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Piccolino is a stylish restaurant on Heddon Street that offers a delicious selection of authentic Italian dishes - all served in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Ranked #726 of 5241 restaurants in London
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Opening Hours
Opening Hours
Mon-Sat 12:00-23:00
Sun 12:00-22:00

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Piccolino reviews

By Stephen F.

If you want a seriously good pizza that knocks the anchovies off the competition then try Piccolino. This one's not been open long but by jove is it marvellous!

By Tacita V.

Away with pizza! Piccolino does without (arguably )Italy’s most famous dish to embrace higher gastronomy. The result? Very positive, as you walk off filled with quality steak and luscious aubergine - instead of dough.

The Venue
Tucked away on busy Heddon Street, Piccolino enjoys a large outdoor patio and sizeable premises stretching over two floors. The basement is a new addition: a boxy bar surrounded by tall stools, tables and a private room, allow Piccolino to extend into the night, no longer confined to daytime dining hours only. A large screen for sport events emphasises the drinking even more. The main seating area on the ground floor is also split between the high bar (where a menu of smaller plates awaits) and a regular restaurant. The décor is contemporary classic, with a nod to Italian tradition.

The Atmosphere
The service is pretty much impeccable. Far from the stiffness and rigour many other Mayfair venues provide, the staff at Piccolino do everything right, from unaffected smiles and fluid interaction with customers to swift delivery of your order. This ease clearly stems from the well groomed staff’s confidence in the level of service and food that Piccolino offers - something that in turn rubs off on the customers, comprised of small and medium-sized groups and couples alike (mostly Londoners, rarely tourists) whom exude satisfaction with their meals, their drinks and the (slightly off topic) background music.

The Food
With a bold move, Piccolino has archived its pizzas to focus on their meaty main courses, elevating the premises from variably humbling pizzeria to fully-fledged restaurant (in the eyes of the Italian clientele, at least). Dough is not totally lost though, as artisan bread and oversized olives are complimentary.

If that's not enough, you can top-up with garlic flat bread (£3.50-£5), with the rosemary and sea salt version made of fantastic dough, though you are left craving the oil and balsamic dip that came with the free basket, as the bread is slightly dry. The starters (£5.50-£10.50) range from beef fillet to scallops, via the much humbler tomato bruschetta. The tomatoes are excellent, but the untoasted bread with its rather tough crust suggests it could do with a minute or two longer in the oven.

With the mains (£11-£31), things pick up considerably. The roast cod with spicy sausage and purple sprouting broccoli is faultless. The pasta (an Italian staple which hasn’t been discarded) comes in many mouth-watering variants, including with clams, pancetta and more. Even sticking to aubergine and tomato pays off, as the al dente penne is excellent. Order a side dish (£3.50-£4) too: the caponata (aubergine, tomatoes, roast peppers and pine nuts) is so darn good the only regret is that it is not offered as a main.

The traditional desserts (£5.75-£7.75) include ice cream (and the sublime Campari and prosecco sorbet) and decadent tarts. You won’t go wrong with either.

The Drink
Cocktails (£7.50-£8) and wine are equally appealing. Start with a Negroni or Bellini to keep things Italian before moving on to a wine with your food. A good range of glasses are available (£4.50-£6 for 175ml or £6-£8 for 250ml) including a pretty good Montepulciano. Bottles start at a very reasonable £16, climbing to £145, but most come in somewhere between the £20-£35 region. The usual spirits, beer (£4-£5) and champagne (£28-£295) are available but try to try an Italian liqueur as a digestive: Strega and Fernet Branca, rather than the usual limoncello.

The Last Word
Getting rid of pizza was a bold move, but it has paid off for Piccolino. Great service and wonderful food ensure that you'll walk away from this particular spot pretty well satiated.

By Wai M.

Understandably a Saturday night is busy. But not even being tended to after 20 minutes and having to wave the waiter down, isn't what I'd call good service. The waiter also seemed distracted, couldn't even get anyone's attention to order another bottle of wine... Attempted to wave down the guy who looked like the owner, who just completely ignored us. they're loss. Finally at the end the waiter asked us if we wanted change, fair enough don't have a tip then (not that it was deserved) The food was good Service was bad Won't be returning or recommending this place.

By Ruby B.

brilliant brilliant brilliant! cannot recommend this restaurant enough. held my husbands surprise 30th birthday there last Saturday. i hired the private dining area downstairs for 15 guests. staff were excellent in playing along, the private room downstairs was perfect and the food was amazing. chantelle, the events manager, could not have been more helpful in helping organising it all. our waiter Filipo was excellent! if your looking for a private dining area for a small function/party this is the place to go. i think i found a gem in the heart of london. well definately be going back.

By Derek T.

thanks to the staff at piccolino's for making my daughters 21st a night to remember on Friday 13th May! The food was excellent and the waiters very attentive during our stay

By Chantelle S.

Everything about the evening was fantastic - the food, service and the room. Thank you so much for arranging the balloons - the room looked great. The waiters couldn't have being more helpful and were really friendly. A great time was had by all.

By Holly S.

Really lovely food. I had the lamb ragu with pasta, melted cheese on top, was gorgeous. The service was reasonable. It is expensive, but all of the places in the Food Quarter are. I got one of the cheapest things which was £10.50. However it was well worth it! Only wish I could have taken it home with me, cos it was too filling to eat it all. When I earn some money, I would love to come here for the works! starter, main, dessert, and cocktails lol.

By Pascal N.

Very nice restaurant with very good food. We sat on the terras which gave us a feeling of being in Italy.

We went here twice on our short visit to London.So if you want a nice meal in a nice atmosphere, visit piccolino.

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