You: a rough and tumble mutt from the wrong side of town, living footloose and collar-free. Her: a purebred, refined American Cocker Spaniel living a cushy upper-middle class life. You want her to know that you’re into it and ready to settle down. You want to take her out for a nice, sit down dinner with candlelight and white tablecloths, where you can share a magical spark over some comforting Italian food. But, where to take her?
The answer is Piccolo Sogno.
Piccolo Sogno is pure romance - and not like a super stuffy, sweaty palms, nervous laugh romance. It’s a comfortable and casual romance. The menu is familiar and reliable, the space is beautiful without being moody, and its outdoor back patio maintains a rare intimacy. It’s filled with trees and strings of lights, and the acoustics somehow allow for a comfortable noise level that suits both a large group cracking jokes and a table of two playing footsie. That’s what makes it so good for just about anything - meeting your significant other’s parents, celebrating a birthday, or First/Early in the Game Dates. Waits for the patio can be longer, but it’s the go-to spot for a low pressure atmosphere on a high stakes night and totally worth it.
Everything is classic old school Italian, from the waiters to the wine list to the menu. Large plates of hearty, handmade pastas and fresh seafood waft by as waiters uncork bottle after bottle of whites and reds. Stick to the basics and you can’t go wrong. Get one pasta, one seafood, and at least one bottle of wine. With that winning combo you’re guaranteed leftovers, a hangover, and maybe a spaghetti noodle make-out. No promises.
Your classic caprese. It’s not the best, it’s not the worst. Skip it.
A kale salad, but you’re at an Italian restaurant, so it’s a Tuscan kale salad which is apparently a thing. Now we’re imagining Italian hipsters, which are like hipsters that look like Mario. It’s pretty light with a lemon parmesan dressing. Two hipster Tuscan thumbs up.
For those girls that gotta get that truffle. Pasta triangles in a creamy mushroom truffle sauce with asparagus.
Grilled calamari with arugula, lemon, and caper infused olive oil. It’s not going to knock your socks off, but we like getting a little grilled seafood to accompany a heavy Italian meal.
Squash blossoms stuffed with fontina cheese. Squash? Good. Cheese? Good. Deep fried? Still good.
The handmade noodles are perfect, and the spicy wild boar ragu never lets us down.
A whole roasted fish that’s filleted table-side. It’s not always on the menu, but It’s a common special. Order it when you’ve got your wannabe big Italian family celebrating a night out.
Four-cheese ravioli. It’s cheesy, it’s buttery, it’s a signature, and yes, you should get it. Know that the pasta portions are big, so if you’re going family style there is a great amount for sharing. But if you’re on a date or have a smaller crew, you can get a lot of the pastas in appetizer portions which we’d highly recommend.