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Piccolino Ristorante, Mission Viejo, CA

Piccolino Ristorante

4.9
4.9
1517 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Join us for a authentic Italian candlelit dining al fresco!

Salvatore Faso opened Piccolino in 2007. A Sicilian by way of Chicago, Faso comes from a family of Italian chefs and restaurateurs. He made a name for himself at Prego before setting off on his own with Piccolino.

In August of 2015 he moved to a free-standing building with exponentially nicer decor – it’s now the poshest Italian restaurant in south Orange County. The centerpiece is a beautiful wine vault that surrounds the front entrance. And there’s plenty to show off. Faso has assembled a concise but impressive collection of Italian wines.
Make sure to ask about the veal porterhouse. Chances are nobody’s going to tell you about it unless you bring it up. It’s not on the menu. It’s a secret special that’s always in short supply but usually available for a few orders each night. It is absolutely superb: cut thick, heavily charred around the edges and rosy pink throughout.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Pizzeria

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 11:45 am–9:00 pm Sat 11:45 am–9:30 pm Sun 11:45 am–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (949) 380-7261

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paul Sotelo

  • Catering

    Italian Catering & Special Event Menu<br /> •48-hour notice appreciated.<br /> •We offer full service Italian catering for corporate meetings, birthday parties, bridal showers, weddings, and much more.<br /> •We feature traditional Italian cuisine at a reasonable price, using the best ingredients available. Integrity is our reputation.<br /> •We also offer a full line of rentals as well as servers. View our online Italian Catering Menu or inquire within for a custom Italian catering menu that best fits your needs. Ask for Chef Salvatore for your special event needs.

  • Private party facilities

    Our three private dining areas offer an elegant upscale atmosphere for family, friends or co-workers to shower everyone with happiness. We understand your expecting a special day, leave it to us, sit back and let our 3 generations of experience make your thoughts and dreams come true.

  • Private party contact

    Salvatore Faso: (949) 380-7261

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita

  • Cross street

    241 Toll Road

  • Parking details

    Plenty, private lot parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,517 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and superb service, really was pleasantly surprised.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decorated the table for our anniversary which she thought was really cute. Food was great as usual.
  3. h

    halr

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I ordered Chicken and Eggplant parmigiana. Both were delicious as was the asparagus wrapped prosciutto appetizer and the pistachio cheese cake desert. This was our first visit to Piccolino but it will definitely not be our last.
  4. RR

    RussellR

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    I love it there. . . only thing I'd say is the menu seems a bit limited. I mentioned would like to taste a pasta without scallops, just more shrimp, and/or a different sauce on the clam pasta and the waiter did not offer those options, so I assumed no substitutions, which does limit menu if there are certain things, such as scallops that you don't like.
  5. j

    john

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Rated #2 in Mission Viejo (out of 150 others) for a reason. The food is sublime, extensive wine list, impeccable service down to see-through containers for leftovers. Best Italian restaurant of the many I've gone to. Top reason is the great choice from the menu, including many gourmet, creative and unique dishes.
  6. RN

    RobN

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Italian food. Whether I am in Little Italy in NYC, Chicago or LA -- this restaurant is the yardstick for comparison for flavor, service and ambiance, hands down. The pasta is so flavorful I could make a meal of it plain! A true gem for the O.C.!
  7. TR

    TrinaR

    Naples

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal and great service. Burrata and gnocchi were our favorites. Pizza was yummy as well. We enjoyed the outdoor seating with our family. Very spacious and quiet.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to eat with friends.
  9. P

    Paulad

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious meal, wonderful service, nice ambiance! We will be back!
  10. N

    Nick

    Orange County

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and food
  11. W

    Wendy

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was great! Drinks were delicious, so many choices on the menu. Had one of the specials and it was fantastic!
  12. NW

    NaraW

    Orange County

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a special birthday celebration and everything was awesome. Food and service were excellent
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best restaurant in Orange County period. Just go if you love good Italian food. Best service also.
  14. RO

    RichardO

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptionally exquisite Italian. A large variety of authentic dishes. After several visits we have always been delighted.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We dined here with family that was staying at a hotel nearby a few nights before an upcoming wedding. We chose the restaurant because it was close by, was Italian, had a large menu and had good reviews. My husband and I shared a house salad which was definitely not special. We also shared a pasta dish with mushrooms and sausage in a very heavy tomato sauce and veal Osso Bucco also in a very heavy tomato sauce. Both dishes were saltier than we were used to and so heavily sauced that is was hard to pick out the flavor of the feature ingredients. We ordered Cannoli for desert which we were told were house made. The shells were extremely tough and the filling kind of grainy. I believe the service was intentionally slow paced so we would not feel rushed but there were some significant time lags between visits from our server.
  16. EI

