After reviewing Bank a few weeks ago, I visited their sister restaurant Piccolino shortly after too. I dined here a few times almost two years ago and loved it! So initially I wasn’t too sure why it took me so long to revisit and review it on my blog. However after dining here recently, I was left disappointed with our experience..
We arrived after 8 and the restaurant was relatively busy, with a 20 minute wait for tables; surprising for a Tuesday night, but we presumed it must be a sign of how good it was here. The atmosphere and setting was great in the front terrace where we were seated. With comfy sofas and low tables, it has a relaxed feel to it and is somewhere I could see myself relaxing with a drink on a warm summer evening.
Although the waiters were friendly enough, it took them a while to take our food orders. And even longer for the food to arrive! We waited over 30 minutes for our starters, and then another 40 minutes after we’d finished these for our mains to arrive..
When they finally arrived we shared the Calamari Fritti with Roast Garlic Mayonnaise and Lemon and Half Rack Baby Back Pork Ribs and Barbecue Sauce to start. The calamari was cooked perfectly, and whilst the batter was quite pale it was actually really nice and crispy. The ribs were equally good too, with the meat falling off the bone as they were so tender and tasty.
For my main I ordered the dish I’d had both times on previous visits and loved, Pollo ai Funghi – Roast Chicken Breast, Gnocchi, Wild Mushrooms and Garlic Cream. However it was pretty underwhelming and didn’t live up to what I’d hoped for this time round. Whilst one piece of chicken was succulent and had a lovely crispy skin, the other piece was dry and overcooked. And in my opinion there wasn’t enough gnocchi for it to be counted as a main course. However the mushroom sauce was delicious and creamy.
Whilst Adam ordered the Misto di Pescle al Forno – Oven Roast Swordfish, Salmon, Sea Bass and Langoustine with Lemon, Garlic and Parsley. The salmon was fantastic; it was full of flavour and tender, but with a lovely crispy skin too. Whereas the langoustine wasn’t great at all – he asked the waiter to help open it which he happily did, whilst telling us it was overcooked… Further disappointment came when the sides didn’t arrive until 10 minutes after the mains, by which point he has almost finished all of the fish anyway. The Roasted Vegetables were drenched in garlic and oil which was just too overpowering. Whilst the garlic potatoes were fluffy in the centre, although maybe too herby. And despite it being one of the most expensive dishes on the menu, he was left hungry after it and it was even more disappointing that it didn’t come with any sides itself.
Whilst the atmosphere was nice and the front terrace was a perfect spot to enjoy a meal and drinks, our visit was let down by the service, long food waits and underwhelming, overpriced mains. Compared to its sister restaurant Bank, I won’t be rushing back to visit Piccolino.
Disclosure: We paid for our own food and drinks, and as always as opinions are honest and my own