Ristorante Piccolo

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Ristorante Piccolo is a romantic and unique Italian trattoria full of the warm-hearted wines and food that match the spirit of Italy, loved by Washingtonians and visitors alike! It is a tiny gem just off the beaten path in Georgetown, offering one of the best seats in Georgetown—a second-floor balcony overlooking Georgetown and the historic C and O Canal (available on a first-come, first-served basis). Piccolo is a very popular spot for rehearsal dinners and other celebrations, known for great food and smoothly-operated events! Piccolo will happily surprise you with its excellent food, service, wines and atmosphere--with 3 cozy fireplaces, 2 beautiful wall water features, unique ironwork throughout adding to the warmth and romance of the restaurant. A strolling violinist sets the perfect mood for romantic dining Friday and Saturday evenings. Piccolo has won TASTE OF GEORGETOWN awards 4 times, every year Diners Choice awards, The Tastemaker Award and TripAdvisor Award of Excellence.
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SJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is my second time going and my second time being IMPRESSED! The food is amazing and the customer service matched. The food is definitely made to order, not one time did it taste boxed or frozen. I also enjoyed their raspberry soda, yum yum! It's a cute quaint little intimate spot full of delicious surprises, JUST GO!

OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing and our Waiter was fun and engaging

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Celebrating 7 children and 1 grandchild...and being away from them all on Valentines Day weekend. We highly recommend romantic dinners here and the food and service are excellent. You’ll be tipping well because of how great it is. Our dinner lasted a lovely 2.25 hours!

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Valentine’s Day

m
Jacksonville
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Street closed due to massive construction, which resulted in a low rumbling/vibration during the entire meal. Not the restaurants fault with all the canal work being done, but dampers the ambiance. Would definitely go back once the construction is done

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was absolutely amazing and the atmosphere was perfect. Nabil was our waiter and provided great recommendations for our meals. Thank you so much for making our Valentine’s Day dinner incredible!!

DA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fabulous! Great food & great service!

AQ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Dinner and server was great but management try’s to flip tables faster then one can enjoy the dinner. I’m not going out to dinner to be rushed thru service when I’m paying you to eat

KN
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for brunch with some friends and did the $28 deal. Excellent meal and cute restaurant!

TB
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming, gracious host, with a highly professional staff (friendly, not stuffy), and an obviously outstanding chef. The host and staff welcomed our late arrival due to a Kennedy Center rehearsal, and were all quite concerned with the late arrival of our Lyft ride once we were ready to leave. All that, plus the charming decor,w ill definitely put Restaurant Piccolo on our "return to restaurant" list. Thank you all for a lovely lunch!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent. The room was tight, and a little loud.

p
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch before a show. Easy walk from the Kennedy center. My daughter and I had the ravioli. Delicious! We will definitely dine there again.

BB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service in a beautiful setting..wine was great. The only reason we gave it a 4 was it was the clam sauce was a little salty. The bread was delicious!!

E
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Risotto balls were weird. The risotto fell apart. Sauce wasn’t great. Ordered steak with truffle butter. Truffle butter wasn’t warm enough and didn’t melt easily. Didn’t taste very truffle-ie. steak was way overcooked. Asked for warm red center - got hot pinking brown center. It looked like it had been broiled. They brought me a new one. Still wasn’t great. So many great spots in this town - will not be back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best birthday dinner ever. Left overs even better today.

LB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Risorante Piccolo many times over the years and our last Sat night visit did not disappoint. The food and service was great. The atmosphere is always warm and cozy. The violin player moving from table to table added a special touch and added to a memorable evening.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a lovely dinner. We had just come from engagement ring shopping, and we got a table by the fireplace. Had the branzino special and filet mignon, Botha delicious. Cozy and romantic!

OT
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed everything about this restaurant - the food, atmosphere, service, etc. We will definitely be coming back soon!

LJ
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A delightful and eclectic venue for a splendid dinner. Service is attentive yet unobtrusive, food is sublime. Make Piccolo a must visit on your list!

G
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance and the stilling violinist added to to romance. We went for restaurant week and the food was outstanding. The grilled octopus they served as an appetizer was fantastic.

JG
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful evening. From the host to the wait staff to the busboys, everyone made our dinner feel special. Ristorante Piccolo is a beautiful and elegant hole in the wall with great service and even better food. We were both more than pleased with our first experience here and will absolutely be coming back!

J
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience3

No one in my party of 4 enjoyed their food. And afterwards 2 members of my party felt sick. There was a live violinist nice touch but we went thereto eat. The only item that was enjoyed by a member in my group was the pineapple mojito

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! I came here for the first time as part of restaurant week. I've already recommended this to a handful of friends, and I'll be back, too.

