Open less than a week is Piccoli Trattoria, in the space on the NW corner of 14th St. and 6th Ave., formerly occupied by an Indian restaurant. Owners have a take-out/delivery operation in Windsor Terrace. They've done a nice job brightening up the space and were very busy on Saturday evening, but handling the crowd well. It seems that reservations are helpful, even at this early point, but a few walk-ins were seated after a few minutes waiting at what will become the bar.
Prices were very easy to take: most salads were less than $10 and could easily be shared. Pastas were in the $13-17 range, starters mostly around $10 and risottos started at $13 and were topped by a mixed seafood risotto for $18.
They're waiting on their wine license, so they're BYO for now.
Service was cheerful and professional. The owner waited and bussed tables himself, along with two very pleasant servers, one of whom also serves as hostess.
Servings were abundant. We particularly liked the sarde (sardine) starter, served with sweet cauliflower.
We also liked the risottos, which arrived steamy and perfectly done: soft with just a hint of crunch.
While not Al di La, Piccoli distinguishes itself as Park Slope's second best Italian restaurant. I like the wide variety of choices on the menu and liked that I could request my risotto to be made with vegetable stock instead of chicken stock. This one's a winner.
522 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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