Seattle >Food & Dining > Cafe Piccolo Italian Restaurant
9400 Roosevelt Way Ne, Seattle, WA | Directions 9811547.696833 -122.317446
Fri, Sat 5pm-10pm
Neighborhoods: Maple Leaf, North Seattle, North
Great eating experience – "Absolutely everything was great !!! "EVERYTHING", go there, you won't regert it ...
Best Bruschetta in town – This is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant with a warm atmosphere and great FRESH food. I am a bread eater and love the tomato bruschetta. The eggplant parmesan and lasagne are always my favorites. Don't forget the roasted olives. You can count on great service too.
Neighborhood Gem! – We'll definitely be visiting Cafe Piccolo again! We went on a weekday evening. There were about 5 or 6 other tables of diners. I loved the atmosphere immediately - comfortable and unpretentious. It's definitely family-friendly as well - if I could, I've give a sixth star for the fact that there are toys for kids to play with! Real toys - not "happy meal" type toys. So you can let the kids play a little after dinner while mom and dad enjoy a glass of wine and conversation. What a great idea!
We started out with the tomato bruschetta, which was one of the best I've ever had. The tomatoes tasted garden-fresh - not easy to do in October! My companion had been to Cafe Piccolo before, so she recommended that we split an entree because the entrees are quite large. We chose the chicken parm, subbing in the homemade fettucine for the potatoes. The food was a bit slow (which we actually didn't even mind), so in apology the cook made up two lovely separate portions - each nearly as big as the full dish should have been! Enough for each of us to make a full meal from the leftovers. What a treat! And the food was exquisite. Some of the best I've ever tasted, and I've eaten a lot of chicken parm in my day. The homemade pasta is truly extraordinary, and their pasta sauce is definitely something to write home about. And the total bill was completely reasonable - about $35 including a drink apiece and tip.
Pros: AMAZING food, comfortable atmosphere, good service, reasonable prices
Cons: ?? Street parking is a con, I guess
Oh, and we didn't have a restaurant c o m coupon, but to those that did and complained about the 18% gratuity added: it's pretty typical that it SAYS that on the FACE of the coupon, so the server was simply following the rules. I think you are the ones who are "tacky" for complaining about a term that you agreed to by using the coupon - and then having the nerve to post online about it! I bet you're the kind of people that this term is trying to circumvent - those who think it's ok to tip 10% on the post-coupon total. Talk about tacky.
Definitely a place we'll visit again – Went later in the evening on a Saturday night over the holidays, and the place was not very busy so we got seated immediately. The server was very friendly, and we ordered a steak and a tuna steak. The tuna steak was excellent, as was the fettuccine my husband got with his steak. We'll definitely get homemade pasta dishes when we return.
While the entrees we ordered were on the more expensive side, the pasta dishes are quite reasonably priced, and are supposed to be excellent.
Like the last reviewer, we got an internet coupon to visit this place. UNLIKE the last reviewer, we actually read the terms of the coupon which said that an 18% gratuity would be added, so we weren't surprised by the bill. Not unreasonable considering we had a coupon that saved us $21!
big disappointment – My husband and I went to Cafe Piccolo for our anniversary dinner last night. We've been talking about trying this place since we moved to Maple Leaf, but after seeing the pricey offerings in their online menu, we decided to save it for a special occasion. What a disappointment! From the outside, the restaurant looks so cute...but the decor inside leaves much to be desired. It looks more like a cheap pizzeria than a fancy Italian restaurant. We ordered the specials: a flatbread appetizer, and for the entree a gnocchi dish with tomatoes and pesto. We also ordered a bottle of wine from the extensive wine list, which is conveniently sorted into categories by price. We ordered a bottle from the $18 list, and it was truly awful. The flatbread arrived and was completely awesome! Then came the gnocchi, which was ok. The sauce was delicious, but the texture of the gnocchi was weird...sort of soggy. Our server was really great the whole time, and overall I was thinking the experience was ok, maybe 2 or 3 stars.
