We went to Piccolino for lunch on a bank holiday Monday in May. I had a club individual offer to take advantage of and it's just as well as the final bill came to over 85 pounds! We arrived to be met by the restaurant manager who asked us if we would like a drink at the bar before taking our table. Nice touch not hurrying us but I discovered later this was done to make us buy as many drinks as possible. I ordered a prosecco and hubby had a bottle of lager. We took our table, waiter came over and took our order. Sometime later, maybe 15/20 mins or so, our starter or the wine and beer we had ordered had still not arrived. The manageress came over and asked me if I'd like another prosecco. I declined saying I was still waiting for my wine to arrive. Instead of chasing it up, she went on to try to convince me to have another prosecco! Now I'm 50. I know when i would like another drink or not. I went on to say no, one was enough and I'd wait (again) for my wine. It was like Mrs Doyle from Father Ted. Ah go on, go on, go on. Have another drink!! Eventually the food arrived. I must say that we ordered from the lunchtime menu which was quite steep for lunch at 22.95 per head and two quid extra for the minute steak. We both ordered the minute steak. Whilst the starters were fine, they were very small. The steak arrived next and was less than impressive and no greenery at all. Not even a lousy piece of lettuce to make it look good. Dessert was the best for me, the tiramisu was lovely. We asked for the bill and barely had a chance to review it before a card machine was handed to me to put my card in. I was a bit shocked at the bill being what it was but left a tip anyway. Good enough on the waiter, he told me a service charge had already been added at 8 quid or so!! Service charge? For two people at lunchtime??? That is really not on in my book. 1) I wouldn't have left 8 pounds anyway and 2) service was not good enough to warrant this. The waiter printed off the bill then whizzed it away just leaving me a receipt with no breakdown of what we had eaten/drunk. I used to go to Piccolino when I worked in Liverpool city centre, when the restaurant first opened and I don't remember it being this expensive. The restaurant was virtually empty and for a bank holiday weekend this is not good. I can see why though having been and I don't think I would be booking again in a hurry. Don't get me wrong, the food was ok. Nothing much to complain about other than presentation and size. If you've got money burning a hole in your pocket go. Otherwise, try Casa Italia on Stanley street if you want a really good italian meal.
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