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About Piccolo's

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.

157 Shrewsbury Street
Worcester, MA 01604
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm, Lounge Open Late

Cross Street:
Plum Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(508) 754-1057

Website:
http://www.piccolos157.com/

Entertainment:
Limited entertainment

Executive Chef:
John Piccolo

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Piccolo's Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

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Great for Lunch (4)
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 (New England)·Dined on April 2, 2016

Great food. Ended up in bar area which was a little noisy but fine because wanted to watch basketball game. Hostess did ask if we were ok with sitting there before she seated us.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 26, 2016

Great service from the staff
As someone from Boston I am spoiled by all the
outstanding Italian food in the North End, in comparison the meal at Piccolo's was average.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 27, 2016

On this busy Saturday night, we entered through a busy bar/seating area, and were promptly shown to our table. Bread and oil arrived promptly but nothing special, basic fare. Service was slow, but when the food finally arrived, it was quite good. We had raviolis in vodka sauce and Pesce Piccolomondo. Both dishes arrived "warm", they were not hot. The ambiance was like an old fashioned neighborhood restaurant, with dark walls and a tin ceiling. It was busy and loud, not the easiest place to have a conversation. Only on street parking is available. We'll probably give this place another try, but would do so on a quieter night.

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 (New England)·Dined on February 27, 2016

We had a good meal at Piccolo's and will not hesitate to return. My shrimp in vodka sauce was excellent, my friend's veal parm was at best average, as the breading was not browned enough.
Service was prompt, courteous and efficient.
We ate in the front room; tables are a little cramped, and the room was a bit loud between the adjacent bar and music playing too loudly in background.
The restaurant is kind of an old-style Italian eatery, and both the decor and the menu are consistent with the old time, family Italian restaurant, but it was still a pleasant experience. The prices are reasonable.
Not the place I would go to for a special occasion, but more than acceptable to escape cooking at home.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 27, 2016

had dinner in Feb, it was restaurant week but even if it wasn't, the prices were very reasonable. Food was great (soup, salad, entree) service was extremely friendly and very attentive. would highly recommend this place- we had a Saturday night reservation, sat us on time, even though it was a very busy night(concert was in town)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on February 13, 2016

First time visitor. Seated promptly for our scheduled 6:00 reservation, on Valentine's Eve. Staff is very friendly and cordial. Dining area is small, we were seated in a booth. Food was very good and served hot and appealing. Prices are a tad steep ( $ 28 for a Haddock dish ). Wine was ordered by the glass and was exceptional. Noise level was increasing as the evening grew longer. We did not partake in deserts.
Piccolo's is definitley a fine place to dine, and we will be returning again soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Food is great. The garlic bread is awesome.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 2, 2016

My fiancé and I went out to dinner last weekend. We were both so amazed and in love with everything we ate and drank!!! Wow to the garlic bread, eggplant, pasta, dessert and Moscata!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2015

This is the third time I've been out with my group of friends to Piccolo's. My food was so, so last time but I thought I'd give them another chance. My shrimp was very tough and the calamari was rubbery. It's too bad because this is an intimate little spot that I've enjoyed in the past.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 20, 2015

First time at restaurant. Definitely will go back. Reasonable prices and large portions. Had chicken and eggplant dist - excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on November 7, 2015

We were seated promptly. It did take a little while for the waitress to appear and we gave her our drink orders which took 15 minutes to get.

Appetizers were ordered and took about 20 minutes.

All of the food was delicious, however, the drinks came slowly and the room we were in was very very loud.

Overall I would go back again but I would warn any company with us about the noise level and the slowness.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 24, 2015

The food was good. All three in our party enjoyed the flavors. The room we were in also contained the bar and was noisy... Not for romance! The tables are also too close together and that made it a challenge for the wait staff

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed our first visit to Piccolo's and will definitely return. Our waitress was very efficient and attentive. The food was prepared perfectly and the ambiance was quite nice. Overall, we had a nice dining experience and will keep Piccolo's in mind the next time we are in Worcester.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 3, 2015

We were very please with the food and service! The only negative we'd share is that we were there for an early reservation (6:00 pm) and the restaurant area was not filled. As the night progressed and the tables filled the noise level escalated and made conversation in a normal tone difficult.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 26, 2015

book my seats, got there and right away they got our table ready nice place to go out with the wife. great place to go have a nice glass of wine will deff. recommend to anyone

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 26, 2015

Went here on Saturday night. Seated in dining area and noticed table of 6 by the front windows. Was a loud group...but we sat and waited for drink order. Realized within minutes this table was so loud we could not hear each other - place was filling up and no sound absorbing material - low tin ceiling, hard wood panel walls and hard table surface. Carpet on floor not enough to lower the noise. Other tables were struggling with the noise from this table. Food was good - service good - just not an enjoyable environment. Here for Parents weekend at local college. Won't be back here again - too many options in Worcester to suffer here. Too bad as the food is good.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 11, 2015