Then our check came. We had brought a coupon from the internet, and we paid with the coupon and our credit card. When the waiter came back with the receipt, he had added 18% gratuity to the bill - I guess he assumed that since we had the nerve to bring in a coupon, we wouldn't tip him sufficiently. It was ridiculous. I didn't want to ruin the evening by arguing over this, so we paid and left. And won't return.
Overall, the place is just too expensive, especially given the lame decor, mediocre food, and rude service. With so many other choices of restaurants in the Seattle area, there's no reason to waste your time on this place.
Expensive – A couple people with a couple drinks won't get out of here for under 50 bucks, so they place is not cheap.
The outside of the place looks great and I saw the menu onlone, so I was expecting a pretty nice atmosphere. When we got in, I did like the atmosphere, but It was more like a nice pizza place then a fairly expensive restaurant. The had a jazz band which was nice.
We had a $25 online coupon we were given so we had to buy $35 in food to use it. The appetizer was very good (pizza like thing with goat cheese) We got the special, gnocci, which was soggy, but tasty. Maybe that's authentic style, but all the veg were soggy too, so I wasn't impressed.
The had parmesean on the table in a jar with a spoon. Ok, for this much money, they should come around and grate it fresh, c'mon.
We got a bottle of $18 wine, screw top and it sucked, too bad. The house chianti was good.
For the coup de gras, we give the guy our coupon and he comes back and shows us he added 18% gratuity for himself (tip on food and alcohol pre discount)... TACKY.
So we get out of there for 80 with 25 off. So what would have been 100+ we would have got some ok drinks, a good appetizer and two soggy entrees in a pizza place atmosphere. We will never go back because it's no worth it. If the place was as nice as the outside, the website, and the menu suggest, it would be different, but there was too much about this place that said pizza parlor to pay that kind of money.
Unpretentious and delicious – My wife is of Italian decent, grew up in an East Coast Italian community and even worked in Italy for a few months. She knows her Italian food very well and is extremely picky about it. She hates most of the Italian food served in Seattle but totally loved Cafe Piccolo. We both appreciated the great food, pleasant-but-not-pretentious atmosphere and good prices. She had the eggplant parmesan, which she loved. I had the chicken cacciatore, which was succulent and delicious. We had no problems finding parking either.
Like going to Italy but a shorter trip! – Having lived in New York for many years, we have dined at the best Italian restautants in that city and Piccolo is equal to the best food we have experienced. It is equivalent to going to a great restaurant in Italy. The sauces are exquisitely prepared with subtle tastes not to overwhelm the diner and the wine list is very inexpensive and "all Italian". We brought our own bottle and there is a $15 corking fee.
I had one of the pastas and selected the bourgelaise sauce with meatballs, my sweetheart ordered the seafood risotto with five types of seafood in it. The food was fresh, the pasta was homemade and incredibly tasty and the sauces.....I can't say enough.
We shared the white bean bruschetta which was something I had never tasted before and it was phenomenal, very tasty beans topped with greens and a garlic, olive oil base and very good toasted bread.
The house salad was fresh; we just ordered the small salad and shared it as we didn't want to get full before our entrees. After the main course we shared the panna cotta topped with fresh pineapples, orange slices, kiwi fruit and raspberry sauce. WoW! All this for seventy bucks!!!
The only but major downside to this restaurant is that on Saturday night at 7PM there were only three tables being served. At this rate its sad to say but the best Italian restaurant in the Northwest might not survive. In my opinion the only reason for the business being so slow is the location. Finding 94th and Roosevelt is not easy and its not like its on the way to anywhere.
The service was excellent and the waitstaff well informed and friendly.
I hope that some food critic visits this restaurant and writes it up in the paper as the only thing it needs is customers. So please, please, please, go to Cafe Piccolo, you will be so pleased you did!
We Love It!! – This restaurant is phenomenal. The pasta is housemade, and the sauces are fabulous. If you go, be sure to order the bruschetta; it's amazing. The service is always excellent, and it is our favorite neighborhood itialian restaurant. My favorite dish is the housemade fettuccine noodles with puttanesca sauce. You won't be disappointed if you go here.
Editorial Review by Jena Vuylsteke – Embrace Italian traditions of fine wine, homemade pasta and creamy gelato at this neighborhood cafe.
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