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Kevin Sheridan

10 August 2019

Excellent meal and service! We had a great experience.

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Kenneth A.

4 August 2019

My wife and I enjoyed the Chef's special menu along with three other couples this evening.  Wow, what a terrific dining experience.  The chef served us six courses and I enjoyed his selected wine with each dish.  The food was excellent and the chef provided a brief overview as each course was served.  My wife and I throughly enjoyed the experience and hope to have the opportunity to visit Portland and partake in the chef's special dinner on Sunday Evening again in the near future.  The pig's head was served with smoky carrots and was truly amazing. More...

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Douglas LeProhon

2 August 2019

Awesome experience every time. Possibly the best restaurant in Portland. Love it ❤️

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Lisa E.

12 July 2019

The perfect Italian dinner! Got a bottle of chianti. The server let me sample the two wines I was deciding between. Then I had the cheese plate appetizer; perfect amount of cheese & toast. I was by myself, but you could easily split this with another person. Then I took the server's recommendation and had the lamb cavatelli; yummy notes of orange in the sauce. I got the smaller size order; it did not look like a lot but was just right to follow the app. Also had room for dessert. I got the cherry sorbetto doused in Disaronno. Serious yum. Again not a huge portion, but just right. Finished with a coffee. All the flavors were lovely, plus I had an intimate seat next to the window to people watch. The restaurant is adorable and cozy. Great for people who dislike noise. Book at least a couple weeks in advance; there are so few tables and fills up quick. More...

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tom m.

6 July 2019

I've been a chef for 40 years now.   This place was excellent.  Very authentic Italian food.   Small portions but not over priced.  Great

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Kristin G.

6 July 2019

We had such a wonderful dinner here - loved our server, we had the eggplant starter, two pastas and two desserts - everything was delicious.  We will return on a regular basis! More...

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Bettina Pearson

2 July 2019

Perfect in every way. A pleasure to finally dine there.

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Michelle PoirierVance

30 June 2019

Excellent food but very small portions for the price. Friendly staff.

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Daniel M.

26 May 2019

The most incredible pasta that I have had in a long time. Great staff and unbelievable food.

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Maria M.

8 May 2019

We loved this little place.  Everything was very fresh and flavorful.  Attentive fun service.  Catered to our vegetarian friend.  Definitely need a reservation.

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Dianne Barter

30 April 2019

Love their menu, small plates make sharing fun. And as always super service!

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Kelly C.

19 April 2019

Had some of the most incredibly tasting food ever. Bone marrow with oxtail stole the show. And I dont typically like lamb, but the lamb neck ragu was on point. The staff was very considerate, called to ask if we minded being in the very small resturant with a large party. While we didnt mind it was still nice to ask. I have already started to tell my friends, this is will be a stop next time I am back in Portland. More...

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Supatchaya Tongtheng

30 March 2019

Cozy resturant with such an amazing foods. I love all dishes.

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Maxamed Ducaale Diiriye

30 March 2019

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Gordon Hamlin

30 March 2019

My wife and I had an extraordinary meal this past weekend at Piccolo. We started with uncooked scallops on the half-shell. We then had house-made pasta with lamb neck ragu that was wonderful. The wine pairings were perfect. Can’t for a return! More...

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Ffej Caplan

30 March 2019

Fabulous meal. So many amazing things. Zero complaints.

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Elias Leland

28 February 2019

Very very good food and relaxing intament environment

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Carly Flagg

16 February 2019

This place is SO good! A must try!

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Emily W.

16 February 2019

Wonderful!! The reviews were positive, so booked a table... post Valentines dinner date! It was fantastic! Small plates which we love; flavors spot on! Intimate setting - only 10 (possibly) table plus a lovely bar top you can sit/din at... very friendly and cozy. Would recommend. We will go back. More...

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Thorn Dickinson

30 January 2019

We had a great evening

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Mike Vecc

30 January 2019

The problem with rating this place as excellent is that it was so good from walking in, to the atmosphere, to the drinks, then the apps and then the meal, that if I say too much good I will have a hard time getting table next time. This place rocks it. Well done !

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K Wind

30 January 2019

This is an extremely cute and quaint restaurant with excellent service. Every single thing that we ordered was delicious. I had the scallops which were to die for and my husband ordered the lamb ragu dish. We had two appetizers, dessert and wine and it was all very high quality. More...

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Jason Trease

30 December 2018

Excellent.

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Ivy S.

1 December 2018

What an adorable restaurant. Their theme is a beautiful blue and porcelain flying pigs. The staff does a great job of making you feel comfortable. The restaurant is small and intimate with small tables and a large kitchen bar. I split a bottle of the Verona wine which was beautiful and light. We shared the bolognese which had good flavor and the lamb neck cavatelli. Between the two Id definitely recommend the cavatelli pasta. Both were homemade but the cavatelli just had more interesting flavors. We were too full to try anything else but if youre in the moo homemade pasta in an intimate setting with beautiful wine I'd recommend piccolo. More...

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Joshua

30 November 2018

Food and atmosphere were excellent! This is a small place so make a reservation. We did not but even then the wait wasn't long and again well worth it! I can't wait to go back!

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Ginger Lee

23 October 2018

5 awesome place to eat stop by

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Rebecca W.

26 September 2018

Chaval's sister restaurant did not disappoint. The chocolate & cherry dessert situation (that I can't remember the name of) was epic. Homemade pasta was cooked to perfection. Heirloom tomatoes were so fresh! I ordered the Bluefin Tuna special and OH MAN-THIS WAS FANTASTIC. If it's available the night you go, order it. Location is very small, which I loved. Noise level is low. Staff was friendly, really enjoyed the overall vibe. Can't wait to return More...

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Debbie Picillo

22 September 2018

So delicious and Kelly took amazing care of us!

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Stacey A Giulianti

16 September 2018

Amazing fine dining restaurant with creative dishes that hit all the right notes!

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Zuni Wynne

15 September 2018

Amazing food and great staff

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Melissa Y.

30 August 2018

I made this reservation for my husband's bday while visiting Portland. If I could give this place 10 stars, I would! They also have a second restaurant called Chaval (which I also wrote a review for). When we first walked in, it was dark, romantic, an upscale atmosphere. I was super excited that we were there. First impressions are always the best impressions! We ordered a few glasses of wine, the Melanzane (eggplant) for an appetizer which was super tasty and delicate! My husband had the Bistecca and I ordered the Pasta Fatta in Casa dish, both were flavorful and absolutely delicious! They put a candle in the dessert we ordered for my husband's bday, a great touch. You must check this restaurant out while visiting Portland, you won't be disappointed, I promise! More...

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Andrew Graves

30 August 2018

Small place (reservations required most days), small menu, but always excellent! Don't miss dessert! Ilma, one of the owners is a fabulous pastry/dessert chef! One of our absolute favorite restaurants in Portland! More...

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Ronmel Rangel

30 August 2018

Excellent place. Very good Italian food.

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Alexander Mathiessen

30 August 2018

Cozy small restaurant. Drove by Portland and looked for dinner, and this place was chosen due to other good reviews. The food (pasta with lamb neck) was BEAUTIFUL, with nice taste- and texture-surprises throughout. Good coffee and super-friendly staff. Recommend a visit here! More...

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Elle M.

29 August 2018

Very intimate dining experience- small, romantic interior great for dates or other special occasions. We shared a nice bottle of red that went well with the Mushroom Appetizer, Cavatelli with Lamb Rangu and their other pasta special. It was all delicious! You may want to make a reservation, because there aren't too many tables in there. More...

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Sheila P.

19 August 2018

Wonderful meal - from the cocktails to the food to the service - all were outstanding.  You have to get the bistecca!  It was fantastic.  Treated wonderfully - will be back! More...

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Dino P.

17 August 2018

To begin, our server was AMAZING, sweet and sincere!!! We started off with an Aperol spritzer and I'm a huge negroni fan but opted for the Piccolo viale. Can I just say  - SPECTACULAR!! We ordered an heirloom tomato salad that was outstanding along with a melanzane app. Both were phenomenal!!Lastly, for our entrees, we ordered the pork medallion special with haricot verts and the steak bistecca. If you miss the opportunity to order the bistrcca, shame on you!! It is OUTSTANDING!Finished the evening with a chocolate hazelnut dessert that was to die for. What a spectacular dining event!!! Thank you Piccolo More...

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Rony R.

11 August 2018

Amazing atmosphere quiet nice and a hipster elegant place. The waitress both very friendly and helpful . The meal . Best steak I've had so much flavor, cooked to perfection . A must place to visit when in Portland Maine More...

