Pull Up a Chair—Piccoli Branches Out

Tiny Piccoli to Go turned heads in Windsor Terrace last winter with beautifully made risotto, sold only for takeout or delivery. Now it has spread out with a sit-down restaurant in the South Slope, and the early reviews are highly promising. Less than a week after Piccoli Trattoria's opening, famdoc is ready to crown it the second-best Italian restaurant in Park Slope, after only the perennially popular Al Di La.

He especially recommends a starter of sardines with sweet cauliflower. jinx has fallen hard for another appetizer, polenta with wild mushrooms and fontina ("so good I wanted to lick the plate"), and adds that the pastas are also excellent; she likes the Swiss chard–ricotta ravioli and pappardelle with short rib ragu. And those signature risottos seem to be as good as ever—famdoc's arrived steamy and perfectly done, soft with a hint of bite.

Portions are ample and prices more than fair: less than $9 for salads (which are easily large enough to share), around $10 for appetizers, $13 to $17 for pastas, and $14 to $18 for risotto. The neighbors have already discovered Piccoli—the joint was jumping on its first Saturday in business—so consider making reservations before dropping in. "This one's a winner," promises famdoc.

Piccoli Trattoria [Park Slope]
522 Sixth Avenue (at 14th Street), Brooklyn
718-788-0066

Discuss: Piccoli Trattoria: new South Slope Italian. It's about the risotto. BYO for now.

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