In what certainly spells rough times for one Westside restaurant group, Piccolo Venice appears to be closed for good. Guests trying to make a reservation on the restaurant’s OpenTable have been thoroughly thwarted in the past week or so, and anyone going in person has found the place locked up tight.
Only a call to the Piccolo Group’s remaining restaurant, Hostaria del Piccolo in Santa Monica, could officially confirm the closure, though, with staff saying the place has been down ever since the end of dineLA Week. The loss marks a tough year for the namesake restaurant team, which already had to cut ties with their short-lived takeaway shop CiBoteca, before more recent news that Venice’s own version of Hostaria del Piccolo was getting flipped into a Pono Burger location.
Piccolo, of course, was also the most heralded and seemingly beloved of chef Bobo Ivan’s restaurant flock. Now with the shutter, only Hostaria del Piccolo in Santa Monica remains. Perhaps the pressure from the arrival of nearby all-day charmer Dudley Market was too much to handle? Who knows.