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1960s and 70s - Picciolo Italian Restaurant on Collins Avenue, Miami Beach
1960's - 1970's Courtesy of Robert Bowman

1960's and 70's - Picciolo Italian Restaurant on Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

136 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida


Thank you to Robert Bowman for contributing this great old image. Robert says "the local kids knew that there were always free garlic rolls and bread sticks (just out of the oven) to be had by the back door. The family had a long history on South Beach."


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Jeff Friend 09-Jun-2014 01:08
Ate there many times growing up on Miami Beach in the 50's/60's.Lived at 1235 Pennsylvania Ave. at the time. Sonny Boncevelos family (friend from school)owned it at that time.
michael zoovas 03-Jan-2014 17:31
MY COUSIN MARCELLA MARRIED VINCENT PICCIOLO AND I WORKED THERE BEFORE I WENT INTO THE ARMY IN 1963. MAURO WAS THE SALAD MAN, LOUIE WAS THE CHEF, REESE WAS THE BAKER AND OL MAN PICCIOLO WAS RUNNING IT ALL WITH HIS SON VINCE. ACTUALLY, AS I THINK BACK IT WAS DOROTHY WHO WAS THE HEAD HONCHO. SOME OF THE WAITERS THERE WERE PAT WHO LIMPED AND AL WHO WE CALLED "CANOLI # 1" BECAUSE HE WAS ALWAYS PUSHING CANOLI'S.
WILLIE WAS ALSO A POT WASHER WHO EVENTUALLY BECAME KNOWN AS "CHAMP".........THERE WAS ALSO A CHEF BRUNO AND GEORGE THE PASTA MAN.
I STARTED AS A KITCHEN BOY WHO PEELED SHRIMP AND CLEANED GARLIC AND AND MADE IT TO POT WASHER AND EVENTUALLY WORKED IN THE SALAD SECTION AND BAKERY AND DID WE EVER PUT OUT THE GREATEST FOOD ON MIAMI BEACH.
AFTER THEY SOLD VINCE AND MARCELLA MOVED TO THE KEYS AND RAN "SNAPPERS RESTAURANT" IN KEY LARGO AND EVENTUALLY MOVED TO PALM BEACH COUNTY..............VINCE DIED TWO YEARS AGO AND THE ONLY PICCIOLO'S LEFT ARE HIS THREE CHILDREN AND MY COUSIN MARCELLA.
WHAT GREAT MEMORIES.............IF ANYONE KNEW ME OR WORKED THERE FROM 1960-1963 I WOULD ENJOY CHATTING WITH YOU.MY E-MAIL zgumshoe@verizon.net
Mike Zoovas
Guest 11-Dec-2013 21:29
I remember going there for lunch with my mom in 1974 and eating the best anchovie pizza ever!
Guest 22-Nov-2013 17:01
I was at piccolo's in the early 60's. I remember the outdoor dining and the delicious breadsticks.
We used to stay at a hotel called the Shoreham Norman. Does anyone know where that was on south beach?
stewart schlau 19-Jan-2011 11:23
I remember my mother taking me there in the 40's for great pizza which I can still taste. The waiters were always amazed at how much I could eat as a 5 year old. I have a souvenir menu from the 60's when my folks went there while on vacation. Imagine a full 7 course meal appetizer, soup,side dish salad, entree, dessert and coffee for nest to nothing. Live 1 1/2 lb lobster dinner for $7.95. That won't even buy dessert in most places.
Jo 26-Dec-2010 23:56

My grandparents stayed in an apt nearby for the season and we would come to visit with them- number one memory was going over to stand and watch the lobsters in the tank- the guys by the door were really nice to us three kids and let us stay until the crowds came. I don't remember why we were so facinated by the lobsters but it was boring sitting around listening to the older people talk -so we'd always make are way over there. Its a great memory -one I always tell my kids about. It was a very popular place and alot of celeberties found there way there.
Guest 15-Jan-2010 16:47
Well now I'm pretty teary! There was not a week of my childhood that we didn't eat in the amazing out door dining room. It was and will always be my favorite restaurant ever!
Peggy Green
JIM BEATA 03-Jan-2010 06:38
IN 1977/78 IWORKED NEAR THE END OF THE ERA WHAT A RESTURANT THE OLD MAN WAS STILL ALIVE BUT THE TWO BRO AND DELORES RAN IT ONOFRIO MADE THE BEST BREAD EVER GEORGE WAS THE PASTA MAN I WAS THE PREP /RUNNER CHAMP WAS THE MANAGER WHAT A FEAST LEG OF LAMB FOR MRS P ON EASTER HAD A BREAD CRUMB CALLED SICILIANO THAT I WOULD MAKE DAILY USING ONLY THE WHITE PORTION OF THE BREAD I STILL HAVE MY APRON FROM THOSE DAYS MORRIS SALADS AND DESERTS THE OLD BUTCHER I LIVED AT THE SEACREST APTS 121 OCEAN DRIVE STILL THERE THE WAITERS WHERE LEGENDARY DOG TRACK WAS OPEN AS WAS THE PLAYHOUSE IWAS 19 YEARS OLD WHAT FOND MEMORIES LA DOLCE VITA I STOOD AS BEST MAQN AT A WEDDDING IN THE GARDENROOM WITH CHAMPAGNE FOUNTAIN
Albert Ayala 10-Oct-2009 18:35
Wow ... I remember skipping Ida Fisher with my buddies and going to Picciolo for fresh bread sticks in the mid 70s. Very fond memories that I had lost, thank you!
dave d 19-Aug-2009 03:46
my mother and father lived a few blocks from there in the late 30's and 40's , i think they said it was open back then
Kathy Hughes 18-Aug-2009 04:38
My husband and I ate there twice while on our honeymoon in Miami 35 years ago in 1974. We have never forgotten the wonderful bread.
Philip Bezzone 21-Jul-2009 19:56
we would go every night for dinner year after year on vacation
Mrs Piccolo put Veal Parm on the childrens Menu for me we thought of them all as a second family and our fave waiter was Pat
Mike Hannau 16-Feb-2009 05:20
Had first Pizza there in the early 50's with brother George. Post card shown was produced by my dad, Hans Hannau.
Was great food, great family (the Picciolo's). St Pat's families and kids were regulars. There was also another great Italian restaurant, Sorrento's, owned by the Amanzio family. They were another St Pat's family. It was frequented by opera and theatrical people, as well as U of M students. Was out SW 8th St and 32Av.
Martha Pierson 23-Aug-2008 22:50
Club Ophium is located on this site now. The address was 136 Collins Av.