Piccoli Risotteria--surprisingly good fare in Windsor Terrace
So a new place just opened up fairly near to where I live in Windsor Terrace. It took over the space that the Cheesesteak Factory occupied (a take-out place that never seemed to keep regular hours or have customers) in a little storefront at the corner of Prospect Park SW and Vanderbilt Avenue next to Uncle Louis G.'s WT outpost (closed for the winter). Named Piccoli, it's strictly a take-out and delivery place and serves mainly risotto as well as panini and a handful of other Italian specials.
Although skeptical, my partner and I ended getting some takeout there on a particularly cold night when we were too lazy to trek up to Park Slope. We kept it simple--she had a chicken milanese and I ordered the basic risotto with parmesan (reggiano, as it turns out). It was very good, far better than I'd expect from such a place. I was particularly surprised at the really excellent texture of the risotto--not overcooked or mushy, as is often the case even in a sit-down place. My partner said the milanese was cooked just right, with nicely flavored chicken (I'm vegetarian and so can't confirm). And the guy who runs the counter (the owner?) also seems really nice. Always a plus.
We have very, very few decent places to eat in WT, but I must say that I'm cheering for Piccoli. The location does not seem ideal, so it probably needs all the help it can get. But for the price (my risotto was $7.50, I think), it's really good, solid, and carefully made food.
3923 Bell Blvd, Bayside, NY 11361
Piccoli to Go
157 Prospect Park SW, Brooklyn, NY 11218
also gave it a try and had two excellent risottos, the wild mushroom and seafood. both cooked perfectly. it is indeed the Fragole team. heard that they plan on sprucing up the outdoor seating once Spring arrives. here's hoping it succeeds.
394 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
We too tried it out last night in the midst of the snowstorm. Like everyone else we were really pleasantly surprised---I was truly skeptical that risotto could be delivered and not be a soggy mushy mess. But it was perfectly done, and delicious! We ordered two--the Pollo e Funghi and the Broccoli rabe and Italian sausage. Both excellent and chock full of stuff, so easily made a filling meal. Also had the salad Pastore with fresh mozzerella, roasted peppers, olives, and artichokes over organic greens. Nicely done and the mozzerella was very good. Not cheap for take-out though...came to around $40 with tip which is more than I'd usually spend for a take-out meal. But still a great resource as this area has really limited take-out options. Hope they succeed.