Piccolo Ristorante

2826 East Commercial Blvd Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308

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!

Trick or Treat...Give me something good to eat!

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years are all right around the corner and Chef Andres has been working on some yummy specials and menus that are sure to be a treat for your palette!

Our 3rd birthday wine dinner is SOLD OUT - but no fear, we have added a fabulous wine pairing dinner in November.  Join us Wednesday November 16th at 6:30pm for a "Thanksgiving-style" dinner complete with wine pairings.  Head over to our events page for details on all the goodies.

And in case you missed it, Chef has released his menu for his 3rd Annual Feast of the Seven Fishes Christmas Eve dinner.  This traditional Italian dinner features 7 different courses of tapas style seafood dishes.  You can see the full menu and details here.  Please call early for reservations as we will fill up quickly.

Want to ring in the New Year with a fabulous intimate dining experience? Join us for an evening of delectable specials and wines.  Stay tuned....menu will be released soon!

Last but most definitely not least.....IT'S BACK!  LIONFISH that is!  Chef is working on some fabulous new Lionfish specials so stay tuned & make your reservations to savor this tasty little treat, all while helping save our reefs! 

 

Piccolo Ristorante turns 3 years old and introduces more Chef-inspired specials!

Wow, what an amazing whirlwind these first 3 years have been!  We want to take this time to thank each and everyone who has walked through our doors and shared a dining experience with us.  We are very passionate about what we do and we love sharing our favorite food and wine with you!

Since we are talking about birthdays - in case you missed it, our 3rd birthday celebration Wine Pairing Dinner on Thursday October 27th is SOLD OUT!  What?!  Yes, but no worries - we are already anticipating a 2nd night so go ahead and give us a call to reserve your seat.  Tickets are $75/person plus tax/gratuity and include all 4 courses of food and wine.

In case you missed it, on September 13th we got back from our vacation and Chef introduced a "new" menu.  You will still find many of the same fan favorite delicious dishes as before, but some have been rotated off to make room for more SPECIALS!  Chef Andres is now creating a variety of specials that are ever changing - from a "Polpette del dia" (meatball), Steak and Braise of the day and of course a special fish and gamebird.  We will be posting all of the changing specials here - so make sure to check them out and make your reservation and let us know what you want to try.  These are selling out quickly!

A quick look ahead - just the other day Chef released his Feast of the Seven Fishes menu for Christmas Eve (you can see it here).  It is going to be incredible - you won't want to miss it.  This year we will even be offering specially paired wines with each dish!  Call 954.776.8066 today to reserve your seat - this will fill up quickly.

As always, thank you everyone for being a part of our "Piccolo" family!

 

 

A Trip Up the California Coast

On October 11th, Piccolo Ristorante will turn 3 years old.  In order to celebrate our 3rd birthday, we knew we had to plan something amazingly delicious!  While we haven't been able to take a trip to California ourselves, we figured we would pair some amazing California wine with some of Chef Andres' favorite fall recipes and bring them to you.

Join us on Thursday October 27th for a decadent 4-course food and wine pairing dinner.  

To start the evening off, Chef will be preparing a fabulous Pumpkin and Walnut Risotto.  This first course will be paired with a fan favorite Chardonnay by Wente Vineyards.  This single-vineyard Chardonnay is from Monterey and demonstrates a perfect balance of tropical fruit, acidity and creamy notes of butter as well as vanilla and toasty oak from the 10 month barrel aging process. 

Chef's second course will be one of his favorite dishes to prepare and one of the very first specials he created: Butternut Squash Ravioli served with Seared Duck Breast.  This rich and flavorful dish will be paired with Wente Vineyard's signature Pinot Noir.  The beautiful aromas and flavors of cherry, red apple and black tea pair perfectly with the duck.

For the 3rd course, Chef will be preparing Pheasant Cacciatore.  This traditional Italian dish will be paired with the Old Vine Zinfandel from Girard.  Hailing from the northern part of Napa Valley, this decadent Zinfandel exhibits well balanced ripeness and acidity along with complimenting intense fruit flavor and warm spice notes.  The spice notes and acidity will play off the peppers in the Cacciatore just perfectly.

Last but not least, Chef's 4th course will be a decadent chocolate dessert paired with the Girard Petite Sirah.  This Sirah from Napa Valley has beautiful aromas of black cherry, coffee beans, vanilla and even bacon.

Step into the kitchen with Chef Andres Avayú

With over 1,000 restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, making a decision on where to dine can be quite difficult at times.  But of all the restaurants in Fort Lauderdale, how many of them are Chef-owned and operated?  Not too many.  Being a Chef-owned and operated restaurant has its perks.  The most obvious is that the Chef-owner has the ability to create and design dishes as they see fit.  And when you have an extremely talented and creative Chef, this means dedication to not only delicious food, but also the finest ingredients and most beautifully presented dishes.

THIS is what Chef-Owner Andres Avayu is to Piccolo.  His talent for infusing unique ingredients into traditional Italian recipes is what sets Piccolo apart from the hundreds of Italian restaurants in Fort Lauderdale.  He loves to bring in Squab, Opah, Quail and other unique ingredients that you won't find elsewhere.  Pushing the envelope with creativity and presentations is his forte.  

Want to step inside the kitchen with Chef Andres and see him work his magic?  Check out our latest video by 8 Shades of Blue by clicking this link.

Summer is almost over and Holiday season is just around the corner

Hard to believe it but summer is almost over.  Before we know it kids will be going back to school and then we will be preparing for the holiday season.  That means that now is the perfect time to start thinking about holiday parties and get togethers.  

Here at Piccolo Ristornate, we specialize in offering our guests a unique dining experience, perfectly designed to fit their needs.  Have a party of 10,  20, or even 30 people that you are entertaining for the holidays?  Be it family or work related, we have you covered.  From custom menu and wine selections to top notch service ensuring you don't have to worry about anything at all.   Whether you want to do a buy-out and have the restaurant to yourself or just a small gathering for a few people or even off-site catering, let us help make your event a success.

Our restaurant in Fort Lauderdale is conveniently located and the perfect size for gatherings of up to 30 people.  Contact us today to find out how we can make your holiday party the most talked about event of the year.  Sample event packages can be found here.  Or for a sample catering menu click here.

From first date to the proposal - A Piccolo Love Story

Being a small family owned and operated restaurant enables us to make personal connections with each of our guests.  Last year a dear friend recommended us as the perfect spot for a first date.  As always, we made sure to offer them a unique dining experience with personalized service.  What a happy surprise to get a call recently that the young man wanted to propose to his girlfriend and he wanted us to help him make it happen! Wow!  We were so honored and thrilled to be able to continue to be a part of their lives.  

So Chef and Alison helped him plan out the Sunday morning brunch; complete with mimosas, rose petals, custom flower arrangement by WJM Floral and even "their song" playing in the background as they entered.  We were even able to coordinate with 8 Shades of Blue to capture the special moment on video.  It was a beautiful morning and best of all she said YES!  

Thank you Coe & Heather for asking us to be a part of such an important moment in your lives,.  We wish you all the happiness in the world! Salute!

To see the video click here