Best food on Shrewsbury Street in Worcester and that's saying a lot when you look at number and quality of restaurants there. Wait staff are as good as it gets. They are real pros and also very friendly. Little bit of a "hole in the wall" and can get a little noisy when they are crowded.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2015

Ambiance looks like it is out of the Sopranos but some like that vibe. I thought while the menu was imaginative, would have liked to see a couple of more Southern Italian staples on it like Lasagne, chicken parm etc. We were however very pleased with our entrees.
We might go back, but Shrewsbury St is chock full of restaurants.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 31, 2015

The food was excellent and the menu somewhat more imaginative than an average Italian restaurant. The wine list is more than adequate, with reasonable markups.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 5, 2015

Food was really excellent. Service was good but oh the food! Yes we plan to have more meals there in the future.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 23, 2015

Very good food! Huge wine list, can't wait to go back again to try more of their offerings! I got the veal park which was hammered very thin and had the best parm covering I've ever tasted

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on May 16, 2015

Very loud with slow service, was not the experience we were looking for.
Large portions of typical Italian food

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 (New England)·Dined on April 18, 2015

Took my family out for a nice italian dinner. Great food! Eggplant is delicious, gnocchi better. Keep room for desserts.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on April 4, 2015

All of the dishes our party had were excellent and the staff was very attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on April 4, 2015

The food was quite good, enjoyed the plate sized ravioli for starters and the choc toffee slice for dessert. My shrimps for entree were overlooked. Entrees varied in niceness I think.
Servers could have been so much more personal, and more helpful. She did nothing but bring out the food to earn her $40 tip. Front , main dining area has quite a lot of character, and a pressed tin tiled roof.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on March 27, 2015

Our family had a fantastic dinner at Piccolo's the other night. Everything we ordered was delicious. It got a little loud as the evening wore on, but it was a Friday night on Shrewsbury Street, so that is to be expected.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on March 13, 2015

The food was quite good, but the ambience was depressing. Tablecloths and candlelight would go a long way to making the atmosphere a little more intimate. It felt more like a VFW than a cozy italian restaurant. For that reason, I wouldn't recommend it to friends, which is a shame, because the servers were friendly and professional and the desserts were outstanding.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 28, 2015

Superbusy and the waitstaff was struggling to keep up.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2015

Excellent food and service. The restaurant has a warm friendly atmosphere and located in a great spot in Worcester. They have parking passes for a lot if you have trouble finding a spot on the street,

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on January 30, 2015

Piccolo's has the best italian food in Worxesrer. We have been going for years and have never been dissapointsed. The staff is very friendly. I love anything with their vodka sauce and my husband says they have the best veal in town!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2015

We went early on a week night, and were only 1 of 3 tables. The waitress was great, while the food was good the clam sauce was quite fishy. Steak done perfect, and so was the other pasta dish ordered. A little pricey for what we got.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2014

Our table was ready within minutes of our arrival. The waitress, though clearly busy was most attentive. Food was good. All in all a nice night.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 19, 2014

Stopped in on a recent Friday Evening with friends after work. Food and service were excellent. Definitely will return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on December 6, 2014

Piccolo's never disappoints, love, love, the food and great service!! Our favorite restaurant!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2014

Fatima Salad was delicious, veal dishes cooked perfectly and fabulous! We even had desserts which were delicious! A true authentic italian restaurant, from start to finish. This was our second time dining here, we wish we lived closer as we would come more often. A gem we came upon two years ago and so glad we found it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New England)·Dined on November 14, 2014

I took my daughters out for dinner and we were going to go to Via but couldn't get a table for the right time. Piccolo's had availability so we went. I had never been there. It took a few minutes for the waitress(es) to come to the table but after that they were very attentive. The one negative was no children's menu but they accommodated nicely. Great food and great service. I'll go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2014

We had a reservation though there was not a specific table ready when we got there. Food was really good. Waitress was so harried and it seemed so understaffed. Two 18 year olds at our table ordered lemonade and were served an alcoholic beverage that looked like lemonade. I had the same and asked the waitress if drinks had alcohol in them…she knew they were alcoholic beverages. Not good. Food came slowly but we were in no rush so that night did not matter.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2014

Difficult to enjoy the food or the company due to the noise level.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2014

Our party of 5-2 adults, 2 college students and a 12 year old, were really looking forward to a dinner out, specifically Italian food. We decided to try Piccolos based on its location and a few reviews that we read. We were seated in the dining room at a corner table. In the dining room, down the center of the room, was a party of about 16 people who were beyond loud and obnoxious. This group was so loud that we could not speak to each other at our table without yelling. The room was small with tin ceilings which echoed the noise. It completely ruined our meal and we could not wait to get out of there. The food was very good but it was difficult to enjoy it with the noise level being deafening. It was not a good dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on September 27, 2014

Had a great evening in Worcester, beginning with an incredible meal at Piccolo's. Incredible Italian food; I even managed to impress my Italian boyfriend.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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