today i joined 2 of my best gal pals for a fun friday lunch. we'd all been dying to try la piccola cucina, which is just south of drip/trente cinq/lisa g's on 7th street.
word to the wise - the tiny parking lot is accessed between the restaurant and the hair salon next door. it took me 2 tries to figure that out ;) is it any wonder i don't like to drive past 16h st? :D lol
anywhoo - this place is ADORABLE a cute craftsman style house converted to a charming italian place - lots of delicious pastries and desserts, shelves of fine olive oil, capers, balsamic, little gourmet googies everywhere. a great full coffee bar with lots of selections, as well as the dry sodas. we LOVED the lavendar soda *i read how you hated it, jk. we'll agree to disagree on this one ;)*
your options are essentially a choice of several sandwhiches, or le menu, which included one entree meat choice *half chicken with provencal spices, sirloin, pork, etc* and then 2 side dishes. the orzo salad was looking at me so i added it to my sirloin ciabatta sandwich order as a side. great googley moogely that was good - creamy gorgonzola topping, carmelized onion and red peppers on top, this was one hearty, delicious sandwich. a good deal at 7.99
we were made to feel like family by the owners, who came by, said hi, welcomed us, told us how proud they are of their place, and how they wanted everyone to feel welcome. which we did when their son showed up fresh from nyc. it was a surprise for them. and before you know it we were crying right along with the mom, because she missed her son and it was an unexpected visit and then the dad brought him along to meet us. it was so charming and sweet - the place is super cute, the food is awesome, and you really felt like part of the family.
oh yeah -s he even gave us free gelato samples. SAMPLES? are you kidding me? my chocolate gelato sample was about a full cup of creamy, decadent goodness. not that im complaining. it was free. and good. there looked to be about 8 flavors - my friend got pistachio, and i remember seeing a banana's foster flavor..don't remember the others, sorry about that.
they're planning on expanding the menu over time, and eventually adding wine. that'll be nice. even if it takes a year, im not complaining. the food was great, the owner sang a song for us about how it makes him happy when people like his food, and we got all teary with the mom over her long lost son. it just doesn't get any better than that. we're family now :)