Piccolo Ristorante Italiano

★★★★★
  • 5 Dudley Ave

    Venice, CA 90291

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  • 310-314-3222

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I had to comment here because this is one of our favorite restaurants. First of all, the ambience is fantastic. It feels like you are walking into a restaurant in Venice, Italy (where the chef Bobo is from). The food is so creative and

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I had to comment here because this is one of our favorite restaurants. First of all, the ambience is fantastic. It feels like you are walking into a restaurant in Venice, Italy (where the chef Bobo is from). The food is so creative and

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Service was soooo bad that it ruined the experience.

1. Food was average, but sooooo not worth the price. Other italians in town are way better (Osteria Mozza, Giorgio Baldi, Osteria Angelini, Ago, Frache, to name a few that we tried

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Service was soooo bad that it ruined the experience.

1. Food was average, but sooooo not worth the price. Other italians in town are way better (Osteria Mozza, Giorgio Baldi, Osteria Angelini, Ago, Frache, to name a few that we tried

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you would think when something is overpriced, it would be at least tasty. well, not only was the food gross, but it was as if the chefs were trying too hard. they had all the fancy schmancy ingredients, but they MAJOR FAILED when they

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you would think when something is overpriced, it would be at least tasty. well, not only was the food gross, but it was as if the chefs were trying too hard. they had all the fancy schmancy ingredients, but they MAJOR FAILED when they

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Wonderful take on Italian home-cooking with a modern flair. Terrific location by the beach, very quaint. I highly recommend it. The service is great-you're taken care of well. Very nice assortment of wines.

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Wonderful take on Italian home-cooking with a modern flair. Terrific location by the beach, very quaint. I highly recommend it. The service is great-you're taken care of well. Very nice assortment of wines.

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very romantic! Eclectic neigbourhood.
great service and knowledgable staff with a very creative
chef!
you feel like you are transported to Italy without the Jet Lag!
A +

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very romantic! Eclectic neigbourhood.
great service and knowledgable staff with a very creative
chef!
you feel like you are transported to Italy without the Jet Lag!
A +

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Piccolo is located downtown Venice, CA. The ambience is very romantic, cozy and sexy. Not loud like most LA places. The setting is perfect for a romantic evening. Tthe numerous times my partner and I have dined there has been

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Piccolo is located downtown Venice, CA. The ambience is very romantic, cozy and sexy. Not loud like most LA places. The setting is perfect for a romantic evening. Tthe numerous times my partner and I have dined there has been

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This place is great.. It does get very busy so get there early. It is some of my favorite italian food in Los Angeles. They make very very good wine selections to go with the pasta's you choose.
My favorite salad is the Crescione e Cuori di Palma salad. its so tasty

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This place is great.. It does get very busy so get there early. It is some of my favorite italian food in Los Angeles. They make very very good wine selections to go with the pasta's you choose.
My favorite salad is the Crescione e Cuori di Palma salad. its so tasty

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well the overall experience was not what i expected.
The food is good but under flavored. I had the halibut
on wild rice and it tasted like a broiled white fish with three drops of sauce on the side of the plate this fish was one of the

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well the overall experience was not what i expected.
The food is good but under flavored. I had the halibut
on wild rice and it tasted like a broiled white fish with three drops of sauce on the side of the plate this fish was one of the

Pros: cute romantic

Cons: food lackes taste and service is not fine dinning

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Piccolo is by far the best place to eat in Los Angeles!! It's very romantic, the food is bursting with flavor and all the people who work there make you feel so comfortable! I have been here many times and every time i go i know i will be

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Piccolo is by far the best place to eat in Los Angeles!! It's very romantic, the food is bursting with flavor and all the people who work there make you feel so comfortable! I have been here many times and every time i go i know i will be

Pros: great service!!

