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Piccolo Outside
For some reason, there are many Italian restaurants in Azabu Juban area. Most of them are expensive and for special use, but one of the reasonable and probably the most popular Italian restaurant in Azabu Juban is PICCOLO GRANDE.

Piccolo バーニャカウダ 1
Piccolo Grande doesn't specialize in a specific state or area of Italian food like most other newly opened restaurants. They serve dishes which are known to most of us、but some of them with a original twist. One of their most popular antipasto is BAGNA CAUDA for 2,800 yen

Piccolo バーニャカウダ
Normally with Bagna Cauda, you dip vegetables in the sauce, but at Piccolo Grande, vegetables are cooked in the sauce. I've never seen this at any other restaurant, but its delicious.

Piccolo マグロ中おちのタルタル ガーリックトースト添え 1,700
Another popular antipasto is MAGURO NAKAOCHI NO TARUTARU GARLIC TOAST ZOE (Tartar tuna with garlic toast) for 1,700 yen.

Piccolo 前菜の盛り合わせ
Or if you want to try various antipastos, there is ZENSAI NO MORIAWASE (Assorted antipasto) for 1,900 yen.

Piccolo ホワイトアスパラのパルメザンチーズ焼き生ハムのせ
And if you happen to be visiting in the spring, one of my favorites is WHITE ASPARAGUS NO PARMESAN CHEESE YAKI NAMA HAMU NOSE (Baked white asparagus and Parmesan cheese with Prosciutto).

Piccolo 鶏白レバーの温かいサラダ マルサラワインソース フライドエッグ添え
If you want a salad instead of a normal chef's salad, you might wanna try TORI SHIRO LIVER NO ATTAKAI SALAD MARSALA WINE SAUCE FRIED EGG ZOE (Warm white chicken liver salad with fried egg and Marsala wine sauce) for 1,900 yen.

Piccolo アラビアータ
Now for pasta, some people say their SPAGHETTI ARRABBIATA for 1,500 yen is the best in Tokyo.

Piccolo イタリア産4種類のチーズとクリームソースのペンネ 1,800
If you want to have some creamy pasta, ITALIA SAN YON SHURUI NO CHEESE TOH CREAM SAUCE NO PENNE (Penne with 4 cheeses from Italy in a cream sauce) for 1,800 yen. If you like pasta with Gorgonzola cheese cream sauce, you will enjoy this maybe even more.

Piccolo 春野菜のボロネーゼ、手打ちのタリアテッレ
They do have pasta of day which is HONOJITSU NO PASTA and it changes by what was available at the market. The above is Tagliatelle Bolognese with spring vegetables.

Piccolo 冷製カラスミパスタ
They also have cold pastas as well like REISEI KARASUMI NO SPAGHETTI (Cold spaghetti Bottarga) for 2,000 yen.

Piccolo 真鯛のアクアッツア 2,500
For you main dish, there is AQUAPAZZA,

Piccolo カジキマグロのグリル
KAJIKI MAGURO NO GRILL (Grilled swordfish) for 2,000 yen,

Piccolo 香鶏の石窯焼 にんにくとジャガイモのロースト添え
TORI NO ISHIGAMA YAKI NINNIKU TOH JYAGAIMO NO ROAST ZOE (Chicken roasted in a brick oven with roasted garlic and potatoes) for 2,800 yen,

Piccolo 東京ポークのカツレツ ミラノ風
TOKYO PORK NO KATSURETU MIRANO FUU (Tokyo pork cutlet Milan style) for 2,600 yen,

Piccolo 子羊のソテーWineソース
and my favorite, KOHITSUJI NO GRILL WINE SAUCE (Grilled lamb chop with wine sauce) for 2,800 yen.

Piccolo バナナのミルクレープ
At last they do offer several desserts like BANANA NO MILLE CREPE (Banana mille crepe).

Piccolo Inside
Piccolo Grande has been around since the 80's and is a casual, friendly type Italian restaurant. You probably won't get a table without a reservation, so make sure you do before you go.

PICCOLO GRANDE(in Japanese, ピッコロ・グランデ)
Address: 3-7-2 Azabu Juban, Minato-ku, Tokyo
(in Japanese, 東京都港区麻布十番3-7-2)
Nearest train station: Tokyo Metro Azabu Juban (3 min walk)
Tel: 03-3457-0665
Reservations: Yes (must)
Website: http://www.piccolo-grande.co.jp/index.html (in Japanese only)
English menu: No, but in Italian
Credit Card: Yes
Open: 11:30am-2pm, 6pm-10:30pm
Closed: Tuesday
If Tuesday is a holiday, will be closed on Wednesday instead

Prices: Antipasto from 800-2,500 yen
Pizza from 2,000-3,000 yen
Pasta from 1,600-2,000 yen
Seafood from 2,000-3,500 yen
Meat from 2,600-5,000 yen
Lunch 3 course menus only from 2,800-3,800 yen

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