Il Piccolo Verde, “A Little Green” in Italian, is an inviting and engaging trattoria that adds up so more than the sum of its parts. We came in a couple years ago and it is was great then and even better now. Some incredible dishes we had were the fried calamari, ginger tarragon soup (out of this world), baked eggplant, mixed green salad with chicken and the veal marsala.
This little almost hidden late night gem is easy to pass by on Barrington Place in Brentwood Village, a few yards from Sunset Boulevard, just a 1/4 mile west of the 405 Freeway. No, it’s on Barrington Place, not in Barrington Court on Barrington Street.
The contemporary yet cozy, intimate interior turns out to be just as inviting. The lines are cutting edge clean and yet are as warm as only organic can be. It still somehow reflects the old-fashioned neighborhood Italian restaurant serving authentic Napolitano and NY-style pizzas, pastas, antipasti, salads and tempting desserts.
The food is made-to-order, many items from scratch, all using fresh, authentic, high-quality ingredients.
Napolitano, “Pizza como una volta” (“Pizza as it once was”) baked at 800-1000 degrees for 60-90 seconds in hand-crafted wood fire oven, imported from Naples.
The thin-crust NY-style pizza. A wide array of tasty toppings for both types is offered.
Artisan beer or wines by the glass and bottle, is offered and curated by a professional sommelier to pair with the Italian menu. The management acknowledged that they are “a little obsessed with beverage “best practices” and use the latest advanced technology to store, keep and serve our wines and beer so they’re always at their peak.”
The rest of the includes antipasti and salads, wide range of pastas, including homemade pappardelle, ravioli, and gnocchi, as well as fresh fish, meat and poultry, grilled, sautéed or roasted.
A special Verde Naturale menu was designed for the health-conscious. It is comprised of a dozen tasty, guilt-free, low-calorie options made with organic, unrefined raw and cold pressed oils, organic, unfiltered raw apple cider vinegar, Celtic sea salt, gluten-free, organic grains (buckwheat, millet, amaranth, and quinoa) and a variety of leafy greens and colorful fresh vegetables.
Desserts include the traditional tiramisu and cheesecake to a little more unusual chocolate fondant wedge. They are also perfect for after-hours because the food is rich and the portions generous.
Danesi Italian coffee is offered “any way you like it”. And truly, the feeling in a visit to Il Piccolo Verde is that you are an honored guest there to have good food and be accommodated in whatever way possible. And this is done with a refined but totally fun and family way with a waiter from Italy.
Il Piccolo Verde is open 7 days a week, serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner.