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Piccolo's

4.6
4.6
586 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

A unique destination for Worcester's movers and shakers, Piccolo's has become the place to go for great Italian cuisine, a glass of good wine and an eclectic social mix not found elsewhere on Shrewsbury Street.

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Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (508) 754-1057

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    John Piccolo

  • Catering

    Call Restaurant to Inquire Catering Prices. *

  • Neighborhood

    Worcester

  • Cross street

    Plum Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Entertainment

    Limited entertainment

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Antipasti

  • Calamari Fritti$14.95

    Fresh point Judith calamari lightly fried to a golden brown. A little marinara and lemon

    • Stuffed Cubanelle Peppers$12.95

      Freddy's sausage, spinach & mozzarella

      • Eggplant Rollatini$13.95

        Rolled thin eggplant, ricotta, mozzarella & pecorino, marinara

        • Santino's Favorite Garlic Bread$12.95

          Toasted ciabatta, roasted garlic, fresh chives & gorgonzola fonduta

          • Tonno Crudo$15.95

            Fresh Tuna, lemon, capers, red onions & XVOO

            • Ravioli "159"$14.95

              Italian cheese & grilled chicken wrapped in fresh black pepper pasta, lite tomato cream

              • Cozze Garibaldi$17.95

                Mussels, garlic, a little red chile, some prosciutto, plum tomato & white wine, bruschetta

                Insalata

                add chicken $5.95 to any salad

                • Insalata Caprese$14.95

                  Fresh buffalo mozzarella imported from Campania, ripe tomato and basil, drizzled with x.v.o.o.

                  • Insalata Casa$6.95

                    Mixed greens, house vinaigrette & fresh veggies

                    • Insalata Caesar$7.95

                      Crisp romaine, croutons, angel hair parmigian, and that famous dressing (white anchovy on request)

                      • Insalata Bel Mondo$8.95

                        Romaine hearts, gorgonzola, granny smith, smoked almonds & dried cranberries tossed in a white balsamic vinaigrette

                        Pasta

                        • Strangolapreti Bechéra$22.95

                          Fresh cut red wine (priest stranglers), crumbled spicy sausage, mushrooms, plum tomato & roasted garlic ragu. The butcher's favorite!

                          • Ravioli Giovanni$21.95

                            Cheese ravs, sugar snap peas, sun dried tomato, caramelized onions, parmigian & roasted garlic cream

                            • Gnocchi al Telefono$19.95

                              Traditional cheese and potato pasta, fresh mozzarella, and a little cracked black pepper, Swimming in a pool of our plum tomato and fresh basil marinara

                              • Papparedella Bolognese$24.95

                                Slow cooked beef, veal & pork ragu, libby's fresh cut phat pasta, delicioso!

                                • Spinach Ravioli$21.95

                                  Sautéed mushrooms, some more spinach and pink vodka sauce

                                  • Lasagna Frederico$22.95

                                    Layers of fresh pasta, Italian cheeses & marinara topped with freddy spicy sausage ragu

                                    Piatti Della Casa

                                    • Pollo Parmigian$22.95

                                      Golden chicken cutlet, melted Italian cheeses and gemelli marinara

                                      • Pollo Pino Pino$23.95

                                        Sautéed chicken, artichokes, capers, banana peppers, fresh herbs, tossed with linguine, lemon & white wine sauce

                                        • Pollo Alfonzo$24.95

                                          Char-grilled chicken, broccoli, fresh black pepper ziti, tossed with creamy alfredo

                                          • Pollo alla Giacomo$29.95

                                            Sautéed chicken, jumbo shrimp, spinach, sun dried tomato, gemelli, lemon & white wine sauce

                                            • Gamberi Julianna$31.95

                                              Sautéed jumbo shrimp, baby spinach, gemelli, roasted garlic, cracked black peppercorns and pink vodka sauce

                                              • Salmon Bella Fresca$29.95

                                                Char-grilled Atlantic salmon fillet, fresh herbs, Yukon gold potato, and fresh vegetable

                                                • Pesce al Granchio$32.95

                                                  Baked crabmeat crusted haddock fillet, spinach & lite sherry shallot cream over linguine

                                                  • Melanzana Parmigian$21.95

                                                    Thin cut golden eggplant, melted Italian cheeses and gemelli marinara

                                                    • Salsiccia Contadina$23.95

                                                      Crumbled Italian Sausage with a little heat, spinach, roasted garlic, red onion, gold potato & lite tomato cream

                                                      • Filetto al Pepe Nero$39.95

                                                        Char-grilled half pound, center cut filet mignon medallions, caramelized onions, scallions & gorgonzola cream over linguine

                                                        • Vitello alla Parmigiana$29.95

                                                          Fresh hand cut veal, breaded and sautéed in x.v.o.o., melted italian cheeses, & gemelli marinara

                                                          • Vitello Mariano$29.95

                                                            Sautéed fresh veal scaloppini, fancy mushrooms, prosciutto, spring onions, Sicilian marsala wine, a splash of cream, and linguine

                                                            • Vitello Superdonna$29.95

                                                              Fresh veal scaloppini, spinach, garlic a little red chile, lemon & white wine sauce over linguine

                                                              Last updated: February 3, 2022

                                                              What 586 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                              4.6
                                                              4.6 based on recent ratings
                                                              • 4.7Food
                                                              • 4.7Service
                                                              • 4.3Ambience
                                                              • 4.4Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

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                                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

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                                                                We had a very large party and kept adding on people as well. Waiters and staff were SUPER accommodating and we received outstanding service all night. Drinks flowing and food was beyond our expectations for taste and portion. I would highly reccomend Piccolos for ether a date night or a large party!

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                                                                Dined on April 23, 2022

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                                                                Our waitress Amanda, was a delight. She was always smiling and made sure to check on us frequently. The food was absolutely phenomenal,the atmosphere was charming! We brought a friend whose birthday was this day and she had never been to Piccolo’s and she absolutely love everything! The manager came out to the bar as we were leaving and we all raved about the service and the food! He then gave the Birthday girl a friend glass of wine so we stayed in the bar for after dinner cocktails. Ittruly was a wonderful experience! We will be back

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                                                                Dined on April 20, 2022

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                                                              13. OT

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                                                              14. SB

                                                                SallyB

                                                                1 review

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                                                              15. OT

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                                                              17. AO

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                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

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                                                                I brought seven college students and we all loved the food. The service was fantastic and I would definitely return and recommend it to others.

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                                                                Dined on April 2, 2022

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                                                              19. RB

                                                                RachelB

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                                                                Dined on April 2, 2022

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                                                                This was our second visit to Piccolo's and it will be our last. We were sat at a table for two right by an exterior door in between two large parties. We were cramped and one party had visitors come to their table multiple times throughout our meal and I was repeatedly bumped and crowded so much that it made me quite uncomfortable. At one point a gentleman pulled up a chair sat down and was so close to me that I could feel his breath in my ear and if I needed to get up from my seat for any reason, it would have been impossible. The staff and management did not discourage these visitors and the disruption to their other guests. All in all it ruined our anniversary dinner.

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                                                              21. M

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                                                                Dined on March 25, 2022

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                                                                Very loud and they packed the dining room with too many tables. Everyone was on top of everyone. Not intimate at all.

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                                                              24. AV

                                                                AlisonV

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                                                              25. MD

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                                                                Dined on March 5, 2022

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                                                                Great service, food was delicious, and the table location was perfect!

                                                              27. EA

                                                                EA123

                                                                New York Area

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                3.0

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                                overall3food4service5ambience2

                                                                We were visiting Worcester and had heard good things about Piccolo's. We booked a table and when we arrived (on time) the hostess said the 2 people had sat at our table (for 4). She went on to tell us she did not know how it happened at that we had to wait. We waited over 30 minutes for those people to move from our table and to their own table, which apparently was occupied when they arrived. Absolutely ridiculous! The evening however, was saved by Dawn, our server, who provided us with excellent service and suggestions. Our meals ranged from good to very good.

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                                                                Food was not what I remembered, but not bad. Although it was a Thursday night, we were only one of three couples in the whole restaurant. We had been on Valentine’s Day right before covid hit, and the line was out the door. I hope it does get better, we love it

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                                                                Bel mondo salad ****Best Meatloaf anywhere******Filet Al Pepe Nero*****great Wine*****espresso Martini******Dessert! Food, Service, and Atmosphere. Best. Period

                                                              30. LJ

                                                                LauraJ

                                                                New York Area

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

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                                                              31. l

                                                                luv2dine2

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                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

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                                                                Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Piccolo's has been my favorite restaurant for a long time now and they never disappoint! The wait staff is very friendly and engaging and the food is phenomenal.

                                                              32. BL

                                                                BrittanyL

                                                                Austin

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 25, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                We've been eating at Piccolo's since we moved to the area in 2016. Every meal we've had here has been absolutely delicious. The atmosphere cannot be beat - romantic lighting, Sinatra playing in the background, and cozy seating. The staff is attentive, kind and friendly. We take all of our out of town guests here and they love it! Best meals - veal parmigiana (classic!), gnocchi, eggplant parmigiana... all of it is good but those are our faves. Also, try the garlic bread with cheese sauce. Life changing.

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                                                                4.0

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                                                                The menu was decent and the food was very good. Our waitress, Abbie was awesome!!! The ambiance needs improvement but overall the experience was good.

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                                                                5.0

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                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                We thoroughly enjoyed our meal the service was great and so accommodating, food was delicious, atmosphere fun old school Italian. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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                                                                KurtG

                                                                1 review

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                                                                Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                                overall1food1service2ambience3

                                                                Tasteless, overpriced and noisy.

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                                                                Not impressed. Crammed into a little corner with a wobbly table. Food wasn’t anything to write home about for the price. Very unaccommodating for something as simple as temperature of red meat. Will probably not return.

                                                              37. s

                                                                scotts

                                                                New England

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                3.0

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                overall3food4service3ambience2

                                                                Small and packed. Food wonderful. Got to eat two tables away from Gov. Charlie Baker.

                                                              38. OT

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                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Always a great meal. Been many times. A very relaxed evening everytime.

                                                              39. P

                                                                Paul

                                                                New England

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 5, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Very good food and great menu choices

                                                              40. S

                                                                Stacy

                                                                New England

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 3, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great Food, Atmosphere, and Service!

                                                              FAQs

                                                              Piccolo's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (508) 754-1057.

                                                              Piccolo's is rated 4.6 stars by 586 OpenTable diners.

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                                                              Booked 4 times today
                                                              Google Map for Piccolo's

                                                              157 Shrewsbury Street Worcester, MA 01604

                                                              Additional information

                                                              • Cross street

                                                                Plum Street

                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                Worcester

                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                Italian

                                                              • Dining style

                                                                Casual Elegant

                                                              • Dress code

                                                                Casual Dress

                                                              • Parking details

                                                                Street Parking

                                                              • Payment options

                                                                AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                              • Executive chef

                                                                John Piccolo

                                                              • Entertainment

                                                                Limited entertainment

                                                              • Additional

                                                                Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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