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Ana E.

11 August 2018

I only give reviews to places that I've been to more than once or that were a complete failure. But Piccolo does not fit any of those criteria. In fact, my partner and I had great dinner and drinks here. The staff was kind and attentive and the restaurant has a quiet and beautiful decor. The lamb pasta I had was so so good! And my partner loved his steak, we loved every minute of it. I totally recommend it! More...

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Aubri

30 July 2018

Absolutely amazing place. Kelly, our server, was incredibly knowledgeable and attentive. My wife and I picked out several menu items to share and were debating on a Main course when Kelly mentioned an off the menu, chefs choice vegetarian pasta. All we had to do was share any allergies etc and then wait for our surprise to arrive. It was like the chef knew us personally, he picked some of our favorites creating a mouth watering medley. I cannot wait to return and would recommend this to anyone looking for a high class meal in this little city. More...

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k c

30 July 2018

Let me start by saying I almost never give 5 star reviews, unless it is truly warranted and a uniquely wonderful experience. Piccalo fit the bill. Absolutely delectable, just make sure not to walk by as it’s a tiny hole in the wall. The food was an incredible blending of flavors I would never have thought of pairing. And my favorite part was my “chefs choice” pasta dish that sealed the deal to make this my new favorite in town. The waitstaff was incredibly knowledgeable, the atmosphere intimate and warm, and the food danced on the tastebuds. Would reccomended this to anyone looking for a high class meal that you won’t soon forget. More...

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Mike

30 July 2018

This restaurant may have been one of the best meals my girlfriend and I have ever had. The plates were small but the quality of the food was truly astounding. Also worth noting was the amazing service and how nice the restaurant is inside. It’s small and cozy and the staff is extremely attentive and helpful. My suggestion for dining here would be to order a lot because as I mentioned the plates are small and they’re all so good! The Brussel sprouts was the real shining star for us! Can’t wait to come back here again! More...

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Ryan Hill

30 July 2018

My wife and I had a great dinner there last Saturday. Great menu. Amazing apps and dinner selections. And lovely wines from Italy. Small dining room reminds you of Boston's North End. Fantastic service. Great spot . More...

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John Daly

30 July 2018

The food was so delicious + outstanding service. Servers incredibly knowledgeable of food preparation and inspired ingredients. Intimate atmosphere made the experience all the better! More...

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Diane Stowell

30 July 2018

Very cozy atmosphere. Our waitstaff was lovely. Limited seating. The chef's table is a wonderful experience. Loved the squid ink pasta. The pork ragout was highly rated in our group. Great experience. More...

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Vivian Lu

30 July 2018

It was a very nice dining experience and the food was great. I do wish they had told us that we need to call ahead if we wanted to do the tasting menu, though. It's a nice, cozy place for a date night if you're in the area, and the staff are very pleasant. More...

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dede wilder

30 July 2018

Loved it. Small, intimate, perfect. Simple menu w truly delicious food. Ate a fantastic veal dish w smoked onion aioli. Amazing potatoes. Wonderful waitress. Delicious prosecco and a lovely red. We are lucky to live near Portland! A great birthday meal w friends! More...

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Pat Kinslow

30 July 2018

Absolutely fantastic. The food is excellent

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Shaughnessey McArthur

30 July 2018

Excellent food and service. After resverstion was made online they made a point to call to ask about dietary restrictions. They were happy to accommodate our vegetarian needs. More...

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Arturo Astarita

30 July 2018

What a pleasure for a birthday dinner! The four of us shared the salumi, bruschetta, carrots, roasted potatoes and brussels sprouts along with two desserts and prosecto and digestives.Highly recommend this hide away.

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Courtney Yeager

30 July 2018

Absolutely wonderful. We loved the side of polenta, and the hangar steak was unbelievable. I'm gluten-free, but they were easily able to accommodate and said if we called ahead next time they would prepare homemade gf pasta for me, no problem. Such a rarity for Italian! We will definitely be back. Service was off the charts, too. More...

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Josephine Roberts

30 July 2018

Food here is always delicious with a classic yet interesting menu, the staff is great and the atmosphere is cozy and pleasant. Great date spot, or for special occasions. We love to take our parents here when they come to town because they love traveling to Italy and the food and high quality dining experience here always measures up. More...

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Daniel Rios

30 July 2018

Is the best Italian good in the city of Portland... the service, food, desserts, good wines... EVERYTHING

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Christine Bernstein

30 July 2018

Took my husband here for his birthday. Everything was wonderful from the service to the food. You can tell they enjoy what they do.

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Solipsis

30 July 2018

Awesome unique delicious and great service

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S K

30 July 2018

Excellent small Italian dishes.Never disappoints.

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Kevin Moderow

30 July 2018

Amazing. Do not overlook this wonderful little restaurant.

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Roberto Dolci

30 July 2018

Cozy, relaxed, excellent food. Worth the visit, and the return.

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Jeff Roman

30 July 2018

Absolutely amazing! Best Italian in Portland!

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Jeffrey L.

2 June 2018

My wife and I walked in during the week and had an amazing meal.  Service couldn't have been better and the waiter knew the Italian wine list well.  Amazing pasta, great service, will definitely go back. More...

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Christine O.

7 May 2018

My husband and I dined at Piccolo on Sunday, April 15th for dinner. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Our waitress Kelly was very knowledgeable and friendly. The stracciatella di bufala and the orecchietti with pork sausage ragu were amazing. My dessert, the struffoli was absolutely delicious. We really loved how small and intimate the restaurant is. Cannot wait to dine there again during our next trip to Portland. More...

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Troy Beckett

30 April 2018

Great food and service in a small setting. We had the funghi appetizer(nice layers of flavor and texture) haddock with veggies dish (mild whitefish with snaps of texture and flavor) and perhaps the best carbonara that I have ever had. Good wine, cocktails, a chocolate desert and excellent French press coffee! Too bad we live in Georgia...... More...

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Cami Hondel

14 April 2018

Outstanding. The atmosphere, the service, the food from start to finish.

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Kate Cykman-Doughty

5 April 2018

Let me start by saying I almost never give 5 star reviews, unless it is truly warranted and a uniquely wonderful experience. Piccolo fit the bill. Absolutely delectable, just make sure not to walk by as it’s a tiny hole in the wall. The food was an incredible blending of flavors I would never have thought of pairing. And my favorite part was my “chefs choice” pasta dish that sealed the deal to make this my new favorite in town. The waitstaff was incredibly knowledgeable, the atmosphere intimate and warm, and the food danced on the tastebuds. Would reccomended this to anyone looking for a high class meal that you won’t soon forget. More...

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Lisa P.

20 March 2018

Piccolo never fails to impress me. The first time I went I was seated at the "bar" and have never felt more special in a dining experience. Our server was attentive and helpful and made lovely wine recommendations. And the pasta was phenomenal, made in house, and served with great attention to detail. The second time I went, we were celebrating my partner's birthday and they made the experience so memorable. Our server was my co-conspirator in preparing a surprise birthday dessert complete with a candle, that my partner had no idea she and I arranged when I excused myself to use the restroom. We started with a cheese board with carefully selected cheeses that were so delicious we made notes to find them for ourselves. My scallop dish was inventive and flavorful, and beautiful to boot. I barely got to try my partner's steak before it disappeared from his plate, but what I snuck a sample of was tender and delightful. We ended with a frittelle for dessert, that was light for being fried dough and we finished the whole thing despite being so full because it was just too good to waste. It's called Piccolo for a reason, so reservations are helpful. More...

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Susan C.

17 March 2018

The best dinner we've had in a while and, the steak might have been the best steak I've ever had. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the menu and multitude of wines they offer. Dessert was also delicious! It's a cozy little place but the meals are made to order, are well worth it and just amazing. We will be back! More...

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Mishy L.

6 March 2018

Outstanding attentive service and open to food allergies. Baby kale salad off is off the charts. So are the scallops. Such a gem.

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Mark A.

21 February 2018

Picking a favorite restaurant in Portland is impossible...I won't even try...but I can tell you that Piccolo is tied for my favorite Italian restaurant in town.  Somewhat hidden, and as tiny as the name suggests, this restaurant is cranking out some of the best rustic Italian food in the country.I love Italian food, but I rarely go out for Italian food in the States because it all tends to taste the same.  The first thing I noticed about Piccolo is that it is not like all of the other East Coast Italian joints.  In fact, it is nothing like them.  No sad eggplant parm or soggy lasagna here, Piccolo serves dishes from the countryside of Central/Southern Italy.  Think hearty homemade pasta, braised meats, and unique seafood specials.Keeping with the theme of the restaurant, the menu is tiny.  Only a few dishes listed and a few seasonal specials.  What the menu lacks in size, it makes up for in flavor.  Everything I've had here has been off the charts delicious.  I highly recommend whatever seasonal house-made pasta they are serving.Piccolo takes reservations on Yelp, and if I were you, I'd go ahead and make a reservation for the soonest available opening. More...

