Piccolo’s – #122 on the Tour

The Bar: Piccolo

The Address 157 Shrewsbury Street

The Day and the Time Wednesday at 8:30, I think. I didn’t have a watch.

The price Seven dollars. It’s a Shrewsbury Street Bargain!

Did they ask me if I wanted a lime No. She intuited the need for such a thing. As a matter of fact, she took another lime and squeezed the juice into it.

What was the type of gin I was given a choice between Tanqueray or Bombay Saphire. I chose the Tanqueray

What was the gin and tonic like It was good. I liked it. But its the axiom of this tour: you like the bar, the drink tastes great. So there.

The Joint I decided to pop in when I saw a large rowdy group of young people drinking and kibitzing in the outside tables. They seemed to be having a great time, so I figured I should check out the small bar inside. I was going to not go to this place for the tour, because I didn’t think it would show me anything other than another bar at another restaurant.

Their were 7 people at the bar eating and drinking. Everyone seemed to be a regular. Two bartenders were friendly and made it comfortable. The decor was Italian Restaurant, by way of an old bank that it used to be and aspects of that are incorporated, but then it turned a corner and it was it wound up in oddville. They had above the bar, framed photographic portraits of the cast of the 1970s feel-good flick One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. That’s right, photo portraits of Jack Nicholson, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd. Pictures of Actors playing Crazy People. What the hell is this about? I don’t know, but its this kind of odd idiosyncratic tic that makes a joint its own thing. Come for the friendly service, stay for the glowering visage of Jack Nicholson leering down at you.

General Impressions I was talking to my friend Epicurean Eric about my problem with the tour at this point. I have about 20 or so places on the tour and I want to be done, but every time I finish a bar on the list, I discover another bar I never knew existed so I put that on the list. Eric thought I was crazy and said I should close the list and just not put anything else on it. I agree with him but then I wouldn’t have gone to Piccolo and I would have missed one of the more pleasant bar visits I have had in a while. There wasn’t anything particular that makes me say this. It just was that if felt like a great neighborhood bar, and it is a excellent restaurant. It has regulars and a wide range of ages coming to drink and eat. They were friendly and professional. I have heard the food is great and the bar was good. The bar is small, but in this case, it made it more intimate.

Amount of Time in the Joint 25 minutes (long for me, but what can I say. I lingered)

Will I come back Yeah. It was a nice time.

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