The Monster has long been a fan of the Venice beach-side Italian Piccolo. And he’s made his way a few times to its sister restaurant Hostaria del Piccolo, a more casual version in downtown Santa Monica.
It’s a nice looking, casual room of dark woods with windows letting in light from 6th and Broadway. With an open kitchen you can watch the chefs at work. There is also a back patio for fine Southern California days and nights.