La Piccolina offers a touch of Northern Italy cuisine

A touch of northern Italy has been brought to the New Milford Village Green by the husband and wife team of Carlos Flores and Sandra Parra.

Called La Piccolina, their restaurant is located in the site formerly called home by the Grand Patisserie.

The locale may be familiar yet patrons will likely have the feel of being spirited off to a trattoria with the new eatery's clean decor and artwork by area artists adorning the walls.

Mr. Flores has been a restaurant chef for 20 years. He cooked for and operated two New York City restaurants for 15 of those years prior to moving to the New Milford area -- Piadina and Malatesta. He counted Daniel Day-Lewis and Al Paccino among his customers, he said.

"I was working for many years for someone else," Mr. Flores said, "and I thought, if I can run a business for someone else, why not run my own? My main interests have always been quality of the food and customer service."

Ms. Parra brought her marketing knowledge to the enterprise.

For years, she held business positions with firms in the city and, since moving to the New Milford area eight years ago, has worked in marketing at Boehringer-Ingelheim pharmaceuticals in Ridgefield.

"We're trying to keep prices moderate," Ms. Parra said. "We're all conscious of our spending right now, so we offer a good meal that's not so pricey."

From their lunch sandwich, Piandia con Proscuitto, a homemade flat bread stuffed with ham, arugula and mozzarella, for $8, their menu prices top at $25 for a dinner of filet mignon.

Homemade pastas, a staple of northern Italian cuisine, are a specialty at La Piccolina. The restaurant opened in May and has offered outdoor seating since June.

"We want people to be comfortable and enjoy an Italian trattoria style atmosphere," Ms. Parra said. "I think this location on the Green lends itself to that. We're very excited."

La Piccolina is located at 27 Main St. in New Milford. It is open seven days a week: Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.