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this was served at a luncheon recently that I attended and it was absolutely the best I've ever tasted. I would have to admit it was better then my 100% Italian Grandma (don't let her hear I said that). Thank you for the great food, it was truly a pleasure.
Wonderful dish that was very simple yet flavorful. Would definitely recommend if you like veggies!
The Salmon was out of this world. Perfect quality and flavor. Served with risotto and veggies which were also absolutely wonderful. It's a little pricey but we don't mind when you're getting your money's worth. EVERYTHING, including the service is SUPERB. Money well spent. We will definitely be returning...What a treat!
Piccolino Ristorante ad appeared on my phone one day. I browsed at the pictures and the "Black Spaghetti" got my attention. That night when I got home, I showed the website to my wife, she looked at the menu and she got interested. We went a few days later with her best friend and my coworker. I ordered the "Riccioli al Nero ai Sapori Mediterranei" and it was very good. Just the right balance between seafood and pasta. And before I forget, the service and the ambience is perfect too. We were able to hear each other and make a good conversation. Overall, it was a very good night out with friends. Thank you Piccolino Ristorante!
Excellent - well cooked
I LOVE this restaurant!! Add to this the carpaccio the pasta Piccolino & the chocolate lava cake 😋. Heaven in Mission Viejo ❤️
This Risotto is the best. I love the sausage mixed in with the earthiness of the mushrooms. I also love the Osso Buco with the Saffron Risotto as well. Whenever they have that on special, I really don't need to see the rest of the menu.
Delish & very fresh. Order right away to enjoy with your drinks. These are worth the wait.
We visited Piccolino tonight on a last-minute decision . We were greeted graciously and seated quickly . The ambience and Atmosphere is wonderful! Started with the Piccolino salad which was almost too beautiful to eat! Yum! We both ordered the specials of braised short rib and veal shank . Both served to perfection! To get anything similar you're going to have to jump on a plane and go 8000 miles to Italy . That was our chat while enjoying our meal. Thank you Piccolino For making a great dining experience! we will be back!
Best Italian Restaurant in Orange County. I should know I was in the restaurant biz for over 20 years. Sal, Terry and the gang are the best. One of my favorite dishes is the osso buco with fettuccine Alfredo. Also a must have is the burratta.
What an amazing dish! I always tell myself I'm doing to try something new but I always go back to this dish and it never disappoints. Perfectly sliced veal . Delicious! We love Piccolino's! Our favorite little hidden gem ❤️
This dish does not disappoint!! The shrimp are delicious and big, paired with angel hair pasta ...I know this was a simple dish, but the flavor is exceptional.
This appetizer is simply AMAZING. It is a baked eggplant souffle with mozzarella, basil, Parmesan and tomato sauce. One of my friends ordered it for us to share and, quite honestly, I was not that excited about it...until my first bite. I will order this again and again. It was so good!!!
This dish is the best thing I have ever eaten.
Arancine del Giorno
My goodness!! Went in with my parents on my birthday to introduce them to Piccolino. Everything was perfect. Leia our server, the shrimp, the carpaccio, the stuffed squash blossoms!! Can't wait to go back again and try more of this delicious food!!! Love, love, love!!
MOST amazing Italian food and restaurant in Mission Viejo! The staff was so nice and prompt with their assistance. Will definitely be returning and telling all my friends and family about this place
This entree is to die for; large delicate pumpkin filled ravioli's with fresh sage leaves on top. The Ravioli's have a nice creamy mascarpone sauce on them. This sauce does not take away the flavor of the ravioli's. The chef adds amaretto crumbs sprinkled on top - Delicious! I paired this with a nice Chianti that was recommended. Once have this particular entree, you will order this again.
Baked eggplant can be really tricky: so easy to come out mushy and unpleasant. Thankfully, at Piccolino it's perfectly cooked and delicious! Can't wait to come back. (Also had the pear salad which is equally delicious!)
Food is great and the service as well!
Love this dish!! everything is always fabulous!!!
This dish is incredible - and I've eaten a LOT of pumpkin flavored items! Theres just the right amount of pumpkin flavor, so you taste the luscious spices but it's light enough can enjoy it even when it isn't fall. It's the ultimate comfort food but done elegantly. This whole restaurant has amazing dishes, ambiance & service!
Grilled Rack of Lamb Ordered this dish from the nightly specials menu. It was finished with a demi-glace sauce with a hint of mint and served with roasted potato's and broccolini. The lamb was perfect and more tender than a fillet. I highly recommend this dish.
Arancine del Giorno
Best happy hour in Orange County. Amazing quality food at a reasonable price. Hidden gem!
It doesn't matter what you order here - you'll never be disappointed. FRESH is something you can count on every time. ( try any shrimp dish!) Service is stellar every time. It's a favorite because it's the best Italian restaurant in the area. Upscale decor and fantastic wine selection.
Piccolino is absolutely wonderful! It's the closest I've come to having real Napolitano food here in CA. Everything was great - the food as well as the service were top notch!
Amazing. Best I've ever had.
Love Piccolino! When I come in I very much like to sit in the bar, although I have dined in the restaurant plenty. Tina and Leah make a great add for a nice evening. Their service is wonderful. The food is mind blowing! I love the Pollo Piccata, the Linguini alle Vongole, and the Fettucini Mara Monte (but with filet, even though it's been taken off the menu), the cognac cream sauce is heavenly. Keep at it Piccolino, your customers love you!
This is simply the best. Each bite gets better as the dish cools and suddenly you're done and desperate to visit again. This has been my life for six months and it's still my favorite.
Arancine del Giorno
We are new to MV and this has become our local hang out! We love popping over for sips and nibbles while watching the game. The staff is friendly and they have quickly remembered us. The owner has been there every time we have been by. The other guests are just as friendly. We want to come for dinner but get swayed into the bar area. This restaurant is a gem and we are happy to have found a wonderful local Italian place. We moved down from LA and were not sure we would find a quaint establishment. We are so happy we stumbled on Piccolino!
I cannot day enough positive things about the cannelloni and Piccolino. What a wonderful restaurant with impeccable service and exquisite food. Our family plans to celebrate all our special occasions here for the foreseeable future.
The salad was delicious. I also brought home penne pasta with vodka sauce for dinner and it was outstanding. Their bread is so good. Can't say enough good things about this restaurant and can't wait to go back!
One of only a very few restaurants that can consistently deliver the highest quality food with the utmost of care given to customer service
Couldn't find it in your selection but we love the pork belly ravioli. The sauce is unreal. And I like the boat shaped raviolis. It's the thing my fiancé and I always get every time we come here.
Absolutely delicious 😋
This appetizer was a great taste of what to expect at Piccolino; fresh, carefully prepared deliciousness. Overall the meal was wonderful, and the service was quite spectacular, I would highly recommend a visit!
This light but rich salad was a perfect start to our fantastic meal. The salsiccia pizza was a delicious main course. We had great service and the environment was ideal for a large group!
We eat at all of Orange County's best Italian restaurants as well as other highly lauded establishments in Newport Beach, Irvine and Costa Mesa but the single best Italian dish I've had is the Fusilli Salsiccia & Funghi.
Fabulous food in a romantic setting. My favorite place for a date night.
First time to the restaurant. We were there to celebrate a birthday. The restaurant decor is very nice. Service was excellent! Very friendly waiter always with a smile. The food is excellent, gourmet Italian. I had pumpkin stuffed ravioli. Everyone enjoyed their dish.
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