150 East Jericho Tpke
Mineola, NY 11501

The Best Ravioli's This Side Of Italy

Upon arrival at Piccolos Restaurant of Mineola, you’ll make your way through a cozy courtyard, which during the warmer months is accented with plants, tables, and umbrellas. Upon entering this fine eatery you sense the old world charm that causes you to leave your cares and worries at their doorstep no matter what the season.

This establishment is a family affair operated flawlessly by Robert Franceschini and his  quite capable sons Robert Jr. and Chef James. You are sure to be warmly greeted by a member of the Franceschini Famiglia upon arrival at this truly authentic Italian Ristorante.

Piccolo’s Restaurant has a cute little front room to your right, a cozy lounge area and a main dining room complete with fireplace and skylights. You immediately feel the essence of Italy with soothing Italian music playing in the background and subtle aromas reminiscent of the Old Country.

Following the lead set forth by the Franceschini Family, the staff provides such wonderful service that leaves no detail to chance.  You quickly get a sense that the wait staff is genuinely interested in making your dining experience quite exceptional.

In addition to the traditional warm breadbasket, we were brought a palate teaser of shaved Ricotta Salata cheese intermingled with sweet ripe watermelon (above left) that we thought was a unique combination that heightened our appetite.  We also tasted an Antipasto Salad (above right) with fresh string beans, house roasted peppers, marinated mozzarella, onions and fresh herbs that was delightful.

We then had the pleasure of tasting their signature house-made specialty raviolis that were really outstanding.  This restaurant has actually become known for their incredible selection of raviolis that are by far “World Class”.

The Asparagus Ravioli in Vodka Sauce (above left) was most definitely a crowd pleaser with dramatic flavor.  The pasta was fresh and tender while slightly sweetened from onions in a Vodka Sauce that put the asparagus in its place.

The Spinach Ravioli (above right) were in a savory butter sauce that had a nice subtle flavor of spinach.

The Five-Cheese Ravioli (above left) that were stuffed with a medley of Italian cheeses were presented in a fine Bolognese sauce. 

Their Apple Raviolis (above right) were sweet and tasty yet, not overwhelming. The Duck
Raviolis were in a Cream Sauce that added the perfect essence to this traditional fowl.

The heavenly Crispelle Fiornentino (above left) was a delicate crepe stuffed with spinach & ricotta served in a Tomato Sauce with béchamel & parmigianno cheese.

Another dish worth mentioning was the Veal Bertalino Rollatini (above right). This excellent veal dish was comprised of spinach, ricotta, mortadella, parmesan, plum tomatoes, and portabella mushrooms with a touch of garlic in a white wine butter sauce.

Piccolo’s Salomone al Forno (above left), was a Wild Alaskan salmon encrusted with red peppers, parmigianno cheese, onions & parsley baked with white wine & butter, served over sautéed spinach. This dish was cooked to perfection and will definitely bring out the salmon lover in you.

Chicken Zingarella (above right), which translates to “Little Gypsy Girl”, was a superb knockout. This all-time favorite consisted of chicken breasts that were breaded and stuffed with Prosciutto & mozzarella in a Pink Marsala Sauce with chopped portabella mushrooms and topped with melted mozzarella cheese.  Move over Cordon Bleu this “Little Gypsy Girl”
has most definitely arrived.

Not to be outdone, the dessert portion of our meal was as incredible as the savory dishes were outstanding.  We sampled “World Class”, homemade Rainbow Cookies (above left) that put all others to shame. Then we had an excellent creamy tiramisu (above right), which was as authentic as it was tasty.

Another dessert worth trying was the raspberry cheesecake (above left) in which the Chambord infused raspberry jam topping excellently complimented the superb cheesecake. 

Another sweet delight we tasted was the Dolci Domenice (above right). This dessert consisted of vanilla ice cream over Frangelico & Kahlua cleverly presented in a margarita glass. All of these sweet taste sensations were complimented with fine espresso (below left) & cappuccino coffee (below right).


Overall Rating: Superb

Cuisine: Authentic Northern Italian

Ambiance & Décor: Romantic & Charming

Prices: Lunch $9-$14 - Dinner $15-$25

Website: Piccolo's

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