Talk about going out with the bang! We enjoyed the 5 course meal with wine pairings and every course was a sensation; so good I could have licked the dish. It's just a shame that this is Piccolo's final week week open. We can only hope the new restaurant will leave the same impression on us!
We are so sad to see our favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities go but had a wonderful last meal.
What a memorable treat. Our children sent a tasting menu certificate for my 75th birthday. With my wife and me each selecting a different choice for the five courses, we shared and enjoyed ten of the fifteen offerings. The kitchen staff created the edible art and the wait staff gracefully served and described our plates. Although as infrequent visitors to small plate restaurants, after reviewing the excellent tasting menu descriptions on the Piccolo website we had a very good idea of the food combinations we would experience - without knowing how they would look and taste. Most amazing, the textures and flavors and colors on the individual plates complemented each other without excessive spicing or difficult to handle pieces. (We sometimes have a challenge appreciating food that is overly flavored to make a signature statement.)
As senior citizens we rarely eat after seven, yet a well-paced five-course meal after nine was comfortable and relaxing. We even got to park right in front of the restaurant, something that so rarely happens. We left with an appreciation of new tastes and a birthday card signed by the staff.
All around very enjoyable and certainly memorable. Thanks to all.
the tasting menu bites are small but very tasty and really good and plenty for a meal. go for the cauliflower soup, gnocchi, skirt steak for sure. I asked our waiter and his suggestions served us nicely!
It is unfortunate to see such a wonderful venue for a remarkable and memorable food experience closing on 3/11. We ate here only once, but it will be fondly remembered for a long, long time. We hope everyone adversely affected by the closing finds a suitable substitute for work and dining experiences. I think it may be hard to find.
Thanks! Great meal as usual.
We'd been wanting to try this restaurant for years and just never got around to it - finally decided to jump on it when we saw the restaurant was closing permanently soon.
Pros: The ambiance of the place was very nice. And I was very impressed with the menu and the flavors that the chefs had put together. When I saw the menu, I was very excited. And the flavors didn't disappoint. The butter that comes with the bread - oh my goodness - heavenly. My cauliflower soup with crab was very nice, and the veal tenderloin with tuna conserva and egg ravioli, swiss chard, and reggiano - also very delicious.
Cons: I'm sorry to say that we were disappointed. And perhaps it's partially our fault - we were expecting the food to be "small bites" but not "two bites". $15 for a 2 bites of veal and $17 for the skirt steak was disappointing.
The service itself was initially nice, very pleasant - but it takes a very long time to dine there. We were there for 2 hours and didn't even eat something from all 5 categories of that evening's tasting menu. We'd ordered one soup and we 2 entrees. We'd have been there all night if we had eaten from the other 3 categories. The waitress tried to talk us into more, but when we saw the portion sizes of the meal, we said no. We also opted out of the $11 desserts which we knew would be about one bite (and went to get frozen yogurt instead!).
Her demeanor changed when she realized we were done - her attention and pleasant nature immediately went to other tables and we felt like we were rushed out, as though our patronage was less than the nearby tables who were ordering more.
Also, when we left, I wasn't even able to get out of my seat without having my torso brush against the plates of the table next to us - and I'm not a large person. Thankfully, they were gracious and understanding but I was embarrassed.
If this place were staying open, I wouldn't go back. I'm happy we did get to try it once, but one and done is just fine with us.
Had to make it in one more time before they close. Best of luck to those working there as they embark on new endeavors. Great and inventive food. Wonderful service.
Really sad to have this restaurant going away in March. Have truly enjoyed everything we have ever had here. Hope Doug Flicker's next stop is as phenomenal as this ways
One of the best meals that I have had in the Twin Cities!!!