More details of the restaurant in the Worcester Ice Center were revealed this week. Cliff Rucker, owner of the Worcester Railers, will be partnering with the Niche Hospitality Group for a new brand named Nonna’s Pizza & Pasta.
Giselle Rivera-Flores of Local Food Website Mass Foodies was the first to break the details.
The Niche Hospitality Group is the parent company of many Worcester restaurants including The Fix, Mezcal, and The Citizen.
The inspiration for Niche’s newest restaurant is personal for the Rucker family, a tribute to Rucker’s mother-in-law, Erasmina Piccirilli. Piccirilli immigrated from Italy and settled in Somerville, MA. The meals served at Nonna’s will be like Sunday dinner at grandma’s house, and Italian family-style dining concept with a menu focusing on pizza and pasta.
“Every one of her dishes are infused with an indescribable level of unparalleled expertise and they fill your belly and warm your soul,” Rucker continued, “Nonna’s will pay homage to my mother-in-law and all other ‘Nonnas’ who have nourished the spirits of their families with a home-cooked Italian feast.”
Nonna’s Pizza & Pasta is said to have a full liquor license and will take up two floors with 120 seats. Nonna’s will offer pizza by the slice, half tray and full tray. A café will also accompany the full restaurant for fans and tenants using the facility and attending events. Both will cater to sit-down meals and a quick on-the-go bite.
Niche will also be partnering with Rucker to create the Railers Sports Tavern behind the DCU Center.
Nonna’s Pizza & Pasta, Nonna’s Cafe, and the Railers Sports Tavern are all expected to open before the puck drops, in the late summer.
A full report can be found on Mass Foodies Website.