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“Overkill on the upsale”
Review of Piccolino

Ranked #334 of 1 955 Restaurants in Liverpool
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
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Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Piccolino brings a true taste of Italy to the heart of Liverpool. Less than five minutes' walk from Moorfields rail station and easily accessible from the Docks, this Italian restaurant offers a wonderful combination of both modern and classic Italian dishes prepared in an open kitchen in full view of diners. Fresh pasta is made daily from scratch in the pasta kitchen and is a charming spectacle for guests to watch. The menu is rustic, simple and delicious, and created using the finest, freshest ingredients.
Reviewed 18 June 2018

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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1  Thank MissyE67
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Reviewed 16 June 2018

We have eaten here a few times, the food is always nice, never had anything to complain about but I think Piccolinos in general is over priced for what it is.

Thank Marcus W
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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Had dinner with a friend as we had tickets to the comedy club just round the corner. I asked for a glass of red wine and the waitress recommended one. We had 2 mains and 2 drinks and when the bill came it was £73. The wine she had recommended was £10.25 a glass and a £6 service charge as well for the privilege of being ripped off. The food wasn't anything special and certainly wasn't well presented. I prefer carluccios as the food is excellent and they do a fixed price menu

1  Thank Keri S
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

We had a fab waiter called Miguel, he knew his menu really well only forgot the cocktail list I asked for. We waited 15minutes after being sat if we wanted a drink. The food was lovely, and piping hot. The manager Aneta was attentive checking if all the tables were happy with everything. The only disappointment for us was the lady who sat us (Rebecca). I was disappointed with the fact that the entire time we were there she chewed her gum like a cow. Not at all a good look. I would say NO CHEWING ON THE SHOP FLOOR

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Thank Alex D
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Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Grubby table, slow service and very average food, with so many excellent restaurants in Liverpool a repeat visit is a definite no.

1  Thank NikkiMaggs
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