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About Piccolo Casa
Located in the heart of the Roebling Point neighborhood in Covington, KY, Piccolo Casa provides elegant and simple Italian dishes composed of the best locally-sourced ingredients we can find. Inspired by the flavors of northern Italy, our menu is sure to bring all the warmth and joy of the region to the casual and friendly atmosphere of our dining room. Come and join us for your next evening meal. We can’t wait to have you at our table!
Covington, KY 41011
Italian, Farm-to-table, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
SUNDAY & MONDAY CLOSED
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00pm
Piccolo Casa knows great food starts in the neighborhood. We source the very best seasonal ingredients from local farms, foragers, and fishermen and weave them into creative and elegant meals. We infuse our dishes with the spirit of northern Italian cuisine, served in a warm and comfortable environment. We can’t wait to have you at our table!
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Less than one block North of the restaurant is a large parking lot that is free to park after 5:00 p.m. and there is on the street parking available.
Private Party Contact:
Mark Bodenstein: (859) 415-1308
Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wine
Piccolo Casa Ratings and Reviews
Caveat Emptor. The "no tipping" policy is in very tiny print on the bottom of the menu (which neither my wife nor I saw), and the server never mentioned this. Effectively, our adequate server ended up with a tip near 40% for what was hardly a deserving performance. I attempted to contact the restaurant via social media to ask about this and did not receive any response.
I really like Chef Bodenstein's work, and I wanted to like this meal. The flatbread that we had to start was absolutely delicious. Wild mushrooms, fresh arugula and burrata and a balsamic glaze. The Caesar salad we had was also quite fresh, with a nice -- albeit very heavy -- dressing and whole anchovies. The pasta was underwhelming -- we tried both the Bolognese and the gamberi. The former was a pretty standard meat sauce pasta, the latter was clumpy and heavier than expected. The pasta itself was decent, but it lacked the snap of most fresh pasta.
Also, if you like wine -- order by the bottle. The per-glass pours are the skimpiest in Cincinnati. Even including tip, $10 for what looked like about a 3.5 oz. pour of a house wine is way overpriced.
All in all, it's an OK place. It's an interesting concept -- and I wish I would have known about the no tipping policy beforehand. I was hoping to be blown away by the food and service, and I simply wasn't.
I traveled to Northern Ky for a conference and made an online dinner reservation two days ahead of arrival based on web-based recommendations of prior diners. When in snarled evening traffic and knowing my arrival would be considerably later than planned, I called ahead. The owner kindly suggested I come along only after taking time to check into my hotel, which I considered unusually generous. The main rooms were busy so I found the quiet courtyard and neighborhood soothing and the food deliciously memorable. Garlic infused nuts and spicy olives were a pleasant appetizer, and the pureed Sweet Pea and Mint chilled soup both refreshing and surprisingly sweet. Choosing a pasta selection was more tempting after that delicious soup! I settled on two--the Bolognese with wide noodles and an angel hair with Shrimp, Asparagus, and Basil Aioli-- perfection paired. The waiter was knowledgeable and available but not obtrusive, suggesting several options when asked. I will definitely return to Covington on business or a sporting event, and can recommend Piccolo Casa as the best pasta restaurant in the area; bar none.
We sat by a window overlooking Greenup...Great people watching! The food was superb and the service was attentive without being intrusive. I especially appreciate the ability to order 1/2 portions of the pastas. Paired with a salad, it was the perfect portion size!
I have to admit I was on this occasion very sad after my wife and I dined here. Chief Mark is very very good he did my 50 th birthday 7 years ago and blew me away. Not the case on our most recent experience. I was my 57 th birthday and wanted to try his newest venture. It was a real bummer. Nobody even acknowledged my birthday after I put in the notes on open table. The service was very slow and inattentive . The waiter new nothing about wine pairing for my dinner selection and even said " I don't know much about the wines" he never had us taste the wine nor asked us much about anything. Totally not what I had expected. The food was decent but overall I was really sad because I'm really pulling for this restaurant to succeed.
A slight serving hiccup upon arrival was my only real complaint, but an annoying one at that as the restaurant is very small. After that, everything was perfect. Food was fresh and awesome, service was good, the place feels romantic. Get the groupon and get wild! Highly recommended.
This was our first visit to Piccolo. We've always enjoyed Nuvo and were looking forward to our meal. We were offered a bottle of wine that they were closing off of the menu at a discount price and it was a great suggestion and a bargain. We had the bruschetta, salad, two small portioned pasta dishes and the chocolate dessert. The meal was great - just the right amount to enjoy three courses with wine.
That said, this restaurant does have issues with service. The wait staff is friendly but they seem short staffed even though they are a small restaurant. While the space is small is not cozy - the decorating is minimal.
As fans of Nuvo , we were excited to try this new concept in a great space. While waiting in the bar for our table, we couldn't get waited on. Two women sitting there laughed and said they were there for 20 minutes before getting service. Once seated, we ordered a wine and a bourbon. The server brought water and a small dish of very tasty olives with nuts. We finished the olives before the drinks arrived. Between us, we ordered a bruschetta, a salad and two entrees. I like the option of half orders of pasta. The salad was good, the entrees were adequate and the bruschetta never arrived. In addition, the server initially delivered the wrong entree to me. I ordered a second glass of wine, but it did not arrive before we finished dinner. In short, the service is going to need to improve if this restaurant is going to survive.
First visit to Piccolo Casa - and the name matches its size - it is small.
The food is very good, and the short wine list is recommendable.
With the dining room being very small if there is a noisy or boisterous group, it can be very hard to hold a conversation with your dinner partner.
