not follow the food requests and the food was very salty. I felt it was also overpriced for what you got. Will not return.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Always a pleasure to dine at Piccolo's. A small place where a reservation would be strongly suggested. They have an good wine list but patron's can bring their own choices with a corkage fee.

Entree's are seasonable an creative, with many of the favorites on a menu rotation.
This evening Lamb chops were the meat of choice, other times it can be a veal chop or a Fillet. There is always a special of a fish as well as a game bird . Pasta is always plentiful too.
Coffee is made by the cup so it is always wonderful and fresh.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2017

Top notch. One of the best dinners we world travelers and former 3 year residents of Paris have had any in any US city.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

what a great find!! everything about this small charming restaurant was wonderful!! Delicious food-- fresh, beautiful presentation and creative Italian dishes! Loved our dining experience-- can't wait to go back and bring friends!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2017

Delicious dinner with friends! Especially the Covina over risotto.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Menu very limited, and who offers only one dessert! Service was very slow.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2017

The pasta was fabulous - smooth, melt in your mouth. Friendly service. Nice wine list but expensive - recommend adding choices in lower price range.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2017

Great food and service
Small , creative menu
Homemade pasta
Great wine list
Husband-chef,
wife-hostess, waiter - super nice/ explains menu
Desserts made in house

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2017

Superb food, superb service, great dining experience

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2017

Took old friends, both first generation Italians, on recommendation of a friend.
He had quail because it reminded him of boyhood hunting trips with his father. She and I had short ribs. Great comfort food seldom found on restaurant menus. All were delicious except I was ill all night after (need to stay away from fatty meats I found).
What we also enjoyed was the intimate ambience and ability to have a private conversation without other diners chatting loudly or wait staff interruption of our conversation to inquire how we were enjoying everything.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

Piccolo is our favorite special go to in pompano beach. Family operated, the welcome is warm and service impeccable. The food is fantastic. Only a few entrees each night, but each is prepared with the highest degree of chef skill
It is a little pricey, but you get good value with interesting preparations.
I only gave a slight downgrade for ambiance because it needs more diners. Most times we go there are few tables occupied so it feels a little lonly. But please go and patronize this gem of a restaurant

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2017

This was our first time here. The food was spectacular, as well as the service! It was a bit pricey, but worth it!

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5.0Dined on February 16, 2017

Andre the Chef and his wife and other family (a new addition is coming in March) serve outstanding special South American classical Italian deliciousness. Amatriciana rotini was goodly spiced and al dente; the house meatball superb; the funghi risotto was superb and the recommended wine was a great pairing. Lots of service yet no intrusion to our small talk with friend went uninterrupted. Of course forcing us to have a dessert with4 spoons--Chocolate brulee--was wicked!!.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2017

Maybe I am just old school, but we were a bit disappointed. EVERYONE online, and even a random person walking down the street raved about how great the food was, so I had very high expectations. The available menu was quite different from what I saw online, and selections were very limited. Food was tasty, but not really your traditional Italian fare. Service was outstanding and very friendly. Tables were very close, so expect to hear your neighbor's conversation. Advice is to call ahead for what is on the menu, before paying in 3 figures for a couple of meals you're not really crazy about.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Outstanding in every way!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Always our "go to" restaurant in Lauderdale by the Sea.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2017

The owners wife is extremely personable, exchanging and compliments the the quality of food served.

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3.0Dined on January 21, 2017

Too inflexible; not accommodating to meet customers' needs. Waiter and waitress were not friendly.

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4.0Dined on January 7, 2017

Lovely food in a quiet and carrying restaurant.

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3.0Dined on December 30, 2016

I would recommend this restaurant because it is small and intimate. However, the night we dined there, the 4 of us ordered the pasta special which we all agreed was not up to par. One of our guests ordered the octopus appetizer which was also not the best.

We had been to this restaurant a couple of years before this visit and found our meals to be very good, so I wouldn't discount it entirely as a place to dine.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

Having dined recently and in the past the food by Chef Andres and service by Alison remain excellent. Chef Andres's creative cuisine result in Piccolo being an excellent upscale dining spot in Fort Lauderdale.