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I used to go to this place all the time, but now it's terrible. The management listed in the description (Stafano de Lorenzo) does not own / work there anymore. Has gone downhill fast. I also agree with the recent reviews about long

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I used to go to this place all the time, but now it's terrible. The management listed in the description (Stafano de Lorenzo) does not own / work there anymore. Has gone downhill fast. I also agree with the recent reviews about long

Pros: zip

Cons: New Management

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Having eaten at this restaurant previously and enjoyed the food, I was delighted to find that one could finally make
reservations, something the restaurant has refused to do in the past. Despite making a reservation, (her birthday treat),

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Having eaten at this restaurant previously and enjoyed the food, I was delighted to find that one could finally make
reservations, something the restaurant has refused to do in the past. Despite making a reservation, (her birthday treat),

Pros: Unknown

Cons: Rude and Uncaring Staff

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A friend once brought me here and on first impressions i wasn't sure about this little hole in the wall Italian joint surrounded by hoards of Venice homeless. But i was instantly won over by the owners (who are also the waiters) and by the

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A friend once brought me here and on first impressions i wasn't sure about this little hole in the wall Italian joint surrounded by hoards of Venice homeless. But i was instantly won over by the owners (who are also the waiters) and by the

Pros: Great Service, Greater food, Just the right size

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Piccolo is the best Italian in LA-and I lived in Italy for years, so I'm very picky.
Come here for great food and amazing service. The wine reversal dinner hosted once a month is something to be experienced! Don't come here if you

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Piccolo is the best Italian in LA-and I lived in Italy for years, so I'm very picky.
Come here for great food and amazing service. The wine reversal dinner hosted once a month is something to be experienced! Don't come here if you

Pros: Amazing food, constantly changing menu

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I think they Piccolo believe's that they are so Cool and Hip that they forget they are their to SERVE customers !\r
I was really excited to go after so much has been written about this local eatery-\r
BUT what a JOKE-\r
I will never

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I think they Piccolo believe's that they are so Cool and Hip that they forget they are their to SERVE customers !\r
I was really excited to go after so much has been written about this local eatery-\r
BUT what a JOKE-\r
I will never

Pros: Food OK Not Great

Cons: Rude People-Bad Service

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TERRIBLE SERVICE & PRETENTIOUS! I had heard great things about Piccolo when I moved to Venice. My parents came to town for my birthday so it seemed like a perfect place we could walk to for a special dinner. They were rude from the minute

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TERRIBLE SERVICE & PRETENTIOUS! I had heard great things about Piccolo when I moved to Venice. My parents came to town for my birthday so it seemed like a perfect place we could walk to for a special dinner. They were rude from the minute

Pros: Cute, family run and close to the beach

Cons: RUDE RUDE RUDE

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I had been trying to find a great place to take my girlfriend to a place that was not pretentious, but loaded with charm and incredible food. Piccolo was perfect. The small size of the restaurant gave it a quaint atmosphere it felt like

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I had been trying to find a great place to take my girlfriend to a place that was not pretentious, but loaded with charm and incredible food. Piccolo was perfect. The small size of the restaurant gave it a quaint atmosphere it felt like

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It's rare that you find an Italian restaurant in L.A. that holds itself to the high standards that Il Piccolo does. I mean, most of the high end Italian restaurants in the city don't even have Italians cooking the food! The two chefs who

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It's rare that you find an Italian restaurant in L.A. that holds itself to the high standards that Il Piccolo does. I mean, most of the high end Italian restaurants in the city don't even have Italians cooking the food! The two chefs who

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Pietro, the sommelier was amazing and the staff was awesome in accommodating a last minute reservation request for a large party!\r
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The Garganelli dish ( Lobster & Squid Ink pasta was heavenly), along with the Seared scallops and

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Pietro, the sommelier was amazing and the staff was awesome in accommodating a last minute reservation request for a large party!\r
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The Garganelli dish ( Lobster & Squid Ink pasta was heavenly), along with the Seared scallops and

Pros: Quality food using Quality Ingredients & Quality Staff

Cons: Contextually Perfect

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Fantastic restaurant with a warm and friendly appeal. I can't imagine other reviewers' experience as the owner and wait people treated us like royalty although we were sharing our plates. The food was magnificent. We loved the salad with

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Fantastic restaurant with a warm and friendly appeal. I can't imagine other reviewers' experience as the owner and wait people treated us like royalty although we were sharing our plates. The food was magnificent. We loved the salad with

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Save a few hundred dollars, buy the stuffed pasta at Trader Joe's and prepare it at home. Paying $16 for a plate of overly chilled beets that could have been canned, another $20 for a miniscule plate of tortellini that claimed to be

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Save a few hundred dollars, buy the stuffed pasta at Trader Joe's and prepare it at home. Paying $16 for a plate of overly chilled beets that could have been canned, another $20 for a miniscule plate of tortellini that claimed to be

Pros: Great Beach Location

Cons: No Reservations, No Parking

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A charming, snug and intimate place. So snug that we were party to our neighboring table receiving a lengthy harrangue regarding management's current battle with Zagat. At the time we sympathized with management but by the time we

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A charming, snug and intimate place. So snug that we were party to our neighboring table receiving a lengthy harrangue regarding management's current battle with Zagat. At the time we sympathized with management but by the time we

Pros: Charming atmosphere.

