Piccolo Ristorante

2826 East Commercial Blvd Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308

Time to treat your taste buds to something new!

Chef Andres loves to push the envelope when it comes to creating specials and new dishes.  He is always pushing the limits and experimenting with new ingredients and/or techniques.  Recently, his newest dessert is a decadent Black Cherry Panna Cotta.  

Panna Cotta originated from Northern Italy and is sadly not too common here in the States.  Chef Andres frequently creates new flavors for his dessert specials.  From Key Lime to this week's Black Cherry - they are ever changing and ALWAYS delicious!

So if you are tired of the same old menus at the same restaurants in Fort Lauderdale - give us a call and join us for an exquisite dining experience where we will help you "transcend the ordinary"!

A little something special to say THANK YOU!

Here at Piccolo Ristorante, we pride ourselves on being Chef/Family owned and operated.  This allows us the ability to connect, one to one, with each of our guests - and that is something we cherish.  Creating a warm and inviting atmosphere and offering our guests unique, hand-crafted dishes is incredibly important to us.  With so many restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for people to choose from, we have to find unique ways to ensure people have a memorable dining experience with us. 

So how do we create a memorable and unique dining experience for our guests?  The details.  Chef Andres makes each dish, each sauce, each dessert in house.  That alone sets us apart, but he likes to take it a step further.  Now offering each of our guests a complimentary home-made Chocolate Truffle as a "Thank you" for dining with us.  It is homemade items like this, our Biscotti and Foccacia that help distinguish Piccolo Ristorante from the many other Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.  

If you have dined with us, you know what we are talking about - but if you haven't dined with us yet...what are you waiting for?  Join us tonight and transcend the ordinary - come see what dining with us is all about!

Cheers!

Food is Art at Piccolo Ristorante

One of the very first reviews we received talked about how "Food is Art" at Piccolo Ristorante (see article here).  But lately, Chef Andres Avayu has been taking his food and art to a new level - molecular gastronomy.  

Food is Art is a perfect way to describe what Chef Andres does at Piccolo Ristorante.  He has curated a menu of exquisite flavors that you won't find in other Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.  By definition, molecular gastronomy is a subdiscipline of food science that seeks to investigate the physical and chemical transformations of ingredients that occur in cooking; it includes three axes, as cooking was recognized to have three components, which are social, artistic and technical.

Through his daily and weekly specials, Chef Andres is constantly introducing new dishes and flavor combinations.  You won't want to miss any of these so make your reservations and transcend the ordinary with a dining experience at Piccolo.  Salute!

It's all in the family at Piccolo Ristorante

If you haven't dined at Piccolo Ristorante before, you may not know that we are a small, family & Chef-owned and operated restaurant.  If you have dined with us before, then you most likely know that Chef Andres is the mastermind in the kitchen while his wife Alison works the front of the restaurant with the help of her brother Josiah.  

Pretty soon - Piccolo will be gaining another family member as Chef Andres and his wife Alison welcome their first child into the world sometime this month.  We pride ourselves on being a small family owned and operated restaurant and believe that our guests appreciate the personalized touch and care we give to each dining experience.  It is always a pleasure to share our family story with our guests and we love creating and developing relationships with our diners.  We love what we do and love sharing our passion with others.  Being able to connect with our guests on a personal level is part of what makes our restaurant so special - something you won't find at many other restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.

So stay tuned for the big announcement and don't be surprised if we are closed for a few days so Chef and Alison can adjust to the new addition.  

And of course - no need to worry, Josiah will be holding down the front of house while Alison is on maternity leave, but she will most definitely be back!

Transcend the ordinary......

Our lives are jam packed with everything from work to school to family responsibilities.  Many Americans don't have time, or can't make time, to take a vacation.  We get so wrapped up in our daily lives we forget to cherish the moments - the quiet time in the morning before the day gets started, the feel of the rain on our skin when we get caught in a rain shower, the taste of a great bottle of wine or even the flavors in our dinner.

Here at Piccolo Ristorante we strive to "transcend the ordinary".  There are over 1,000 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale; many of the locals and foodies go out to eat multiple times per week.  With so many places to choose from, how does one decide where to eat?  What If we told you there was a small, "Piccolo", locally owned "hidden gem" featuring made-from-scratch dishes that you truly won't find somewhere else.  Chef Andres' curated menu of exquisite flavors is something you won't want to miss.  From Rabbit Confit, Venison Osso Bucco, Homemade Angolotti with Black Garlic Truffle Butter to Veal Skirt Steak....he is always pushing the limits and creating fabulous and unique dishes.  

Not only do we pride ourselves on Chef Andres' decadent menu of specials - but we offer something even more....we offer our guests the ability to hit pause and savor the moment.  We don't rush people in and out just so we can "turn the tables".  You can find that anywhere - we want you to sit back, relax and enjoy your dinner over a couple of hours and maybe even open a 2nd bottle of wine if you feel like it. Life is short and moments with family and friends should be cherished. So go on, make a reservation and transcend the ordinary.

Hello 2017!!!!!

Happy New Year to everyone!  Wow! We had some amazing wine dinners over the holiday season.  If you missed out, no worries - we are gearing up to add more to the calendar for 2017!

First up is going to be our Bubbly Wine Pairing Dinner, just in time for a perfect Valentine's date but without the crazy crowds.  Join us on Wednesday February 8th for an evening where we will be sampling a wide variety of "bubbly" wines paired beautifully with Chef's creative menu.

The menu for the evening will be:

 

Tickets are $100/person plus tax/gratuity.  Credit card required to hold reservations.  Please call us at 954.776.8066 to reserve your seat today. 

Chef Andres' New Years Eve Menu announced

Looking for the perfect place to enjoy a decadent dinner before ringing in the New Year? Look no further than Piccolo Ristorante.  While most restaurants in Fort Lauderdale are hosting "pre-fix" menus and set seatings, we leave the decisions up to you.  Make a reservation at a time that is convenient for you and order off the regular menu or some of Chef's specials for the evening.  

Here are the specials Chef Andres will be creating for the evening.  The theme is decadence!

Hot Italian Sausage with Tuscan White Beans, Brocolini Rapini & Crostini

Crispy Lardan Wedge Salad & Roquefort Dressing

Winter Vegetable Ratatouille & Duchess Potatoes

Steak al Pobre

Champagne Cupcakes with Rich Butter Cream Frosting
 

Credit card required to hold the reservation.  Seats will fill up quickly so call 954.776.8066 today.

 

Tis the season to be THANKFUL!

As our 4th season approaches, what a wonderful time for us to look back and express our gratitude for an amazing first 3 years in business.  When we opened Piccolo Ristorante in October of 2013, we were a young, newly married couple with a "crazy" dream.  Chef Andres knew he wanted to cook his own amazing food and Alison just knew she wanted to support him.  Sounds so simple....

The past 3 years have given us the opportunity to meet some truly incredible people and we are forever grateful for those relationships we have built.  It is a true pleasure to go to "work" everyday and create amazing food and offer tremendous service to our guests.  

When there are over 1,000 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale for people to choose from, and when they choose Piccolo - that means the world to us.  We strive to offer each of our guests a unique dining experience; one that they won't find elsewhere and one that is so comfortable and enjoyable they feel like they are having dinner with family.  

Our family thanks you for your love and support of our "Piccolo" dream.

GRAZIE!