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Amy L.

18 February 2018

Everything we had was delicious! From drinks, appetizers, entree and dessert! We reserved through yelp and had a cozy table near the window. Perfect for a romantic evening. Waitstaff was fantastic! Felt like the north end in portland! More...

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Laura Lea

11 January 2018

The most amazing food, EVERYTHING was amazing. Dessert was the best I've ever had, ever � Super service as well.

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Jennifer T.

5 January 2018

One of the best meals I have had.We got the cheese plate (all were delicious) and some sort of burrata toast which was amazing.  We both got the pasta which was delicious.Service was awesome. Wine was great!  Will def be back! It is tiny inside (maybe 6 tables?).  We actually sat at the "bar" area. More...

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Lynne Scardocci Reagan

8 November 2017

first time dining here and we loved everything about it! food was incredible and service was amazing. can't wait to visit again!

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Jillian C.

6 November 2017

This amazing tiny place had the best Sunday supper my mom never made... with the MOST perfect wine pairings. Second time here they didn't disappoint!! A 6 course dinner experience with the chefs. Can't wait to try their new venture, Chaval! More...

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Kevin M.

5 November 2017

Make sure you don't overlook this wonderful little restaurant.  It's easy to miss but we're so glad we didn't. Too many restaurants forget that the focus should be on memorable food.  I'll be telling anyone visiting Portland to dine at Piccolo. More...

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Laura Buckenmayer Spinelli

12 October 2017

Astonishingly TASTY we had Octopus for appetizer with an AMAZING SEAFOOD PASTA dish like non other we have ever had! Our 10th WEDDING ANNIVERSARY is still remembered well. Welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable staff. Our waitress willingly retreated my perfume that fell from my pocketbook, very grateful. More...

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Tanya G.

7 October 2017

Excellent. I had the pork chop special and it was amazing! Personal attention. Dishes cooked to order. Intuitive wine recommendations.Highly recommend.

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Yvette Koeppel Busch

3 October 2017

Our first visit sealed the deal for us! From beginning to end, our server's fabulous descriptions of the wines and entrees sent us on a scrumptious journey. The Magma 10 wine from Sicily was a leap of faith and we're so glad we took the chance! Superb. More...

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Bryant Mann

17 September 2017

We went last night to celebrate our anniversary and everything about our meal was fantastic! Our server was extremely knowledgeable and friendly, the entrees amazing, of which mine was one of the best plates I've ever had, to the delicious dessert, it all added up to one of our best dining experiences!

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Tyffanie A.

10 September 2017

We went for dessert this evening and selected the Mirtillo. It was a caramelized cake topped with mascapone & blueberries. So delicious! The restaurant is small & perfect for couples. It has a warm & welcoming environment. I was happy we were able to get a table for dessert. We had an excellent experience, and we're pleased to learn that our server was actually the pastry chef and co-owner of the restaurant. Bravo Ilma! More...

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Elena J.

4 September 2017

Piccolo is an absolutely MUST if you are looking for a spectacular meal in Portland. They served hands down the best pasta I have ever had in my life, paired with an intimate, romantic atmosphere, and phenomenal, expert attention from staff and the head chef alike. The menu is small -- only two pasta options, one fish, and one meat, but the offerings are fantastic. All the pasta is handmade, and we were told that the ragu for one of the pastas had been stewing for over a day. I relished every single bite, and deeply enjoyed the wine pairing that our waitress recommended. The restaurant is small and tucked away -- you should certainly make a recommendation. I promise you will not regret it! More...

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Kassie Ryan Audette

29 August 2017

My husband and I found this amazing restaurant on yelp. We read the reviews and they definently lived up to their high standards. The staff is knowledgeable and kind.. the food and wine are out of this world! A must try! More...

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Eric C.

24 August 2017

Every dish was delicious and the service is excellent. If you're in Portland, this is definitely worth the stop - make sure you save room for dessert - trust me, it's worth it!

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D S.

18 August 2017

One of the best meals I've ever had. (And I've had some pretty nice meals all over the world.)Small restaurant with amazing attention to detail. They do not mass-produce, as they closely monitor how many people come in.It was pouring rain as we walked by, and happened upon this place. Reservations? No.... One second, let me check *she runs to the kitchen*....okay, no problem. Started with the most delicious, balanced negroni. Strong, but not too strong or bitter. Homemade focaccia with rosemary. Homemade fettuccine, beef bolognese with kale, topped with orange zest and buttered breadcrumbs. Perfectly portioned in a pipping hot bowl. Pair it with a nice glass of veneto. For dessert: woody, perfectly balanced French pressed coffee with a caramel cake, low-bush blueberries and mascarpone... from their James Beard-nominated pastry chef. Yes. Deliciously salty and sweet. Amazingly romantic atmosphere, service, and culinary talents made this meal one of the very best (ever). More...

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WhatsEating U.

14 August 2017

Food was truly exceptional, the menu offerings were interesting and inventive.  Each bite was packed with unexpected flavors that went so well together.  Make a reservation the restaurant is very small. More...

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Sirish M.

11 August 2017

Fantastic experience. Wait staff extremely knowledgeable. Excellent wine selection. Well executed dishes and very well balanced. Same consistency on repeat visits. You can't go wrong. More...

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Shelly I.

10 August 2017

Top notch. Great service. Friendly, informative, attentive. Wonderful all Italian wine list that does an excellent job of covering Italy's many wine regions. While the menu is small, the food is delicious, well thought out and well prepared. The physical space has a cozy, romantic and warm ambiance, by my count seating 22 diners at a time, but it's also what makes Piccolo special. My wife and I come up from Boston at least twice a year and even with all the many other great restaurants in Portland, Piccolo has become our "go to" destination. More...

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David Vines-Cavanaugh

30 July 2017

Homemade bread, pasta. Very fresh.Menu is perfect size. Not overwhelming selection, but still something for everyone.Had 4 separate dishes. All were very good and interesting.-A baby squid and andouille sausage dish-Watermelon salad-A pasta dish that incorporated orange and duck-A pasta dish with pesto and fried egg on top. Local oyster and hen of the wood mushrooms.Service was excellent. Managed to tell us about specials in an informative and non awkward way. Attentive. More...

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T Lambert

30 July 2017

Very good food, wine and service in an intimate setting. A little pricey, but worth it!

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Abigail Serina

30 July 2017

Amazing

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Diego Vaccarezza

30 July 2017

Eclectic little joint with delicious meals and Maine hospitality. Sit at the chef's counter

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Jason Dupree

30 July 2017

Best veal ever!

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Roseen Giles

30 July 2017

Wonderful service. Fantastic food. Great atmosphere.

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Veronica Sansonetti

30 July 2017

Best all around! The food, ambiance, service, and location are superb!

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Emily B.

25 July 2017

The food here is incredible - Ilma and Damian are geniuses when it comes to food! You can't go wrong with anything here.They also took over Caiolas which they have renovated and now recently reopened as Chaval at 58 Pine St - equally impressive and delicious! Their staff is attentive and so nice. I can't say enough good things about both of these restaurants - definitely worth checking out! :) More...

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Jenifer Turkewitz

15 July 2017

Spectacular service, the best in Portland. Intimate and quiet with unbelievably delicious food and wine. My favorite go to place.

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Wendy L.

14 July 2017

Really delicious.. my lamb pasta was really yummy the next day as well as a snack on the plane home

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Tom R.

9 July 2017

Excellent food in an intimate setting. Great dining experience. It was like having dinner at a good friend's house if the friend can meKe great meals.

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Dudley W.

26 June 2017

Had dinner there last night with a party of four. We pretty much had one of everything on the menu and we were more than happy with all of our food choices. We had three different wines that they recommended and enjoyed them all. The service in the small restaurant was excellent and the pace of dinner was perfect. I will say that the swordfish entree may have been our favorite dish. More...

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Breck Perkins

24 June 2017

The best southern Italian food. We so enjoyed ourselves and felt well taken care of!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Chris R.

