Il Piccolo Verde Serves Up Slice Of Italy In Brentwood

Thursday, 20 Feb 2014, 8:19:00 AM

Parimal M. Rohit

Il Piccolo Verde is located at 140 South Barrington Place in Brentwood. Oscar Morel brings his extensive restaurant experience to keep customers coming back for more.
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Il Piccolo Verde is located at 140 South Barrington Place in Brentwood. Oscar Morel brings his extensive restaurant experience to keep customers coming back for more.

Since Il Piccolo Verde opened its doors in September 2013 on

Barrington Place just below Sunset Boulevard in Brentwood, it has been

making a name for itself by preparing tasty food that’s healthy all

while offering a fine dining atmosphere without breaking the bank.

Even more, the restaurant prides itself on serving gluten-free and

health conscious food, with many menu items prepared with unrefined cold

pressed oils, organic ingredients, and fresh greens.

Michael Schwartz and Oscar Morel brought the airy restaurant, which

has a classy yet casual atmosphere, to life in Brentwood. While Schwartz

used his business savvy to make sure the doors stay open, Morel uses

his extensive experience in the restaurant world to keep the customers

coming back for more.

On a recent Friday afternoon when The Mirror visited the restaurant,

an elder couple casually sat at a patio table enjoying some bread and

pizza.

Indeed, Il Piccolo Verde offers fresh-baked breads and a wide wood-oven cooked pizzas.

With “pizza as it once was,” the “Pizza Napoletana” menu offers Naples-inspired pies with soft, foldable, and “wet” dough.

According to the menu, the Naples-themed pizzas are cooked in word

burning ovens that reach temperatures of 800 to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit,

which cook the pizzas in about a minute and causes the crust to get

slightly charred and blackened.

The menu further states the oven used at the restaurant was handmade

by the Marra family in Naples using sand and ash from Mount Vesuvius.

There are 10 pizzas to choose from on this menu, including Marinara, Margherita, Pepperoni Salami, Vegetariana, and Verde.

Also on the menu are New York-style pizzas, such as Cheese &

Sauce, Hawaiian, Pepperoni & Sausage, Pollo-e-Pesto, and Vegetarian.

If you seek more than bread or pizza, there are also traditional pastas, meat dishes, and seafood fare.

Yet the highlight of the Il Piccollo Verde menu is its natural green selection. After all, “Verde” does mean “green.”

There are 11 items on the Natural Green menu, from the simple Verde

Salad and Ocean Vegetable Salad to the signature Quinoa Al Rapini,

Amaranth Polente with Shitake Mushrooms, Pollo Cacciatore, Lemon Chicken

Naturale, and others.

For those in the area before 4 pm, there are a handful of lunch

specials. One special is a grilled rib-eye steak with arugula and Swiss

cheese. Another offers meatballs with marinara and mozzarella cheese. A

vegetarian dish offers roasted bell peppers, baked eggplant, tomatoes,

and fresh mozzarella cheese.

On the dessert menu, the tiramisu and crème brûlée are most popular,

though there is also a homemade vanilla soufflé, custard pie with

almonds, two types of cheesecake, cannoli, gelato, and sorbet.

Prices range from $7 to $30 for main course items.

For a complete description of menu items and food options, visit the restaurant’s website at ilpiccoloverde.com.

The restaurant is open everyday for lunch and dinner and is located

at 140 South Barrington Place in Brentwood, just west of the

intersection of Barrington Avenue and Sunset Boulevard.

Il Piccolo Verde does cater and is available for private parties.

Individual reservations can be made on Open Table. The restaurant also

accepts food orders online or by phone at 310.472.4939.

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