Piccolo Ristorante

2826 East Commercial Blvd Ft Lauderdale, FL 33308

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.


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!