22 June 2017

The food was incredible--they make their pasta fresh daily and it shows! Easily the best Italian dishes I've ever had. In fact, it made me question what I had even done when I was in Rome a few years back. To top it off the waitresses were friendly, attentive, and highly knowledgeable and we even met the chef (also very friendly). The space is intimate and charming with a romantic ambiance for dinner, perfect for a nice date night. We happened to walk in on a Saturday night just after a couple had left and got seats right away but I would suggest making a reservation. There were very good options for wine by the glass (and not so many to be overwhelming, just enough to have a range and be explained well by the waitresses). I really can't say enough good things about this place, so happy we stumbled in! A must-go as far as I'm concerned. More...

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Carrie Bibens

20 June 2017

Wonderful meal with excellent and personal service

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Carrie B.

19 June 2017

Piccolo was lovely. Great service and atmosphere. I liked the intimate feel and the personal service. The food was excellent

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Dore Catlin Douty

11 June 2017

Always outstanding. professional and knowledgeable service while being warm and welcoming. Melt in your mouth dishes and a varied and sophisticated wine list. Reservations highly suggested as it is a small and intimate restaurant. Some of the best Portland has to offer! More...

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Abbie C.

28 May 2017

I've only been here once but that's enough to form my glowing recommendation. The food is simply amazing and the service is more than friendly.

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Tom D.

27 May 2017

Great food, warm service. We sat at the bar for Sunday supper and enjoyed a leisurely 2.5-3 hour, 6+ course meal. Plating was often playful, with a sardine course served in an actual sardine tin, and a small sandwich combo served in a vintage 1980s child's lunchbox. The husband and wife who are the chef/pastry chef as well as the owners came out of the kitchen to serve and describe the food, as well as chat when they had the time. Wine pairings made sense and were lovingly described by the wonderful front of house manager/sommelier. We couldn't find much fault with the food, with possible exception of a final savory course that didn't seem to reflect the restaurant's Maine-meets-Mediterranean sensibilities. Next time we are in Portland, we will surely return to Piccolo. More...

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Gaby H.

24 May 2017

What a find! So different from other restaurants we've tried in Portland. Excellent food, low-key but attentive service, and a romantic atmosphere.

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Lee L.

23 May 2017

Fantastic! It was my wife's birthday and it was a perfect choice for a cozy venue.  Service was top notch and our menu choices were amazing complete with her bday surprise dessert. The menu rotates based on seasons and local ingredient availability so we'll be back! More...

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Emma W.

11 May 2017

Had dinner here last night for a friend's going away party. The restaurant is so cute, and our server Kelly, who was also the person who took our reservation, was welcoming and so helpful and patient with us. I think we ordered almost everything on the menu, and we were blown away by it all. Brussels sprouts side, lamb ragu entree, and the desserts were the favorites. Thank you Piccolo for taking care of us, it could not have been a more perfect evening! More...

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Greg J.

17 April 2017

In a town that has gone gaga for tapas style service--and don't get me wrong, I dig the small plates at places like Central Provisions and Izakaya Minato--Piccolo was a solid choice for a relaxing and delicious proper meal when you are more interested in conversing with your companion than the waitstaff. We went this weekend and it couldn't have been more pleasant. Asked for a window table and they were nice enough to call when it became available ahead of our reservation time in the event we wanted to come early. The salumi platter was outstanding--generous selection of pate and sausages, many of them house-cured. Highly recommended. We shared the sea bream special for two and it was a really nice fish. Perhaps a bit on the small side for two people, but it was super tasty. The panna cotta dessert was bright and delicious, though a bit runnier than it should have been.Altogether, a  romantic spot with soulful and original cooking when you're ready to take a break from the new plate every 12 minutes routine. More...

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Michael Lai

8 April 2017

I have never had a disappointing meal here. I recommend this to everyone. Solid from starter to desert and the staff I wonderful!

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Patrick C.

13 March 2017

Great restaurant, great choice for an intimate special dinner with my sweet beautiful girl.She had been wanting to go there for quite some time, made it happen and could not have been more impressed or pleased.Small, quaint and charming with great ambiance.Great service, with wonderful, knowledgeable staff, so wish I had not forgotten her name, she said she had only been there for 7 months, but she was great!!Great bottle of wine, and cheese platter to start, followed by wonderful appetizer, she had the bone marrow, I had the zuppa. For the entrée she had the scallops and I had the Lamb ragu (sorry no pics, too busy eating and enjoying).Amazing deserts, Hazelnut chocolate cake with ice cream and I had the almond ricotta cake, both amazing, no wonder the owner is up for the Beard award!!This gem is amazing, as good or better than the other Portland top dogs, like Hugo's or 555. More...

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Dillon Brown

16 February 2017

Intimate atmosphere, wonderful service, and delicious food. Their Valentine's Day Dinner special consisted of 5 plates and optional wine pairings for an additional cost. The staff seemed to know every little thing about the foods and the wine. More...

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Craig M.

5 February 2017

This was our first visit and we were thrilled by both the food and service.  I would definitely suggest making a reservation since it's a fairly small place.  We did and our table was all ready for us when we arrived.  This small space means it's a very quant atmosphere and the restaurant has a nice vibe. We will definitely be returning! More...

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Gayla Underkoffler

31 January 2017

Had the best Sunday Suppa last night. The food was outstanding and creative... Every single bite was an experience. The staff are amazing and they made it fun and informative. Loved it!

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Peter Pearman

15 January 2017

Wonderful atmosphere, and the food was delicious. Had the short rib ragu with amazing home made pasta, with parmigiana and a touch of orange zest.... sublime and amazing

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Natalie Denko

10 January 2017

Our server was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was perfect for a date night. Only criticism is that our seats were super close to our neighboring table so it wasn't very private. But a minor price to pay for such a cute place! More...

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Heidi M.

29 December 2016

On a winter visit from RI, we were very happy to find Piccolos. Food was great. Service was great! Unique food experience! Loved it!

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Robert L.

17 December 2016

We love this little restaurant. Food is delicious. Short wine list is well-selected. Service is friendly and attentive.

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Michael K.

12 December 2016

We had to opportunity to attend a wine dinner at Piccolo when visiting Portland. Several course tasting menu, maybe six?, with wine pairings.It was one of those "meals of a lifetime" experiences. Minds and taste buds were blown. More...

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Chester C Lott

24 November 2016

This small (like diamonds or dynamite) charming place serves food way out of proportion to the size building. Very personal prep, cooking and service. On a 9 day long gastro tour of the State of Maine- this was my favorite hands down. I have previously posted photos - and - I smile every time they pop up. More...

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Margaret K.

11 October 2016

Delicious Southern Italian cooking - small , cozy and a carefully curated menu. We had the evening special of the most delicious oxtail ragu plus a tuna bolognese. Wish I lived closer to go more often! More...

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Christine. V.

24 September 2016

This place is better than 4 stars but not necessarily 5... Small and quaint with an Awsome staff! We started with the cheese and sumi plates.. Both good.. Apps were the spicey grilled pulpo and a tasty grilled fig salad..Dinner, oreccheitte with pork belly.. The pasta is aldente, the sause is rich, all in all a heavy dish.. Mike had a veal flank steak, this is unexpectedly served sliced but with great flavor and wonderfully seasoned.   We were grateful to get a table in a Friday night! MC2RD More...

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Adriane L.

4 September 2016

We had a lovely dinner here. They accommodated 5 of us for din over Labor Day weekend and were so wonderful to us. Highlights included lamb neck ragu. I loved the tuna bolognese tho others found it fishy. The octopus started was also stand out. The shrimp salad was mediocre as was the cod. All in all we loved it and would highly recommend. More...

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Thomas Cataldo

11 August 2016

I wouldn't normally not do this but I need to gush over something. I am on vacation in Maine and I just went to dinner at a restaurant in Portland, Piccolo owned by a friend I know from the BIDMC, Chef Damian Sansonetti and his lovely wife. Lima Lopez. There are bigger foodies in the world, but Lisa and I have made our way around a few fancy plates in our day. We have just had one of the greatest meals we have ever had in our individual and collective lives. With ridiculously wonderful wine parings. If anyone in the Facebook universe goes anywhere Portland,ME please take the opportunity to visit this extraordinary place for the food, the wine, and the ambiance. They also just took over another restaurant but I will not mention it as yet as they are going to recreate it into a wonderful French/Spanish/American restaurant. We look forward to returning to Portland and visiting both. More...

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Nicholas B.

9 August 2016

Had an incredible dinner at Piccolo to celebrate my recent engagement to my fiance. Between my fiance and I we have eaten 100s of pasta dishes, and we both agreed that the ink pasta was some of the best we have ever had. The service was fantastic and we enjoyed the vibe of the restaurant with its limited seating and low light. I know Portland is known for great seafood but Piccolo makes a serious push to change that conversation. More...

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David White

30 July 2016

Incredible Italian food that smartly opts out of the typical heavy red sauces. Wonderful servers and a chef that is happy to cater to vegetarians. The restaurant is warm, cozy and romantic, and seats just 20 people. Tables are turned over only once an evening (40 diners max), so reservations are high recommended. More...

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Mike McKernan

30 July 2016

Duck ragu that warms you to the core.

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Peter Shellito

30 July 2016

Fine dining at its best. A small and intimate dining room. Had a fantastic home made pasta with lamb ragu.

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Kyle Martin

30 July 2016

Definitely a new favorite. The food was phenomenal, the service was impeccable, and the ambiance was memorable. The duck breast special was lovely, and the beet salad was delicious. We had the salumi plate and it was brilliant. We also received a treat from the chef which was truffled scrambled eggs and it was to die for. More...

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Joshua Peck

30 July 2016

My wife and I have been to Piccolo multiple times. It is one of our favorites. The food is always excellent no matter what we order and the portion sizes are appropriate.

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Chloe Marsala

20 June 2016

Outstanding food. We had a wonderful Father's Day meal here, visiting from Boston. As good as or better than the best meals in Boston, New York, or any other major city.

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N V.

19 June 2016

this delightful space is small, we made early reservations and had the restaurant to our selves for the love nest time.  Food looked great and tasted great.  I like the small menu, the kitchen is able to excell at what they do. More...

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Nita P.

16 June 2016

Menu changes frequently, but here is what we had:- Bruschetta, no snails - 5 stars- Fish - 5 star presentation, 4 star flavor- Lamb neck ragu - 3-4 stars (says husband)- Funnel cake dessert + chocolate mousse + cake - both 4 stars.- One ginger beerBill came to $93, plus tip.  I think we had really high expectations of this place, and they undoubtedly were really good.  It just wasn't over-the-top delicious or inventive (except for the bruschetta, which was very, very good).  Loved that they allowed us to sit outside with our pup! More...

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M L.

11 June 2016

What a great dining experience. Its a charming spot that probably seats no more than 12 or 14 people. That small size allows the super friendly staff to provide impeccable service while the chef puts care into each individual dish. My wife and i each branched out and tried dishes that would not otherwise be our top choices, and were impressed with the balanced flavors and some of the subtle nuances of dishes, like that tiny little chili pepper, mint, or orange zest that goes unnoticed until it pokes a few taste buds mid bite and adds another layer to the dish. The quality of the food is top notch, so really its only the small menu that might give you a 4 star food experience one night and a five star experience another night. For entrees, i'd give the lamb neck ragu 4 stars and sea snail semolina 4.5, but at that point we're judging based on personal tastes, not cooking execution. unable to give half stars on yelp and given how exceptional the service was, i'll bump it up to 5 stars. More...

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Guy W.

5 June 2016

Our first place to eat in Portland. The waitress was amazing. My wife dropped her purse and everything fell out. She picked it up and had the best attitude. We ordered the special duck confit. It was awesome. You gotta check this place out. More...

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Brian K.

4 June 2016

Absolutely amazing food and service.  Best of Italy and Maine in one spot. Everything is incredibly fresh and delicious.  I will be back for sure and highly recommend visiting this restaurant.  The owners are fabulous and the staff is super knowledgeable about the food and wine. More...

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Matthew P.

31 May 2016

Best meal I've had in Portland thus far (and yes I've been to Fore street and Eventide and the others). It's like Fore Street 3 years ago before they fell off their game.Innovative without being fussy, spot on portion sizes instead of huge (Hugo's I'm looking at you). Stop reading this, just go. It's wonderful.Baby artichokes were fried perfectly (light and not greasy), seasoned just right. Pork ragu was light and unexpected, not too creamy or heavy on tomato. The deckle section of the rib eye they serve is perfect.Unpretentious setting. My only gripe (and really I'm nitpicking) is the servers really like explaining the dishes. More...

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Amar K.

29 May 2016

Must. Go. Here. I loved just about everything about this restaurant. I'll start by saying that it's great for vegetarians. They can make a custom pasta dish and there are several vegetarian options on the menu that change daily. When we booked, they called us to check if we had any special preferences. When we got there, they remembered our preferences and confirmed them with us.The restaurant only seats 20 people total and is served by 2 wonderful servers. Both were very personable and charming. We ordered the cheese plate (yum!), bruschetta (wow!), and the veggie pesto pasta designed by the chef. The side of chickpea fritters was underwhelming.I drank the sangiovese which was perfect with the pasta... and then the best part: the dessert. We got the chocolate cup which was so good that we had to get a second one!While this place isn't cheap, it still was a fabulous value for money given all we ate, the quality of the ingredients, and exceptional service. Would definitely go back again and I recommend you do too! More...

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Casey G.

15 May 2016

We have been here for brunch and dinner. Both were very enjoyable. The space is intimate, the staff are very friendly, and the food is spectacular.

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Kristin Wolff Goldburg

8 May 2016

Mother's Day Brunch! I felt at home in the cozy dining room. Very relaxed and great food.

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Richard W.

29 April 2016

Very good food, small dining room.  I went with my face fixed for a dry Bombay Sapphire martini so be warned, they only serve wine.  A good wine list.  I had the special, which was braised veal cheek on polenta. Wife had the bisteka.  It was cooked perfectly and the marrow carrots were lovely.  It's a great place to bring a date you're trying to impress.  Menu is a bit limited. More...

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Lori L.

24 April 2016

A perfect 10! From the convivial atmosphere, polished service and perfect cuisine , our dining experience could not have been better! Fellow vegetarians should know that when one books a reservation that they will create a pasta just for you. I had a lovely fresh linguini with eggplant, tomato, pine nuts and molto garlic. One of the best I have ever had! Hubby had the Waygu beef-superb! Definitely deserves a second visit! More...

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Ryan Michael Fecteau

28 February 2016

Absolutely delicious and intimate. Helpful with the wine selection which we loved. And the dinner was scrumptious. Octopus is highly recommended and the monkfish was cooked to perfection. Great staff. You will certainly adore the experience. More...

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Brian Eng

27 February 2016

Best chefs and best restaurant in Maine --- so much excellence and attention to detail. And they can accommodate almost any dietary request or preference.

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Susan L.

7 February 2016

We had a wonderful dinner here.  Brescas, which was the previous occupant of the space, was our favorite Portland restaurant so we are pleased that its successor is equally excellent.  As others have noted the space is very small.  We sat at the bar/chef's table, and were very comfortable. Unlike several tables, you are not in any traffic pattern nor are you sharing space with those waiting to be seated.  We both had the monkfish, and it was delicious, perfectly cooked and seasoned.  We ordered both sides, the chickpea fritters and the roasted brussel sprouts. Each had unique sauces drizzled on top with just enough heat to enhance their flavors without being overpowering. Would like to be able to dock a half star and give 41/2 stars due to dessert, which was the only misstep in an otherwise outstanding meal.  The baked apple  served over spiced cake was underwhelming,  the apple was hard and tough, very difficult to cut, and had a strong, almost bitter taste.  Cake was fine, but combination was not up to the high standards of the rest of the meal. Service was also excellent.    We will definitely return.  And, they are open for brunch! More...

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Pat R.

7 February 2016

Small, charming spot with an innovative Italian food and wine menu. I was tempted by several items on the short menu, but went with the monkfish in broth. It was delicious, as well as good-sized. I liked the interesting wine selections, though the pours were a bit short for my taste. I'd definitely recommend getting a bottle if there are two people who drink wine. Service was friendly and attentive. More...

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Shawn B.

24 January 2016

As part 2 of my Marriage Proposal extravaganza, I went looking for a restaurant with a good reputation and will to work with me on a special evening. Piccolo's jumped in feet first; window seat, flower arrangements, four courses of delicious Italian fare, custom menu's as a keepsake, and excellent communication. All at a very fair price. The atmosphere is cozy, with a limited number of seats. The owners personally check in on their tables (not just with us), the food is very light in the European tradition. A wonderful find, well deserving of the National mentions they have received. More...

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Kara W.

18 January 2016

I cannot speak highly enough about Piccolo. The staff goes out of their way to ensure your dining experience is nothing less than excellent. Our waitress was wonderful. She gave us wonderful recommendations for food and wine. Everything we tasted was absolutely delicious. Definitely a meal I won't soon forget. More...

