Our drawers are already bunched up over the heinous new mixed use condo/shopping center now marring Rose Avenue in Venice, soon to be followed by a perfect storm of strollers and Google staffers. But at least one prized local is taking the cue to set up camp in the northern corner, as Hostaria del Piccolo, the more casual trattoria opened in Santa Monica by the owners of Venice's superior Piccolo, is opting to expand to a second location housed in this monstrosity's ground floor. Today the Piccolo team tells us its signage just went up in the space while the crew is readying for an opening by the end of summer. Currently, the new signage reads "cooking soon" and "hold your appetite" (oh, Euros...). The restaurant's menu will stay the same, but the new location will offer more counter space for dining, as well as a bigger outdoor patio space.
Hostaria del Piccolo, coming to 512 Rose Ave. Venice.