Piccolo Ristorante opened in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in October of 2013. It is family owned and operated by Alison and Chef Andres Avayu, who are a husband and wife team. ìPiccolo Ristoranteî actually translates to ìsmall restaurantî in Italian. They strive to give customers the best experience in an intimate fine dining atmosphere. Chef Andres Avayu has been working in kitchens in Fort Lauderdale since 1999 and Alison began working in restaurant management when she moved to the area. The two crossed paths and the rest is history. Three years ago they decided they wanted to branch out on their own and Piccolo Ristorante was born. Piccolo Ristorante specializes in serving authentic Italian cuisine that is made from scratch every single day. They are only open for dinner, which allows the chef and kitchen staff to take the time and prepare every dish by hand. Of course, the chef adds his own touch to each dish making them unique and something you canít find anywhere else. One of Piccolo Ristoranteís specialties is the Amatriciana. It consists of homemade tomato marinara, caramelized onions, crushed red peppers, and pancetta. The flavors are vibrant and comforting, making for a great, flavorful meal. Another favorite off the menu is the Costoletta Brasate Al Chianti, which is USDA short rib braised in Chianti Wine Sauce for over five hours to maximize its tenderness and flavors. It is then served with a creamy sun-dried tomato polenta. The meat is juicy and falls right off the bone, something that customers rave about. Piccolo Ristorante serves beer and wine in addition to their incredible food. Alison and Chef Andres take the time to sit down and taste a variety of wines with each dish in order to pick out the best pairings. Then those recommendations are printed on the menu so every guest has an idea of what drinks pair best with their meal. The staff at Piccolo Ristorante is also educated and trained on food and drink pairings so they can help inform and make suggestions to each customer. Piccolo Ristorante even offers on-site and off-site catering services as well as restaurant buy-outs for private parties or events. In the end, Piccolo Ristorante has it all. From their delicious food and drinks to their outstanding service and ambiance, you canít go wrong with a visit to Piccolo Ristorante!
2826 E Commercial Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308