I like Piccolo Casa, I think the food is delicious...However, my most recent visit (3/31/17) my date didn't show up (stood up)...I should have stayed and had dinner by my self, but thought I hung around too long waiting for her to show// was feeling awkward..Will stay next time, with or without a date..Ha..
Just one thing---The two glass of wine I had while waiting were not very good//just a heads up.
The service was very inattentive. We sat with empty cocktail glasses for the duration of our meal and the server never came back to ask if we wanted another. We had to get up and search the restaurant for a fork because we were missing one on the table after the food was dropped off. The daily bruschetta was delicious. The Pasta Alfredo was disgusting. The chicken was very obviously frozen as it had a grainy texture no flavor and it was dry. This was a shame considering the restaurant has a list of the local farms they purchase from on the wall. I had been looking forward to trying the restaurant but I will not go back.
Food was really great. Service however was terrible. I guess the no tipping policy means you get what you pay for. For the price you are paying for food I would expect someone that is polite, more formal, and attentive. I don't know how to say this lightly so I won't try....our waitress talked to us like we were on the street ordering cheeseburgers. "What you'all want". It was just odd and hard to explain. It was like a ghetto lady serving caviar. I would have expected something more upscale from an establishment like this.
The staff were great. The scallop and mushroom risotto were very flavorful and the scallops were cooked perfectly. The chefs special bruschetta with apples needed something else to enhance the flavors. The special of bass and asparagus risotto were cooked perfect but they were flavorless. The gnocchi was meh. The tiramisu and cappuccino were great. All and all the atmosphere and staff were great but the flavors were definitely lacking. I was excited to try Piccolo and hoped they would be in line with Nicholas but was sadly disappointed.
We were a party of 4 girl friends enjoying a nice meal before an evening of bridge. We ordered different entrees. The cod entree was the table favorite. I ordered fettuccine Alfredo. ( house made pasta was excellent ) The Alfredo sause was very rich...almost too rich. The Sicilian salad was very good. Crispy apples. The Caesar salad was good too. I will get the dressing on the side next time if I order the Caesar. They don`t offer chardonnay by the glass so I ordered a bottle which was fairly expensive when I only wanted 1-2 glasses. Overall we had great service and enjoyed our meals. We look forward to returning soon!
The food was great and the cocktails were delicious. However, I got the Old Fashion which was more ice sphere than cocktail. My dinner companions got something else which were delicious and plenty of it. The pasta dishes were wonderful and come in full or half sizes. The deserts were AMAZING!
The food was just not good. The service was ok, but lacked knowledge, personalization and friendliness. The gnocchi tasted like diced potatoes verses potato gnocchi. It had no creamy texture or flavor whatsoever. The salad was drenched in dressing, bitter, limp and was missing the beets it was as described as having. The Bolognese was tangy without any striking flavor and transition. Again, it lacked a creamy, robust flavor that when good, transitions nicely leaving a nice flavor and texture. The garlic bread we ordered was drenched in oily butter and toasted. I wasn't a fan of Novu (the restaurant it used to be) and had high hopes this same chef, with a new Italian focus, would provide a new experience for us. Great area, but too many other good choices and competition around to re-visit.
On the up side
We had reservations and arrived early. The staff seated us right away
Food was good. I had Rigatoni Bolagnase which was rich and flavorful
Man wife had the Casio e Pepe and it was wonderfully rich and filling.
We split the goat cheese and fig bruschetta it was very good
We shared a very reasonably priced bottle of Italian wine.
On the down side,
The menu is small
They should offer some type of crusty Italian bread
The service was amateurish at best and this detracted from the overall experience
The bar has 4 seats and seemed inadequate for a place that advertised some wonderful sounding cocktails
The beauty of the restaurant did not live up to expectations. We were in and out in 30 minutes for a Saturday evening reservation. We set down with drinks at 7:15 and were in our uber back to our hotel at 7:45. Over dressed salad and underwhelming pasta is not what you would have expected. You also would not expect to be rushed out when you are spending nearly $100.
I've been reticent to even review. If not for Linda, our server, I'd have been even more disappointed. And it's a shame, because it's a quaint little place with a nice ambiance, unlike anything else in that area of Covington, and should make a lovely place for dining. Food definitely needs so much improvement. Not worth the time detailing each of the issues. Can not recommend at this time, and unsure if we would ever return in the future.
Very underwhelming and I feel comfortable giving this place a "just okay" rating. Won't make the venture back if that helps.
While the bruschetta was good, the beer selection was kind of a "wtf" moment with only 2 beers available. To not even have an Italian beer available is pretty interesting.
Also, if you're going to feature Cacio e Pepe, make sure your using the correct pasta. Having this dish using spaghetti pasta is just wrong. Not only wrong, it's just plain lazy. Use the right stuff if you're going to claim "PROVIDES ELEGANT AND SIMPLE ITALIAN DISHES" (This is straight from the website).
For dessert, we left and went to Sotto.
This restaurant has a serious service problem. We waited 15 minutes for drinks, our fellow diners waited 10 minutes. There was confusion about which wines were available and who ordered what.The restaurant only had 4 other diners so it was not overcrowded. Service was slow and perfunctory, not attentive.
Best part - the bruschetta and the soup.
Worst part - Caesar salad ordered with no anchovies - got them anyway, dressing heavily applied, over done.
Pastas had heavy handed sauces lacking subtlety. Shrimp overwhelmed by gummy sauce.
Last, the website offers a pasta and salad special for Tuesday nights. We were told that was not available. Well then, stop advertising this on your website.
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