Best Italian In San Antonio Hands Down!!!!!!!. I have eaten here all my life, while I have tried all the other fine eateries San Antonio has to offer, Piccolo's consistently gives me a great meal and I don't mind waiting for my food when crowded. The orange roughy, mussels (when in season) and Lasagna are the best in the city. Make sure you get the the spicy sauce it has more kick. Also have an espresso and slice of cappuccino pie to end you perfect meal.
BEST ITALIAN. I just went to this establishment last weekend and I am going again this weekend. It was a bit pricey but the food was well worth it. This was hands down the best Italian food I have ever had, It beat Paesanos, Olive Garden, Zios, Italiano Resturante. I thought that the location was a little questionable, because its not located on the best side of town and it is a little bit of a hole in the wall, however looks can be very decieving in this case. My boyfriend had the red snapper and I dont eat fish, but this was very tastey, my dish was a chicken dish and I ate all of it... once again that never happens. We had the shrimp appetizer and it was very good. Next we will try the clams. The service was friendly and prompt. We waited a little while in between each dish but it gave me time to chill and talk and make room for the next arrival, when our wine glasses were empty they were refilled right away, and my waiter said.. do you like sweet.. ah ok white zinfindel, I LOVED IT, best wine ever. To end I think that if your looking for a real homelike Italian restaurant than you need to come to Piccalos, you wont regret it. Take a first date, very intimate.
Quaint and cozy, nice eats.... I have to agree with one review that the creamy didn't have quite the garlicky bite that its Paesano's counterpart does (however it is still tasty, with a nice carmelized edge). Several of Piccolo's appetizers are a bit pricey and sometimes lacking in viewable food (i.e. clams in wine sauce appetizer -- littlenecks are more appropriate for a pasta or mixed dish than alone -- at least use mussels or cherrystones). The scallopini is nice taste-wise, although puny. Dishes with tomato sauces are also wholesome, but sometimes buried in the stuff -- a simple correction. The restaurant was cozy (dim with quiet acoustics) for a romantic evening -- the waitstaff less likely to 'hawk' the table than at other establishments (although, I have run into one waiter who was a bit hesitant even to refill a water glass). Although somewhat inconsistent, I would return to Piccolo's for a night out.
I love this place.... havng grown up right around the corner I have eaten here many times. Small, quaint place with great "italian family atmosphere". Portions are plentiful and price is right.
paesano knock-off. Waitress advised that owner was original cook at Paesano's. She suggested snapper Piccolo as superior to Snapper Paesano. Fish was a bit mealy and the sauce was too buttery, without the nice garlic bite of Paesano's sauce. My husband had the same sauce on veal and enjoyed it. Inadequately segregated smoking section. Smoke from one group permeated entire room. Flatware was of poor quality (not unlike Paesano's). Ambiance poor in that the lighting was to bright and the music to loud. A couple at another table protested having a 15% gratuity added to their tab (just two people). No grautity was automatically added to our tab. Wine price by bottle reasonable. We dined Friday December 27 at about 9:00 PM. No crowd. We will probably give it another try as it is convenient to our northwest location.
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