NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Minneapolis welcomed Picollo in 2010

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Fitness magazine authors claim that you should eat 5 small meals a day in order to stay metabolically aligned. This is where Picollo comes in. By offering their small plates to share – five small meals is totally doable – too bad the fitness experts didn’t say we can eat the five small meals all in one setting.

Located on the corner of 43rd and Bryant, Picollo’s big tall windows invites all passer-bys to peek in and ogle over the carefully crafted dishes. Even Anthony Bourdain claims it’s one of  his best restaurant stops across the good ol’ U.S. of A. I chose this venue as a girl’s night and felt reassured that it was the right ambiance when I saw the soft glow of the dining area coupled with only a small number of tables. It was quiet and intimate with likeminded groups of friends gathered over petite tables.

A quick internet stop on Picollo’s website tells us that Picollo founders are into “fractional dining” or “tasting” of their food. I like this idea as I’m known as the person orchestrating who should order what so I can taste all the plates I want in one restaurant stop. (Yes, that’s why my friends think I’m a control freak.) Picollo is one of those places that like to promote seasonal and local food. All so reminiscent of the latest foodie trends the urban folks get so enamored by.

Our server suggested we should choose between 3-4 plates. We all started off with the beet salad – golden yellow beets with ground cherries and a dollop of homemade ricotta cheese swished onto the white plate. For my second plate, I chose the fried duck egg complemented with kimchi, a golden crusted rice golf ball and shiny grilled pork belly. My companions chose the acorn squash agnolotti with burrata, truffles and cider, the lobster and pike “quenelles” with compressed butter lettuce, cauliflower and sea urchin as well as the flat iron steak with bone marrow, garlic toast, cornichons and celery root. I was the only one who made room dessert and had a rich decadent chocolate terrine with a cute lil’ brandy infused cherry and cherry sauce sprinkled with crushed pretzels. Delish!

Definitely come here. Ample street parking. Nice urban environment.

Piccolo – 4300 Bryant Avenue, Minneapolis, MN

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