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Andrew P.

5 January 2016

Enjoyed dinner here last weekend with another couple. Fun place, very small and intimate, yet never disruptive with noise from other tables. Food was excellent, but one note of caution to anyone who, like me, might have certain food items that don't appeal to you. My wife thinks I'm fussier than I actually am, but I'll admit that I'm not a fan of kale, monkfish, and a few other things, and I was a little concerned at first glance at the menu, which mirrors the restaurant's diminutive size. But I did find something, it was delicious, the service was excellent, and the company was fun. Enjoyable evening. Go. More...

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Emily Webster

2 January 2016

We had another spectacular New Year's Eve last night! Thank you to Damian, Ilma and Kelly for always making our evenings wonderful, no matter what time of year - full of delicious food and amazing wine! We can't wait to see you again soon! More...

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Erik H.

5 October 2015

This place is fantastic. The husband and wife team are a dynamic duo. Wines by the glass were excellent and unique. Apps, entrees and desserts were all exceptional. The restaurant is very small, so reservations are recommended. More...

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Tom A.

23 August 2015

2017 - we've been to Piccolo several times now and they never disappoint. Last night the two of us celebrated our 20th Anniversary with a visit back to this intimate restaurant.  The salumi plate took me back to Bologna - so tasty.The cold corn soup with crab - I wanted a gallon to go.My wife, who rarely finishes ate her entire Rack of Lamb - two large chops that were so soft and cooked to perfection.I went with a favorite - the pasta fatta in casa - their house made cavatelli with eggplant and ragu. (yes better than Nonna's).We somewhat forced desserts and finished every sweet spoonful - I'm not going to describe the plates - go, eat, and leave room!Damian and  Ilma have since branched out in Portland but Piccolo is still their darling. Thank you both for this special place. The way you put excellence into the right staff also shines through. We can't wait to be back.2015 - Wow! What a wonderful find.  In a city of great restaurants Piccolo is at the top.  The only hesitation in writing a review is that as the secret gets out, it might be difficult to get a table.  (Piccolo in Italiano translates to small, and intimate it is.  And oh so nice). But trust me, it will be worth it, so plan ahead.  We were lucky and were able to get an early reservation spot just at opening on a Saturday evening.  My wife and daughter and I had a show to make and the staff were all terrific in fitting us in and remembering our engagement.  We were not rushed at all, but we were reminded for next time to spend more time.  Just like family!  What a nicely done restaurant.  It reminded me of a small family trattoria in Italy, but with artisan food.  If you want to experience wonderful food with natural flavors add Piccolo to your dining list.  The baby octopus appetizer was so fresh and perfectly cooked.  The sea bass entree tasted as marvelous as it looked.  The chefs pairing of flavors and textures made for a total fabulous experience.  And the service was just right.  We can't wait to go back. More...

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Joel L.

12 July 2015

Artisan Italian food supplied by the amazing chef at Piccolo.Due to the limited menu and the artisanal nature of some of the offerings, Piccolo may not be for everyone. But, if you enjoy artisanal Italian food in a small intimate setting, Piccolo is right for you.I never expected to find a place like this in Portland. In D.C., Piccolo would be a large hit.Amazing! More...

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Alex S.

10 July 2015

Wonderful experience in this charmingly tiny Italian restaurant. Loved the foie gras appetizer, seared to perfection. Eclectic Italian wine list as well.

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Alex H.

14 June 2015

Really liked Piccollo.  Small, friendly, and great food.  We loved the chickpea fritters. Light as a cloud.  We all liked our entrees,  vegetables were so fresh.  Good wine recommendations. Will return! More...

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Kassie C.

8 June 2015

This was one of the best dining experiences I have had in a long time. It was the full package. From the small and quaint dining room to the excellent service and food. The different combinations of ingredients in their dishes were out of this world. I had a crispy kale salad with a type of cold cheese with citrus to start off with. It was perfect. For dinner I had the ink pasta with tuna. Wow. The pasta was cooked to perfection and the tuna was very flavorful. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable and attentive to our table. My boyfriend and I found this great restaurant on yelp and read the reviews. It definitely lived up to it's standards. Definitely plan accordingly by making a reservation. It is worth it. More...

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Hailey H.

16 May 2015

I had the most amazing evening at Piccolo last night. The atmosphere, the menu, the WINE, the staff, the lighting, the smell, the taste, the company, all stunning and comes together for a perfect meal. Imagine this: 2 bottles of delicious red. Macrel TarTar, squid ink, fresh bread. Hand made pasta. Lamb ragu. Cod. Aged sirloin. Italian chocolate. More Wine. The staff here is PHENOMENAL. So talented, so knowledgeable. So friendly. So graceful. I will go here a million times more. More...

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Lisa Arnold Schulte

10 May 2015

Just had a terrific brunch with my family. The atmosphere, service and food was wonderful (dessert was to die for)!

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Christina C.

3 May 2015

I went here for my husband's birthday and we had a great experience. When we went it was a snowy evening, which just amplified the extreme coziness of this little place. They tucked us in a corner by the window, and it felt like we were the only people there (even though about 10 other people were having dinner at the same time). The food was soul-satisfying. I don't know how they did it, but somehow you could feel the chef's love of food in the dishes. I got the cavatelli pasta, which tasted like something an Italian grandmother would make. My husband got the wagyu beef, which he devoured embarrassingly quickly.Also, I need to mention just how GREAT the service was. I forget her name, but the waitress was just the right level of accommodating: considerate without being nosy or pushy. In my online reservation I mentioned that it was my husband's birthday, and she came out with a candle in his dessert. It was a small touch but very thoughtful. My only warning would be that the entrees alone are not very large. With an appetizer and dessert, you get a filling meal. With an entree alone, you may be left wishing for more food. More...

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Michaela M.

1 April 2015

We went on a Sunday night for a 6 course tasting menu for $65. The food was amazing, as expected. I liked how they served my date and I different courses so we got to share- it was kind of like an extra course each time. The Chef came out multiple times to bring us our next course, clear our plates, or just talk to us in general about the food. That was so cool and made it feel so personal. My only con is that we were there for close to five hours. Waaaay too long for a table of two to spend at a restaurant. We had to wait a very long time in between courses, and I think they should speed that up. More...

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Michelle E.

5 March 2015

I had an amazing dining experience at Piccolo. I dined here on a snowy Wednesday night with a larger than average group of people. The space is small but it didn't feel cramped. The service was fantastic. Our server really knew the components to each dish, was friendly, and patient with our many questions. The server let us know that they could accomodate any dietary restrictions and so I asked them to make me a pasta without mushrooms and without cheese. What I got was probably the best pasta dish I've had in Porland. I had a hazelnut pasta with olives, nuts, and squash and it was so flavorful. It really hit every note and I was beyond satisfied. I also tried my husband's chickpea fries which were equally as delicious. For dessert, I tasted a bite of the chocolate budino. I'm not usually a chocolate dessert lover but this was delicious. Everything about the night was spectacular. I tried the craft cider (Bantam) which was so good that I had two. I like a cider that is not too sweet and this one was perfect! I can not say enough about this place, they really do a great job all around! More...

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ManChing Loughran

23 February 2015

Love the Sunday dinner tasting, it's warm and inviting. Food was solid and creative, without being hipsterish. The service was most attentive, makes me want to go back again. Well worth the wait and cost, but let's try not to take 2.5 months to make a reservation again :) Hope you guys stay around for awhile, because I am coming back. More...

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Steff D.

