5 Dudley Ave, Venice, CA | Directions 9029133.994214 -118.479434
Neighborhoods: West LA, Venice
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 prepared with love and care. To name Fraiche as one of your favorite Italian restaurants is telling as it is not Italian. Look at the reviews on Open table and I think you get a more accurate view of what this place is all about. If you want an Italian meal prepared with thoughtful care, an imagination to what goes into it, eat here.
Very bad experience – 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, Fraîche, to name a few that we tried and liked).
2. We had a reservation, but still waited 45 minutes outside, even if a table was available. I insisted to get it so they gave it to us. We felt that they were trying to keep it for "better" people.
3. We asked for balsamic vineager to add to the olive oil that they serve with the bread. The waiter ignored our demand twice (said yes but never brought the vineager). The 3rd time we asked, he said that he would not bring the balsamic because they were serving the bread like thay do in Italy and that if we were more knowleageble, we would not ask for that! What an insult! We've been to Italy and that's where we started eating bread + oil & vineager.
4. My wife is vegetarian so she ordered only an apetizer and some pastas (primo platti). The waiter, as soon as our plates were finished, brought the bill and told us that the manager wanted us to leave because we had not consumed enough! We had not finished our wine yet and they were kikking us out.
Overall : Awfull.
Awful. Simply AWFUL. – 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 cooked it.
the appertizers were undercooked and tasted wrong. the dinner: raviolis were too garlicy, the venison ragu tasted like chef boyardee. needless to say, we skipped dessert. and grabbed a beer down the road. which was better and more reliable than our over $100 (with no liquor) dinner.
dont even waste your time.
Piccolo Ristorante Italiano – The Scene - The 5 Dudley address should be familiar to foodies who once flocked to the eponymous restaurant, formerly occupying this beach-adjacent space. With impressive interior changes, maintaining their Venetian and humble characteristic --carnival masks and photographs of the watery city-- and a recent, stunning remodeling the room bustles with the energy and the human approach of restaurateur Vittorio, and the support of wine director Pietro, while well-heeled locals contribute to the cheerful din.
The Food - Delicate and quite original flavors of superb and uncommon Italian preparations, that are constantly evolving, blossom in the hands of chef Bobo and his team.
With such a variety of exceptional dishes (appetizers like: seared yellowtail and mozzarella di bufala and italian ponzu, homemade duck prosciutto, seared lamb carpaccio or venison crudo, or pastas like Venetian baccala`filled tortelli in anchovie sauce, blueberry tagliolini wih braised pheasant ragu, or entrée such as lamb shank slow-braised in rhubarb, natural beef fillet with Italian porcini sauce with vanilla bean, kurabuta pork and Kobe tagliata, and to finish with a humble and fun cheese gameboard, and original desserts like pineapple carpaccio, or chocolate and gold bar) Piccolo’s tasting menu “miniatura” is the way to go, and you’ll be profited. And back for more.
Great experience – 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.
very romantic! Eclectic neigbourhood.
great service and knowledgable staff with a very creative
you feel like you are transported to Italy without the Jet Lag!
BEST ITALIAN IN LOS ANGELES BY FAR – 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 phenomenal!!! The food is amazing, the service exceptional and parking never a problem, unless you're too lazy to walk across the street to parking lot.
We dine at Piccolo once a week or every ten days or so. We can't get enough!!!!
A must in LA!!!
First time at Picocolo – 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 most basic dishes i have eaten in a while, for 48 bucks you would think the taste would explode in your mouth it was pretty lame . Oh and my parter got the kamut pasta it lacked a certain richness , the porcini was the best thing in the whole pasta. The service well not worth the price. most of the time i served my own water and opened my own door. the only thing they got on me is they talk italian in there to make it seem more unique and special . I would say this is a basic expensive clean resturant That WONT blow your socks off or make the best memory but its romantic and if you dont care about the food its cute ,im sure theres better in Los Angeles.
I grew up with fine dinning my father is a french chef and i must say [like he would say }its OK thats all. If I would have read a real review I would have gone to my favorite sushi spot instead . If you like a good fish you should try another place or tell the chef to spice it up a little or it just taste like tasteless white fish...
one word....AMAZING – 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 more then satisfied. The food is executed so well and the menu changes all the time so there is always something new to try. Whenever people come into town and want a great dinner this is always the best place to go, and its not al stuffy like some places in LA.....If you haven't tried it trust me you will LOVE it!
Description out of date – 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 waits for reserved tables (only a problem on weekends) and rude staff (every day of the week) !
I'm also shocked by some of the reviews that describe this restaurant as the best Italian in LA. That was never true - even before the management change. There is a lot of pride among people that live here in Venice and I think that is going to the reviewer's heads. There are many better Italians in Brentwood and Beverly Hills.
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