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Ranked #252 of 1,690 Restaurants in Bristol
Price range: $28 - $56
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Piccolino in Bristol captures the spirit of Italy with its great food, unrivalled style and vibrant, charming character. Located in the striking new development of Cabot Circus, Piccolino is enhanced by its own equally eye-catching exterior, together with a delightful al fresco terrace that is the perfect place to take a break from shopping and enjoy a relaxing drink or bite to eat with friends. Once inside, the vibrant green leather upholstery, striking black marble table tops and sleek wooden finishes ensure a contemporary style and bold design with a smart yet informal atmosphere. Meanwhile, the chefs work passionately in the open kitchen, creating every dish with care and precision, whilst the sight of fresh pasta being made from scratch is a delightful spectacle for you to watch whilst enjoying modern and classic Italian cuisine.
Reviewed February 4, 2013

Went here with my brother and his wife - great food, lovely contemporary & upmarket atmosphere and wonderful staff!

I need to visit again!

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2  Thank tle88
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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Went for a birthday lunch with friends. Shown upstairs by helpful staff.

Good choice of set menu for lunch or a la carte. I went set menu and had asparagus for starters which was well prepared an d a 28 say rump steak which was excellent. Guests had lemon cheese soufflé to start, scrummy and asparagus with egg which ago was good. Main courses lemon sole, huge portion, cooked expertly and really tasty, plain cod and chips cooked to guests request again scrummy and finally duck confit which was well cooked by the chef. Desserts were various ice creams and sorbets all washed down with a nice bottle of Prescott

Overall bill under £100, which was excellent considering the quality of the meal.

So, in summary, I would recommend the restaurant and look forward to revisiting when next in Bristol

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

This was our first visit here and we were very impressed with the food and service. The food was delicious and there was a good choice of starters and mains. The puds were great especially the ice creams , which are made in house. I had an ice cream with liquor and espresso coffee on top -delicious. The ambiance was good, but having to go upstairs for the 'loo' was a bit of a nuisance. There is a disabled one downstairs. Prices- moderate but worth it. Taxi rank behind the restaurant. Easy to walk to city center hotels.

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Thank WarwickshireMarakesh
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Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

What a poor dining experience this was. Such a shame, as the food itself isn't bad, but the overall package left a lot to be desired.

First thing to say is that the restaurant was in near darkness; when we first walked in we thought that they had had a problem with the lighting, but worryingly it was meant to be like that. It's no exaggeration to say that it was extremely difficult to read the menu in this gloom...even if, as a restaurant owner, you think that saving on lighting is a good thing, at what point are you so unconcerned by the diner's experience that your delusional thinking would tell you that people would value holding menus up to the slight glow from the flame of the decorative table candle?

Add to this complete lack of empathy for your customers, the seriously loud 'music'...the complete opposite to the lack of light, the noise from the speakers was so loud and assaultative, that we had to shout to each other and to the waiting staff. Our waitress confirmed that the poor lighting and high noise levels had been the cause of previous complaints from customers, but both were "company policy", so of course, nothing could be done about that!
If I'd been there with just my partner, we would have left at this point, but it's a tricky social dilemma and it's hard to judge the correct response when you're there with friends and work colleagues, but oh how I wish I'd risked a social faux pas, and simply walked out.

In fairness, the food wasn't bad - despite having to ask for Parmesan three times and having to wait five minutes while my friend's pasta dish got progressively colder. When we complained to the table supervisor, she told us that she thought that our waitress hadn't understood what we were asking for, as opposed to deliberately ignoring our request. I'll leave you to decide for yourself as to whether, in an Italian restaurant, the staff are unlikely to understand the word Parmesan or not. I am not sure that any further comment from me is needed here. Thinking about our exchange afterwards, perhaps I should have suggested reducing the noise from the speakers...a possible way to increase the chance that the staff might actually be able to hear the customers' give their order. But if it's up to a customer to point out something so fundamental, then you really don't deserve to be in the hospitality business.

Some of our party had trains to catch, and because the service was so slow (that typical UK large restaurant chain mentality of not employing enough staff at busy periods), we didn't have time for coffee and pudding. It wasn't good value and it was a really uncomfortable experience. I would definitely not return and will be advising local friends and colleagues to give it a miss as well. Not good.

© Koplowitz 2013

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Reviewed January 20, 2013

This restaurant has a nice ambience, bold decor (slightly under lit though). We were welcomed on arrival, coats were taken at the door, service was generally fine throughout lunch. The food was also consistently good, particularly the veal and the Osso bucco. The staff seemed to be Italian, however this place, while good - very good, does not have the authenticity of Rosemarino. We will visit again.

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