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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OpenTable diners have consistently voted Ristorante Piccolo as one of the most romantic restaurants in Washington! We offer the perfect way to celebrate the evening: romantic candlelit dining, 3 cozy fireplaces, a sumptuous 4-Course Italian dinner, a Champagne Toast, & a strolling violinist $85pp

Friday, February 14, 2020

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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LJ
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
30 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

NB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

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
16 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.

D
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The New Year’s Eve dinner was delicious. Our waiter was MIA for most of the meal, though. We ended up placing our drink order with another waiter. We had to ask for our bread, which we had never gotten, so as to round out the meal even though our dessert had already arrived. Nonetheless, the food was perfectly prepared, and we would go back without hesitation. Hopefully the service was just a by-product of the busy, holiday dinner.

SV
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve at the Picollo has become a tradition. Never lets us down. Enjoyed the food and the great service. See you in 2021!

P
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

It was a very nice early evening dinner on New Year's Eve. There was a strolling violinist, and some simple but nice decorations. The menu was Prix Fixe, but there were a nice selection of offerings.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came here for their New Years Eve dinner, and really enjoyed it! The food was very good and the decor and ambiance was perfect. We thought the dinner special was well priced and the service was good. I’d definitely return and would love to come for a cute date night!

M
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very busy New Years Eve early seating. Service knocked down to 4 stars because they brought hubby the wrong entree (seafood vs. steak). He accepted it, but asked to swap his red wine for white, and had to ask a second time for the correct wine. Water refills were prompt. Servers were all pleasant. Nice table beside the fireplace where we could hear each other well and chat without raised voices.

OT
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of our meal was exceptional. Highly recommended dining experience in Georgetown.

RB
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Staff was friendly and helpful. The food took some time to come out. Good experience.

CF
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very quaint cozy dinning especially at Christmas time. The fire place was lit. Made for a wonderful family dinner. The service especially our waiter was incredible. Very accommodating He went over and above to make sure we were happy

W
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was amazing. We went back for dinner and hard to believe it was even better. Roving violinist (really talented) was fun. Great Christmas celebration. We will be back!!

G
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

great food and service. excellent ambience: got a table in the nook next to the fireplace.

W
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exquisite Italian! Light flavorful dishes. PERFECTLY cooked pasta.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food2service3ambience1

Tourist trap with subpar food. Avoid this restaurant and look for a non tourist restaurant. Reviews were outstanding for this place which means the people reviewing have no idea what a good restaurant is all about. Terrible!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Terrible service! As soon as we arrived we were rushed to order, we asked for a couple of minutes and then our waiter disappeared and we couldn’t find him. Then we waited for our food for more than an hour and it arrived cold!! Our waiter didn’t even apologize for the delay or ask if everything was OK. We HATED IT!!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on Christmas Day. Although it was one of the few places open and the place was busy, we were served very promptly and the service was amazing. Food was delicious. I will definitely come back and recommend it 100%

OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent for date night!

LF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! So charming and cozy - perfect date place!

GA
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service! Wonderful ambiance! The food was absolutely delicious!

S
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good spot for a date night with your spouse/significant other. Food was well prepared, drinks were good, and dessert was good too.

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