Piccolina Toscana

4.3
899 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Casual, contemporary Italian featuring small plates menu, house-cured salumi, hand-rolled pastas, Sunday brunch, Sunday family dinner, lively pastry bar, chef’s tasting table, and relaxing lounge.

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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Brunch: Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm
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Phone number
(302) 654-8001
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Robbie Jester
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Catering
Toscana Catering, through Toscana to Go offers full service off premises catering for weddings, corporate events and office drop-offs. Toscana is the exclusive caterer for the beautiful event facilities at Hagley Museum including the Soda House, Library and Belin House Organic Cafe.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Delaware Avenue
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Ample lit lot located directly in front of the restaurant.
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Entertainment
Bar features include Trolley Square's best happy hour for grown-ups and a happening late night scene.
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Piccolina Toscana is an Italian "tapas" restaurant featuring dining 'til midnight, a lively pastry bar, chef tastings and brunch. For 20 years, Toscana has been a favorite among locals.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

was suppressed haven't been there in a year, food is very good and the platters have increased, before was disappointed potions were so small for value. will go back and appreciate the tabled for 2 against the walls are gone, good job hate staring at a wall all night.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Never disappoints. Always good food. 8 people had 8 different dishes and everyone raves about the meal.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

This is our second time dining in. We were also recent catering customers of Toscana To Go. The selections, food preparation and presentation have been top notch. On this occasion our waitress was less than enthusiastic about serving us. There was a long delay between our arrival and seating by the host who also delivered water and bread to the table well before the waitress arrived. She did not offer the selection of specials until we asked. When we were finished with our meals we experienced another long delay as she engaged in extended conversations with the other parties she was serving.

In our opinion, this is such a strong restaurant that we will not let an under performing member of the wait staff tarnish our overall opinion of the business. We had an awesome waitress on our first time visiting and an equally awesome experience with Apple Logan in the catering division. I would suggest that the management pay closer attention to the work habits of the waitresses and waiters to maintain the high level of quality service that patrons are accustomed to.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Wonderful local dining pleasure

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1.0Dined on July 15, 2018

The food was ok but thats about all the 4 of us found almost redeeming. The restaurant on a Sunday evening was not busy but drinks took 10 min to arrive. After looking over the menu, it seemed less extensive than what we had seen online, granted it was a sunday and their fresh seafood delivery must come monday, fair enough. We did, however, order the calamari which was on the menu, only to find it was unavailable also, wait staff was unaware at the time of placing the order. Not having a menu item was not a big deal, but it was an indication of the rest of the experience at the restaurant. The apps arrived after a wait as well only to find that 1 of the 3 that were ordered was incorrect; not even close. The app was send back and since it had taken so long it was decided to just remove the order. We thought we were through it but once we looked over at the kitchen pickup we knew something was up. There was a 5+minute conversation between the kitchen and our waiter about our order, which we knew since we were the only table waiting to be served (not the issue). This conversation didnt seem to clear anything up since, once again, one of the 4 entrees was incorrect and our waiter seemed unaware that he delivered the wrong item. This time we just decided to accept the meal and forget about trying to rectify it. Our waiter was nice but seemed not to want to take responsibility, rather indicated that the problems were the result of issues in the kitchen and the bar and did not write down anything ordered.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Excellent, super-flavorful main pasta dishes of eggplant-filled ravioli with mushrooms, and shrimp risotto. Chef was happy to sub spinach for the asparagus in the risotto for me. Salads were big and Caesar was very good. A little slow to fill our water, but otherwise good service.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

We booked our table at 2:00 on a Sunday, not realizing that they served a brunch until 2:00 and didn't take any additional reservations at 2:00. The restaurant called me on the way and told me they couldn't seat us in the brunch area, but could seat us in the bar. That is where we sat and it was fine. I would have preferred to sit it the dining room, but couldn't. It was really our fault for booking so late in the day. They took care of us well once we got there.

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3.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Got the tuna dish and it was very over seasoned, my husband had the wild boar bolognese and it was too salty. Caprese salad was excellent. Service was nice but slow.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Sunday brunch is a good value at $20. The food and service were excellent. Good selection at the buffet - Italian pasta dishes, delicious tomato bisque, fresh salads, cheese board, fresh fruit; and the frittata on the menu was yummy. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive.
My one suggestion for this venue would be some renovations: the rest rooms have an old and tired look; and the dining room can stand some improvements in the lighting and seating. The semi-circular sofas are a bit of a challenge to get in and out. Window blinds should be full length and operable. Those seated facing the windows are faced with glare.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Pasta was delicious! Service was slow and it was very loud. We ordered aperol spritzers and they sucked. No orange (served with lime) and you couldn’t taste the aperol.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent as always!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Amazing food & great wait staff! I’ve never had a bad meal...food is fresh & amazing!

