One of the first nice restaurants I ate at when we moved back to Marin was Picco Restaurant, Larkspur. We ate there because the moving company had broken a table of ours and to molify us they sent us a gift certificate from Picco’s. So, we went, and one of the first things I noticed was that they had our stainless silverware – which I’ve never seen anywhere else in the States. Not that it’s so special, it’s just stainless steel from an Italian company, but we bought it when we were first married, two young architects with modern tastes.
Anyhow, I digress. The food was wonderful, and I was delighted that the inept moving company had facilitated our introduction to a really great restaurant. They use many local ingredients, and actually feature a prix fixe menu showcasing Marin producers on Monday evenings, “Marin Mondays”. Their style is California cuisine with an Italian influence (hence the silverware?).
It’s open every evening, with the valet stand usually humming and the windows full of happy patrons. On really warm evenings, you’ll see the porch full of diners lounging by two’s on the small tables ’til past closing time. They are usually empty on cold nights, because there are no outdoor heaters, and most diners don’t take them up on their offers of blankets to wrap themselves in to dine al fresco.
Note: This is not to be confused with Pizzeria Picco, which is next door and is a completely separate operation.
Where: 320 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur, CA 94939 (map)
Hours: Sunday – Thursday 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Friday – Saturday 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.