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Boston Restaurant Blog -- May, 2009

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Pizza and Ice Cream at Picco, Boston

One place that I have really been trying to get to since they opened was Picco Restaurant on Tremont Street in the South End of Boston. The main reason? They feature two of my favorite foods - pizza and ice cream. So I was excited to finally get over there this week, and it completely lived up to my expectations.

photo of Picco, Boston, Massachusetts Picco is a funky-looking spot located on the ground floor of the luxurious Atelier 505 Building near the intersection of Tremont Street and Berkeley Street. The restaurant is a bit on the small side, but outdoor sidewalk seating in the summer months boosts the capacity of the place. The interior of Picco is very appealing, with a bar/soda fountain area to the right (complete with hanging lights and a big wall mirror) and tables with bright red chairs to the left. When we were there, jazz music was playing through the speakers, adding to the quirky, almost Bohemian vibe of the restaurant.

We started out with a fresh-tasting Caesar salad and a terrific pureed carrot and red pepper soup, as well as a couple of beers from Colorado (a hoppy and slightly harsh-tasting Dale's Pale Ale and a smooth, coffee-tinged Left Hand Milk Stout). Then the pizza came, and what a pizza it was; served in a pizza dish on top of a metal can, this pie was positively dreamy, with a slightly charred bottom (it was cooked in an incredibly hot brick oven), a rich-tasting but airy crust, a zesty and chunky tomato sauce, and thin slices of cheese that bring back memories of the best New York pizzerias. The large pepperoni pizza was plenty big enough for two, and while just a tad expensive at $21, it was certainly worth the price. I was pretty full by the time we finished the pizza, but I just had to try the homemade ice cream at Picco, so I ordered a single scoop of the malt chip which was sweet and rich, but not overly so. Our server then brought us a decent but slightly burnt-tasting coffee and two different types of cookies (gingerbread and meringue), both of which were excellent.

Our night at Picco was easily one of the best overall dining experiences I've had so far in 2009. And while it maybe isn't quite a hidden gem (which is why we aren't sure about featuring it on our site, as much as I'd like to), it is one spot that will become one of the handful of repeat places for me over the coming months. A big thumbs-up for this fantastic little restaurant in the South End of Boston.

For those who want the address for Picco, here it is: Picco Restaurant, 513 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02116. The phone number is (617) 927-0066.

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Ryan said:
I live in Bay Village, and Picco is my go-to place for casual dining. The pizza is by far the best in Boston, and the calzones, pastas, sandwiches, etc are pretty darn good too. Add to that the fact that you can get a decent bottle of wine at an attractive pricepoint, various craft beers, and great ice cream- what's not to love about this place. One word of warning for newbies, the ice cream has the most intense flavors I've ever tasted. Beware the dark chocolate and coffee flavors. They may be more than you bargained for.
Posted on 5/7/09
LM said:
I think this may become my favorite pizza joint in Boston as well! Watch out Regina's....there's competition in town (finally!). I wonder if they'll ever consider opening another one?
Posted on 5/8/09
JLS said:
Great to know - our office just moved to Bay Village and we're on the lookout for places we can go for lunch or enjoy a drink after work. Or enjoy a drink at lunch, but don't tell my boss.
Posted on 5/8/09
MH said:
After a couple more visits to Picco, we have decided to feature the restaurant on our site: Here is the link: Picco Restaurant, Boston, MA.
Posted on 11/23/09

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