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Food and service good as always. I enjoyed the grilled avocado as my wife did the carpaccio. She had the portabella cap stuffed with crab imperial (which was an appetizer special) as her main course and loved it. I had my go-to standard of ravioli a la brasata which was excellent as usual. Their cocktails are good also, but the bartender can be a bit slow.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

We've been customers for many years through various transitions from formal to casual but always excellent food and service. We live an hour away but stop each time we are near the area on trips. It was our anniversary and the brunch was tasty. Excellent handmade tortellini.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We had out of town visitors whom we took around Wilmington to show off the area. We ended our travels at Piccolina and had a wonderful meal. The service was efficient, the wine selection very satisfactory and the food delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Pasta special, which was a substitute for a regular menu item, was excellent. House-made fettuccine was in a light lemon sauce with crab, shrimp, and calamari. My wife is allergic to shrimp, so hers just had crab. We both agreed it was one of the best pasta dishes we’ve ever had.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2018

Excellent service and very good food. Menu variety was a bit more limited than we recalled in earlier iterations of this restaurant and its somewhat ratty presentation (the menu itself) was more suited to a diner than an upper-level eatery. Wine selection by the glass was very good. Definitely worth another visit.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

You can always count on the Sunday brunch and dinner buffet to be great! Excellent service and a terrific atmosphere. A real gem in Wilmington’s Trolley Square area. Dan, the owner is almost always there, and is as welcoming as his fantastic staff.

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1.0Dined on May 13, 2018

It was Mother's Day and understood it would be busy but we waited 20 minutes for our server to acknowledge us..I went up to the hostess after waiting 15 minutes and they still didn't come right away. Didn't know it was a buffet that night. The hot food was cold and dried out . I love this restaurant but was extremely disappointed this night. $30 per person for bad service and cold food is not acceptable...there was a lot of empty tables so that made it more frustrating.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent Service from Steve! We were here for a Mothers' Day Brunch (originally a group of 6, bumped up to a group of 7) and EVERYONE left pleased! That Brunch Buffet was top notch! Would recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We originally went on a Saturday several months ago before 5pm but were not aware that the restaurant was not open for lunch on Saturdays. Staff was very kind, apologetic and invited us to return.
I have to admit that it was well worth the wait. The restaurant was recommended by a friend and received great reviews on Yelp and other sites. The restaurant was busy (good) and waitress was scrambling between a large number of indoor and outdoor diners. She was very apologetic but our wait time was not really that bad. Her service was cordial and attentive. The food was excellent and served at a good temperature and was well presented. Our teenage son is a vegetarian and enjoyed one of several pasta options. The only regret was not saving room for desert. We were approached by panhandlers in the parking lot on arrival, which made us a little uneasy at first, but they were not obnoxious.

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3.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Convenient location for a business lunch. Quiet atmosphere facilitated conversation.
Adequate assortment of luncheon food, willing to do minor modifications to specified options.
Attentive but not obtrusive service

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

We came for our anniversary since we had our first dinner date at Toscana and we' weren't disappointed. The food was great. Our server was friendly and pleasant although he did seem to forget about us for a while after bringing us the menus. After he took our order everything went smoothly. There was a glitch with the bill which he quickly and cheerfully corrected. I got the impression he may have been relatively new to the job. With his great smile and friendly attitude he'll be terrific once he learns the routine.

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1.0Dined on May 4, 2018

Was told the kitchen closed before my reservation; the servers seemed clueless.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

As always our experience at Piccolina Toscana was great. The food was exceptional, the service was attentive, but not to the point of being annoying and the ambiance was relaxed and fun. We can always count on a good time and good food when we stop in.

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2.0Dined on April 22, 2018

First time eating there on a Sunday and didn’t know that there was a limited menu with a buffet. Breadsticks seemed old, not warm, and the oil had no flavor. The buffet was just ok. The pasta was way too soft from sitting in the pans. The circle tables need to be updated, they are old and very worn out. I didn’t sit outside but there is an option and I would t recommend sitting outside. The seats looked very uncomfortable. I personally would not recommend eating here but they have a fun bar area with a TV for sports. Many beer selections and plenty of seating. Our waiter was very nice.

