“Contemporary Rustic” best describes the décor at Piccolina Toscana. Styled after a loft, the dining room décor features painted brick, rescued barn wood and art. Oversized color panels of modern art by renowned local artist Vicki Vinton sit in contrast to a folksy, chalkboard-style mural which reflects a real, hand-scripted Italian recipe. The floor is an iridescent Italian porcelain tile. The base colors are muted whites and grays with pops of exciting color coming from seating. Modern plateware and simple kitchen-towel style napkins accentuate the negative space.
The communal atmosphere was designed to feel like a big party. Less like a family dinner, and more like watching the Palio in Siena. The open dining room is a place to see your friends and for your friends to see you, and for everyone to see the kitchen, engendering the feeling that you are part of a shared experience. A custom made high-top community table made of welded steel and rescued barn timbers is perched in front of the elevated pastry kitchen. Also adding to the convivial feel of the restaurant: round booths, which let diners have their own party within a party. A backlit, sheer black curtain defines the private dining area, which can be arranged for intimate or large private parties. Patio can accommodate large and small parties for dining.
The News Journal, December 12, 2010, “Taste of Delaware: Delawareans ate well in
2010, and here's how,” by Patricia Talorico
Restaurateur Dan Butler renovated Toscana, his flagship Trolley Square
eatery, yet again. This old favorite has a fresh look and new name --
Piccolina Toscana. Bacala croquettes and pumpkin doughnuts from the
energized staff shouldn't be missed.
Spark, December 28, 2010, “Best Food of 2010,” Kelly Housen’s pick
Best Food of 2010: Short rib ravioli at Piccolina Toscana. I have a soft spot in
my heart for Toscana, as it's where my man and I went on our first date. But
the food is what always keeps this Trolley Square spot on the top of my go-to
list. From the short rib ravioli to the tender meatballs, to the sweetly
indulgent French toast, the kitchen here is at the top of its game.