Cons: Heavy on the salt.

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If you like to get treated badly by the waitress because you did not take the strongly suggested appetizer, be refused Parmesan cheese on your 5 noodles (very small plates) because the restaurant's chef thinks it would spoil the plate and

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If you like to get treated badly by the waitress because you did not take the strongly suggested appetizer, be refused Parmesan cheese on your 5 noodles (very small plates) because the restaurant's chef thinks it would spoil the plate and

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Apparently our $29 half bottle chianti and three pasta dishes (ranging $17.50 - $18.50) were not enough of an order. Both the waitress and the sommelier 'warned' us the portions were small and that most people would order an appetizer to

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Apparently our $29 half bottle chianti and three pasta dishes (ranging $17.50 - $18.50) were not enough of an order. Both the waitress and the sommelier 'warned' us the portions were small and that most people would order an appetizer to

Pros: food tasted great, albiet small portions

Cons: wait/management staff were extremely rude

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We went there on a Tuesday night hoping to find a less crowded place than on the weekends. The food was fantastic - and so was the wait. I had ordered the pea soup for my app, and was brought the beet salad - no problem, our waiter said

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We went there on a Tuesday night hoping to find a less crowded place than on the weekends. The food was fantastic - and so was the wait. I had ordered the pea soup for my app, and was brought the beet salad - no problem, our waiter said

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This restaurant has the Best Italian food! Everything is homemade even their Pasta! They don't take reservations so get there early so you are guaranteed a table. I had homemade squid pasta that was purple and it was AMAZING. The sauces are great, the meat, everything is made to perfection. Prices are a bit high but well worth it and the wine selection is fantastic.

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This restaurant has the Best Italian food! Everything is homemade even their Pasta! They don't take reservations so get there early so you are guaranteed a table. I had homemade squid pasta that was purple and it was AMAZING. The sauces are great, the meat, everything is made to perfection. Prices are a bit high but well worth it and the wine selection is fantastic.

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The worst night, ever. Waited a long time, and very disappointed when we got it. Food was truly awful-- trying too hard. A huge, disgusting bone stuck in the middle of fish causing it to be meaty and greasy was the special! Rude staff.

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The worst night, ever. Waited a long time, and very disappointed when we got it. Food was truly awful-- trying too hard. A huge, disgusting bone stuck in the middle of fish causing it to be meaty and greasy was the special! Rude staff.

Pros: nada

Cons: insulting waiters, terrible food, expensive

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This is one of the best Italian Restaurants in Los Angeles. You can experience amazing food with out putting up with the pretentiousness of the LA restaurant scene.The restaurant is small so be prepared to wait. The wait is well worth it.

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This is one of the best Italian Restaurants in Los Angeles. You can experience amazing food with out putting up with the pretentiousness of the LA restaurant scene.The restaurant is small so be prepared to wait. The wait is well worth it.

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New chef (a "Top Chef" guest judge), new menu, new look, innovative recipes, and delightful specials, with the most respect for quality: "Beef tongue with tuna aioli", "Ravioli with baccala", "Lamb with rhubarb", "choclate with Venetian

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New chef (a "Top Chef" guest judge), new menu, new look, innovative recipes, and delightful specials, with the most respect for quality: "Beef tongue with tuna aioli", "Ravioli with baccala", "Lamb with rhubarb", "choclate with Venetian

Pros: waiting with a glass of prosecco is part of the experience

Cons: table by the door, a bit chilly

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Can't stress it enough--this is hands down the best food I've ever had. I brought some out-of-town guests here and they *still* rave about the place, and that was four years ago. I used to be a huge fan of Locanda Veneta, and so when

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Can't stress it enough--this is hands down the best food I've ever had. I brought some out-of-town guests here and they *still* rave about the place, and that was four years ago. I used to be a huge fan of Locanda Veneta, and so when

