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837 West Park Avenue, Ocean, NJ 07712
732-493-3090
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dinner

Service was excellent but I had to return my dinner as it was not cooked as requested. They also did not have a beverage which I requested from their list.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
Dennis F
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Ocean, New jersey
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21 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ocean, New jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Service was excellent but I had to return my dinner as it was not cooked as requested. They also did not have a beverage which I requested from their list.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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221 reviews 221 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful interior design and setting. I sat by the bar area. Service is prompt and attentive. Love the menu and special. Half serving and full serving choices for dinner is a great choice. Fried oyster appetizer is so innovative and creatively presented, the best I ever had! Clam pasta dinner taste so yummy. Drinks menu too many to choose. I... More 

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Jackson, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

First time here - the bar area was cozy with attentive service but the dinner was nothing exceptional and would not go out of my way to make a return visit. Too many other restaurants in the area offering better food at lower prices.

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NJ
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I have lived in the area for 12 years and never knew this hidden treasure was tucked away in the corner of Cobblestone Village. Extensive & impressive wine list, attentive service, delicious food ( pâté appetizer, scallops, clams, clams, clams) and a nice leisurely pace to our meal. Will definitely go back!

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farmingdale, nj
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

My son chose Piccola Italia as the restaurant to take my husband and I for our anniversary based on its great reviews. It certainly lived up to its reputation! As a party of 8, we shared several appetizers. The calamari was fabulous! Not the typical floured & fried, it was first marinated and seasoned beautifully, every piece was tender &... More 

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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107 reviews 107 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014 via mobile

Very surprised by this neighborhood gem! Great choice of entrees and salads. Very gourmet and plated beautifully. We definitely ate too much between the antipasto, grilled iceberg lettuce salad and fluke dinner entrees. Desserts were amazing also . Service was good. I heard this place was always crowded. This Friday night it was not. We got lucky not to have... More 

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Great neighborhood spot! Owners are lovely and welcoming, the chef/ owner came around 2x to ask how everything was... food was delicious! for desert we shared a profiteroles, the best one I ever had, at least in this continent!! love this place! Definitely a neighborhood gem...

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Wall Township, New Jersey
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The food was great and the service was great, however I did not like where we sat as we were in the back room. After I made reservations a week before. The table we sat at was terrible. It was next to a exposed bathroom. How gross!! Here I am celebrating my birthday with my family and first people have... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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211 reviews 211 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

Their website pretty much says it all: "At Piccola Italia, chef/owner Brian Gualtieri offers unique takes on classic Italian dishes, fusing fresh Mediterranean flavors with the traditional regional styles of Italian cooking." We had the "Pumpkin Seed Encrusted Grouper" with Spaghetti Squash, Toasted Orzo, and Kobocha Pumpkin Coulis, and the "Citrus Grilled Shrimp Scampi" with Lemon Confit Risotto, Asparagus, and... More 

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Tinton Falls, New Jersey
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205 reviews 205 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

In the last year, we have dined here on four evenings. We were very pleased with our meals and service. What I was most impressed with, were servers that knew their menu, knew when to assist, and let the diner enjoy a no-rush atmosphere. That's when you can enjoy an evening with friends, or as a couple. Obviously the food... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 837 West Park Avenue, Ocean, NJ 07712
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Ocean
  • Phone Number: 732-493-3090

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

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