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The folks at piccolo certainly know how to grab diners’ attention. I first started noticing billboards inviting me to the nixa restaurant, and then when I heard radio ads describing italian nachos, I knew I had to make a special trip.

The D’arpino’s legacy, reimagined for nixa and folks seeking contemporary italian. When mark and mary ann D’arpino decided to close D’arpino’s italian cafe after 13 years, it certainly left a void in the springfield dining scene. Fortunately, their son steve D’arpino and his wife, cassie, opened piccolo in december 2016 as a spinoff of his parents’ restaurant. “more than anything, we wanted to be able to carry on the legacy of D’arpinos, while still bringing something unique to the 417 area,” cassie D’arpino says. She notes the modern atmosphere. “sometimes italian restaurants can feel dated,” she says.


At piccolo, modern decor and a casual feel bring italian into the 21st century.

A new twist on italian favorites.Cheese tortellini seriously, you have to try the italian nachos ($8.99). These nachos are actually wonton chips with house-made alfredo sauce — steve’s recipe —and grilled chicken, basil, pepperoncini, tomatoes and balsamic drizzle. These nachos have everything that’s good about italian flavors–freshness from the basil and tomatoes; savory from the creamy, garlicky alfredo and a bit of spice from the pepperoncini. While piccolo uses mark D’arpino’s marinara recipe — ”his recipe came to be locally famous, ” cassie says — piccolo uses a different alfredo sauce that’s packed with garlic.

Traditional recipes and some new favorites. It’s lunchtime, and I decide to try the lunch-size portions of the cheese tortellini and penne valentine (each $8.99). I loved D’arpino’s cheese tortellini, and D’arpino tells me that piccolo uses the same recipe. I get it with blush sauce, which is a mixture of marinara and alfredo. “it’s really the best of both worlds,” D’arpino says.Cheese tortellini the super creamy sauce goes great with the soft, cheesy pasta. It’s baked to give it a bit of a baked cheese crunch on top. I’ve had a dish similar to the penne valentine at the original D’arpino’s and always loved that, too. This pasta dish sautees penne with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and bacon. “the sun-dried tomatoes give it a different texture,” D’arpino says. Anything with bacon is perfect in my book. This is definitely a favorite of mine.

Start with a salad. D’arpino’s house salad lovers will enjoy being able to have their favorite italian house dressing again. Piccolo uses the same italian dressing as D’arpino’s, and people have been enjoying the fresh flavors. D’arpino suggests the organic greens salad ($10.99), which has grilled chicken, dried cranberries, sliced almonds, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette. “people really appreciate that we have healthy options available, too,” D’arpino says.

Happy hour and small plates — something new and much needed in the nixa community.Cheese tortellini D’arpino says that she and her husband, steve, noticed that nixa needed a good spot for happy hour. Enjoy happy hourpiccolo has its happy hour from 3 to 6 p.M. Tuesday through friday. Tuesday through friday 3-6. Get $3 glasses of wine, $5 specialty cocktails and $3 italian margaritas. An italian margarita? “we use tequila and a specialty mix,” she says, plus, some amaretto. During happy hour, also enjoy $5 small plates, dishes that are completely different from the normal menu. “it’s great to have a glass of wine and dinner and not have to drive 25 minutes to springfield to get it,” D’arpino says. And I agree. Though D’arpino’s restaurant is no more in springfield, piccolo just a little south delivers on its old favorites, along with some new ideas that really work.