CLOSED: La Piccola Cucina in Central Phoenix

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La Piccola Cucina, the fast-casual Mediterranean cafe tucked into a charming, restored 1920s home on Seventh Street in Central Phoenix, has shuttered.

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The restaurant, whose name means "the little kitchen," came courtesy of husband-and-wife team Debbie and Andy Pappas, who opened La Piccola Cucina in 2008. And the pair was as much a part of their little cafe as the food.

With a reputation for being a true character, ex-New Yorker Andy Pappas, a former actor and singer in his home state, would frequently burst into song at the restaurant. His wife Debbie, a flight attendant for 30 years in a previous life, was equally as friendly. The two moved to the Valley from New York, where Andy also owed restaurants, in 1997.

La Piccola Cucina's Mediterranean-inspired menu featured huge sandwiches, a rotating list of meats and side dishes from a refrigerated case, and desserts. Counter orders were delivered to tables inside or on the outdoor patio while pre-cooked orders were speed-heated in a high-tech oven and arranged on a plate.

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Location Info

La Piccola Cucina - CLOSED

2241 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


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Concerned_Food_Fan
Concerned_Food_Fan

 "With a reputation for being a true character, ex-New Yorker Andy Pappas, a former actor and singer in his home state, would frequently burst into song at the restaurant."

That sounds really annoying..

pdross2000
pdross2000

I  lived a 5 minute walk from this place, went 3 times the food was always crappy

Kay Morris
Kay Morris

This one's pretty simple, the food sucked and he acted like an asshole. Amazing they stayed open so long, kind landlord must be the answer.

Kane Dale
Kane Dale

Sad to see the singing chef go!

Joel M. Starkman
Joel M. Starkman

In my HMO the days of free and greatly reduced rents combined with plentiful cheap labor allowed many to experiment with the food service industry .... Those who are left standing are the ones that paid attention to customer service and quality control

frankpiccioli
frankpiccioli

Only a boring...non cultured person would be annoyed at such things. Stick with Applebees...that sounds more like your style.

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