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I, like some of the reviewers below, am hesitant to write this review because Piccolo is so small, but after I saw a few negative reviews there's no way I can't give this restaurant its just dues. Piccolo is one of the best italian

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I, like some of the reviewers below, am hesitant to write this review because Piccolo is so small, but after I saw a few negative reviews there's no way I can't give this restaurant its just dues. Piccolo is one of the best italian

Pros: Amazing food, friendly staff, fantastic decor and ambience, great location next to the beach for a post-meal stroll, expansive wine menu

Cons: No reservations, parking

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I love this place. I had my second meal there this past week and the second was better than the first and I didn't think that was possible. Get the chef's tasting. It's the only way to go. And the butternut squash ravioli are sooooo

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I love this place. I had my second meal there this past week and the second was better than the first and I didn't think that was possible. Get the chef's tasting. It's the only way to go. And the butternut squash ravioli are sooooo

Pros: Food, atmosphere, service and wine

Cons: EXPENSIVE, but worth it

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I can't rate this place highly enough. It was amazing. Everything from the appetizers to the wine. I strongly recommend letting the chefs take over. It's more adventurous and they seem to put some extra love in it. It's busy and it's

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I can't rate this place highly enough. It was amazing. Everything from the appetizers to the wine. I strongly recommend letting the chefs take over. It's more adventurous and they seem to put some extra love in it. It's busy and it's

Pros: Everything but the price

Cons: The price

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I was dazzled by the food!!! The service was so wonderful, friendly, and not snooty at all!!!! It is really small, so if you are in a hurry, this isn't the place to go. Go enjoy, drink one of their amazing bottles of wine (off of a very

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I was dazzled by the food!!! The service was so wonderful, friendly, and not snooty at all!!!! It is really small, so if you are in a hurry, this isn't the place to go. Go enjoy, drink one of their amazing bottles of wine (off of a very

Pros: atmosphere, price, wine list

Cons: parking, wait

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This is my fav little Italian place and my fav hidden local fav. Very hard to find - not on any main streets and is tucked away. Very small and always full. Best pasta just so delicious you really cant go wrong. Great for romantic night or

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This is my fav little Italian place and my fav hidden local fav. Very hard to find - not on any main streets and is tucked away. Very small and always full. Best pasta just so delicious you really cant go wrong. Great for romantic night or

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I have been to Piccolo many times, because the food and service are the best. Everything that I have ever had on this menu has been exceptional. Some of my favorites are the tuna tartare, grilled calamari, the warm goat cheese cake, the

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I have been to Piccolo many times, because the food and service are the best. Everything that I have ever had on this menu has been exceptional. Some of my favorites are the tuna tartare, grilled calamari, the warm goat cheese cake, the

Pros: Service, Food

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Just ate here last night on the recommendation of a friend and it was awesome, we arrived late at 9.15 and got a seat immediately, the service was personable, prompt and very patient as half our group didn't arrive for 20minutes. As for

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Just ate here last night on the recommendation of a friend and it was awesome, we arrived late at 9.15 and got a seat immediately, the service was personable, prompt and very patient as half our group didn't arrive for 20minutes. As for

Pros: Food, service, overall experience

Cons: parking

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The food here is good, but not great, also it is tiny and they pack everyone in, so not sure why people think it is romantic.

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The food here is good, but not great, also it is tiny and they pack everyone in, so not sure why people think it is romantic.

Pros: good location

Cons: expensive food that does not meet expectation.

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Amazing Italian food awaits you inside this very quaint little bistro right off of Venice Beach. My pasta was cooked to perfection and the mussels were very tasty. My soup was very good too. I've been back a few times but it tends to get

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Amazing Italian food awaits you inside this very quaint little bistro right off of Venice Beach. My pasta was cooked to perfection and the mussels were very tasty. My soup was very good too. I've been back a few times but it tends to get

Pros: amazing italian

Cons: little seating, no parking

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This is my absolute favorite dining experience in los angeles. Really, the only to eat here is to do the fixed plate "extravaganza" -- let Alberto or Stefano bring you dishes that meet your tastes over a couple bottles of wine and a few

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This is my absolute favorite dining experience in los angeles. Really, the only to eat here is to do the fixed plate "extravaganza" -- let Alberto or Stefano bring you dishes that meet your tastes over a couple bottles of wine and a few

