Piccolo Cucina now has three spots in the city (all of them in Soho), and this one on Prince Street is the most casual. It’s a one-room restaurant that feels like it could be in a small town in Sicily, with doors that open up to make the whole space airy, and one person cooking all the food behind a tiny bar. The menu primarily involves Italian small plates like octopus salad and arancini, along with some housemade pastas - and we especially like the meatballs and the orecchiette, both of which are served in a tart and cheesy tomato sauce. This place works well for wine and a casual bite after work, or during lunch when you can get anything on the menu for $10.
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