My friend and I got the exact same dishes:
1. Mozzarella Fritti
2. Ravioli di Costolette Brasato
2. Torta di Limoncello

Mozzarella - these were clearly crafted in the kitchen. Mozzarella hand breaded and fried, served with their delicious marinara.

Ravioli - I can't say enough good things about this. These ravioli are homemade at the restaurant, and this specific dish had them stuffed with braised short rib. Not sure what the sauce was, but it was very flavorful. I didn't see this specific dish on the regular menu, but I would urge them to add it. It was phenomenal.

Limoncello Sponge Cake - so good! I think of it like a tiramasu, but lemon. I could have eaten another slice, but then again, I could have eaten more of everything I had.

Service was amazing. The staff was attentative, answered all my questions, brought me a side of the lemon caper sauce from anther dish so I could try it... :) Thank you. You're great.

The only criticism I can offer, is that I wish the ravioli dish would have had 6-8 raviolis instead of 4 to make it more worth the value.

5 stars all the way, and I'll be back. Thanks a great meal!

E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Real Italian! Cozy, service good, just noise level is very high. But it is lovely.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

My wife and I went last night for restaurant week menu that we ordered off of it. Don’t waste your time and money. Go somewhere else.

My wife and I aren’t food snobs, but we are well traveled to include many trips to Italy. This doesn’t even come close to authentic Italian and we don’t understand the positive reviews. Even if we did order off the restaurant week menu, it still should be good enough to entice you to come back for their regular one.

1st - I had the Pappardelle d’Agnello
a slow-cooked lamb ragù tossed with pappardelle pasta. The meat was definitely NOT lamb at all and it was just ground beef or pork with little flavor. Talk about a scam.

2nd - My wife had the Risotto ai Porcini con Capesante, imported Arborio rice sautéed and simmered with porcini mushrooms, sprinkled with parmeggiano Reggiano cheese and topped with pan-seared scallops. The rice tasted disgustingly bitter like it was spoiled and it ruined the whole dish. The scallops were good at least.

3rd - We both had the tiramisu for dessert and it was dreadful. The lady fingers were stale and chewy, it wasn’t soaked enough, and the mascarpone cream was way too overpowering. It didn’t have the distinctive espresso taste that it typically should.

Again, don’t waste your time and money here. We don’t write too many reviews, but this was so bad for the price we had to especially since what they served was a lie compared to what was said on the menu.

b
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I was unaware that there would be a strolling violinist, which interrupted our conversation with unenthusiastically played tunes.

MG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - service, atmosphere and food is wonderful.

NB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good. First time here. Had the squid ink pasta. Highly recommend. Pasta is homemade and fresh af.

C
New Orleans
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent fare; wonderful wait staff; great experience

M
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Osso Bucco was amazing! The wait staff are great at recommending a wine to pair with your meal.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My birthday

BM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorite restaurants. Truly beloved by me and my family. Thanks for a wonderful meal.

AV
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was absolutely perfect! It was my birthday and I was treated so well -- from the maitre d, to the best waiter ever, to the wonderful violinist who played Happy Birthday and two more songs for me (Ave Maria & Danny Boy, both of which made me cry). I had always wanted to go to this restaurant when I lived in Georgetown in my 20's & 30's ... waiting until my 60th birthday wasn't the plan, but it was well worth waiting for -- I had the time of my life -- thank you all so much!

MK
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner at a lovely, romantic dinner. Great food and spectacular service. Looking forward to our next opportunity to dine there.

WT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was wonderful but although it would be saturday nigth, it was a bit poor of people.
PS. The violin was marvellous!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved our waiter, the Albanian gentleman. He took great care of us! Will be back!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Una terribile esperienza, un affronto alla cucina italiana, non hanno la minima idea di cosa sia la cucina italiana, si salva solo la buttata che non ha bisogno di essere cucinata.. statene lontani. Di fronte c’è la pizzeria il canale, quella si che è italiana e merita una visita.

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M
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Unfortunately we came on a night when they were very understaffed. The food meets the expectations of American - Italian food and was very good. Aside from a bit of chaos with too few servers, the restaurant is very cosy and romantic.

F
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

It was a New Year meal. I have to go back to give a better review. They were already out of one of two appetizers. Portions were small and neither bad nor outstanding. I guess for the cost of a four course meal it was ok.

ES
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Deliciously authentic Italian food. The NYE prix fixe menu and left with a full belly and happy heart.

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