Tucked away in it’s own little corner in the popular Brentwood Village, Il Piccolo Verde is a crowd pleasing neighborhood Italian joint. The menu has all things Italian from pizza, pasta & their unique guilt-free Verde menu (this has healthy & gluten-free options).
The staff was very friendly & like most Italian places, I got bread while waiting for my food. They serve it with a house made tapenade, which I wasn’t too crazy about. However, they do give butter as an alternative, and I love bread & butter. Their made to order bread is made from the same dough used for their Neapolitan style pizzas. Which by the way are 2 for 1 on MONDAY. I know! You talk to any millennial about a meal deal, you have our undivided attention.
The first dish I tried, when I said tried I mean exercised with full restraint to not inhale, was the pappardelle bolognese. I’m not one to have favorites, but I think it’s safe to say this my favorite type of Italian pasta dish, and this place did it right. The noodles are house made. A good sprinkle of Parmesan, I quickly fell into an Eat, Pray, Love moment with the perfect bowl of pasta.
My second entree was the Quinoa Al Raipini from the Verde Menu. When I got the dish I thought I was in for a world of disappointment. I wish someone had recorded my face after one spoonful. It had such bright flavor from the lemon. Hey looks can be deceiving. At first glace it honestly looks bland, then one bite you have to control yourself from eating like a savage. Sneaky little dish that one is.
In true Italian style, I ordered salad last. Feeling mighty I ordered the Treviso Salad. My roommate Nicole called this one ‘her type of salad’. Bitter from the endive, then sweet from the pear & nuts, this salad is definitely on the sophisticated side but grew on me every bite. Nicole on the other hand was much appreciative of my micro-analytical hesitation of the salad as she demolished a majority of it.
One more of the pappardelle. Oh my yumm!
I’m so happy to have found one of those neighborhood ‘cater-to you’ type restaurants. Even if you’re in the mood to order off the menu and want thin pasta with fresh tomato & basil (another Eat, Pray, Love reference), I’m sure this place will make that for you with no fuss. Now next time I take a big group to Italian, there will be plenty of joyous faces rather than the brow-raises I got the last time.