20 February 2015

Piccolo is charming... such a small building tucked next to the Police Department, you might miss it if you weren't intentionally looking for it. The restaurant seats only twenty people and is full almost every single night of the year - I now know why!My friends and I had the chance to check it out and were treated to a night of exceptional service and food:The wine (beer, and even lone cider) selection(s) are just delightful and reasonably priced.The cheese board was only $11 (like cocktails, cheese boards in this city are beginning to be irrationally expensive, so it's a breath of fresh air that Piccolo has their's set at such a low price) and featured three very unique cheeses (one tasted like a thick Greek yogurt, one had an ashy/herby rind and was sort of blue cheese-y in flavor, and the other was thick and would have made an exceptional, tangy grilled cheese), an orange mortada, and three wedges of a grilled fruit and nut type bread. I could have eaten one of those with a glass of wine and been perfectly satiated (doesn't hurt that you get extra bread and olive oil to munch on as well).The servers were attentive, humorous, engaging, gracious, and respectful of our space and time. Couldn't have asked for a better flow of service!The desserts we had that night were a lovely way to end the meal. One was (and this is my sad pedestrian explanation, so please forgive me) similar to a fried dough with honey; the other was a chocolate pudding with chocolate cake, rose water cream, nuts, and sea salt... it might sound chaotic, but the flavors all worked perfectly with each other. Paired with French pressed coffee, I had a difficult time sharing.But what I REALLY want to impress upon you is the lengths in which Piccolo will go to please their customers. It's above and beyond anything I've experienced in town...There were three vegetarians at the table, and while there were no vegetarian options on the menu, the server made it VERY clear to us that this wasn't an issue - all we had to do was tell her our dietary restrictions, likes and dislikes, and they'd customize a bowl of pasta for us specifically. Not the collective "us" who were vegetarians, but each individual who asked.Vegetarian Bowl #1: Our friend couldn't have cheese and didn't want mushrooms. The server, mediating between kitchen and customer, checked in with her at least three times to see what she could eat/couldn't eat before serving her some hearty looking bowl with olives and nuts and butternut squash that looked nothing short of amazing. I may have stared at her the entire time she was eating it.Vegetarian Bowl #2: My significant other wanted cheese and no olives. In the end he got something similar to Bowl #1, but with big scoops of ricotta cheese (and, of course, no olives).Vegetarian Bowl #3: I got something entirely different (again, after the server went back and forth between the kitchen and myself to essentially a coordinate a perfect-for-me meal) - angel hair pasta with broccoli rabe, and a copious amount of freshly grated parmesan with a soft boiled egg hiding underneath it all. I've never had anything like it! Warm and gooey and flavorful in just the ways you would think. SO GOOD.Each vegetarian bowl was on the lower end of the spectrum at $21 a piece. And, apparently, according to our server you could come here every week as a vegetarian and they'd always make you something new. Seriously... who does this? Who in Portland does this?!Piccolo. They do this.This was by no means a cheap or fast meal. It was decadent and the perfect amount of leisurely. But it's a luxury I can see myself doing on date nights or even "me" nights... which, let's face it, we all need to have from time to time! More...

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Simone H.

20 February 2015

Love love loved my experience at Piccolo! If I weren't walking I may have missed it for it is a humble location with an intimate interior. Starting to sound like a perfect candidate for a future date night. Next criterion: alcohol. The wine and beer list was impressive. It had a variety of drinks that would suit any preference and the hostesses were very knowledgable about all the offerings. I tried the Cesanese red wine and a cider and I would definitely get both again!Third criterion: service. In addition to the servers being knowledgable (and fully capable of pronouncing all the fancy Italian names), they were friendly and attentive. I was never wanting for anything and every action was performed with a smile. =) The chefs were so accommodating to the dietary preferences of the table! I was impressed with how each vegetarian order was handled. They didn't each get a generic dish, but rather a dish tailored to their preferences. It looked tasty and they seemed pleased. I had the lamb pasta dish (forgive me for not remembering the fancy name) and it was super tasty and hearty. So hearty that I couldn't finish it (well the cheese platter and bread helped with that) but I was so happy to bring the rest into work the next day.  I'm sure my coworkers were jealous. Last criterion: dessert! They have dessert wines and coffees but I went for the good stuff--Italian funnel cake. It was fried with fennel seeds and covered with powdered sugar and honey. So so so tasty (that's the word of the night). The dough was light and had the right amount of crisp on the outside. I also sampled a friend's chocolate cake and it was super rich. Both desserts are winners. Not gonna lie all of this added up, but it was worth every penny. The service, venue, food quality, and flavors are all worth the price and experience. I had a great night out with friends, but next time I hope to make it a night for two with my special someone. More...

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Mie T.

30 January 2015

Beautiful, intimate jewel box of a restaurant with a restrained menu, wonderful service and a cheese course to die for. It's on the pricey side and portions are small but the experience more than satisfies. Sunday brunch is an equally charming affair. Try the mascarpone polenta with an egg, fennel raisin bread and a couple crisp slices of bacon. Highly recommended. More...

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Matthew H.

9 November 2014

What a lovely, intimate restaurant. The food was sophisticated without being overly complicated, and the service was friendly and helpful. The menu is quite small (fitting the place) but it managed to be diverse nonetheless. I had the Del Mar (the fish was lemon sole) and it was excellently prepared but not transcendent. My companion had cavatelli with a lamb neck ragu that she raved about. The desserts were spectacular.I would say it's an excellent choice. More...

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Owen D.

3 November 2014

The restaurant is small inside (6 tables and a few "bar seats?)  We were promptly seated and the service was excellent.   Great tip on the wine and when I thought I was going to order the Del Mar but wasn't a huge sole person I asked about the squid.  She assured me it was very good and I would not be disappointed...so did the person at the next table!  We both had it and it was fantastic.  The baby octopus appetizer was a little disappointing but the eggplant appetizer made up for it.  A great meal and fun, intimate setting.  I highly recommend Piccolo.  A little different spin on Italian and artfully created and presented. More...

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MIchael L.

16 September 2014

An amazing meal! My wife had the pork shank which was fall off the bone tender. The cavatappi with lamb neck ragu was incredible. They make their own pasta and all their food is farm fresh. Menu changes every week depending on what's available at the farm and Sundays they have a special event which we look forward to! Excellent service! More...

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Lauren S.

13 September 2014

My pescatarian husband and I had our second fantastic meal at Piccolo last night and again...it was perfect! Everything from the incredible service, to the wine, intimate setting and amazing food was perfect. This is our new go-to dinner out in downtown Portland, ME. More...

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J R.

11 September 2014

This restaurant is a wonderful little gem - location wise close to the Old Port (I think it was two blocks from our hotel the Hampton Inn).The ambience inside is lovely - the place feels like a jewel box! But the food was fantastic...in particular the "del mar", which was made with Hake as the fish. Incredibly fresh - I had never had hake before, but it was prepared perfectly. Flaky, and it's subtle flavor was complimented by the red pepper sauce that came with it. Small wine list, but quite good. The Frommagio cheese appetizer was wonderful - good selection of sheep and cow's cheese.Dessert was phenomenal - it was a chocolate "cake" with mushrooms with a touch of cherry, chocolate cake and a cream, layered in a small glass jar. I am not doing justice with my description but it was awesome. Small serving - wish my two companions hadn't decided to "share" mine!Service perfect - our waitress was attentive without being overbearing, and seemed to do a great job of managing all her tables (again it's small so only one server).Highly recommend - not cheap, but a good choice. Also would be a good date spot..romantic lighting and atmosphere. More...

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Susan O.

25 August 2014

Excellent choice if you are visiting Portland.  Seems like a favorite place for locals.  The food is lovely -- great dishes that offer a new spin on Sicilian flavors -- and the service is friendly and well-informed.  It's a sweet, tiny place - where you feel welcomed and well cared for. Reservations recommended. More...

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Steve M.

22 August 2014

An intimate restaurant in downtown.  Based on the few number of reviews it seems to be overshadowed by its popular neighbors, but do not overlook this place.  As I told a friend, the cheese course alone is worth going.  They work with a small importer who brings in cheese from small family owned farms in Abruzzi.  Truly fantastic! Had a soft pecorino which was amazing!The entire menu was great.  Prices are slightly high but you would expect that for the quality of ingredients.  The wine list is small but very thoughtfully put together.  Service was excellent and the pace of food from the kitchen flowed very well. More...

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Amy G.

22 August 2014

A wonderful little jewel of a restaurant-  gracious service, freshest of ingredients, great flavor combinations- insanely creative!  Loved all of our dishes-  best one was the crostini with trumpet mushrooms and farm egg-  outstanding!  If you love Italy go! More...

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Jimmy H.

21 August 2014

Top three Italian restaurants in Portland Maine! Menu is a little bit limited with four entrée options but everything looks wonderful and tasty especially their pasta with lamb neck ragu. The pasta was a little bit undercooked but the sauce was great. Service was spot on and both waitresses were very knowledgeable. A little bit pricier than some of the other Italian restaurants in Portland but I would give them another shot. More...

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Jackie G.

16 August 2014

Everything about this restaurant was amazing- food ( crazy good & inventive Italian) , decor, ambiance , wine list, service.  Cannot wait to go back to Portland just to eat at Piccolo again! More...

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Lisa S.

7 August 2014

This restaurant is amazing! We spend a night in Portland every year and our friends who live in Maine always pick great restaurants for us. This year they wanted to try Piccolo and we gladly went along. Every piece of food we put in our mouths was delicious!  The wine was fantastic and we even ordered one we weren't so happy with and the waitress brought out a different one for us. The place is small and intimate but warm and cozy as well. I would absolutely recommend this to everyone who is lucky enough to get a reservation. More...

