Italian: Piccolo Contemporary Italian

Fans of the late, great Italian eatery D’Arpino’s can still savor the legendary D’Arpino family marinara sauce at Piccolo Contemporary Italian in Nixa, Missouri. Piccolo offers an adventurous spin on traditional Italian fare, serving Sicilian-inspired nachos alongside more familiar fare such as chicken Parmesan – topped with plenty of that famous family sauce. (Photo by Tessa Cooper)

Piccolo Contemporary Italian, 107 W. Aldersgate Dr. Suite 1, Nixa, Missouri, 417.374.7291, eatpiccolo.com 

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Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 9pm; Friday, 4 to 10pm; Saturday, 11am to 10pm; Sunday, 11am to 9pm 

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RUNNER-UP: Avanzare Italian Dining, 1908 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, Missouri, 417.567.3463, avanzareitaliandining.com