Good ‘ol Piccolino’s, what can I say about this place other than it’s been an Edmonton staple for years. Back in the day, Piccolino Bistro and Tasty Tomato were the Italian hot spots. It’s been a few years since my last visit so I decided to check it out on a Friday for a quick lunch, which I’ve never been to previously.
The place is exactly the same as I remember. It reminds me when you leave home for the first time and come back for a visit. It’s like nothing has changed since you’ve been gone. Back to that feeling of home and comfort. Piccolino’s is just like that – the staff greet you when you first enter the door and shout out goodbye’s when you leave. The service itself was decent but we did have to wait awhile to get our orders in – when we asked for one more minute to decide, our waitress deserted for at least ten.
They have a separate lunch menu, which I would bet money on hasn’t changed since they first started dishing out food to Edmontonians (is this place still a hot spot for Oilers?). The lunch menu is jam packed with items – soups ($7-9), salads/antipasta ($7-16), sandwiches ($12-17), pizzas ($14-18), pasta ($11-16), and meat ($17-21). Wow, sandwiches are crazy expensive. You might as well order a meat entrée for that price! Or just go to Café Amore’s for their Panini’s which are half. Just sayin’.
Gnocchi Al Forno ($13.95)
This was the dish I ordered. Definitely a winner. SO much gnocchi, good luck finishing it! The gnocchi are homemade sauteed in a tomato cream sauce, baked with parmigiaro cheese, fontina and mozarella cheese. The sauce was delicious – thick, oozy goodness. The plate was piping hot when it came out and the mixture of all those cheese with the sauce was divine. You could easily share this with two.
Gamberi Capellini ($14.95)
Angel hair pasta with green peppers, shrimp in a garlic cream sauce. The shrimps are those baby sized ones and there wasn’t a lot of green peppers either. The sauce was creamy but I didn’t get much hints of garlic in it.
We both agreed that Piccolino is good but leans more to home cooking, Italian comfort food. Nothing wrong with that. Good portions and tasty food, Piccolino is still an Italian staple in the west end. Even more so given how little options there are on the west side.