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Piccolo marks its second anniversary

New menu and décor for Piccolo in Fort Lauderdale


Piccolo Ristorante

2826 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, 954-776-8066,

While marking his Italian nook's second anniversary, chef Andres Avayu has introduced a round of new dishes amid the deep-red and faux-stone walls.

A popular special, pappardelle con filet mignon with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, pine nuts and balsamic ($28), has been promoted to the main menu.

Other additions are carpaccio di zucchini with pine nuts and lemon vinaigrette ($14), mushroom risotto with white truffle oil ($22), a daily game bird, such as quail or pheasant (market price), and fruit basket with zabaione for dessert ($10).

"The carpaccio di zucchini and the game bird dish were inspirations from our recent trip to my home country, Chile, where dishes are created with a rustic simplicity," says Avayu, who works alongside his wife, Alison. "The game bird is one of my favorites because it challenges my creativity. The presentation on the zucchini is a beautiful piece of art — the carpaccio-style slices act as a napkin ring that holds the mixed greens."

Dinner will be served Monday after Thanksgiving for the season but will remain closed Sundays.

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