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5.0Dined on November 5, 2016

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is superb, second only to the service.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2016

My favorite local restaurant- always makes you feel like a VIP. Great menu that changes seasonally, and the daily specials are top notch. Would not feel out of place whether you're dressed to the nines or enjoying a casual night out. Will keep coming back as I can't wait to try everything on the menu!

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2016

As always, the service was impeccable, the food 5-star, and the ambiance heavenly! Thank you for making our anniversary a night to remember!

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Primo Italian with an everchanging menu-awesome!

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3.0Dined on August 13, 2016

This ambitious little restaurant is definitely worth a try. We dined here for my husband's birthday, his pick. Decor is very nice, it felt like a special occasion. The restaurant is VERY SMALL. But we were not uncomfortable. Front of the House staff is super...Alison (who took our order) and her colleague (who we didn't meet, but had the pleasure of having him bring a course or two and pour wine for us) are the right amount of friendly, and skilled at working the room. Between the two they took care of the entire place like maestros, each table felt THEY were the favorite. Both are worth double their weights in gold. One thing we are still talking about...many items were already "sold out" at 7:30 on Saturday--bad form. Take them off of the menu, because it makes guests feel like they missed out, which is a disappointing way to start an evening. We decided to share one each of the menu categories. Caesar salad was really a stand out. Loved the wedge presentation and the dressing had the perfect tang. Appetizer--Polpette of the day, described as house blend. Was tasty, loved the homemade ricotta cheese and the marinara was good. However, I could distinctly taste bread crumbs and the meatballs fell apart. Both my husband and I had hunks of unground cartilage--just ew. Pasta course--linguine with mushrooms and truffle oil. Just a tad too much funk, and I DO realize truffle oil is funky...just way too much and I do not think that the pasta was made in-house--which is room for growth especially at an upscale Italian place. In Italy, even Nonna's make their own pasta and it does makes a difference. Veal Chop--perfectly cooked, DELICIOUS! Risotto was a bit TOO al dente--Not nearly creamy enough either, which comes from rushing it I think. Wine list was OK. I don't mind small but a bit more imaginative selection. Dessert was good. We'd go again. We have high hopes for Piccolo and thank them for helping push Broward's fine dining envelope. KEEP IMPROVING!

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2016

Piccolo was a very romantic setting. The pasta dishes were delicious with there sauces and their fish was prepared fresh.

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3.0Dined on June 10, 2016

Disappointed as they Ran out of a few dishes we wanted to try

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2016

I don't know what to say that hasn't already been said! We've eaten at piccolo at least a dozen times and it continues to be one of our absolute favorite restaurants. While I'm addicted to the bolognese, my husband usually tries something different and I always love what he gets as well. It's not just the food, as excellent as it is, but it's the warm family environment they've created. Not only are they family, but they make us feel like family too!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

I took my girl friend her for a nice dinner on our vacation to the area. its small but really cozy.
The food is amazing and the staff know exactly what wine pairs with every plate on the menu. It is a bit on the pricey side but 100% worth every penny. I would HIGHLY recommend this to everyone

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

We were told of Piccolo's by our friends who live near by. We agreed to meet them there and made early evening reservations (very limited space, so a must). We found a very knowledgeable & gracious Alison as Hostess / waitress extraordinaire. She made great suggestions for our wine and food selections. As Arnold says - Weeel be baaack!

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2016

our first time at Piccolo. A family run restaurant, with a varied menu, and the food was excellent. We hadn't realised that they don't offer a full bar service, just wine, but there were a lot of different options for wines lovers. Recommended

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2016

This is a great little restaurant. My wife found some reviews online so we chose it for a delayed anniversary dinner. Beautiful little restaurant with a very diverse menu that will have something to offer everyone.

We shared two appetizers: eggplant and meatballs. Both were spectacular. I had crab encrusted mahi-mahi that was delicious and cooked perfectly. My wife had shrimp over pasta. She enjoyed it but thought the shrimp lacked "something". Overall, she still thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

The service and staff were spectacular. Couldn't ask for a better performance.

My only criticism is that the place is too small and intimate. Lots of people might love it for that reason; others, like me, might not. The owners are clearly doing their best to serve as many tables as they can in a small store-front area. I don't fault them for trying to maximize their space. But most of the tables are too close together for my personal comfort. Not to the point of being intrusive but close enough that --for ME-- it impairs conversation and relaxation.

We still had a wonderful evening and would not hesitate to return

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