S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer writes: "At Piccolo, the tiny Italian spot in Venice, offers something more than standard fare. It's an Indian ... More
S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer writes: "At Piccolo, the tiny Italian spot in Venice, offers something more than standard fare. It's an Indian summer night on the Venice boardwalk and a typically Fellini-esque scene with poncho-wearing retro hippies beating out tunes on battered guitars while skaters speed among joggers, bikers and beach lovers walking their pooches. The crescent moon hangs above the palm trees ruffled by the salty breeze. And at 5 Dudley Ave., a block from the beach, bohemian bons vivants are sipping wine at tables in front of Piccolo Ristorante Italiano.
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 pay $30 per person for all of this, this place is definitely for you. Pedantic, over priced and the food is not even good. Without kidding this is my worst restaurant experience in 38 years and, believe me, I ate in some great places before.
Tucked away in a small alley in Venice, Piccolo Ristorante was truly a great find. Everyone at my table ordered pasta and each plate was amazing. They took golf ball sized truffles and shaved a generous amount into our plates. The space is small and intimate. I can't wait to go back.
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