Piccola Italian Bistro has opened in Kinzers at the former Kinzers Station Tavern.

Nicholl Thompson, whose mother and stepfather owned the former restaurant and bar at 3572 Lincoln Highway, has totally revamped it and changed the menu.

Before opening Piccola Italian Bistro last month, Thompson oversaw more than $100,000 in renovations. The work included taking out pool tables, shortening the bar and completely redoing the kitchen. Smoking is also now banned.

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Part of the dining room at Piccola Italian Bistro. 

Thompson says the new restaurant is “very different” from the Station Tavern, describing Piccola Italian Bistro as having a “small batch, scratch kitchen” that features fresh-made pasta and sauce as well as sandwiches, pizza, soups and appetizers.

A charcuterie board and calamari are among the featured appetizers. Entrees include New York strip steak and a variety of Italian pasta dishes. A pie made with a cauliflower crust is among the pizza options while the Italian wedding soup is made with a recipe from Thompson’s grandmother.

Piccola Italian Bistro also operates as a tasting room for Hillside Spirits, a small distillery in Paradise that makes vodka and rum, among other things. In addition to products from Hillside Spirits, the new restaurant offers a selection of Pennsylvania-made beer and wine.

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Charcuterie board at Piccola Italian Bistro.

Piccola Italian Bistro has seating for around 90, including space for about 20 at the bar and at a variety of high-topped tables and booths.

Thompson’s mother and stepfather, Judie and Michael Narducci, who had opened the Kinzers Station Tavern in 1992, closed it at the end of 2016.