    EricI

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Enjoy our first dinner at this restaurant, will definitely come back again.
  17. GS

    GeorgeS

    Orange County

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service as usual!
  18. FE

    FrancineE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was Excellent!!!! Looking forward to going back!
  19. KR

    KRISTIR

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally everything we tried was amazing...and there were 11 of us! Highly recommend this place for any special occasion or just a random weekday!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here. The food and service were outstanding! There were four of us and we all had something different (including GF pasta dish). Everyone was thrilled with their selection. Will definitely be back!
  21. RS

    RSMMom

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food and exceptional service. Absolutely love this restaurant!
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Veal porterhouse special was awesome and worth 68 bucks. The filet mignon noodle special wasnt worth the 42 bucks. The fried dumpling and anchino appetizers were bomb and worth it.
  23. MI

    MikeInOCCa

    Orange County

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy the fine Italian dining offered by Piccolinos.
  24. J

    Jules

    Orange County

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and delicious food!
  25. RK

    RussK

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoy Piccolino's immensely and have always had delicious food and wonderful service. Highly recommend.
  26. k

    ksilver105

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Was recommended by a friend. I would also recommend it to you.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    31st Anniversary
  28. N

    Nice

    Orange County

    99 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Everyday dining is a sure way to enjoy dinner everyday The “ Specials are truly “Special” And Raspberry Sorbet is a pleasant way to end your Meal Enjoy!
  29. MN

    MariaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat at Piccolino’s. The food is authentic and to die for. Terry the manager is always attentive to diners’ needs and the waiting staff is the best.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as usual
  31. j

    jimf

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time eating here with friends. Great Italian food. Wide variety and good wine selection We will be back !!
  32. RS

    RSMMom

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Piccolino's never disappoints. Great food and great service, everytime.
  33. N

    Nate

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful new outdoor seating area, excellent food and service.
  34. CR

    CraigR

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Piccolinos does a great job of training all their employees to be appropriately attentive to the guests! The ambience is lovely and especially nice to be able sit outside and enjoy the warm summer evening. The rib eye arancini was delicious and the Italian wedge salad refreshing and light and full of flavor! My husband enjoyed the halibut and loved the traditional lasagna. We finished our meal with gelatos!!
  35. JS

    JStewart

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance, food and service was phenomenal! Would definitely visit again.
  36. W

    Warren

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for a very late lunch so Piccolino's was almost empty. We had the best lobster ravioli I have ever had! plus fettucine with clams and shrimps and a pizza, both fantastic. And Damonico, our waiter, was knowledgeable, cheerful, helpful with selections and overall fantastic. We are returning next week with more friends, no reason to keep this place a secret.
  37. SB

    SheriB

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the perfect evening!
  38. T

    Timothy

    Orange County

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Peach Martini was so good! Food was great and service was outstanding. Greeted by Terry was warm as usual and service from Tina was Exceptional!
  39. JL

    JosephL

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Piccolino's was perfect for our foursome, a get together with close friends. Delicious food, a great bottle of wine, and a perfect ambience for our 'getting caught up' conversation. Felt like we were back home in our dining room, it was so intimate. Attentive, not intrusive staff... we were well cared for. Love Piccolinos!
  40. MK

    MartyK

    Los Angeles

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy Piccolino. Great neighborhood place. Had the halibut special, which was excellent. Great service

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Piccolino Ristorante using the Order Online button. Piccolino Ristorante also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (949) 380-7261.

Piccolino Ristorante is rated 4.9 stars by 1517 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Piccolino Ristorante

28719 Los Alisos Blvd, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Additional information

  • Cross street

    241 Toll Road

  • Neighborhood

    Mission Viejo / Rancho Santa Margarita

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 11:45 am–9:00 pm Sat 11:45 am–9:30 pm Sun 11:45 am–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Plenty, private lot parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul Sotelo

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (949) 380-7261

  • Catering

    Italian Catering & Special Event Menu<br /> •48-hour notice appreciated.<br /> •We offer full service Italian catering for corporate meetings, birthday parties, bridal showers, weddings, and much more.<br /> •We feature traditional Italian cuisine at a reasonable price, using the best ingredients available. Integrity is our reputation.<br /> •We also offer a full line of rentals as well as servers. View our online Italian Catering Menu or inquire within for a custom Italian catering menu that best fits your needs. Ask for Chef Salvatore for your special event needs.

  • Private party facilities

    Our three private dining areas offer an elegant upscale atmosphere for family, friends or co-workers to shower everyone with happiness. We understand your expecting a special day, leave it to us, sit back and let our 3 generations of experience make your thoughts and dreams come true.

  • Private party contact

    Salvatore Faso: (949) 380-7261

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