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Kim N.

1 August 2014

We couldn't have asked for a better dining experience!  The service was remarkable, the food was over the top and the ambience impressive! We can't wait to return!

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Barri Lynn Moreau

14 July 2014

Absolutely Fabulous from wine recommendations to starters to veggies and main courses. Then there was the celestial sweet-- a vanilla cake with buttercream frosting and fresh strawberries! To die for --really!!! Thanks for making Lisa's birthday dinner an unforgettable gastronomic fete! More...

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Ron G.

28 June 2014

Have been lucky enough to have dined at this restaurant for dinner, brunch and their incredible Sunday Supper.Every visit has been beyond Fantastic.The food preparations are amazing and the people who serve it to you are its equal.I have to say that the Sunday Supper they offer is one of the best meals I have ever had the pleasure to consume, and the price is ridiculous for the amount of food you are served. At the end of our meal we told them they should charge more for it, and we weren't kidding, it was that good. To top it off, Chefs Damian and Ilma personally serve and describe several of the dishes they have created, just for you, that evening. Great wine pairings and superb service from Kelli made it a true experience. If you are lucky enough to snag one of the six seats for this weekly offering, don't hesitate, jump at the chance.Portland continues to amaze, so many great restaurants in a small city and Piccolo is absolutely one of the elite, you have to check it out. More...

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Mairead O.

22 June 2014

I feel like a spoiled toddler when I leave Piccolo; as if I just got my way on everything. I am a vegetarian but typically there isn't a vegetarian entree option on the menu. The first time or two, our server Kelly - who gets five stars of her own for being such a professional and a pleasure - rattled off a few ingredients and I indicated my likes or dislikes. Kelly or Ilma (co-owner) would ferry my preferences to Damian in the kitchen. After a while they stopped asking and I started trusting. Every dish was inconceivably better than the previous. Last night's meal literally brought a tear to my eye. One word that sums up everything about Piccolo - the decor, the service, the owners, the food, the wine - delightful. More...

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T K.

21 June 2014

One of Portland's most personable restaurants. It's intimate and lively with seemingly few rules. The staff and owner chefs clearly love food and wine.It's very orchestrated. It's not traditional italian but it has the personable elements of the best local places in Italy.Everyone in the room is happy. Tiny dishes like a watermelon intermezzo wow you. The wine is well thought out. It just seems to work.Currently, the "Del Mar" is my favorite seafood dish in Portland. Subtle, fresh and unique, it's hard to describe. The calamari is a great starter too.It's not an inexpensive place but the elements are genuine. Piccolo seems more interested in making people happy than angling for Michelin stars. More...

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Catherine Y.

12 June 2014

Piccolo never disappoints. After taking my out of town friends to Eventide for some amazing oysters, we dropped into Piccolo for what turned out to be another amazing meal.  If you have a discerning palate, this is your place.  If your view is quantity over quality or heavy flavors that don't allow the food to shine through, it's not.The staff is so knowledgable about the wines, cheeses and ingredients. Their view on both wines and cheeses is to find unique and/or highly allocated wines that you won't see elsewhere.  That's always a treat.I had the cavatelli with the uber flavorful lamb neck ragu. The hint of orange is a beautiful touch. The asparagus was cooked perfectly and the soft egg created a delicious sauce.  Honestly, I don't know what others had because I was so into my food.**I have to respond to a comment below:  If you wanted bread with the asparagus dish, why didn't ask for some?  The bread - made in house - is to die for.  Also, this dish, while uniquely done here, is pretty ubiquitous in fine dining but rarely served with bread.**The eggplant was perfectly crispy on the outside and delicately soft on the inside - the way it's supposed to be.The restaurant itself is supposed to feel like you're at home - and we did.  Between the conversation with the Piccolo family, the light music, and the great company courtesy of my friends from Atlanta, we had a blast.But the food was the star.  This family run restaurant is a true gem. More...

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Lisa Y.

11 June 2014

After a delicious weeknight meal at the counter, I decided Piccolo would be a fantastic intimate setting for a graduation dinner and birthday celebration. We had the restaurant to ourselves (11 of us plus a 7-month old) and had antipasti at the counter while sparkling wine was poured. The staff was very accommodating with the infant and overall service was excellent. We say for family style appetizers; melanzine, calamari and pancetta. The calamari was my favorite, a perfect light summer dish with refreshing citrus to compliment the tender squid.We had our choice of entree; Cavatelli (a house made pasta lamb ragu staple we had the first time we came which is excellent), Del Mar (I had this baked black cod cooked to perfection, literally melted off the fork), Maiale (braised pork coppa that was very flavorful), and Bistecca (roasted hanger steak). The apex of the meal was the Crostata, house made lemon tart that was to die for. I would never order a tart as my dessert of choice but it was for my aunts birthday and she loves fruit tarts. However, after this experience I will always order a tart at Piccolo! A must try restaurant in Portland. Great for a date night or special occasion for a more intimate yet casual setting with great attention to detail! More...

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Anne B.

12 May 2014

Full disclosure: This would be a four and a half-star review, but I can't penalize them for my having to go all the way to Portland-friggin'-MAINE to dine here.If this restaurant were only in Brooklyn, I'd be as permanent a fixture as I hope this wonderful team (servers included) remains for diners in the lucky town where they've chosen to open their doors. This is everything I look for in a restaurant - beautiful and fresh food made with love, a GREAT wine list and easy decor, in a room they could have crammed with more tables but haven't, which allowed five of us to relax and not feel packed like the poor.We started with the Formaggio, which was served with a fig mostarda that EXPLODED in concert with the chesses - truly spectacular. While waiting for our main courses, we nibbled on one of their special vegetable offerings - peak-of-season snap peas.  Wanting to get a full range of the menu (and knowing my friends wouldn't mind my sampling their entrees), I opted for two appetizers as my main course. I ended up with a beautiful roasted eggplant stew with smoked ricotta and tomato - a sort of unbreaded parmigiana that just sat back and let the freshness speak for itself - and the second of their special vegetable offerings of the day... a personal favorite of fiddleheads that were prepared to perfection, with just a tiny hit of chili, and tender as I've ever tasted.The Del Mer entree of black cod was exquisite, as was the pork lasagna - and I give special props to both the kitchen and staff for coming out to inform us of a change in the side accompaniments to the fish. It's a big thing when a dish changes, and it could be for many reasons; I always admire a kitchen so committed to putting their best dish out that they pull an item from a plate. They wanted to let us know, however, and give us an opportunity to make our own decision about ours and their choices; of course my friends stuck with the kitchen and were as impressed as I was.The red wine we chose complimented everyone's dinners, just as the moscato complimented our desserts - we universally went with the budino (a pot du creme with awesome hazelnut forward taste and "Beer rocks" which were a refreshing surprise -crunchy and adding just the right kick to the dish).This place is an absolute GEM. Again, I only wish I didn't have to go to JFK to eat there. It was a real experience both of the peak of Spring cuisine and the best that Maine has to offer in fine dining. My compliments to all. See you SOON as I get back. More...

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George M.

24 December 2013

I was between a three and four star rating here and wanted to give them a higher star due to them being so new.  I just returned from a trip to Philly where I had a wonderful meal at Vernick, one of the best in town and one of the more expensive.  Well, I was anxious to try Piccolo since we only have a few outstanding Italian places like Paciarino.  I was ultimately underwhelmed.  In Philly I had an outstanding huge branzino for the same price as here.   This one was a tiny filet, albeit tasty.  The other dish we had was rabbit with stuffed sausage and was  not at all the robust winter meal I was looking for, quite non-descript and again smallish with little stuffing.  Half of the cooked eggplant app was raw but the local ricotta was very nice.  The side of broccoli rabe was fanstastic!  Service was very good.  The wine list very tiny and overpriced for what it was.  Overall, a very cozy place but the bar does not allow any visual of the kitchen or prep areas.  I would return after some more consideration. More...

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Kenneth E.

14 November 2013

Our family from Berkeley, NYC and Portland gathered on a cold November evening on Middle Street. With the warm welcome from Damian, Ilma and friendly servers we might just as well been spending an Autumn evening in Italy. Starters of salumi, cauliflower, and ricotta on homemade flatbread were the perfect lead in to braised leg of lamb and lamb shanks with polenta, broccoli rabe and root vegetables served family style.  Ilma's desserts provided the perfect ending. More...

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