Pros: food, service, personal attention

Cons: no reservations

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One of the finest Italian restaurants I've been to outside of Italy. Tiny place with a lot of charm, everything on their menu is delicious. I especially recommend the tuna tartar appetizer and the linguine vongole entree - which is the

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One of the finest Italian restaurants I've been to outside of Italy. Tiny place with a lot of charm, everything on their menu is delicious. I especially recommend the tuna tartar appetizer and the linguine vongole entree - which is the

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I came to this restaurant on a recommendation from a co-worker, and I was blown away. First of all, it is so cozy, and the beach is right there!!! The moment we stepped inside, we were cheerfully greeted by a gentleman (i think the

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I came to this restaurant on a recommendation from a co-worker, and I was blown away. First of all, it is so cozy, and the beach is right there!!! The moment we stepped inside, we were cheerfully greeted by a gentleman (i think the

Pros: FOOD, friendly service, right at the beach

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I went to Piccolo last night for the first time, and had one of the best dining experiences of my life. I took my girlfriend there for her birthday because she'd heard how good it was, so we went to check it out. The service is

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I went to Piccolo last night for the first time, and had one of the best dining experiences of my life. I took my girlfriend there for her birthday because she'd heard how good it was, so we went to check it out. The service is

Pros: excellent food, great service

Cons: cant think of any cons.

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My wife is Italian and she won't ever return to this Over-Hyped Average Food place!\r
The Pasta's were covered in thick rich sauce so you couldn't taste anything else.\r
The main courses were average. There are several better Italian

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My wife is Italian and she won't ever return to this Over-Hyped Average Food place!\r
The Pasta's were covered in thick rich sauce so you couldn't taste anything else.\r
The main courses were average. There are several better Italian

Pros: cozy

Cons: horrible parking w/homeless people everywhere!

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can't stay away from Piccolo's pastas! For a superior authentic dining experience in a very romantic spot, you cannot beat Piccolo.

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can't stay away from Piccolo's pastas! For a superior authentic dining experience in a very romantic spot, you cannot beat Piccolo.

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Thanks to my former colleague who works as a chef here, I had the pleasure of savoring their "extravaganza" meal. It started with an appetizer of burrata cheese atop caramelized radicchio, drizzled with aged balsamic. I had nothing like

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Thanks to my former colleague who works as a chef here, I had the pleasure of savoring their "extravaganza" meal. It started with an appetizer of burrata cheese atop caramelized radicchio, drizzled with aged balsamic. I had nothing like

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The food here is phenomenal - try the potato and fig ravioli, you won't be dissapointed. The place is SUPER small though, so definitely get there early. Parking is difficult also - there is a lot down the alleyway at Sunset for $7 or park

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The food here is phenomenal - try the potato and fig ravioli, you won't be dissapointed. The place is SUPER small though, so definitely get there early. Parking is difficult also - there is a lot down the alleyway at Sunset for $7 or park

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This is by far the best Italian restaurant in LA. I have eaten there 3 times and every time the food has been exceptional. The owners are always around and happy to talk with you. The chef is excellent and you can tell he really cares

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This is by far the best Italian restaurant in LA. I have eaten there 3 times and every time the food has been exceptional. The owners are always around and happy to talk with you. The chef is excellent and you can tell he really cares

Pros: Food, Atmosphere, Value

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something happened, maybe too crowded, the delicate meats are now fatty and tough...

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something happened, maybe too crowded, the delicate meats are now fatty and tough...

Pros: FOOD, Service, Wine List

Cons: Parking

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I live just blocks from this little restaurant and go quite often. In fact, my boyfriend and I always have to convince ourselves to try a new restaurant because this place is so consistently good and innovative with their dishes. As they

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I live just blocks from this little restaurant and go quite often. In fact, my boyfriend and I always have to convince ourselves to try a new restaurant because this place is so consistently good and innovative with their dishes. As they

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I dont know why I'm telling you people this. Because of the limited seating capacity I will never get a table now. I lived in Italy for some time and have come to know and respect quality Italian food. I'm not going to ramble on about the

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I dont know why I'm telling you people this. Because of the limited seating capacity I will never get a table now. I lived in Italy for some time and have come to know and respect quality Italian food. I'm not going to ramble on about the

 

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