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Reviewed August 20, 2021

My husband was recommended this restaurant and we came the first day of our week’s holiday to Washington. We ended up having most of our meals there! It’s authentic Italian food and as delicious as you would get anywhere in Italy. The Italian owner and...his staff are just so friendly and charming - the chef is so talented - really, I can’t recommend this place more highly. Great location in Georgetown too. Central. We ate outside. Warm, balmy, great cocktails, friendly staff, exceptional food. We absolutely loved it!!! I had Mussels, chicken Marsala and my husband and daughters had tuna. The Negronis are delicious - my Margarita was perfection and HUGE! Happy customers. We’ll be back!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 19, 2021

My wife made reservations here because it was open on Monday, and walking distance from the hotel our out of town friends were staying. The good - nice ambience (and outdoor seating we couldn't use due to rain), attentive staff, and complementary liqueur after the...meal. The bad - the food and the cost of the food. We split a salad (around $14) that was small. I, didn't care too much, as it was tasteless, no discernable dressing at all. I ordered Ciapinno (sp - a sea food stew) that I have enjoyed many times over the years. My heart sank when it was served at the table. The amount of seafood included was minimal - 4 shrimp, 4 clams, and 4 mussels. The clam meat was between the size of a large pepper corn and a small blueberry (and one was empty), the mussels the size of the small blueberry. The shrimp were OK, but not impressive. I am a slow eater, but was finished in 3 minutes. The sauce was too salty to finish. I'd estimate about $3 of seafood for $35. My wife shared her pistachio encrusted chicken with me, so I didn't starve, but it was undistinguished - a consistency that made it hard to tell where the chicken ended and the mashed potatoes began. Other dishes may be better, but I wouldn't want to find out.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 15, 2021

came here during restaurant week in DC. The atmosphere is nice -- that's on the positive side. The wait staff was just racing around -- clearly too much work and long waits for food that was on the short- list for restaurant week. The experience...with the food was just average to poor. The food was over-seasoned -- way too salty, and the pasta side did not appear to be fresh. The three-course choices offered during restaurant week were limited, portions very small, and my chicken portion was small -- like a thin cutlet -- deep-fried and close to being burned -- dry and hard. not good. appetizers also really tiny for $12-15. The pasta with the lamb ragu needed a knife to cut it. One of the dessert options was almost inedible -- a small hard pasta canoolli shell with a too-sweet cheese filling. I rarely leave reviews that aren't 5 star, but felt this one needed some attention. Small brunch-type drink for $14? I might go back on a normal night as the place does get great reviews otherwise and maybe apart from restaurant week things would be better and a better value too? Again, if you want the atmosphere far more than the food, for sure try it.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 5, 2021

My husband, a friend and I stopped by on a Sunday evening near 9 p.m. Although Piccolo's was near closing, we were told that we were welcome but that we would have to place our food order quickly. Despite this, we were never rushed in...the warm atmosphere of this lovely restaurant. The manager stopped by our table frequently (but not invasively) to check that we were enjoying everything. Our waiter was extremely nice. When the food came, there was a small error on my friend's order, but the manager simply gave her the duplicate dish that arrived for no charge and had her other item, a salad, brought promptly. The food was delicious and well-presented. My husband and I ordered pinot grigio and were served large glasses. The waiter came by several times and refilled our glasses and served wine to our friend also, even though she had only ordered sparkling water. Certainly, we drank more wine than we would have it had not been flowing freely. In addition, as we were finishing our food, three small glasses of limoncello were brought to us, gratis, by the waiter. Although the staff was busy bringing the outside tables and chairs inside in preparation for closing, there was never even a hint that we should be on our way. In fact, we seemed to be encouraged to linger in true Italian style. We only departed, about two hours after we arrived, when the some of the staff started leaving. My husband, my friend and I highly recommend this restaurant for its service, food and charm.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 1, 2021 via mobile

Beautiful intimate ambiance in a great location in Georgetown. The food is appealing and tasteful. But the cappuccino and the desert tops off the whole thing. Franky was a gracious host as the manager, friendly and social magnet. Highly recommend this place if you’re in...the area.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 27, 2021

This small and tightly seated Italian restaurant in Georgetown was full and vibrant the night of our visit. Their menu has something for everyone, no matter the budget or size of the appetite. Do order some apps and/or salads to split with you dinner companions...and do not even think about leaving without ordering some of their home made pasta. All our dishes were tasty, hot and well portioned. Service was as could be expected on a busy Friday night. Be sure to make reservations so you will not go hungry.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 21, 2021

We had dinner at Ristorante Piccolo on Saturday night and came away very pleased. The table was ready upon our arrival and everything from there on was terrific. The room, although a bit noisy, was comfortable. The violin player is a nice touch. The food...was absolutely delicious. The appetizer menu is unique and original. The Mushrooms on Grilled Polenta is amazing, as was the Eggplant Appetizer. The Veal Chop and Salmon were both expertly prepared and elegantly presented. Service was more than adequate, and very on point or a busy Saturday. I would highly recommend Ristorante Piccolo to any and all looking for a great meal and a fine restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed July 2, 2021

A lovely romantic restaurant. Our dinner was excellent, we both chose the pistachio crusted chicken, with mashed potatoes, delicious and washed down with great martinis and very tasty Bellini’s. The staff were attentive, but discreet, and this final evening ended our visit in Georgetown very...nicely.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 6, 2021 via mobile

We found Ristorante Piccolo while wandering through Georgetown, & we are so happy with our discovery. We were greeted warmly & seated in a lovely romantic corner table by the window. We both ordered a selection from the chef’s specials. It was - Perfectly prepared...& professionally served with the delicious house Chianti. We ordered dessert - - oh my goodness! You must try the chocolate dessert. You can thank me later.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 30, 2021

Today I went to Georgetown and wanted to go to Piccolo restaurant to have lunch. It was a lunch time and the restaurant’s outdoor seating was almost empty. When I asked for a table for one, the waiter took me to the very dark table...inside. Since the outdoor seating was available and almost empty, I asked again for the table outside. His response was that none of the tables outside were for one person and he could not sit me outside. I found that totally ridiculous since there were so many tables available, and the peak of the lunch time was almost over. We are in the covid 19 pandemic, people do not go out much and restaurants are almost empty and are suffering. He has a chance to have a customer, make some money for restaurant and himself, but he decided to turn it down. I just cannot find any logic that waiter’s explanation for not sitting me outside was that of the (empty) tables were not available for one person. I find that as a very poor service and management. I am a Washington DC residen and will never come back to this place.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Ristorante Piccolo is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4