Peppercorns Grill

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$31 to $50
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Italian

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Peppercorn’s Grill and Piccolo Arancio are owned and operated by the Cialfi siblings, Sal and Dino, Brothers Sal and Dino purchased Peppercorn's Grill in 1989 and they opened Piccolo Arancio in 1994. This generation of Cialfi's has added modern creativity and personality to traditional strengths of their Italian upbringing.
Sal and Dino were trained in the art of Italian food at their uncle's restaurant in Rome. When the opportunity to open there own restaurant arose that jumped at the opportunity and opened the first Piccolo Arancio in Rome Piccolo Arancio became internationally acclaimed within their first year. Now operated by their cousins, Piccolo Arancio remains near the Trevi Fountain in Rome.
Both restaurants produce award-winning cuisine and continue to receive high honors and awards.
Peppercorn's Grill and Piccolo Arancio received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for 10 years
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BD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious and well-executed from the kitchen. Service was on-point . We were going to a show at The Bushnell and they made sure our timing was good.

M
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We returned to Peppercorns for dinner before a show after a long hiatus and will return. The food is delicious and Mario dotes on you as though you are an important person.

j
New York Area
155 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and great service from our favorite server-Dominique. The gnocchi bolognase was just wonderful.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Good food. Service excellent

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Peppercorns is the perfect restaurant. The food is inventive and creative. The staff is delightful and well tuned. Such a pleasure to dine in such a nice cutting edge restaurant when there are so many places that can be so run of the mill.

G
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just a wonderful experience! The steak was cooked to perfection and the carrot cake was to die for!

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I eat here a lot, and would love to see more variety on the menu. Nice to have a sandwich selection or two for lunch, in addition to salads and entrees.

P
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food - a Hartford favorite. Recommend on theatre nights and any other night. Wish they’d go back to the Italian/classical music, though. Food outstanding.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic setting for a business meeting. The menu was authentically Italian with knowledgeable staff, a beautiful wine list, and nice ambiance. They really treat their customers like royalty. My associates are always excited when we go to Peppercorn.

OT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from beginning to end . We had a most enjoyable evening. Everything was just perfect.

OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It seems that every time we go to Peppercorns it gets better and better. The food, the service, wine list all top notch. This is definitely a little gem in Hartford and they always come through with flying colors.

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is great on every count. Impeccable food, great service and atmosphere, a wonderful wine list, and lovely homemade desserts. The ravioli are to die for, the homemade pastas, fresh seafood and veal dishes all over the top. Kudos to the whole staff.

OT
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing in every way. Food, wine list, service, ambiance everything just perfect

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meal in a very long time. Great pastas and seafood with efficient and caring service. The dessert just topped the meal with a fabulous carrot carrot cake and an Italian chocolate pudding that was over the top.

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were treated like royalty from beginning to finish. Amazing cuisine with professional service and a great feel in the restaurant. The Italian cuisine is cutting edge with many wonderful choices. Great job to the whole staff.

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

The dinner and drinks were excellent, however our server disappeared for long periods of time. It looked like she had quite a few tables to cover so we understood the dilemma

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good and server was excellent.

a
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had the veal osso bucco. It was fall off the bone yumminess. Service was attentive and helful.

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love this place.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The pastas are amazing. Homemade ravioli, gnocchi, fettuccine Try them all as well as veal and seafood dishes
Over the top.
Efficient and kind service with a staff that cares and doesn’t cut corners.

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal we’ve had in a very long time. They really hit it out of the ball park this time. Great job.

OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular food with impeccable, flawless service. The zucchini blossoms were memorable as was the interesting heirloom tomato and peach salad. The branzino and the seafood stew were just as amazing. For dessert we shared a baked berries also over the top.

OT
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, Peppercorns did not disappoint.
Perfect table with nice ambiance accompanied by stellar food and wine. Colleen our server was amazing and she helped make a perfect evening for us together with the nice team in the dining room.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorite places to dine. Special Taste of Hartford is always one of the best in the area. Always a special night when we dine here!

G
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my wife’s birthday here. It wax amazing!

MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Always a nice experience at Peppercorns. Food was good. Usually really like the restaurant.
They had a large party so there was an extraordinarily long wait ( well over 30 minutes) for our dinner with little explanation or apology. Felt like we were kind of an afterthought that evening.

LL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time at Peppercorns Grill, but won't be my last. I enjoyed the ambience of the restaurant and the very friendly and timely service of the staff. Food was very good and I can't wait to return!

OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the best time ever with our server. The food was fantastic and everything went perfectly. Such a delightful evening.

GK
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a small business meeting here and the server was very receptive of our needs. Available but unobtrusive due to business being conducted. The food was delightful, the ambiance perfect in our private area. Will continue to bring clients to Peppercorn's because they always love it.

N
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service are consistently high quality. I appreciate the extension of Restaurant week.

f
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance with exceptional service. Amazing menu but also keep close attention to their special Yummy!

LR
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All three courses of both of our meals were excellent. The Summer Salad included greens, fruit, heirloom cherry tomatoes and sunflower seeds. The (slightly unusual) combination was excellent. For my main course I ordered the Linguini Bolognese. I asked our waiter (Edwardo) if I could have it "spiced up" a bit. He was glad to ask the kitchen to do so and the result was extraordinary. My friend also tasted it and we both recommended that it be offered on the menu (perhaps as Arrabbiata/Bolognese ?) --- at least as a special. Finally, I'd never had white chocolate bread pudding before, but it was truly excellent. It was a wonderful meal to close out my experience of Hartford Summer Restaurant Week.

OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb service accompanied by a memorable meal. Can’t wait to go back and try more items.

G
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always take clients here when I need to impress! Never a disappointment!

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent from the appetizers to the entrees and the beautiful desserts. The bread was fresh, the wine list was full of great choices, and the service impeccable.

HI
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Won’t return; do not recommend. Poor service. Food ok. Drinks overpriced and not good. Lost our order; no attempt to fix. With a reservation, from arrival to sit, 20 minutes, no food/appetizers until 50 minutes after being seated.

DD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food. Went during Taste of Hartford CT Restaurant Week. We've been there before and the regular menu is excellent too. Good happy hour too. We would definitely recommend Peppercorns Grill.

MC
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always say Dino Cialfi is one of the best chefs in CT. Innovative and delicious Italian cuisine.

GC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great and our server Donna was awesome as well. There were just two flies that kept flying around us which was a distraction but overall great vibes and we felt very welcomed.

BL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I loved the salad, the best I have ever eaten at any restaurant. The tiramisu cake was delectable. I did not like the gnocchi entree and was very disappointed. I have had outstanding gnocchi entrees, one at the Trattoria here in Hartford, and one in Pomfret. All of my previous dining experiences at Peppercorns were wonderful experiences. I would be happy to dine again at Peppercorns, but I would definitely not order the gnocchi. Thank you.

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