Hostaria del Piccolo in Santa Monica is a perfect place to have weekend brunch with an Italian twist. There is indoor or outdoor seating on a sunny day in the cute little courtyard. I'm also told this place has an awesome happy hour, which I will have to try soon. I ordered the Polenta, with house-made porchetta, polenta, sunny side eggs, and parmesan truffle Fonduta. They had me at "parmesan truffle Fonduta." So the bottom layer is this creamy polenta made from cornmeal (like Italy's version of grits). On top of that is porchetta which is a tender roasted pork sliced thin with a savory gravy-like sauce. Next is the parmesan truffle Fonduta which is rich, earthy, and cheesy. Topped off with a sunny side egg this dish is perfectly rich and savory. If I could wish for anything else it would be a layer of spinach to brighten the dish…. or maybe just some more truffle cheese sauce.
My GF ordered the French tosti, which were these adorable french toast sticks with a side of syrup for dipping. They were perfectly crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. I tried a little bite which I didn't even think needed the syrup. Yum! Will definitely be coming back here soon.