We went to Piccolinos in Brindley Place a couple of days ago and on the whole it was a very pleasant experience.

It was a balmy evening and Oozell Square with it’s quartet of restaurants — Ikon, Thai Edge, Cielo and Piccolinos –was buzzing with diners enjoying their meals.

We ordered some bread and calamari for starters. The bread was fine enough, nothing special, however the calamari was excellent. The staff were at this stage courteous, knowledgable, attentive and unobtrusive and we had no complaints with the service when our mains were brought out. I ordered a mushroom and cheese pasta dish which was supurb and my better half enjoyed a beautifully cooked crispy duck and apple dish.

Unfortunately the service just fell away towards the end of our meal with no one paying us much attention when we were in the mood for a desert. Which is a shame as it meant that they missed out as I expect did we.

Would we go again? … Yes but we’ll get a seat inside where they might be less inclined to forget about us.