Athens Restaurant Reviews

REVIEW: Piccolo’s Italian Steakhouse, Watkinsville, Athens

When I posted our review of Dominick’s in Watkinsville on Facebook, Tim Piccolo left us a public comment inviting us to try his restaurant Piccolo’s Italian Steakhouse. We gave no advance notice to Tim that we were coming nor did we introduce ourselves to Tim during our visit. Someone else had actually commented before him that we should try Piccolo’s so it was on our radar anyway. We enjoy taking reader comments and, most of the time, we’ll try almost anything.

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House Salad with Thousand Island Dressing

We’d done a review in Buckhead that afternoon, played around in Chastain Park for a while and then sat in some terrible traffic and weather. By the time we got to the restaurant, I was starving. My friend who lives in the area actually introduced me to Piccolo’s Italian Steakhouse. I didn’t even realize they do steak because every other time we’ve been there I just order Italian. This time though, I wanted to find out if there was any meat to the fact they call themselves a “steakhouse”.

When we arrived, we were seated right away. There were several large parties in the dining room near where we were and the restaurant seemed busy. Our server arrived promptly to take our drink orders but we were talking way too much to have even looked at the menu.

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Filet Mignon Marsala

My friend ordered the Filet Mignon Marsala which featured sautéed mushrooms in a sweet Marsala wine sauce. For his side he ordered fettuccine with traditional sauce and the Caprese salad. Melanie ordered the Baked Ziti that is baked with mozzarella, Parmesan, ricotta cheeses and marinara sauce. She also added some Alfredo sauce so it would be more like the Cody Special we’re so fond of at Provino’s in Snellville. She also ordered the house salad with ranch and bleu cheese. I ended up ordering the House Salad with Thousand Island and the Tuscan Filet.

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Baked Ziti

When the salads arrived, I noticed my friend’s salad looked much better than mine. I just got iceberg lettuce while my friend received an awesome spring mix. Note for the next time, order the Caprese salad instead of the House salad. The dressing were very nice – thick and flavorful.

When our entreés arrived, I knew I had made the right decision. Melanie has been on this vegetarian kick lately and I was dying for a solid steak! Boy, did I get one! While the 8 oz Filet isn’t stunning in size, the flavor of the

Side of Angel Hair pasta with Chunky Tomato marinara sauce
Side of Angel Hair pasta with Chunky Tomato marinara sauce

seasoning and the perfect preparation made it delightfully juicy and tender to enjoy. My friend assured us both that his steak was prepared equally as well. Melanie thought the Baked Ziti was a little dry and could have used more sauce and more seasonings. She felt the marinara was bland and needed some more Italian seasoning added to it.

As I mentioned, we’ve been to Piccolo’s Italian Steakhouse before and have enjoyed each time we’ve gone. When in the Athens/Watkinsville area, it’s a great place to enjoy with family or friends. Guten appetit!

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