Review of Ristorante Piccolo
My wife and I had a Living Social deal for Ristorante Piccolo in Georgetown. It is an Italian place on 31st St, just down from M St. They try to present a romantic ambiance (they have a roaming violinist), but they cram too many people in. Their servers are hard to understand, and don’t seem to know the menu all that well. The food is OK, but nothing exceptional.
We had a 6:30 reservation on a Saturday evening. We got to the restaurant and were immediately seated upstairs. The place was full, but not packed. The lighting was dim and they had candles on the tables. They have a very large menu, which I thought was odd for a “casual elegant” establishment. Their menus are laminated, which is odd for a Georgetown restaurant, I think. Those are suitable for diners and family restaurants, not places that are trying to be elegant. Maybe I have the place pegged all wrong.
There were probably 9 or 10 tables on the second level. They would have done better to have 7 or 8. We were seated at the top of the stairs. We were so close to the stairs, that an older gentleman had a difficult time walking by us to get to the bathroom. We were so close to the couple next to us, my wife was molested by the waiter’s butt when he cleared their table.
We had an asparagus appetizer. It did not look overly appetizing, and tasted OK, but nothing exceptional. My wife had a porchini mushroom ravioli. For what might be the first time ever, she actually ate the entire meal. I had what was basically marsala chicken with a sweet potato, carrots and green beans. The vegetables were cooked well. I always have a hard time getting green beans to the right level of firmness. The sweet potato was halved, and still in its skin. I was able to scoop out all of the contents, as if it was mashed. The chicken was a little overcooked, and the taste was kind of bland. I have enjoyed my own marsala chicken more.
All in all, it was a nice night out. I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat there again, but I wouldn’t avoid it at all costs either.