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4.0Dined on April 21, 2018

City Restaurant Week. Great choices, delicious food, pleasant server (Joe). Friends didn't have the CRW menu and enjoyed what they had, as well. Great visit.

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

We have been to Toscana many times but the food was really incredible this time. There wasn’t a dish we didn’t love

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5.0Dined on April 19, 2018

They did not have my reservation when I arrived, but welcomed me anyway; Open Table had reminded me of the reservationl

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Our server seemed to be new and lunch took longer than anticipated. We told him we needed to return to work so it might be helpful to let him know if a table says that to bring the courses a closer together.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Great food and service. Only issue: The booths are worn and need to be replaced. Makes me wonder what else isn’t maintained. Guys- invest a few bucks and get this fixed

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Our service was outstanding from a young man named Scott. He was pleasantly attentive without being intrusive. My friends were very happy with the food they selected. I have some difficulty with the menu selection. I enjoy the salads for lunch but want some thing warm that isn't a lot of pasta or bread - pizza - for dinner but the entres are too much. We did all enjoy a warmed avacado/garlic and toast starter.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

When we got there we were informed there would be a party of 20 teen age girls dining near us. It must have been a very special occasion as of them wore dresses and were on their best behavior. it was gratifying to see these young girls interacting with each other. AND THERE WERE NO PHONES. Our meal was delicious; Try the Boulevardier (sp) cocktail. It went well with the grilled avocado and Ravioli alla Brasata.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Made a reservation for 2 Friday evening - early dinner since we were heading to Philly for a show. The place wasn’t crowded except for a very large party of 10-13 year old girls whose parents were seated across the dining room and in the bar area.

We, a party of 2, were sat at a table for 4 right next to this table of 20+ 10-13 year old girls who were constantly screaming, getting up to run to the bathroom in groups, and then their parents were coming over periodically to grab slices of pizza and then walk away. In the process my table was completely surrounded by this party. I was even hit in the head by one of the parents as they carelessly walked by.

I understand teenage girls behavior because I was once a teenage girl more than 20 years ago but what I don’t understand, is why in a fairly empty restaurant, would the host think it’s a smart idea to sit us right next to them? There were countless other tables for 2 open across the room where the noise and commotion would have been less in my face or at my table!

Dinner conversation was difficult as it was extremely loud and the “ambience” was distracting at best. My guest and I laughed at the situation and ate our mediocre meals. We got Caprese as an appetizer to share: it is soaked in pesto to the point where the mozzarella was unrecognizable and our two tomatoes were drowning victims themselves. I found them wilted at the bottom of the plate. Short rib itself was tasty but pasta underneath was bland. I got the scallop special which was advertised as being served “scampi style” over pappardelle with tomatoes and asparagus. The scampi was creamier than I expected and the dish was a bit too salty for my liking but otherwise fair.
Wine was the best part of the meal... as was the peace and calm I experienced when we walked out of the restaurant because it was just way too loud in there.
So disappointing as this is a place where I once had my bridal shower and thought so highly of in the past.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Great night with great food and wine. Ambience is high energy

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We had an early very light dinner on a Saturday night before a show. The wine selection by the glass and bottle is very good. Salads were crisp and fresh, a meal sized portion, served with chicken. Vegetable stuffed pasta with shaved brussel sprouts and a light olive oil sauce was excellent.
Service was very good but slowed as the restaurant filled up. Not a problem unless you have to be somewhere.
Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Three friends went for a birthday dinner. The food was great. The waitstaff was personable, friendly and informative. Food came quickly. We stayed for three hours talking and no one seemed to mind. This is a great, special occasion restaurant with delicious food and desserts.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The restaurant has a set limited menu, I doubt that it varies much. We asked about specials but they did not have any at least this evening and it was a Saturday. Entrees chosen were very good and portions were very good, as well as were the appetizers. Excellent Italian wine list, adequate for California. Food and wine pricing reasonable.

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3.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Monday night publicized as “1/2 price burgers night”. Menus lists four different burgers under the caption: “1/2 price burgers on Monday”.
Each of us ordered one of the burgers. When the bill came, one was charged at half rate, the other at full rate. When questioned, the server explained that only two of the listed four burgers are 1/2 price. “I keep telling them that we have to make that clearer on the menu.” she said. Manager agreed “...just this one time to discount the full price burger” and admitted that it is confusing. Time to reprint the menu or honor the 1/2 price offer as advertised.

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1.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Food was ok. Fruit flies were flying around us the entire dinner. The chairs were so dirty I didn’t want to sit on them. Overall the place looked old and rundown, in need of a deep cleaning

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