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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BC
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent menu options including the specials.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with nice atmosphere
Decorations that get you in the spirit

G
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful meal!!!

CP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food (lots of choices!) is served is a romantic and relaxing atmosphere. The staff is terrific as is the wine list. I love the place!

JM
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the time we arrived our needs were taken care of. Reservation for 5 PM and shown right to our table. Wait staff for courteous and knowledgeable. I have Celiac and our server made sure everything that I ordered was. Gluten Free. They even had Gluten Free bread. All in our party(4) greatly enjoyed their meal. Servers very attentive but not over bearing. I would not hesitate to return, very positive experience.

SB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding experience. Highly recommend it.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great setting to a nice evening with friends.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything especially the pasta

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, creative and delicious. The veal chop is the best anywhere! Compliments to Eduardo who provided outstanding service tonight. Many thanks to Dino, the chef and owner, who clearly takes great pride in ensuring that Peppercorns does not disappoint.

ME
New England
20 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to gather with “friends of long standing” for a delicious dinner.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We always enjoy our visit to Peppercorns. The food and service are consistently good. I was a little disappointed that the Negroni cocktail that was listed on the menu as $10.00 was printed on the bill as $12.00. I was told to tell the waitress but we were going to a show and time wasn’t available. The computer should be checked for accuracy when printed out the cost of items ordered. .

BA
New England
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my 2nd time at Peppercorns and it was the charm. Both the gnocchi and rigatoni were cooked al dente (as it should be) and the Bolognese sauce is one of the best I've had. The atmosphere was relaxed and Bill was a very attentive waiter. It was the perfect prelude to a night at the Bushnell, which we were able to walk to from the restaurant. The menu is limited but covers all the bases. Would suggest it to anyone looking for good food and a good glass of wine. Kudos to Chef Dino Cialfi.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal with great service

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service food was great

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening with a wonderful menu.
The pasta is delicious as well as the veal dishes
Homemade bread a great beginning to the night

j
New York Area
157 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very positive

MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was outstanding. We were seated at a table for two, but it was a little tight. It was the only minor downside to an otherwise wonderful dining experience.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyable experience. Great food, nice menu, pleasant service, and friendly ambiance

T
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had a great time. Food was good and well prepared. Staff was friendly and efficient. Only caveat was there was a bit of delay between 1st and 2nd course. Normally this would not have been a problem, but we did bring to our waitress' attention we were going to a show at the Bushnell resulting in all of eating faster than we would have liked.

f
New England
14 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We ate here before a show. At sitting I informed the maître d and he asked me to let the waiter know. The waiter did not come to the table for an extended period and the maître d actually took our drink order. Obviously we were in somewhat of a hurry because of our show but had not even talked to the Waiter! Finally, the waiter approached the table for our drink order and we indicated it had already been taken! Another delay, before our drinks could be found! I impressed upon the waiter our time issue and they did finally take our food order. A small recovery occurred when the food arrived very promptly such that we could just make the show on time! Also, our drinks were gratis given the delays. I had not been to Peppercorns in a number of years but the excellence of the food remains!

PB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Pleasant atmosphere. Nice location. Food and service were average. Prices were a little high. Anytime I have to pay $11.00 for a glass of wine that comes less than half full is a negative to me.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing scallops and pumpkin ravioli.
Nice efficient server pleasant surroundings

KK
New England
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent pre-theatre dinner at Peppercorn’s Grill. Food, service, and atmosphere were all excellent, and if you have theatre tickets you get 20% off the price of entrees.

GJ
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We have been to Peppercorns 4 times this year, This time was no exception: The appetizers and pasta meals we ordered (4 of us) were all delicious. Service was attentive and very pleasant. It was a bit crowded and noisy when we arrived at 7:00 PM but quickly subsided after many patrons left to get to a show at the Bushnell. Nevertheless our table was available as soon as we arrived. If you prefer a quiet atmosphere, on evenings like this my suggestion would be to delay the reservation until 7:30 or 8:00 PM.

MB
New England
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came here before a show at the Bushnell, which is very close. Service was prompt and attentive.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food was very good.

BD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
157 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food. Service excellent

OT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
61 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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