Piccola Italia

4.6
236 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary Italian
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  • Bar Seating
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Business Meals
At Piccola Italia, chef and owner Brian Gualtieri offers his unique take on classic Italian dishes, fusing fresh Mediterranean flavors with the traditional regional styles of Italian cooking. Our menu features the highest quality seasonal ingredients and bold flavors. Piccola Italia has received high Zagat ratings year after year and with its elegant full bar with an extensive wine list, patrons will not be disappointed.
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c
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious, delicious one of our favorite places to dine

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always

c
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we had a wonderful dinner as always. Just Delish. Cant wait to go back!!!

E
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been to Piccola Italia a few times and have never been disappointed. We were there with some friends for lunch on a Tuesday and the restaurant was quiet. We sat at the bar and had some drinks and then moved to our table. The bartender turned out to be out waiter as well and he was extremely service oriented. All food orders were excellent. Started with some fried calamari, mussels and squash flowers. A few of us had the shrimp scampi with asparagus; pork milanese, burrata ravioli and salmon dish. Everything was delicious. A bunch of very good cocktails as well. I think our server/bartender name was Mark and he was delightful. Shared a cocktail recipe with me that I would love to try.

CB
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food, service and ambiance is always spectacular. We love eating at Piccolo Italia.

MT
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal. We both had a special of cod over pasta - it was incredible. Great wine list, fantastic appetizers and delicious sorbet for dessert. A wonderful evening.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Everyone has a bad night, and the servers were kind, but the food was a disaster!

MP
Philadelphia
186 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was exceptional and our server Mark was great. Owner and his wife were very good hosts. Can't wait to return. Wine list is terrific too!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent- owner came out of the kitchen to say hello and his wife was very welcoming. A+

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars every time! Best food in NJ. My husband and I choose to eat here nearly every time we dine out. Can’t say enough good things

FM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We had been there before dinner. This time we went for lunch. The food, service and ambiance remain amazing but there were no other diners at the restaurant this time. It is a shore restaurant and likely more people wanted to be closer to the ocean.

n
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I ate there for years, and was so disappointed this time. I had a reservation, and was not told that the two large rooms would have private parties and suggested we eat in the entry corridor, which is too open. Everyone who walks in, looks at your table. First sent to the bar, and then attended to before we sat on a stool. Food was good/ Not as good as every other time. Not sure I will go back.

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing as always. Food was even better than the service. One of my favorite places

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it there!!!

SC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service and NOT noisy. Homemade pasta was super yummy

SK
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. We went for a wine tasting and enjoyed a great evening.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm greeting started our experience as a first timer and it just got better. Food was great as well as the service. Very accommodating in handling an incident. New customer was being seated in the next table however in the process the women's shoulder bag knocked over a vase with water and flowers on our table. Unfortunately my wife got wet but the staff attended to the problem immediately and even offered to change our table which want necessary. Also as a result some of the water from the vase spilled into an appertizer plate that was on our table. It was immediately removed as well as their offer to replace it. Despite this mishap everything else was fine and look forward to the next time.

IG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently a great meal. Almost hidden gem.

MK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best of its kind in Monmouth County.

NJ
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first dining experience here. Fantastic! From the moment we walked in the door we felt at home. Our waiter Ramon was fabulous! Wine list is amazing! Do not miss the ravioli dish! We shared the rib eye for two which rivals the best steakhouses you can find. A visit from the chef/owner was a welcome addition. We will be back many more times to this hidden gem!

WG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful place to go and have a great meal!

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We were very disappointed overall. The service was poor and the food was mediocre.

OT
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Exceptional veal ragout preceded by moth watering eggplant rollitini-service very good and nice (but expensive) cocktails prepared perfectly!

MT
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious meal from start to finish! Loved the extensive wine list with great selections at all price points. Service was friendly and professional. Would highly recommend - this is a real gem!

S
Charlotte
12 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been here several times and always had a wonderful meal. Every appetizer, entree, wine and server was excellent.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always delicious and innovative.

v
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always skeptical about eating out on a holiday but Visited this restaurant on Easter Sunday anyway.
The food was excellent, the service impeccable as it consistently is!

D
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This is usually a good go to restaurant. This day was not as good. Will try again

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here for a date after having an amazing dinner here 1 year before during a training. As a date instead of a more business like dinner, it was still amazing. A small plate is always brought with a selection from the chef to try. The soup that evening was a porcini mushroom soup which was made to order and was heavenly. This is definitely a place that we will be visiting again. And again.

B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food excellent service good will return soon

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely delicious as usual

OT
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made reservations online, when I got there it was close, just because a little bit of rain, therefore they don’t honor their hours, as we say in Italy ciao

RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding meal, perhaps our finest since we moved to New Jersey three years ago. The duck was perfectly done and the finest I've had in a while. The portions were manageable and the small additions offered by the chef and our servers were very nice touches to an overall delightful evening. We will surely be back. The attention to detail in the presentation of our entrees showed the interest the house had in setting a high standard.

MH
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great restaurant! Everything about it was excellent! Our server Mike was gracious and made sure we would not feel rushed between courses. He took the time to ask us questions before recommending something from the wine list. We chose from the menu-duck potstickers, grilled iceberg wedge, burrata ravioli and the veal ragout. All perfectly cooked and delicious. I picked this place randomly, because I was in the area and it was an unexpected surprise!

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Never disappoints. Brian and his staff do an exceptional job. Had the filet, it was perfect. Tony at the bar is great. Been a satisfied customer for over 15 years. My wife orders the scallops every single time. The wine list over time has grown by pages. Great place.

DC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I hate to write this review because I feel like Piccola Italia is a best kept secret in our neighborhood. The food is delicious and the service is exceptional. It's our favorite local spot.

JP
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, quiet but not too quiet. All food my party had was excellent. Staff was very friendly and highly professional. A little more expensive than the typical area Italian restaurant, but it was definitely worth it for a bit of a step up.

SR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were outstanding!

MF
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place! We love everything about it and we are always happy with ththe service, food, and expeirence!

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