FAMILY-OWNED & OPERATED, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF OCEAN TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY, PROVIDING GUESTS WITH AN ITALIAN FINE-DINING EXPERIENCE IN A RELAXED ATMOSPHERE.
Although, Piccola Italia has been described as “one of the best kept secrets in Monmouth County,” truth be told, the Zagat® Rated Restaurant has been in the Gualtieri Family for over 13 years. The MISSION of the team behind Piccola Italia has remained the same since day one:
Provide the best quality food & service in the industry; use the finest cuts of meat, freshest fish & highest-quality, seasonal ingredients that the market has to offer.
While regional Italian dishes anchor the menu at Piccola Italia, Chef and Owner, Brian Gualtieri, calls on his training from the Culinary Institute of America & versatile experience working in some of the most prestigious kitchens around the country like, San Francisco's acclaimed One Market Restaurant, Mumford's Culinary Center in Long Branch, New Jersey & two renowned New York City restaurants, Chanterelle and Montrachet.
Chef Brian’s menu at Piccola Italia celebrates signature Italian flavors with a modern spin. Guests are invited to try innovative appetizers, like polenta fried oysters, house-made pastas, and the highest-quality seafood & finest meat selections available. Whether guests are looking for a causal night-out, celebrating a special occasion, or dining with clients over lunch – the staff is knowledgeable, attentive and dedicated to making sure each experience at Piccola Italia is memorable.
Piccola Italia’s marble-finished bar offers patrons more than just weekly happy hour specials, an extensive wine list, seasonal craft beers & specialty cocktails created by skilled bartenders. At the 25-seat bar, guests are encouraged to check out the exclusive “bar-only” menu and treat themselves to off-the-menu dishes like the Secret 8oz. Grilled Kobe Beef Burger, Italian Mac & Cheese or House-Made Burrata Ravioli.
On-premise private dining rooms & menus are available for customized events, parties and corporate/pharmaceutical dinner meetings. Additionally, Piccola Italia regularly hosts special events for large groups or more intimate gatherings like Beer & Pairing Dinners, Interactive Cooking Classes and Wine-Walk-A-Round & Pairing Events.